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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HSS/TA37
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 15 April 2013
Application Deadline: 6 May 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The objective of the WHO Department of Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies (EMP) is to contribute to saving lives and improving health by developing global guidance and by collaborating with countries to provide: (1) equity of access to essential medicines and health products; (2) rational use of medicines and health products; (3) medicines and health products quality, safety and efficacy. The diagnostics and laboratory technology team (DLT) within the department of EMP promotes and facilitates access to safe and appropriate diagnostics technologies and services of good quality through advocacy and policy, prequalification of diagnostics, selection and use of diagnostics, quality assurance systems and strengthening national regulatory and laboratory programmes. DLT's global activities aim at ensuring that laboratories and diagnostic services are accessible, available at reasonable cost, used appropriately and are provided within an adequate regulatory framework and a sustainable health care system.
Description of duties:
1. Oversee and coordinate the development of a generic sample dossier, using a CD4 diagnostic as the example.
2. Develop guidance materials and provide technical information sessions on Prequalification of Diagnostics (PQDx) product dossier requirements to manufacturers.
3. Assess and monitor regulatory capacity for in-vitro medical devices in resource limited settings.
4. Coordinate and provide technical support on regulations of In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) medical devices to countries, in particular South Africa and China.
5. Perform other duties as assigned by Coordinator of the DLT team and Director EMP.
Advanced level University degree in a medical field, or equivalent in 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.
Excellent knowledge and practical application of ISO 13485 Quality Management Systems (QMS) and related ISO standards.
Sound knowledge of regulatory affairs and laboratory accreditation.
Proven ability to write technical reports, in particular assessment reports.
In depth understanding of the diagnostics industry.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with international and national staff at all levels.
Familiar with several software programmes such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
At least 7 years of work experience in a national/international context in the area of diagnostics and laboratory technology, of which at least three years in regulation of in-vitro diagnostic medical devices at a regulatory authority, including registration procedures, policy documents and risk management.
Work experience collaborating with industry.

Experience working with developing countries and the UN system would be an asset.
Expert knowledge of English and beginners knowledge of French are required.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

Priority will be given to internal candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67483 at single rate
USD 72467 with primary dependants

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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