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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/RHT/FT324
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 3 July 2014
Application Deadline: 18 July 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HIS Health Systems and Innovation (HQ/HIS) /
HQ/EMP- Essential Medicines and Health Products (HQ/EMP)
HQ/PQT Prequalification Team (HQ/PQT)
The objectives of the WHO Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP) are to contribute to saving lives and improving health by developing global guidance and by collaborating with countries to provide: (1) equity of access to essential medicines and health products, (2) rational use of medicines and health products: (3) medicines and health products quality, safety and efficacy/performance. The Prequalification Team (PQT) within the Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies (RHT) Unit in EMP promotes and facilitates access to safe and appropriate diagnostics/medical devices, medicines and vaccines of assured quality through advocacy and policy, prequalification, quality assurance systems and strengthening national regulatory and laboratory programmes. PQT's global activities aim at ensuring health products are accessible, available at a reasonable cost, used appropriately and are provided within an adequate regulatory framework and a sustainable health care system.
Description of duties:
The incumbent is responsible for leading the overall technical and managerial activities of the Diagnostics Assessment Group, under the administrative supervision of the Coordinator, PQT. The Group Leader plans, implements and monitors the activities related to the following areas of work:
1. Takes primary responsibility for the technical and managerial aspects of planning, implementing and monitoring the Prequalification of diagnostics and selected medical devices area of work.
2. Coordinates WHO normative and guidance work in support of the Prequalification of diagnostics and diagnostics pre- and post-market regulations.
3. Establishes and manages collaborations with relevant organizations and institutions in order to advance the agenda in global diagnostics work.
4. Facilitates access to appropriate good quality diagnostics by providing technical advice on procurement and supply management of diagnostics to major procurement and donor agencies.
5. Assists higher Governmental officials from Member States to develop country specific policies and implementation strategies in response to specific needs related to diagnostics, including quality assurance and other regulatory aspects.
6. Assures publication of diagnostics related guidelines, recommendations and training materials to support countries, industry, academia and other partners through the WHO website.
7. Advises Member States, UN agencies, other inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies on matters relating to diagnostics, working in close collaboration with EMP teams, other WHO Headquarters departments and WHO Regional and Country Offices.
8. Coordinates the WHO contribution to global and regional harmonization initiatives on in vitro diagnostics such as the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF).
9. Provides technical leadership within EMP and among United Nations agencies for matters relating to in vitro diagnostics.
10. Undertakes fundraising activities for increased financial support for WHO's work in diagnostics.
11. Carries out other tasks, as required by the Coordinator, PQT or Head of RHT.
Essential: University degree in biomedicine, biology or other medical science with an advanced degree (masters level of above) in management.
Desirable: Training in diagnostics regulations and ISO standards.
Expert knowledge of diagnostics regulations, including current harmonization initiatives. Knowledge and consideration of diagnostics challenges in resource-limited settings. Ability to coordinate international project activities and to foster collaboration within and beyond WHO. Communication and diplomatic skills. Fluency in the use of standard office software programmes. Computer literacy, Microsoft office software.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results,
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way, and
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond.
Essential: At least 10 years of experience, including at the international level, in working with industry and national regulatory authorities, including in resource-limited settings. A minimum of 5 years regulatory experience within a national regulatory authority for medical devices and diagnostics and 5 years' experience within WHO and/or UN specialized agency.
Desirable: Experience in collaboration with other UN organizations, agencies and donors. Experience in regulations harmonization and implementation and regulatory capacity building with resource-limited settings.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Expert knowlege of French.
Additional Information:
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$80,887 at single rate
US$87,069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 105.5 % 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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