Vacancy: Director – International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

Position: Director, International Agency for Research on Cancer
Location: Lyons, France
Duration: 5 year term, beginning 1 January 2019
Application Deadline: 15 February 2018

Applications from highly qualified persons are invited for the post of Director International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The appointment of the Director will be made in May 2018 for a term of five years beginning on 1 January 2019. The selected candidate may be eligible for one further five-year term.

Description of IARC and its work: The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization. It is one of the leading cancer research agencies: its mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer control. The Agency is involved in both epidemiological and laboratory research and disseminates scientific information through publications, meetings, courses, and fellowships.

Further information concerning IARC and its work can be found on its website ( The 2018 gross salary level for the post of Director is US$ 176 292 per annum, and the net salary is US$ 131 853 per annum. The 2019 rate of pay will be approved by the World Health Assembly in May 2018. Added to the salary is a cost of living allowance as well as other benefits such as health insurance, education grant, home leave and six weeks of annual leave. Salaries and allowances are paid net.

Applications may be submitted by the governments of Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) or by individuals. Applications must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, using the standard form. The deadline for the receipt of applications is the closure of working hours on 15 February 2018. Applications should be sent to the Director-General of WHO, bearing the reference “Appointment of the Director of IARC”, as follows:

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization
1211 Geneva 27

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