Back Scientist - (1900324)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 06 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Grade: P4

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration: 12 months


Job Posting

: Mar 4, 2019, 2:18:08 PM

Closing Date

: Mar 26, 2019, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: Switzerland-Geneva


: HQ/GTB Global TB Programme (CDS)


: Full-time

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The Global TB Programme aims to advance universal access to TB prevention, care and control, guide the global response to threats, and promote innovation. Specifically, it (1) provides global leadership on TB prevention, care and control through the WHO End TB Strategy; (2) develop evidence-based policies, strategies and standards for TB prevention, care and control, and monitor their implementation; (3) jointly with 6 WHO regional and country offices, provide technical support to Member States, catalyse change, and build sustainable capacity; (4) monitor the global TB situation, and measure progress in TB care, control, and financing; (5) shape the TB research agenda and stimulate the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge; and, (6) facilitate and engage in partnerships for TB action.The Laboratories, Diagnostics and Drug Resistance Unit (LDR) is responsible for:(a) developing new policies and strategies for universal access to diagnosis, care and treatment of multi-drug resistant TB (MDRTB) in the context of national TB control programmes and their local and international partners; (b) developing new policies on TB diagnostics and laboratory procedures, norms and standards;(c) monitoring global progress in scale-up of laboratory capacity and the MDR-TB response in countries in collaboration with TB Monitoring and Evaluation (TME), and publishing regular reports;(d) mobilizing resources for policy development on new diagnostics and drug-resistant TB, including establishing and maintaining strong partnerships with major funding partners such as USAID, UNITAID, and the Global Fund, and other partners; (e) acting as the Secretariat for the Stop TB Partnership Working Groups on TB laboratories (Global Laboratory Initiative, GLI) and drug-resistant TB (Global TB Drug Resistance Initiative, GDI), and their corresponding sub-groups.


Jointly with MDR team members, lead the collection, and independent review of suitable MDR-TB data to be assessed through the GRADE methodology adopted by WHO for the development of global guidelines.Lead the development of WHO MDR-TB treatment and care policy, including stimulating, strengthening and harmonizing electronic MDR-TB recording and reporting in priority MDR-TB settings in coordination with eR+R efforts elsewhere in the Department.Collaborate with GTB/TME unit, the Green Light Committee Secretariat and partners in the collection and analysis of relevant data on enrollment and treatment outcome of MDR-TB patients, and the management of drug resistance surveillance data collection, analysis, and the publication of findings.Finalize production of the WHO Guidelines for the programmatic management of drug resistant TB (PDMT) and collaborate on the update of the corresponding derivative policy documents to support implementation of WHO policies on PMDT. Support team efforts on global level training and operational research for MDR-TB care, prevention and treatment.Other tasks as requested by LDR Coordinator.



Essential: An advanced level degree in medicine, public health, epidemiology or other related health technical field of relevance to the profile of the position.
Desirable: Degree or training in infectious diseases, preferably tuberculosis. Specific training on surveillance, evaluation and monitoring of disease (if in tuberculosis, this would be an advantage).


Essential: At least 7 years' experience in communicable disease epidemiology, including substantial work on tuberculosis. Experience of applying the GRADE methodology for the assessment of evidence and development of guidelines. Experience in surveillance and monitoring at national and international level, with experience with multi-agency collaborative research or surveillance projects. Experience of developing country health issues. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable: Experience in WHO or good understanding of its work, mandate and goals in the field of communicable diseases, particularly tuberculosis. Experience and publications in epidemiological research, especially in tuberculosis. Proven track record in resource mobilization.


Extensive knowledge of global public health issues, communicable diseases, and measures and policies for improving their control, especially in TB and MDR-TB. Extensive knowledge of monitoring, evaluation and surveillance techniques, epidemiology, data management, systematic reviews and meta-analysis; and the GRADE methodology for assessing evidence and developing guidelines. Excellent inter-personal and coordination skills to establish effective working relations within WHO HQ and with WHO Regional and Country offices, advisory groups, the scientific community and partners in the control of TB. Integrity, tact and discretion in dealing with officials and scientists in a variety of settings and cultures.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 71,332 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4345 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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