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Technical Officer (Laboratory)
Closing date: 2017-02-02Application : Apply for the job
The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No:WPRO/17/FT31
Title: Technical Officer (Laboratory)
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract: 2 years
Date:12 January 2017
Application Deadline:2 February 2017
(21 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Organization unit:WPCO Countries (WP_ACO) /
WP_LAO Lao People's Democratic Republic (WP_LAO)
WP_DSE Health Security and Emergencies; WP_ESR Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
To support the efforts of Member States to prepare for and handle health emergencies and disasters, by leading intersectoral collaboration efforts, and by providing technical support in the areas of programme planning, capacity building, risk management and mitigation, and recovery / rehabilitation efforts
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Team Leader, ESR and guidance of the WHO Representative, Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic (WR), the incumbent will perform the following:
(1)Assist Ministry of Health (MoH) in strengthening biosafety and biosecurity of laboratories;
(2)Support MoH in the establishment of National Quality Standards and implementation of Laboratory Quality Management Systems;
(3)Facilitates the development and strengthening of a national external quality assurance programme;
(4)Assist in strengthening the National Public Health Laboratory Network and coordination of international partners involved in strengthening the laboratory system through the organization of regular meetings;
(5)Assists in enhancing and improving capacity for laboratory services with focus on provincial laboratories to enable detection of emerging infectious diseases (EID);
(6)Assist in establishing standardized laboratory testing protocols for the diagnosis of emerging and other infectious diseases, and to provide technical advice on virology, microbiology and other laboratory issues;
(7)Participate in timely responses to outbreaks/epidemics in collaboration with national health officials, WHO staff and staff of other organizations;
(8)Assist in strengthening networking on EIDs between national laboratories and international/regional reference laboratories for improving regional cooperation, surveillance and prevention;
(9)Manage ESR and laboratory team in the office of the WR; and
(10)Undertake other duties as required.
Essential: University degree in health sciences or laboratory sciences or relevant areas from a recognized university.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree or training in microbiology and molecular biology.
WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.
- Broad knowledge of principles, practices, methodology and techniques in public health, clinical laboratory, surveillance, communicable disease control, International Health Regulations (IHR) including teaching and advisory techniques at the international level;
- Relevant skills and work experiences on laboratory testing, laboratory training, clinical laboratory management;
- Very good interpersonal skills, ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse and educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct;
- Ability to interact with and to advise Government and Ministry of Health counterparts on policy and technical areas related to communicable disease control and to develop effective working relationships with senior decision-makers and officials in a variety of settings and cultures.
- Understands the principles of results-based management and can develop plans, organize resources and take actions to ensure objectives are achieved within realistic timelines. - Have ability to quickly acquire, a thorough working knowledge of essential WHO procedures, policies and rules and regulations that support WHO's presence in countries.
2.Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
4.Knowing and managing yourself
Essential: Minimum of five years' experience in planning, managing and implementing laboratory investigations including experience at international level.
Desirable: Experience working on public health laboratory functions, planning implementation and monitoring of activities at a national level work plan such as an annual national laboratory work plan. Prior experience in planning and conducting training activities. Experience in Asian countries is an advantage.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
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WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel (subject to conditions), education grant (subject to conditions) for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.
Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position (including an English translation for documents in other languages). WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.
This vacancy notice is published in English only. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
Annual salary:(Net of tax)
USD 57 379 at single rate
USD 61 470 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment:40.1 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.
This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.
A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening
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