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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/HSS/TA126
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 13 December 2012
Application Deadline: 3 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The main objective of the WHO Prequalification of Medicines Programme is to assure the quality of
medicines supplied through international procurement agencies. This is achieved by: Prequalifying priority essential medicines and monitoring their quality through sampling and testing.Increasing the capacity to produce medicines of good quality, facilitating the development of national regulatory processes and increasing capacity to carry out quality control of medicines in recipient countries, and developing and updating global norms and quality standards, needed for the production and regulation of medicines with assured quality.
Description of duties:
1. Assume responsibility for managing the WHO Prequalification of Medicines Programme with
the main aim of providing an efficient framework for the assessment of new applications and
review of already listed medicines according to the established procedures, and aiming to achieve
the best measurable results possible.
2. Lead the group in the development and implementation of the programme and coordinate all related activities within WHO, as well as with outside partners and stakeholders, including United Nations organizations, governmental institutions and nongovernmental organizations and professional associations.
3. Participate in the financial planning of the programme's activities.
4. Review and initiate development and update a series of normative guidelines relating to the assessment (prequalification) of products and manufacturers, quality control laboratories and services related to ensuring the quality of medicines.
5. Promote and implement WHO activities related to ensuring the quality of medicines; consult and advise other WHO units and UN partners on ensuring the quality of medicines.

* Essential:
Advanced university degree in medicine, pharmacy or organic chemistry.
Advanced university degree or specialized education in regulatory affairs or business management.
*1. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
*2. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
*3. Driving WHO to a successful future
4. Fostering integration and teamwork

Comprehensive knowledge of medicine regulations in International Conference on Harmonization
(ICH) and associated countries, including regulatory issues pertaining to quality, safety and efficacy of generic medicines. A good knowledge of international regulatory trends and cooperation
arrangements. Experience in coordinating international activities or interacting with international medicine regulatory agencies and other relevant international organizations. Ability to promote successful collaboration within an organization as well as outside. Ability to work in a team. Good communication skills.
* Essential:
At least ten years' work experience in medicinal product regulatory affairs within ICH and associated countries, including at least five years' work experience in a senior managerial position in a national medicine regulatory agency within ICH and associated countries.
Excellent knowledge of English. A basic knowledge of French is desirable.
Additional Information:
Priority will be given to internal 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)
$80 734 at single rate
$86 904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 100.2 % 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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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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