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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/IER/FT475
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 1 November 2013
Application Deadline: 22 November 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The objective of the PHI team is to provide leadership and support in coordination of implementation of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action (GSPA) on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property including development and implementation of work in the area of financing and coordination of research and development for health technologies (medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and devices) with focus on developing countries and the work in the area of international trade of medical products in the Organization.
Description of duties:
Under the overall supervision of the ADG HIS and the Coordinator PHI, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks:
- Develop, implement and manage a global platform on innovation and access by creating a web-based global reporting mechanism of GSPA-PHI implementation, in collaboration with the regional offices and based on the developed monitoring and evaluation framework.
- Establish and coordinate regional and global activities to support bio-manufacturing in developing countries within the context of elements 3 and 4 of the GSPA-PHI and the 3 pillars of GAP-II, establishing collaborative arrangements with governments, non-governmental organizations and other international partners.
- Coordinate the overall programme review and comprehensive evaluation of the GSPA-PHI according to the WHA resolutions requirements.
Essential: Masters degree in public health or related field.
Desirable: University degree in health economics and management.
Extensive knowledge of health technology innovation and access with regard to needs in developing countries. Good understanding of Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, its history, political significance and implementation activities. Demonstrated experience in supporting developing countries and local manufacturers to develop business models for sustainable vaccine manufacturing based on policy coherence between industrial development and public health priorities. Excellent knowledge of the Global Action Plan to Increase Influenza Vaccines (GAP-II)'s objectives and Organization's work-plan for its implementation. Excellent knowledge of programme-performance monitoring and evaluation practices, especially evaluation of multi-stakeholders, broad scope and politically sensitive programmes. Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings and excellent inter-personal skills, working harmoniously as a member of a team, adapting to diverse educational, socio-political and cultural backgrounds and maintaining a high standard of personal conduct. Familiarity with the UN system, including knowledge of WHO country, regional and global functions. Ability to work under tight deadlines on a results-oriented basis. Mastery of office software applications: Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results,
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond, and
3. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership.
Essential: Minimum of 7 years progressive experience in public health with a focus on design, creation and implementation of tools to monitor innovative capacity at national, regional and global level. Experience in assisting member states identifying and establishing a policy coherent environment for industrial development and public health. Experience of working with manufacturers and governments of developing countries to identify barriers to growth of local production capacity for health related technologies.
Desirable: Solid experience of strategic, organizational, management and policy issues in the field of public health.
Expert knowledge of English and French required. Intermediate knowledge of Spanish also required.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), and 2. External candidates.

Other similar positions at the same grade level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67,483 at single rate
US$72,467 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.

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

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