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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HSS/FT37
Title: Coordinator
Grade: P6
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 18 February 2014
Application Deadline: 6 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/PQT Prequalification Team
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 Health Systems and Innovation (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 programmes (among others HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, reproductive health, maternal and child health, immunization, NCDs and mental health) towards the Millennium Development Goals. The department works with a wide range of UN organizations, international partners and expert networks, and WHO Collaborating Centres.
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 the Substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products (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 Prequalification team is to enhance access to health technologies (medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and devices) for priority diseases. Through the prequalification process, it assures the quality, safety and efficacy of appropriate health technologies and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) to be available for procurement through or with funds from the UN system or global procurement agencies. The list of prequalified health technologies is subsequently used by national procurement agencies and NGOs.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will:
1. Lead the Prequalification Team, including planning, directing, monitoring the work and its human and financial resources in relation to the objectives of the program.
2. Lead, manage and coordinate the provision of scientific and technical advice to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and Member States, UN procurement agencies, contract research organizations, quality control and testing laboratories, and healthcare workers, on (a) prioritization of products for assessment; and (b) consideration of suitability of operational and programmatic characteristics of health technologies.
3. Provide advice to manufacturers prior to and during PQ submission.
4. Guide, support and supervise the PQ capacity building functions, including (a) rotation positions for (NRA) assessors/inspectors; (b) representatives from NRAs from user countries participating in PQ assessment & inspection process; (c) collaborative approach for PQ process; and (d) training activities.
5. Guide, support and supervise the quality assurance of quality control & testing laboratories.
6. Lead, manage and supervise the prequalification of health technologies and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).
7. Lead and manage, in collaboration with the Safety and Vigilance team, the post-prequalification activities, including management of complaints (such as quality failures, ICSR, AEFI reports of prequalified health technologies).
8. Collaborate with the NRA strengthening team to accelerate access and supply of priority health technologies & API, including (a) joint assessments of products to achieve simultaneous prequalification and national registration; and (b) guidance to manufacturers and procurement agencies in priority countries to meet required standards.
9. Promote collaboration on aspects related to innovation, policy, access and rational use of quality assured and safe essential medicines and other health technologies, across the Organization.
10. Oversee communication and advocacy activities related to Prequalification.
11. Lead, manage and supervise communication and advocacy activities related to PQ.
12. Prepare appropriate reporting, including to the WHO governing bodies, on the above mentioned areas of work.
13. Undertake any other duties as required within field of competence, and as requested by the Head of Regulation of Health Technologies unit and Director/EMP.
Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine or related sciences (such as pharmacy or biological sciences).
Desirable: PhD and post-doctoral research experience, with publications in peer-reviewed journals. Education in public health.
Expertise in the field of registration or prequalification of health technologies and good understanding of WHO's policies and strategies in this area. Recognized leadership and ability to work with experts' networks and organizations at national and international levels. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background, and from different and complementary fields of expertise; and to supervise programmes, budgets, individuals and teams.
WHO Competencies:
1. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership,
2. Producing results,
3. Fostering integration and teamwork,
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond, and
5. Moving forward in a changing environment.
Essential: At least ten years' experience working in a national (or when applicable, regulatory authority from regional integration organizations) regulatory authority for medical products, and managing issues related to registration of health technologies. This includes at least five years of relevant experience at senior international level. Experience of quality assurance/quality management approaches.
Desirable: Experience in a broad area of health technologies (medicines, vaccines, biologicals, devices, diagnostics). Field experience at country level in a national institution involved in regulation of health products.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.
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$95,394 at single rate
US$10,3204 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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