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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HSS/TA39
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 16 April 2013
Application Deadline: 7 May 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
WHO's goal is to help improve global health including by providing support to countries to ensure
equitable and sustainable availability of quality assured medicines that are affordable and used
appropriately. The Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP), in the Cluster of
Health Systems and Innovation (HIS) contributes to achieve this goal. The objective of the Medicines Policy, Governance and Coordination/Country support team (MPC) is to provide leadership and direction for the development and implementation of national medicines policy and strategy for improving access to quality assured medicines in countries; to develop robust tools and methodologies for monitoring and assessing medicines policies and carry out global advocacy on medicines policy; to promote greater transparency, governance and efficiency of the pharmaceutical sector and provide needed technical support to countries.
Description of duties:
1. Provide guidance and support to countries for medicines policy formulation and implementation
and in close collaboration with WHO Regional and Country Offices :
1. (a) Provide technical guidance to countries for medicines policies formulation and implementation, in line with countries work-plans and priorities;
1. (b) Carry out analysis of pharmaceutical sector information and surveys for priority countries, identify policies gaps and plan for WHO support interventions to address them;
1. (c) Provide technical guidance for regional and sub-regional medicines policies initiatives;
1. (d) Develop and update WHO database on medicines policies in regions and countries;
1. (e) Establish collaboration with other partners across WHO and beyond to address medicines policies issues as part of a broad national health agenda and to promote policy coherence, dialogue and efficient use of resources.
2. Review and develop tools and methodologies for monitoring of medicines policies and pharmaceutical sector governance and provide support to countries:
2.(a) Review and improve WHO indicators and tools for monitoring and assessment of national medicines policies and promote alignment of WHO and other international agencies T tools;
2.(b) Develop methodologies for measuring progress for WHO/EMP work in countries for improving access to quality assured medicines and their rational use;
2.(c) Provide technical support to countries to strengthen national capacity for collection and analysis of reliable pharmaceutical sector/policy information;
2.(d) Develop and improve indicators and tools for measuring transparency and good governance of the pharmaceutical sector;
2.(e) Assist in WHO/EMP global survey and in data analysis; maintain global data base and ensure proper and timely dissemination of data to other global, regional and country data repositories/observatories;
3. Write reports and communication material on EMP/WHO Medicines policies work at global and country levels:
3.(a) Develop material for WHO medicines policies global advocacy;
3.(b) Participate as a resource person to WHO/EMP knowledge management /capacity building activities e.g. TBS;
3.(c) Develop and update EMP/MPC web pages,
newsletters and reports related to policies implementation, monitoring and governance in countries.
* Essential:
Degree in pharmacy or medicine; Post-graduate degree in pharmaceutical sciences, public health or
Degree in epidemiology and/or statistics.
Excellent knowledge of medicines and health policies at national and international levels. Excellent
knowledge for development of indicators, methodologies and tools for monitoring and assessing
pharmaceutical sector in countries. Excellent knowledge for health and pharmaceutical policy
analysis. Strong skills for medicines and health policy analysis; strong methodological and
statistical skills; project management skills (planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting);
excellent presentation, communication and writing skills. Good computer skills.
*1. Producing results
*2. Fostering integration and teamwork
*3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
* Essential:
At least 7 years' experience on medicines policies work at national and international level;
recognized experience in development of methodologies and tools for assessing medicines polices and pharmaceutical sector in countries. Excellent scientific publications record. Experience in the application of research methods and in data analysis and interpretation; skills and experience in the supervision and capacity building of students and staff.
Experience in working with WHO and with other stakeholders in the medicines policy field,
including academic institutions, civil society and other international development agencies.
Excellent knowledge of English with a good working knowledge of French.
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)
US$67 483 at single rate
US$72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % 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.

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