Deadline: 19 April 2021
World Health Organisations (WHO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of National Professional Officer in Ankara, Turkey. The duration of this post is 1 year.
The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.
Key Job Responsibilities
The National Professional Officer will perform the following functions:
- Provide operational support for the development, implementation and oversight of Next Generation Genome Sequencing capacities to be developed/strengthened under the project.
- Cooperate with project stakeholders in improving analytical and diagnostics services, quality and environmental management, equipment maintenance, safety and bio-safety for laboratories.
- Contribute in strengthening the national capacity at the health laboratories, assess training needs and support/coordinate with relevant experts to organize trainings for laboratory personnel in the related technical areas.
- Support large-scale procurements of laboratory equipment and supplies.
- Provide operational support for the Introduction and implementation of Rapid Antigen Testing across selected health facilities in the country.
- Provide support in updating and maintaining the related reporting and information systems, documenting the response and laboratory strengthening activities, as and when required.
- Support implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of activities and drawing/documenting lessons to be learnt.
Applicant must have:
- University Degree in life science, biomedical science, medicine or medical virology from an accredited/ recognized institute.
- Certified training or qualification in molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, and/or epidemiology and laboratory techniques, training in molecular techniques, Public Health or Public health laboratory practice is an added advantage.
- At least 2 year’s experience in practical and operational application and management of laboratory services, laboratory diagnosis of communicable diseases at the national levels.
- Experience in outbreaks and/or health emergency response of international impact, planning and implementing laboratory trainings at national level.
- Experience in establishing or improving laboratory infrastructure for microbiology and/or detection of infectious diseases.
- Experience in evaluating novel diagnostics assays for emergency use authorization during outbreak response and work in WHO, other UN agencies.
- Experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations.
- Expert knowledge in and using molecular technique for rapid typing and whole genome sequencing, knowledge of microbiological, clinical and laboratory surveillance.
- Demonstrate knowledge of response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations.
- Excellent skills in the monitoring and analysis of emergency situations.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure.
- Proven ability to communicate effectively, tact, discretion and ability to promote consensus.
- Proficiency in standard computer applications e.g. electronic communication, database searches and management, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and planning software.
- Excellent knowledge of the Turkish and expert in English language.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit applications through online process.
For more information, visit WHO.