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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/RHT/FT231
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 8 May 2014
Application Deadline: 29 May 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/RHT Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies (HQ/RHT) /
HQ/PQT Prequalification Team (HQ/PQT)
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 (RHT) (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 (PAU), 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 (PHI) 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 (PQT) 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 non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Description of duties:
To provide input to the department and team aiming at highest level of quality, efficacy and safety in the provision of selection and appropriate use of essential health technologies. More specifically the incumbent should, under the supervision of the Group Lead, Inspection Services:
1. coordinate the scheduling and conduct inspections of manufacturing lines of diagnostics for the Inspection Services team;
2. oversee the development, review, updating and finalizing of guidelines related to inspection of manufacturing processes of diagnostics for prequalification;
3. provide technical support as related to quality management systems to WHO External Quality Assurance (EQA) scheme providers and of laboratories conducting post market surveillance of diagnostics;
4. provide technical input and support the development of training materials and facilitate the WHO training activities on implementation and assessment of quality management systems of manufacturing lines of diagnostics in collaboration with regions;
5. contribute to the development of information and documents for PQT web pages in particular those related to prequalification of diagnostics; and
6. perform other duties, as assigned by the Group Lead, Inspection Services and Coordinator, PQT.
Advanced university degree in a related health science such as microbiology; biology.
Certified assessor/inspector/auditor of a recognized body.
1. Excellent knowledge and practical application of ISO 13485 Quality Management Systems (QMS) and related ISO standards.
2. Sound knowledge of regulatory affairs and laboratory accreditation.
3. Proven ability to write technical reports, in particular inspection reports.
4. In depth understanding of the diagnostic industry.
5. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with international and national staff at all levels.
6. Motivation to work in an international environment and in a team.

WHO Competencies:
Producing results
Knowing and managing yourself
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
At least seven years work experience in the area of diagnostics and laboratory technology. At least three years of experience with inspections and/or compliance with ISO 13485 and quality management systems for laboratories and manufacturing lines of diagnostics. Experience working with developing countries. Work experience collaborating with industry.

Experience working within the UN system would be an asset.
Expert knowledge of English is required. Beginners knowledge of French would be an asset.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes.
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)
USD 67611 at single rate
USD 72605 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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