TECHNICAL OFFICER (ESSENTIAL MEDICINES AND TECHNOLOGIES) (WPRO/13/FT361)

30 June 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/13/FT361
 
Title: Technical Officer (Essential Medicines and Technologies)
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years
 
Date: 30 August 2013
 
Application Deadline: 20 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Beijing, China
 
Organization unit: WP_CHN China (WP_CHN) /
WP_CN5 Director, Health Sector Development (WP_CN5)
Essential Medicines and Health Technologies
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
To support Member States to develop and implement policies, regulatory and financing mechanisms that will ensure equitable access to effective and safe medical products and technologies of assured quality and ensure their rational use by prescribers and consumers. To support development of policies and their implementation for integration of traditional medicines and practices into the health system and for ensuring their safety, quality and efficacy.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the WHO Representative, China along with respective pharmaceutical and other relevant technical areas in WHO (Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) and HQ) the incumbent will carry out the following duties:
1. Manage and coordinate the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of components of the regional response to artemisinin resistance related to improving the availability and access to quality assured medicines and medical products and reducing the availablity and use of artemisinin monotherapies as well as poor quality substandard and counterfeit products in all countries of the Greather Mekong Subregion (GMS).
2. Coordinate, organize and participate in regional/national project meetings advancing identified actions to improve medicine quality and access necessary to achieve project goals, and participate in other project-related meetings as needed. Provide regular programme implementation reports, including reports to donors.
3. Conduct situational analysis on key issues and constraints, identify solutions, and develop workplan to address these in discussion with Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance team and relevant WHO Offices as well as national counterparts and partners.
4. Provide operational advice on technical issuess affecting drug quality (regulation, Good Manufacturing Practice, quality assurance) supply management and rational use in both public and private sectors.
5. Maintain links and coordination to ensure continuity of external technical advice and support both within and outside of WHO including establishing meetings of experts and including representation of regional bodies, such as ASEAN and relevant organizations to promote agreement on the ban on the production and sale of artemisinin monotherapies.
6. Provide coordination, support implementation of bi-regional efforts and work with partners to halt manufacture, distribution and sale of oral artemsinin monotherapy, and increase availability and access to quality-assured efficacious antimalarials and other relevant supplies.
7. Facilitate intercountry collaboration and cross-border communication at national, provincial and district levels with regard to improving supply management and supply security both in public and private sectors, and increase access to good quality medicines and medical products while supporting efforts to minimize access to substandard quality and counterfeit medicines.
8. Facilitate capacity building of national regulatory authorities of GMS Member States in key areas relevant for ensuring quality and appropriate use of medicines and medical products.
9. Strengthen partnerships with different stakeholders, implementation partners and national focal points, including enforcement agencies that are critical for effective implementation of targeted activities.
10. In the development of comprehensive plan, programmes and policies, facilitate and expand coordination, cooperation and collaborative plans in above-mentioned areas with relevant WHO technical teams at all levels of the system, with bilateral, multilateral agencies and other external stakeholders.
11. To prepare duty travel, assignment reports and project documents.
12. To perform any other related duties as needed.

Expected specific outputs/outcomes:
 Strengthened coordination and collaboration between regulatory authorities and key partners;
 improved regulatory systems and enforcement to ensure the quality of medicines and medical products necessary to support programme activities;
 manufacturing and supply of oral artemisinin-based monotherapies halted;
 reduced the availability of substandard and counterfeit antimalarial medicines;
 improved supply chain system to deliver only quality-assured products;
 improved availability of quality-assured artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) through increased number of products in the market that meet WHO-Prequalification or other internationally recognized standards for pharmaceuticals and medical products

The incumbent will support efforts to contain and eliminate artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion by providing technical assistance to medicine regulatory authorities, manufacturers and other national/regional stakeholders to increase the availability and access to quality-assured essential medicines and medical products necessary for effective diagnosis, prevention and treatment of malaria.

The incumbent will work under the broad guidance and supervision of the WHO Representative, China as first level supervisor, and Director, Health Sector Development as second level supervisor. In addition, the incumbent will closely coordinate work with the Coordinator of the Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance (ERAR) programme based in Cambodia and other team members based in the Greater Mekong Subregion countries working with the ERAR programme.

Within the scope of work defined by the Emergency Response Plan, regional and global strategies (including the Global Plan for Artemisinin Resistance Containment, GPARC), policy guidelines, and programme objectives, and under the guidance of the Division/Department Directors, the Directors of Programme Management, the Regional Directors and the Director of the Global Malaria Programme, the incumbent functions as an expert responsible for pharmaceutical quality and supply improvements in targeted countries. He/She is expected to exercise initiative and innovation in planning, implementing and managing activities at countries and regional levels with supervisory oversight and inputs from other team members and other levels of WHO Offices. He/She will collaborate and facilitate cooperation with relevant government institutions, nongovernmental organizations, donors, and external technical agencies, bilateral and multilateral organizations.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
University degree in pharmaceutical sciences or medicine with postgraduate degree in a relevant field from a recognized university are essential. Postgraduate training in public health, or pharmaceutical sciences and/or training in communication and management is desirable.
Skills:
Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written); strong at coordination, collaboration, building and maintaining partnerships; ability to listen; proficient in standard MS Office software applications; presentation skills; skills in use of statistical software an asset; ability to work harmoniously as member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain high integrity and standard of personal conduct.

Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Experience:
At least seven years' experience in pharmaceuticals related fields, including medicines regulation and quality assurance implementation of Good Manufacturing Practices, and including at least three years' experience at international level is essential. Experience in public health or health systems development related project planning and implementation is an advantage. Field experience in developing countries in Asia is highly desirable.
Languages:
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other official UN languages or Chinese (Mandarin) is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD67 483 at single rate
USD72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 61.9 % 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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