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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/13/FT121
Title: Regional Advisor, Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two (02) years
Date: 3 April 2013
Application Deadline: 1 May 2013 Vacancy Notice Status in Review
Duty Station:  Brazzaville, Congo
Organization unit: AFRO Africa Regional Office (AF/RGO) /
AF/HSS Health Systems and Services (AF/HSS)
Essential Medicines(EDM)
To ensure access to and rational use of safe and effective essential medicines of acceptable quality at the lowest possible cost.
-To develop and coordinate technical support to Member States in drug policy formulation and implementation, improving national capacity in medicines supply and access, medicines regulation, quality assurance, rational use and Traditional Medicine.
Description of duties:
The incumbent performs the following duties:-

1. Coordinate the preparation and the implementation of the EDM workplan and its subsequent regular monitoring and evaluation
2. Coordinate with Essential Medicines and Health Products/HQ. (EMP/HQ)the development, implementation and monitoring of WHO policy and strategy for essential medicines in the African Region; develop collaboration and coordination with bilateral and multi-lateral agencies and NGOs;
3.Provide technical support to countries and Regional projects: Address essential medicines matters within the global health sector development agenda. Plan and prioritize technical support at country and regional level and oversee coordination for implementation and monitoring; ensuring that integrated WHO technical support is provided to Member States; and disseminate relevant information on medicines issues to all stakeholders;
4.Provide political and technical expertise: within the health sector development policy, provide technical input on pharmaceuticals particularly in the area of Quality Assurance and Medicines Policies and Regulation to WHO programs at country and regional level; coordinate the development of operational tools and training in collaboration with EMP/HQ; WHO Collaborating Centers and relevant professional bodies and institutions. Represent EDM/AFRO at regional and global meetings in relation with Quality Assurance and Medicines Policies and Regulation.
5.Contribute to promote and foster WHO partnership in the area of medicines with Regional and Sub-regional entities such as African Union, and Regional Economic Communities
6.Contribute to the implementation the regional strategy on traditional medicine in health systems and related activities in consultation with the Regional Adviser for Traditional Medicine.
Essential: Degree in medicine or pharmacy with Postgraduate degree in public health and/or management.

Desirable: Specialization in one area of Pharmacy

An ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement EDM programme as relevant responses to country needs in essential medicines; ability to produce technical reports and documents based on experience acquired on essential medicines in developing countries, especially Africa.; ability to assist in resource mobilization for the EDM programme. Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and ability to communicate effectively in one of the official languages used in the African Region.
Essential: 10 years' experience in senior technical and/or managerial positions at national level and some international and/or regional experience, mostly in developing countries in health sector development and pharmaceuticals.

Desirable: Experience in policy formulation and medicines regulation.
Excellent knowledge of English or French with a working knowledge of the other language.
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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