OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.
The Infectious Hazard Management Unit of the Health Emergencies programme is responsible for establishing risk mitigation strategies and capacities for priority high-threat infectious hazards. This includes developing and supporting prevention and control strategies, tools and capacities for high-threat infectious hazards, establishing and maintaining experts networks to detect, understand and manage new or emerging high threat infectious hazards as well as providing secretariat support for the management of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Under the direct supervision of PAM/IHM and overall guidance of RED SEARO, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:
- Coordinate laboratory diagnostics for influenza and other High Threat Pathogens, including protocols and the EQAP, and provide expertise in both viral and bacterial laboratory surveillance and diagnostics to strengthen GISRS and surveillance for other High Threat Pathogens, including the development/update of laboratory surveillance and diagnostics protocols and standards.
- Participation in biennial influenza vaccine composition consultations, and in other vaccine consultations as they reflect the priorities of the WHE
- Design and develop laboratory capacity building programmes in collaboration with other departments in charge of laboratory capacity building
- Provide laboratory related technical support to WHO influenza outbreak and pandemic response, and other areas of High Threat Pathogens in areas including laboratory diagnostics, and relevant WHO recommendations and other support for on-the-ground outbreak response.
- Provide influenza virological expertise in influenza risk assessment and emergency response.
- Serve as point of contact on laboratory related issues for the WHE programme and provide expertise to preparedness and response processes.
- Promote multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting approaches and activities to facilitate full participation within and outside WHE/IHM/PAT and key partners.
- Perform other related duties including replacing and backstopping as required.
- Submit an end of assignment report at the end of assignment.
- Essential: University Degree in laboratory sciences.
- Desirable: Master Degree in laboratory sciences, molecular biology or public health.
- Essential: At least two years' experience in the area of specialization.
- Desirable: Experience of working with the UN and in a developing country is an advantage
- In-depth knowledge in veterinary medicine and/or infectious diseases, public health.
- Proven organizational and analytical skills, together with excellent interpersonal skills.
- Capacity to promote and implement collaboration and exchange with partners, toward the implementation of best practices.
- Proven ability to write technical documents in a clear and concise manner.
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Producing results
- Ensuring the effective use of resources
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.