24 October 2016
PDF/Print version
Returning applicants, please log in
Not registered? Register here
List of closed vacancies
Return to current vacancies list

The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/IVB/TA72
Title: Technical Officer (Immunization Logistics and Products)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 19 July 2013
Application Deadline: 16 August 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/IVB - Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (HQ/IVB) /
HQ/EPI - Expanded Programme on Immunization Plus (HQ/EPI)
The Technical Officer will provide guidance and technical support to Regional Offices, Inter-country support teams and national counterparts to strengthen immunization programmes. The EPI team (Expanded Programme on Immunization Plus) is housed within the Department of Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals, under the cluster of Family, Women and Children's Health. EPI itself is divided into three functional groups: Immunization Strategic Information, Immunization Policies and Strategies and Immunization Programme Operations. This position will report to the Manager of the Programme Operations group. EPI's objectives, in the context of the Decade of Vaccines Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2012, are to develop policies and strategies for maximizing the use of vaccines of public health importance and their delivery; to support regions and countries in acquiring the necessary skills, competence and infrastructure to implement these policies and strategies and achieve disease control/elimination and eradication of objectives. The EPI Team works across the three priority areas:
- Protect: increasing immunization impact by reaching the unreached, increasing and sustaining coverage and strengthening immunization systems.
- Innovate: introduce new vaccines and technologies, promote integrated approaches to disease control, explore alternative delivery methods.
- Accelerate: Elimination of measles and rubella, control of Meningitis A, monitoring of maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination.
Polio eradication is a focus across all priority areas.
Description of duties:
- Synthesize existing evidence-base and conduct additional research, as necessary, to identify gaps and challenges facing countries in immunization supply chain management;
- Lead and oversee writing, publication and dissemination of global guidance and training materials on effective vaccine management practices and equipment management;
- Provide technical support to regions, countries and immunization partners as needed, to strengthen systems for effective supply chain and logistics management;
- Interact with the private sector, regulators and Product Development Groups in developed and developing countries to advise on how vaccines and cold chain equipment can meet low and middle-income country needs, including development of preferred product profiles;
- Provide technical inputs to advance the use of vaccines in a controlled temperature chain, including interactions with manufacturers and regulators, development of guidance materials, and support to field studies;
- Serve as the WHO/EPI focal point for the Vaccine Product and Packaging Advisory Group (VPPAG);
- Implement collaborations with academia and NGOs to inform future product preferences, including overseeing research and related internship positions;
- Collaborate with the Quality, Safety and Standards (QSS) Team to provide programmatic expertise in the prequalification of equipment and devices, and manage updates and revisions to the Programmatic Suitability for Prequalification of vaccines (PSPQ);
- Contribute to other EPI routine immunization strengthening activities as requested.
Advanced degree in public health, health policy and management, global/international health, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, engineering or related sciences. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic professional training and self-study.
Proven ability to write or develop immunization guidance or training materials. Knowledge of WHO recommended vaccine management practices, with experience in developing national capacity in cold chain and logistics systems. Strong knowledge of the UN system, including WHO country, regional and global offices and UNICEF program and supply division. Strong relationships with key immunization partners, donors, the NGO and CSO community. Exceptionally strong writing, presentation and project management skills. Excellent interpersonal negotiating and consultative skills. Conscientiousness with ability to take initiative and work independently under general guidance. Ability to coordinate or manage diverse groups of stakeholders. Ability to work as a team member, and sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural environment.

WHO Competencies
1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Producing results
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
At least 7 years of professional work experience in the international health sector (either public or private), with demonstrated experience in immunization in low-resource environments. Demonstrated experience in working with local Ministries of Health on immunization supply chain and logistics issues.
Experience living and working in developing countries. Familiarity with vaccine and/or equipment manufacturing companies or with vaccine regulators.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English and intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Priority will be given to internal candidates. 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.
Monthly salary: (Net of tax)
USD 5616 at single rate
USD 6031 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.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Vacancy Filled

This vacancy is shown for viewing only. It is not currently open for applications
WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.