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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/EMP/FT351
Title: Technical Officer (Essential Medicines and Health Products)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 7 August 2014
Application Deadline: 18 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/EMP- Essential Medicines and Health Products (HQ/EMP) /
HQ/PAU Policy, Access and Use (HQ/PAU)
The overall goal of WHO is to reduce morbidity and mortality and to improve health of populations. The Essential Medicines and Health Products Department (EMP) role is to lead, facilitate and support global, regional and country initiatives that aim to ensure equitable access to and appropriate use of affordable and quality assured Essential Medicines and Health Products, including controlled medicines. International drug control conventions mandate WHO to evaluate substances for international control. This evaluation, carried out by the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD), of which the EMP Department is the secretariat, is based on the best available science. The recommendations of the ECDD on scheduling of controlled substances are conveyed to the Commission for Narcotic Drugs (CND). The WHO EMP Department provides technical and strategic advice and support to Member States for developing and implementing policies and best practices for improving access to and appropriate use of affordable and quality assured controlled medicines. EMP works closely with other WHO technical programmes in the development of guidelines for use of controlled medicines for a number of health conditions and interventions. The WHO ACM Programme, through the promotion of a balanced approach, provides opportunities to improve access to controlled substances to patients in countries without increasing the risks of non-medical and harmful use.
Description of duties:
The incumbent's tasks include:
1.To carry out responsibilities as Secretary of the ECDD:
- undertake regular updates of the expert panel on Drug Dependence and Liability to ensure best possible international experts in various domains of interests are nominated, keeping a geographical and gender balance;
- efficiently plan and organise ECDD meetings and establish robust framework and procedures for carrying out reviews and/or pre reviews of psychoactive substances and medicines considered for international control.
- follow up on submissions of WHO recommendations to CND and on their outcomes;
- contribute to maintaining collaboration with other WHO Departments involved in issues related to controlled substances e.g. drug abuse and substance dependence, palliative care etc;
- contribute to maintaining collaboration with other UN bodies and other agencies, including from private sector and civil society;
- draft WHO position papers and statements, review and provide comment to other UN Organisation's policy documents and oversees part of WHO delegation to CND meetings.
2. To manage the WHO ACM programme:
- coordinate development of WHO guidance and best practices for improving access to and use of controlled substances;
- promote dissemination and use of guidelines and tools;
- closely collaborate with WHO Regional and Country Advisers and with national counterparts in countries to plan and implement technical support and capacity building relevant to country needs and priorities;
- establish and maintain collaboration with outside partners and stakeholders including UN Organizations, civil society and professional associations that are also involved in improving access to controlled substances in countries;
- develop materials for global advocacy and participate in global, regional and country events related to international control of psychoactive substances and medicines with potential for abuse;
- lead and coordinate with other agencies the monitoring of, access to, and use of controlled medicines through development of indicators and tools and the collection of reliable information and its analysis;
- contribute to and collaborate with other WHO departments and agencies' work for the development of guidelines for prevention and treatments that involve controlled medicines;
- collaborate with other WHO teams and partners involved in programmes for improving access to and use of controlled medicines in countries.
3. To raise the profile of WHO work on access to and use of controlled substances:
- develop communication materials and contribute to the EMP strategy for raising visibility of WHO work on access to and appropriate use of health technologies, including controlled medicines;
- participate in international, regional and country events on Essential Medicines and Health Technologies and/or on international control and promote WHO work;
- contribute in the financial planning of, and fundraising for, the project's activities.
Essential: University and postgraduate doctoral degree either in pharmacy, medicine or other related science subject.
Desirable: Complementary degree in law, public health, pharmacology, toxicology or palliative care.
Knowledge in public health policies, medicines policies, access and use; international treaties and regulations on controlled medicines. Universal health coverage and human right issues. Pharmacology, toxicology and drug dependence; monitoring and evaluation. Effective communication and writing skills, ability to work in a team and to develop professional networks, advocacy and resource mobilisation skills.
Other skills: normal office computer equipment (Word, excel, etc). Evidence of good medical/scientific writing
skills in English.

WHO Competencies:
1. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership,
2. Creating an empowering and motivating environment,
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond,
4. Fostering integration and teamwork, and
5. Producing results.
Essential: At least ten years' experience working in essential medicines and health technology policies of which five years in the area of psychoactive substances, controlled medicines and dependence at national and international level.
Desirable: At least five years' of working in an international environment. Working experience and/or training in legal affairs, in project management and financial management.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowlege of French. Intermediate knowledge of another UN language.
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.

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