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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: WRO/VN/2013/3
Title: National Professional Officer (Pharmaceuticals)
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two Years
Date: 16 May 2013
Application Deadline: 12 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
WHO Representative to India, New Delhi, India.
WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), to actively support the development and implementation of national health policies, strategies and plans in the area of Pharmaceuticals, including strengthening of drug regulatory authorities and other relevant stakeholders, and issues of access, quality and safety of medicines & vaccines, and impact of intellectual property rights on public health as well as strengthening India's role in global health.

The WCO-India programme of work supports the GOI in :
1. Building stewardship, policy making and implementation capacity in the area of intellectual property rights related to pharmaceuticals and their impact on public health.
2. Developing and implementing effective policies for improved access and rationale use of pharmaceuticals within the scope of India's Universal Health Coverage agenda and within broader global public health needs;
3. Improving pharmaceutical quality assurance and control tools, mechanisms and capacity;
4. Improving the management of the procurement and supply systems for quality generic essential medicines.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO:
All the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

The seven point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; (iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The South -East Asia Region of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, with India's population of 1.2 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India:
Within the framework of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.

Purpose of the Position:
Contribute to implementation of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with the Government of India by supporting the work of the WHO Country Office for India in the area of pharmaceuticals (including medical technology/devices) with emphasis on policy, access, regulation, quality and rational use of drugs, through collaboration with state/national authorities and other partners, promoting evidence-based strategies and interventions in the area of pharmaceuticals and developing mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies on population health.
Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the direct supervision of Coordinator, Health Programmes, with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial workplans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India (2012-2017), as part of the WCO-India team working on health systems, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

1. Provide technical and managerial support to the development and implementation of WCO-India biennial workplans in the area of pharmaceuticals (including vaccines, medical technology / devices) while contributing to implementation of the related components of GoI-WHO collaborative programme with India (Universal Health Coverage and others), with emphasis on policy and regulation aspects and working in close collaboration with WCO-India's other technical teams;

2. Liaise and maintain regular good working relations with concerned technical units/departments of MoH&FW (Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) and others) and other partners with a view to facilitate the formulation and adoption of relevant policies, strategies and decisions and promoting mechanisms to adapt/ transpose/implement international norms and standards related to pharmaceuticals to/in the Indian context;

3. Collaborate with state, national authorities, non-governmental organizations, international organizations and other stakeholders to formulate/define relevant programs and activities;

4. Support strengthening India's role in Global Health matters through capacity development and information sharing and promoting various models of collaboration and transfer of know-how (South-South collaboration, BRICS collaboration and others);

5. Follow-up, monitor, evaluate and report on the progress of WCO-India workplan implementation and the programme effectiveness in the area of pharmaceuticals; support in documenting successful interventions and synthesizing lessons learnt for wider dissemination; identify and liaise with national centers of excellence through close collaboration with those centers and promote their designation as WHO collaborating centers in support to the work of WHO.

6. Promote the generation of evidence and contribute to informed policy and decision making of the government across multiple sectors by disseminating research findings and providing/mobilising cutting edge policy and technical advice; support building national research capacities in the area of pharmaceuticals and related fields (including medical technology / devices).

7. Prepare administrative and technical reports and presentations as required;

8. Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.

9. Undertake any other tasks/duties as assigned by supervisors.
Degree from a recognized university in Pharmacy or other health sciences.

Postgraduate degree (Master or PhD) or combination of training and experience in related areas like Public Health or Pharmaceuticals.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
1. The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.
2. Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to pharmaceuticals (including vaccines/medical technology/devices) with good understanding of country's needs and priorities, of issues and policies in various aspects of pharmaceuticals, of regulatory systems, main stakeholders and actors. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas.
3. Good knowledge of the administrative functioning of government institutions and related departments/agencies, and of the other partners in India.
4. Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. Public health leadership skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and colleagues in a team setting at national and international levels, to share information and data and make oral and written presentations on technical issues. Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.
5. Modern management skills (planning and evaluation, etc).Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports.
6. Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.

1. Moving forward in a changing environment
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the
Organisation and beyond.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications, especially Excel computer skills for making high quality data analysis and technical presentations.
At least three (3) years of experience in the pharmaceutical field at National /State level.

Experience of work in UN and/or other International organizations.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and knowledge of Hindi.
Additional Information:
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
INR 18,34,190/- at single rate

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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Vacancy Filled

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