Medical Officer vacancy at WHO Geneve, Switzerland

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Medical Officer vacancy at WHO Geneve, Switzerland

Medical Officer vacancy at WHO Geneve, Switzerland

Vacancy Notice No: HQ/10/HTM/TA174
Title: Medical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months

Application Deadline: 18 October 2010
(5 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applicationsDuty Station:  Geneva Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM) /

The objectives of the Department of HIV/AIDS are to provide leadership, guidance, and assurance of technical excellence at a global level in the health sector’s response to HIV/AIDS; and to assist and support regions and countries in their efforts to provide universal access to the highest possible level of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care. The objectives of the ATC Unit are to provide leadership, develop evidence-based norms, standards and guidelines for policy and practice to support the public health approach for comprehensive quality HIV care and treatment linked to prevention, including prevention, surveillance and monitoring of HIV drug resistance and toxicity for exposed and infected infants, children, adolescents and adults with HIV.

Description of duties:
Under the direction of the Director of the HIV/AIDS Department and the Coordinator ATC the incumbent will also be responsible for the following:
- lead in the development and maintenance of WHO policies, norms and standards in relation to the use of ARV medicines in children, to paediatric HIV care and treatment and family HIV care;
- plan, coordinate and facilitate the work of the HIV Department with other WHO departments and staff working on child health;
- provide technical oversight to departmental and organization wide efforts to set the research agenda and monitoring and assess trends in HIV in children;
- support for organization and department wide activities to mobilize resources for WHO work in HIV for paediatric and family HIV care;
- management of the activities and delivery of the expected outcomes and deliverables of the HIV departmental and Unified HIV work plan in accordance with the approved work plan and office specific expected results.
- coordination with key external stakeholders and WHO regional and country offices and other clusters and departments of WHO HQ to deliver on the Organization’s HIV care and treatment-related goals and targets for children and families;
- build and sustain effective technical and strategic collaboration with other key stakeholders working towards the goals of HIV, including but not limited to those within the UNAIDS, UNICEF, Global Fund for TB AIDS and malaria and US Government partners.
- plan, coordinate and facilitate technical meetings or consultations to update WHO policy and operational guidelines,
- provide technical support and operational guidance to WHO Region and country offices in assisting countries in paediatric and family HIV care.


Medical degree and postgraduate qualification in public health, HIV, infectious disease, paediatrics or family care.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way
5. Knowing and managing yourselfKnowledge of the field of HIV treatment care and prevention and the use of ARV medicines; Demonstrated ability to deliver HIV care and treatment services, including opportunistic infections and TB to paediatric populations or in family care settings. Skilled in the critical appraisal of clinical trails and research results and in the development of policy and programme guidance and evidence-based recommendations for good clinical care. Experience working with ARV or essential medicines would be an advantag. Experience of social science, health services research, and laboratory services for clinical care would be an asset. Sensitivity to gender issues. Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in HIV treatment and care. Knowledge of health care system structure and function.

At least 10 years of national and international experience in the planning, implementation and coordination of public health programmes. Experience at national and/or international levels in:- Clinical care for HIV infection for paediatric populations or as family HIV care services – Health service delivery in resource-limited settings- Capacity-building for health service delivery.Desirable
At least 5 years experience in: – managing national disease control or child health programmes, particularly HIV – maintaining professional knowledge and standards through continuing medical education, and personal professional development- Involvement in peer review activities and teaching – working with partners and multidisciplinary teams and programmes related to health service delivery.

Expert knowledge of English required. Working knowledge of French would be an asset.

Additional Information:
A written test may form part of the screening process.Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This vacancy is published in English only.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
$ 79537 at single rate
$ 85615 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 85 % 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.

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