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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/13/HQ/FT171
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 3 May 2013
Application Deadline: 24 May 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM)
UT/UTD UNITAID International drug purchase facility
UNITAID's mission is to increase access to medicines, diagnostics and preventative items used in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in developing countries. UNITAID's novel approach is to utilize market interventions to improve public health. In so doing, UNITAID aims to promote healthy, dynamic market conditions whereby manufacturers have incentives to invest and innovate, while at the same time supply quality public health products at affordable prices and in acceptable formulations that enable the maximum number of people to access them. By working through markets, UNITAID's interventions impact not only those countries receiving direct UNITAID support, but also other countries and organisations that can benefit from UNITAID's global price reductions, improvements in product quality, and innovation. In all cases, UNITAID seeks to find innovative, cost-effective and sustainable market solutions to public health problems.
Description of duties:
In this role, the Technical Officer, Market Dynamics & Strategy will:
1. Provide technical support to draft, update, implement, monitor, and evaluate UNITAID's strategy;
2. Design and oversee efforts to draft, update, publish, and utilize UNITAID's landscape analyses (disease, technology, and market) for medicines, diagnostics, and preventative commodities used in malaria and other focus diseases, including:
A. Conduct background research on key elements of the landscape, compile relevant data, and conduct additional analyses, as needed;
B. Identify, coordinate, and supervise consultants to deliver components of the landscapes, including development of terms of reference and oversight of selection processes;
C. Engage experts and stakeholders to peer-review and vet landscape analyses;
D. Contribute to the library of articles, reports and other resources (including The Market Share) related to (HIV/tuberculosis/malaria); and
E. Coordinate the extraction and preparation of malaria data for incorporation into the UNITAID Market Intelligence System.
3. Identify potential areas where UNITAID could intervene in markets to improve public health and potential partners to implement on UNITAID's behalf;
4. Provide technical support for UNITAID's call for proposal processes, including:
A. Contribute to the design and drafting of calls for letters of intent (LOI);
B. Assess letters of intent and proposals for technical merit and fit with UNITAID business model;
C. Provide technical support to proponents during the proposal drafting process;
D. Review, revise, and edit LOI and proposal tools as needed to maximize effectiveness and efficiency of the proposal submission and review system;
E. Participate in the project planning process following Board approval to facilitate transition to the Operations team who will oversee and manage project implementation.
5. Project manage UNITAID's market dynamics projects including, but not limited to:
- Artemisinin-Combination Therapy (ACT) Forecasting Project that builds models and prepares quarterly reports on global demand forecasts for ACTs;
- ACT Watch2 Project that collects and disseminates market intelligence on malaria medicines across several countries.
6. Draft and deliver reports, presentations, briefing notes, and other materials for the UNITAID's Executive Board, Strategy and Policy Committee, and Proposal Review Committee;
7. Oversee the technical organization and hosting of UNITAID's annual Malaria Market Forum and provide technical support to other UNITAID Market Forums, as needed;
8. Disseminate reports, lessons learned, and new analytic methods via satellites/symposia at International Conferences, reports and web-based materials (in collaboration with UNITAID Communications Team), and peer-reviewed publications;
9. Develop and maintain strong networks of experts and other global health stakeholders working in the areas of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria;
10. Perform any other activities required by the Coordinator of Market Dynamics.
Advanced university degree in medicine, pharmacy, public health or related discipline.
Advanced university degree in business, international relations or related discipline.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong planning, organizational, and project management skills
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a small team to deliver high impact results
- Strong interpersonal skills, tact, discretion and mature judgment
- Strong knowledge of how to apply market approaches to improve public health.
WHO Competencies
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Moving forward in a changing environment
3. Producing results
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Knowing and managing yourself.
At least 7 years of experience in public or global health with a focus on pharmaceuticals or diagnostics policies and strategies; at least 1 year of experience in malaria; experience in designing, managing, and evaluating strategic market approaches to improve public health; documented experience in technical or scientific writing.
Experience in the private sector pharmaceutical/diagnostics industry or private sector consultancy firm; experience in HIV and tuberculosis; experience in organizing large multi-stakeholder events and managing partnerships amongst global health organizations; experience in the United Nations system.
Expert knowledge of English is required for the post. Beginners knowledge of French would be an asset.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only. As a WHO staff member assigned solely and exclusively to support UNITAID, selected staff will have no right of reassignment or transfer outside UNITAID either during or at the end of his/her appointment, including pursuant to WHO Staff Rule 1050. (This does not apply to WHO fixed-term staff members reassigned from a non-Partnership position).
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67'395 at single rate
USD 72'373 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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