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Scientist (Virologist) in World Health Organization - WHO | Annual salary US$ 80,734 - US$ 86,904

WHO is the United Nations’ specialized agency for Health. It is an inter-governmental organization and works in collaboration with its member states usually through the Ministries of Health. WHO’s objective is the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health. WHO's Secretariat is staffed by health professionals, other experts and support staff working at headquarters in Geneva, six regional offices and country offices.

Post: Scientist (Virologist)

The objective of the polio eradication programme is to rid the world of the scourge of polio so that no one will be disabled or killed by this vaccine preventable disease. As a part of the global polio eradication effort, a well functioning and quality laboratory service is essential to the process of certifying eradication of polio from the world. The laboratory services are also essential to support countries for the vaccine preventable diseases.
Description of duties:
Under the general guidance of the Director Family Health and Research and the direct supervision of the Coordinator, Immunization and Vaccine Development, the incumbent will provide policy, managerial and supervisory guidance to the focal points of the polio and other VPD laboratory network in the South-East Asia Region of WHO. The incumbent will provide advice and guidance to the Member States on quality laboratory services and process of certifying eradication of polio from the SEAR. The incumbent will also assist the Coordinator in monitoring and management of the SEARO Poliovirus Laboratory Network at the regional and national level, including monitoring laboratory surveillance indicators, quality assurance, equipment and supply needs, shipment of specimens and overseeing poliovirus data bank and performing analysis of the results to generate updated epidemiologic reports.
1. Provide policy guidelines and strategic directions for development and effective management of the laboratory network for polio and other vaccine preventable diseases. Lead the planning for translating global strategies into regional plans for strengthening laboratory support for surveillance of Polio, Measles and other VPDs.
2. Provide technical guidelines for acute flaccid paralysis surveillance within the context of the Polio laboratory activity with the predominate aim to interrupting wild Polio virus transmission.
3. Develop strategies for integration and coordination of logistic support for collection, transport of specimens, timely reporting and information flow for vaccine preventable diseases in coordination with surveillance and National program managers.
4. Develop laboratory data management systems and reporting formats for vaccine preventable disease. Monitor information flow between the laboratories and program managers.
5. Advise and provide technical support to ensure laboratories are implementing the recommended WHO strategies through onsite reviews. Provide technical support to laboratories to meet the requirements of good laboratory practices for Polio, Measles and other priority vaccine preventable diseases. Advise the program managers and the government on the complexity of the laboratory activity to enlist support to address specific laboratory issues.

6. Manage the conduct of accreditation review of Polio and Measles laboratory network and take appropriate action to ensure high quality performance. Develop accreditation criteria for new activities.
7. Advise on specifics of equipments and supplies for the laboratories. Supervise the procurement process. Build country capacities to manage the procurement.
8. Assess the laboratory training needs; develop a training plan as per the requirements of the programs and the laboratories. Provide technical inputs in the training and capacity building of the laboratories. Provide orientation and training for surveillance medical officers and program managers on the laboratory aspects of testing and interpretation of results.
9. Lead the development of work plan for the laboratory activity in line with the regional strategies and in coordination with technical units and HQ collaborate with donor agencies for funding and integration of laboratory network activity.
10. Advise on specific technical aspects and guidelines to the program for other EPI activities targeted to laboratory aspects of vaccine preventable diseases.
11. Any other duties as assigned.


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