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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/10/FT608
Title: National Programme Officer for HIV Laboratory Services (Position no. 326275)
Grade: NO-A
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years - Post of limited duration
Date: 30 December 2010
Application Deadline: 27 January 2011 (28 day(s) until closing deadline) Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:  Nairobi Kenya
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) / EM_SOM WHO Representative's Office, Somalia (EM_SOM)
AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (ASD), Division of Communicable Diseases (DCD) 


OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
- To improve availability and access to quality comprehensive care and support services for HIV patients.
- To scale up prevention and interventions towards universal access targets.
- To strengthen Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems.
- To improve coordination and management capacities for effective response.
 
Description of duties:
Purpose of the post:
The National Programme Officer for HIV laboratory Services will be accountable and responsible for all laboratory services related to HIV programme and its quality assurance technically and financially.

Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the Medical Officer (HIV), and overall supervision of the WHO Representative, the National Programme Officer for HIV Laboratory Services will oversee the implementation of laboratory services and its quality assurance in relation to the HIV programme.

Summary of assigned duties:
Under the overall supervision of the WHO Representative for Somalia, the incumbent will perform the following:
1. Provide assistance and support to the HIV Medical Officer, Somalia.
2. Develop national supervisory and monitoring systems to ensure proper implementation of laboratory services related to the HIV programme.
3. Develop and implement a comprehensive action plan for laboratory services related to the HIV programme.
4. Develop and maintain internal and external quality control scheme for the Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) and Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) sites in Somalia in terms of developing proficiency panels, proficiency testing for all health workers, on site job training and supervision.
5. Create and maintain a central database for all HIV testing sites in Somalia.
6. Review, update and ensure standard operational procedures in support of the ART programme in Somalia.
7. Establish and ensure an effective laboratory data management in support of the HIV programme.
8. Oversee HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infections (HIV/STIs) surveillance laboratory activities in Somalia.
9. Follow-up and collect relevant information from programme sites and prepare periodic progress reports including tracking and monitoring project expenditure.
10. Collaborate with national staff of HIV and Tuberculosis (TB), ASD Unit staff, UN Agencies and partners to reach common understanding on HIV workplans and budgetary allocations.
 
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
First university degree in medical laboratory sciences or equivalent professional training or self-study/work experience.
 
Skills:
Competencies:
1) Producing results.
2) Fostering integration and teamwork.
3) Building and promoting partnership across and beyond the organization.
4) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.

Functional skills and knowledge:
- Thorough knowledge and skills of basic laboratory services and laboratory services and ART programme.
- Skills in training health workers on laboratory standard operational procedures.
- Skills in planning, managing laboratory services and coordination of programmes.
- Ability to prioritize, organize, manage and adapt management style according to needs.
- Knowledge in keeping financial and programmatic tracking of the programme.

Other skills:
- Computer literacy.
 
Experience:
Essential:
- Minimum one year work experience in laboratory medicine or equivalent.
- Experience in working with Anti-Retroviral Therapy programme.

Desirable:
- Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals and or experience in UN organization/agencies or international institutions.

 
Languages:
- Excellent knowledge of English and the local language 
Additional Information:
POST IS OPEN FOR LOCAL RECRUITMENT ONLY. APPLICANTS MUST BE NATIONAL OF THE COUNTRY OF ASSIGNMENT.

Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.

Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.

A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency-based approach.

 
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
KES 2,691,113 at single rate
https://erecruit.who.int/public/hrd-cl-vac-view.asp?o_c=1000&jobinfo_uid_c=24098&vaclng=en

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening


Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.


WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.


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