Bioinformatician (Genome Sequencing) , Kathmandu, Nepal

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Nepal

City: Kathmandu

Office: WHO Country Office in Nepal

Closing date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Bioinformatician (Genome Sequencing)

( 2104674 )

Grade : No grade

Contractual Arrangement : Special Services Agreement (SSA)

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : Till 31 Dec 2021

Job Posting: Oct 12, 2021, 8:27:24 AM

Purpose of the position:

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) supports the Ministry of Health & Population (MoHP), Government of Nepal (GoN) to direct and co-ordinate and rapid provision of life-saving emergency health interventions at scale in the aftermath of multi-hazard emergencies and disasters and subsequently assists in the rapid recovery of the health system in collaboration with national and international partners. Thereupon it provides technical support to the MoHP and partners to enhance health sector emergency risk management through prevention risk reduction or mitigation; preparedness and response readiness to build a health system that is resilient to multi-hazard disasters including public health emergencies.

Within this framework, the incumbent shall provide the required technical support and assistance to the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), National Pathogen Genetic Sequencing Consortium and the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) with specific focus on strengthening the in-country capacity for pathogen genetic sequence analysis including establishment of a bioinformatics unit at NPHL. Also, to support the genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in the country and to transform the genome sequencing and analysis platform to support pathogen detection and its characterization, molecular epidemiological investigations of emerging high threat pathogens including, antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of WHO Representative and Team Lead - WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) and the direct supervision of the Technical Officer - Public Health Laboratories WHE at the WHO Country Office (WCO) for Nepal.

The incumbent will be stationed at NPHL, he/she should have the ability to work primarily as a key player within the WHE team.

The incumbent should also independently perform and achieve desirable outputs when need arises, and demonstrate the willingness to ensure WHO’s facilitative leadership and technical support to the member state and partners in establishing and conducting genetic sequence analysis, genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging pathogens including antimicrobial resistant bacteria

Summary of Assigned Duties:

Under the overall supervision of WHO Representative and Team Leader - WHO Health Emergencies Programme and together with the direct supervision of the Technical Officer - Public Health Laboratories, and in coordination with WHE team and WCO Nepal, the Bioinformatician (Genome sequencing) will perform the following :

Provide the required technical support and assistance to the NPHL and the National Pathogen Genetic Sequencing Consortium, MoHP and other relevant partners on genetic sequence analysis for the genomic surveillance of microbial pathogens in Nepal.

Planning and supporting the establishment of a bioinformatics unit at NPHL.

Identify, adapt, standardize and implement various pathogen genome sequence analysis pipelines.

Perform the genome sequence analysis of the data generated by sequencing laboratory at NPHL and the consortium.

Support NPHL in any coordination process needed with the stakeholders/partners of the National Genetic Pathogen Genetic Sequencing Consortium. The coordination and facilitation support may include trainings on bioinformatics, implementation activities, and application of genome sequence analysis.

Support sustained genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens of public health importance in Nepal.

Support bioinformatics analysis of data generated using oxford nanopore and Illumina platforms including metagenomic sequence analysis for both known and unknown pathogens.

Support genetic sequencing work and support NPHL in the process of depositing the genome sequence data in selected public data sharing platforms including WHO GISAID (Global Initiative On Sharing All Influenza Data) platform.

Support molecular epidemiology work in infectious diseases and design phylogenetics analysis

Support the designing and standardization of various molecular assays and sequence analysis protocols for infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Perform any additional duties and undertake additional responsibilities assigned by the Technical Officer - Public Health Laboratories and Team Lead, WHE.

WHO Competencies:

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Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Ensuring the effective use of resources

Producing results

Functional Knowledge and Skills:

Excellent advocacy and inter-personal skills, tact and diplomacy.

Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities with excellent organizational and independent working skills.

Ability to work as a team player in a cross-functional setting and challenging environment.

High level of integrity and commitment to professional responsibilities .

Technical expertise; Overall attitude at work are also required mandatory competencies.

Duty Station: National Public Health Laboratories, NPHL

Qualification :


Essential :

University Master’s degree in Bioinformatics /Molecular Biology / Virology/ Biotechnology / Genetics/ Microbiology/ Biochemistry from an accredited / recognized institution .

Desirable :

Training in next generation genome sequence analysis in one or more genome sequence analysis bioinformatics pipelines is desirable. PhD in Bioinformatics / Molecular Biology/ Microbiology / Virology / Biotechnology/ Biochemistry with specialization in bioinformatics would be an asset .



At least 1 year of professional work experience in genome sequence data analysis, phylogenetic analysis and designing polymerase chain reaction assays or molecular biology experiments .


Demonstrable significant engagement in the genome sequence analysis and bioinformatics pipelines. .

Other Skills (eg IT):

Good knowledge of computer applications and software including MS Office applications. Ability to coordinate with the government, manage projects, build partnerships with multiple partners in the context of health emergencies.

Use of Language Skills: Expert knowledge of English and Nepali.


Monthly Salary: (Net of tax) NPR 196,102.00 at single rate (taxable as per Nepal Government laws and appointment will be through Special Services Agreement (SSA) extendable subject to satisfactory performances and continuing need for the function.


Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test and the interview may be used to screen applicants.

Any extension of contract would be subject to programmatic requirements, performance of the incumbent and availability of funds.

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Any misrepresentative of facts would disqualify the candidate.

No telephone enquiries or paper applications please.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

Application from qualified female candidates particularly from disadvantaged and socially excluded groups are -strongly encouraged.

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