UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme

UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme

for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases


WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

TDR Career Development Fellowship on

Project Management of Tropical Diseases Research (*)

The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO) invite nationals from the WHO Western Pacific Region (WPR) to apply for a 12-24 month Career Development Fellowship (CDF) on project management of Tropical Diseases Research. The training involves a placement in the WHO Regional Office (Manila) working with the professional staff involved in the Division of Combating Communicable Diseases (DCC).

Summary of the Training Programme and Activities

Under the supervision of the Director of Combating Communicable Diseases and the Regional Adviser on Malaria, Other Vector Borne and Parasitic Diseases (RA/MVP), the successful candidate will perform the following tasks:

1. In coordination with the technical units involved in TDR/WPRO, assist RA/MVP in administration of WPR/TDR Small Grants Scheme including: preparation of call for applications, review of proposals for funding, preparing and conducting Selection Committee meetings.

2. Assist the RA/MVP in preparation of Technical Services Agreements (TSA) for selected projects, active follow-up of the projects’ implementation, analysis of reports, disseminating the new research information and promoting utilization of the results by the control programmes.

3. Promote TDR activities at all levels with the aim of improving tropical disease control in WPR including preparation of research methodology workshops, strengthen coordination and communication among all relevant units in WPRO and TDR/HQ.

4. Develop comprehensive WPRO/TDR computerized database based on the already available database for WPRO/TDR Small Grant Scheme. Produce specific outputs from the database (reports, circular letters, website entries, etc.), as needed.

5. Prepare research portfolio containing summaries of final reports of the research projects to ensure communicating the results of the TDR research projects to all concerned parties.

6. Support TDR/HQ activities in the region as requested by TDR/HQ including site visits, preparation of reports for TDR's Research Strengthening Group (RSG), Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), and the Joint Coordinating Board (JCB).

7. Other related duties as required by the Regional Advisor


Applications are requested from nationals of the WHO Western Pacific Region working or involved in the Ministries of Health, academic or research institutions and/or who recently completed a period of post-graduate training (M.Sc., MD or Ph.D.). Preference will be given to candidates under 40 years old, holding an advanced degree in the field of epidemiology or the biological sciences. Computer skills (MS Office) are required. A good working knowledge of English is required.


(*) The above Fellowship is a time-limited post-graduate training opportunity funded by TDR. The Fellowship will be in the Regional Office for the Western Pacific located in Manila, Philippines. The monthly stipend is set at US$2000 per month in addition to other minor benefits including health insurance. The duration of the Fellowship is initial one-year, renewable for a second year subject to mutual agreement.


The following documents in Word, PDF or RTF format only should be sent to the address given below (no application forms are required). The email subject field must include: "WPRO CDF ".

  1. Full name with the family name underlined.

  1. Date of birth and nationality (a scanned copy of information page of passport or other identification document may be requested later).

  1. Name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address (also web site if available) of institution where the applicant is employed.

  1. Educational qualifications, including place of study, date of conclusion and degree obtained (transcripts and photocopies of qualifications are not required but may be requested later).

  1. A brief description of the applicant's current and previous post.

  1. A description of the applicant's current work/research interests and how the training will impact in future professional career.

  1. A list of the applicant's publications and other abstracts or presentations.

  1. A letter of recommendation from two senior scientists/professors that includes their address, telephone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses. Please include these with the application.

  1. An endorsement from the Director of the applicant's home institution testifying to the ability of the applicant to undertake successfully the proposed training and certifying that the applicant, if selected, will be granted a leave of absence. The Director should also indicate how the proposed training will strengthen the institution's capabilities upon the return of the applicant.

Applicants from China requiring national endorsement should submit their applications through proper government channels. A copy of all applications should be sent to the WHO Representative's Office in their home country for information purposes.

All applications (e-mail only) must be received by 30 September 2009 at rcstraining@who.int

Fellowship is planned to start as soon as mutually agreeable

Additional information can be obtained from:

Steven Wayling

Research Networks Manager

Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases

World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland

Fax: (41-22)791-4854 E-mail: waylings@who.int

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