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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/12/FT488
Title: Vaccine Regulatory Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two (02) years
Date: 20 December 2012
Application Deadline: 17 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Brazzaville, Congo
Organization unit:
To support Member States to provide high quality immunization services that will contribute to: (a) the reduction of mortality, morbidity and disability from vaccine preventable diseases through the optimum use of available and new vaccines and (b) the strengthening of national health systems as well as efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To provide direction and technical assistance for vaccine regulation resulting in effective and safe vaccines, for control and prevention of communicable diseases in the region, consistent with the WHO/AFRO strategies for achieving the health related MDGs.
Description of duties:
a)Develop the workplan for vaccine regulation in the African Region;
b)Evaluate performance in relation to milestones related to projects on vaccine regulation and on vaccine norms and standards;
c)Coordinate, commission and implement activities related to vaccine quality, safety and standards in collaboration with QSS/IVD/HQ, other WHO entities and external partners whenever appropriate;
d)Provide technical guidance and seek opportunities to facilitate joint reviews for clinical trial applications in African countries.
e)Provide technical guidance for the consolidation of the recently formalized AVAREF and the development of a Strategic Plan for the Network of member states and include coordination of all meetings
f)Provide technical guidance to continue strengthening the regulatory oversight of clinical trials conducted in Africa, including support to move forward the Pan-African Clinical Trial Alliance (PACTA) and Pan-African Clinical Trial Registry (PACTR) projects towards achievement of their objectives.
g)Undertake resources mobilization for activities related to vaccines regulation and vaccines norms and standards.
h)Provide technical guidance to NRAs for implementation of the WHO expedited review procedure for registration of vaccines used in national immunization programmes in African countries.
i) Identify trainers/training institutions that can help in delivering training/learning mentorship activities and enhance the regional capacity.
j)Ensure that new activities and objectives defined by individual countries and/or the Network are integrated into the IDP s of the countries.
k)Plan in close coordination with NRAs, assessments and follow up visits in AFR countries and ensure IDP is developed and orupdated yearly.
l)Participate in WHO HQ assessment targeting vaccine producing countries with PQ or potential PQ products.
m)Ensure smooth coordination and joint planning exercise of vaccine regulation activities with the Essential Drugs and Medicine, Medical Devices, Blood and Blood Products, International Health Regulation, Knowledge Management area of work.
n) Develop and build up convergence in vaccine regulations with other regulatory or institutions involved in similar area of work.
Essential: University degree in human or veterinary medicine with PhD degree in immunology or microbiology.
Desirable: Scientific publications in medical microbiology or immunology

Must have a clear understanding and knowledge of Immunology, medical microbiology and vaccinology as well as public health;
Must have expertise in production, evaluation and regulation of vaccines
Must be able to transfer his/her knowledge to others;
Must be an effective team player at both national and international levels.
Essential: At least 10 years experience in clinical research, including biological standardization, regulatory evaluation as well as capacity building.
Desirable: Experience in working with regulatory authorities in the African Region.
Fluent in English or French with a working knowledge of the other.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 80,734 at single rate
US$ 86,904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 65.3 % 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.

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