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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/PSM/FT433
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 7 November 2012
Application Deadline: 28 November 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The long-term objective is to significantly improve the quantity, quality and analysis of data on the incidence of SSFFC medical products through the creation of a global surveillance and monitoring system. To provide stakeholders with a sound basis on which to collaborate on strategies for radically reducing the prevalence of counterfeit medicines and protecting supply chains. To build capacity amongst National Medicine Regulatory Authorities in handling SSFFC medicine-related incidents. Through the Member State mechanism, to support effective and efficient measures to tackle the availability of SSFFC medical products and put in place strategies to minimize the risk to public health from such products.
Description of duties:
Assist in the provision of secretariat support for the Member State mechanism, through the preparation of supporting documents, papers, reports and analysis. Design, develop, refine and deliver a sustainable surveillance and monitoring system for collecting, analysing and disseminating information on incidents involving SSFFC medical products. Building capacity amongst National Medicine Regulatory Authorities on using the reporting system, handling SSFFC medicines-related incidents, and developing strategies to prevent SSFFC from entering the Supply Chain. Carry out a risk assessment of all reports received by WHO, and delivering a proportionate and timely response to the incident. To provide advice to Member States, when requested, on incidents relating to SSFFC. To participate in responding to media requests relating to SSFFC products. To manage budgets relating to funds allocated to the area of work related to combating SSFFC medical products. To establish and maintain links to other international bodies engaged in tackling SSFFC products, to identify and avoid overlap whilst encouraging collaboration and cooperation. To promote and present to international fora and internal stakeholders on the subject of SSFFC. To take the lead for fundraising in relation to the activities listed above.
Essential: Advanced University degree in a post-relevant field of studies, or equivalent in the form of an official certification of the successful completion of a full university course qualifying the candidate to either practise the profession in the country, or allowing for the completion of a PhD-dissertation as the next academic step. Additional training in management and leadership.
Desirable: Training in media relations and financial management specific to SSFFC medical products training.
Proven experience of working at an international level on SSFFC medical products-related issues. Proven experience of combating SSFFC medicines within a national medicines regulatory authority. Proven experience in the handling of SSFFC medicines incidents in a national medicines regulatory authority setting. Proven experience in the investigation of SSFFC medical products-related issues in a national and international setting. Media trained. Proven experience in the development and publication of strategies to combat SSFFC medical products. Proven experience in the delivery of training on SSFFC medicines-related issues. Proven experience in regional and/or international collaboration related to SSFFC medical products. Excellent communication skills. Excellent proven drafting skills of reports and policy documents. IT skills, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project Manager, Microsoft CRM.
WHO Competencies:
1. Driving WHO to a successful future,
2. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership,
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
4. Setting an example, and
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond.
Essential: At least ten years' experience working at an international level in the area of detection, prevention and implementation of laws related to SSFFC medicines, with a minimum of five years within a national medicines regulatory authority. Proven experience in the role of secretariat for international arrangements related to SSFFC medicines. Substantial relevant on-the-job experience. Experience of working in an international organization.
Desirable: Practical experience in the area of international and national enforcement measures to combat SSFFC medicines. A good working knowledge of the laws, regulations and conventions affecting SSFFC medical products.
Excellent knowledge of English required. Knowledge of another UN official language would be desirable.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), and 2. External candidates.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80,734 at single rate
US$86,904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 94.2 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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