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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HSS/FT491
Title: Medical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 13 November 2013
Application Deadline: 3 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The department of Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP) works with Member states and
partners to improve the access to essential medicines and other health technologies of assured
quality for patients, and to promote that these are used rationally. The EMP department works with
the HIS cluster departments in the wider framework of Universal Health Coverage and category 4
of the Global programme of Work, and cooperates with disease oriented programme ( among others HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, reproductive health, maternal and child health, immunization, NCDs and
mental health) towards the Millenium Development Goals. The department works with a wide
range of UN organizations, international partners and expert networks, and WHO Collaborating
Centers. The department has three large areas of work : (1) the Regulation of medicines and other
health technologies ( medicines, vaccines, other biologicals, blood products, medical devices, and
diagnostics), which includes the Normative and Standard setting work , the Prequalification of
medicines, vaccines and diagnostics for UN and international procurement, the Strengthening of
Regulatory Authorities and networks, and the Safety and Vigilance on health technologies, plus the
work on SSFFC ; (2) Policy, Access and Use , which includes the Expert Committee of Selection
and Use of Essential medicines, and the Expert Committee on Drug dependence, and covers the
work on national policies, procurement, supply management and pricing of health technologies; (3)
Public health, Innovation and Intellectual property which covers the Global Strategy and Plan of
Action on Public health, Innovation and Intellectual property, and works with countries on local
production and transfer of technology approaches; and on strategies for management of intellectual
property issues. The objective of the Safety & Vigilance team is to assure safety and safe use of
health technologies (medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and devices) in patients and populations, to
support Member States to enhance their infrastructure and capacity for product vigilance, to
encourage participation of Member States in the WHO Programme for International Drug
Monitoring, and to respond to safety concerns of global importance.
Description of duties:
Contribute to the overall work of the Global Vaccine Safety group (GVS), with focus on technical aspects of harmonized tools for the Global Vaccine Safety Initiative. This includes:
- Standard procedures and methodologies for collection of vaccine safety signals;
- Standard procedures and methodologies for analysing and investigating vaccine safety issues;
- Tools to facilitate vaccine pharmacovigilance.
- Capacity-building activities at regional and country levels.
Medical degree from a recognized medical school. Post-graduate training in public health or
Training/qualification in biostatistics.
Knowledge of the field immunization and adverse events following immunization. Experience with
international immunization programs.
*1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
*2. Producing results
*3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Moving forward in a changing environment
At least 7 years of progressive experience in Public Health, Communicable Disease Control (CDC),
at peripheral, national and international levels.
Some experience in training, operational research, and Expanded Programme on Immunization
(EPI) activities in developing countries. Previous experience in vaccine safety would be an asset.
Expert knowledge of English required. Intermediate knowledge of French desirable.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
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: 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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