Statistician

World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

1. Conduct analyses required for the annual production of estimates of TB incidence and mortality at global, regional and national levels, for publication in WHO's annual global TB report.

2. Contribute to (i) analyses of national and subnational surveillance data and (ii) the design, analysis and reporting of national surveys of the prevalence of TB disease, national surveys of drug-resistance, national surveys of costs faced by TB patients and their households, and national inventory studies to assess underreporting of detected TB cases, as the basis for robust estimation of the burden of TB and trends in this burden and to inform policy and programmatic action.

3. Provide expert statistical advice and support to other staff in TME and to staff in other teams in the Global TB Programme, such that all analyses are conducted using best-practice statistical methods.

4. Contribute to the development and implementation of the recommendations of the WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement, including via participation in meetings of the full Task Force, proactive membership of the subgroups of the Task Force (especially those related to strengthening national notification systems, priority studies to periodically measure TB disease burden, methods to estimate TB disease burden, and analysis and use of data), organization / facilitation of workshops and country missions.

5. Lead or contribute to the production of high-quality written products related to TB surveillance, national TB surveys and estimates of the burden of disease caused by TB, including reports, guidelines, handbooks and publications in peer-reviewed journals.

6. Contribute to other work in TME, as appropriate.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

1. Conduct analyses required for the annual production of estimates of TB incidence and mortality at global, regional and national levels, for publication in WHO's annual global TB report.

2. Contribute to (i) analyses of national and subnational surveillance data and (ii) the design, analysis and reporting of national surveys of the prevalence of TB disease, national surveys of drug-resistance, national surveys of costs faced by TB patients and their households, and national inventory studies to assess underreporting of detected TB cases, as the basis for robust estimation of the burden of TB and trends in this burden and to inform policy and programmatic action.

3. Provide expert statistical advice and support to other staff in TME and to staff in other teams in the Global TB Programme, such that all analyses are conducted using best-practice statistical methods.

4. Contribute to the development and implementation of the recommendations of the WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement, including via participation in meetings of the full Task Force, proactive membership of the subgroups of the Task Force (especially those related to strengthening national notification systems, priority studies to periodically measure TB disease burden, methods to estimate TB disease burden, and analysis and use of data), organization / facilitation of workshops and country missions.

5. Lead or contribute to the production of high-quality written products related to TB surveillance, national TB surveys and estimates of the burden of disease caused by TB, including reports, guidelines, handbooks and publications in peer-reviewed journals.

6. Contribute to other work in TME, as appropriate.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: University degree in mathematics and Masters degree in statistics.

Desirable: Advanced degree at doctoral level in statistics or epidemiology, or the equivalent publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Experience

Essential: At least seven years of experience of working as a medical statistician, including at least five years in a university or research setting. Experience of contributing to study design and conducting advanced statistical analyses in the context of research related to tuberculosis or other infectious diseases. Publication record in peer-reviewed journals. Experience of teaching statistics and statistical computing. Some experience gained in an international context.

Desirable: Experience of working with WHO and an excellent knowledge of its mandate and work in the field of tuberculosis. Experience of good data management practices in the setting of randomized clinical trials and clinical research. Experience in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. Experience of using Bayesian methods.

Skills

Excellent knowledge of mathematical statistics and extensive experience in statistical computing. Excellent knowledge of analytical methods adapted to complex study designs, in particular complex sample surveys and cohort studies, and proven ability to apply these in practice. Proven ability to write up the results of analyses to a standard suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Proven ability to build capacity in statistical analysis via facilitation of workshops and country missions or teaching in a university setting. Excellent knowledge of the Stata or R computer language. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to be proactive/take initiative, and to work with a high degree of independence. Excellent at working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Communication

Producing results

Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.

REMUNERATION

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 72,637 (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 4842 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

For information on WHO's operations please visit: http://www.who.int.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

WHO's workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.

WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/. Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.

Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.


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