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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/RHT/FT228
Title: Scientist
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 7 May 2014
Application Deadline: 28 May 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/RHT Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies (HQ/RHT) /
HQ/TSN Technologies Standards and Norms (HQ/TSN)
The overall objectives of the programme are as follows:
a) To develop, establish, update and promote global norms and standards (WHO Guidelines and Recommendations, WHO biological reference standards and panels) and technical strategies enabling Member States implementation and harmonization/convergence of effective regulatory and control systems.
b) Using the tools established, to provide and coordinate technical advice and assistance to WHO Member States and other UN agencies to enhance production systems and the availability, safety and quality of the products and technologies described under this job description and to avoid waste of human derived resources.
c) Through the establishment of the relevant global norms and WHO biological reference preparations for the control of quality and safety of the products and technologies referred, to provide advice and assistance on testing and risk assessment strategies.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will be responsible for the overall scientific and managerial activities (planning, directing, monitoring) for the described area of work within TSN (Technologies Standards and Norms). The incumbent will act as the Secretariat to the WHO Blood Regulators Network as well as the Secretariat to the ECBS (Expert Committee on Biological Standardization ) - Blood Products and IVD (in vitro Diagnostics Track) Track and coordinate the Network/s of WHO Collaborating Centres relevant to blood products and novel blood therapies and associated technologies and IVDs.

1. Lead and manage the development, update and dissemination of evidence based WHO guidelines and recommendations on production, quality assurance procedures and regulation of specific products, groups of products or technologies.
2. Facilitate and coordinate international consensus on quality, safety and efficacy of the relevant essential medical products and health technologies as well as on emerging regulatory issues.
3. Plan and organize meetings, global consultations and scientific working groups to advance the WHO agenda on quality, safety and availability of products and technologies described above and the preparation of working documents under the scope of the ECBS-Blood products and IVD Track and any other Expert Committee, as required.
4. Maintain the appropriate records of established Guidelines and global databases (e.g. catalogue of biological reference preparations; snake antivenoms etc.) and websites (blood products and related biologicals) developed by the area of work.

1. Lead and manage the development, replacement and dissemination of WHO Biological Reference Preparations (International Standards and Reference Panels) applied to the regulation and control of blood products and related biologicals, including quality and safety testing technologies and specific public health needs as required.
2. Establish mechanisms to prioritize timely development, review and replacement of the relevant WHO International Standards and Reference Panels with the collaboration of the relevant Network/s of WHO Collaborating Centres and scientific and regulatory institutions, as required.
3. Coordinate with international standards setting organizations in order to maintain leadership of WHO global norms and standards.
4. Maintain the appropriate records of established International Standards and Reference Materials and on-line catalogue of WHO biological reference preparations.

1. Promote and support implementation of WHO norms and standards through the provision of scientific, technical and regulatory advice to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), National Control Laboratories (NCLs), National Reference Laboratories (NRLs), National Professional Societies, National Blood Programmes, Ministries of Health, as appropriate.
2. Provide leadership for formulating, implementing and adapting effective approaches to support convergence of national, regional and international action in areas within the scope of the programme.
3. Provide advice and guidance to relevant stakeholders in Member States, upon request, regarding: a) effective quality assurance and regulatory practices applied to products and technologies within the scope of the programme; b) testing methods and its evaluation and/or standardization; c) appropriate use of WHO international standards and reference panels; d) development of national/regional biological reference preparations.

1. Manage the WHO programme of work and maintain collaboration with the relevant internal and external stakeholders. Represent the programme at international scientific meetings and present the policies of the Organization. Ensure coordination and prioritization of activities to meet global needs and targets.
2. Advise the Supervisor of the implications of developments in the area of work that could impact on technical and ethical aspects of the work of the Organization.
3. Monitor progress and effectiveness of WHO activities on a regular basis. Prepare appropriate reporting, including to the WHO governing bodies, on the above-mentioned areas of work.
4. Collaborate with Supervisors in the elaboration of the Department/Unit/Team strategic plan and contribute to the overall monitoring and review of the progress and Department's objectives. Contribute to mobilizing financial and human resources to achieve the set goals of the area of work.
5. Undertake any other duties within the area of work as requested by the Unit, Team and Department Supervisors.
Advanced university degree in medicine, pharmacy or biological sciences (biochemistry, medical biology, molecular biology, microbiology) with PhD degree relevant to the post description.

Demonstrable education in public health. Scientific background by peer reviewed articles in international scientific journals and/or development of new laboratory methods, standards and norms to address regulatory and public health issues in national, regional or international organizations.
1. Expertise in quality assurance and regulatory systems applied to the production and control of blood products and novel blood cell therapies, with emphasis on associated safety technologies and IVDS.
2. Expertise in laboratory techniques and characterization of reference standards and reference panels for the control of quality and safety of blood products, novel blood cell therapies, evaluation of associated technologies.
3. Expertise in scientific and regulatory assessments of current and emerging threats to the safety and availability of blood products and blood cell therapies and scientific assessment of new technologies to address emerging health challenges.
4. Recognized leadership and ability to work with experts, networks and organizations at national and international levels in the areas related to this job description.
5. Demonstrable ability to formulate technical proposals and description of procedures in a clear and concise manner.
6. Managerial and organizational skills. Demonstrate ability to establish effective working relationships.

WHO Competencies:
Producing results
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Fostering integration and teamwork
Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
Over 10 years of demonstrable practical experience, including at senior national and international level, in regulatory systems for quality and safety of blood products and novel blood therapies, including quality and safety testing technologies, including IVDs, in organizations with active international participation. Experience in the development of quality assurance national/regional regulations and standards to address quality and safety public health challenges.

Demonstrable laboratory experience applied to the evaluation of technologies, including IVDs, for the control of quality and safety of blood products and novel blood cell therapies. Demonstrable experience in implementation, inspection and audits of blood establishments and plasma fractionation facilities. Proven leadership and managing capacity of public health blood related threats.
Expert knowledge of English required. Intermediate 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 80887 at single rate
USD 87069 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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