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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/RHT/FT369
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 16 July 2014
Application Deadline: 6 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/RHT Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies (HQ/RHT) /
HQ/SAV Safety and Vigilance (HQ/SAV)
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 objective of the Safety and Vigilance (SAV) team is to assure safety and safe use of health technologies in patients and populations. Within SAV, the global vaccine safety (GVS) group participates in early detection mechanisms and development of appropriate responses for immunization safety issues; develops and maintains a comprehensive and updated information system on immunization safety issues; and provides technical assistance to WHO Regional Offices and countries regarding the implementation of injection safety assessments, strengthening monitoring systems for adverse events following immunization and ensuring proper investigation of vaccine safety situations.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will develop and coordinate project management processes and tools. The work should cover the following elements: 1. management of the internal organizational structure; 2. responsibilities; 3. methods; 4. data management; 5. customer satisfaction; and 6. product quality. The work will be conducted in liaison with regions and countries around the elements defined in the Global Vaccine Safety Blueprint. Writing and generating progress reports, and managing and developing the Global Vaccine Safety Initiative (GVSI) activities portfolio (a web-based information system for the project) will be an important part of the work for the incumbent.
A. Coordinate and ensure the project management for WHO global vaccine safety activities in collaboration with Regional Offices (and countries that participate in the global network for vaccine pharmacovigilance). This includes the coordination of organizing meetings and conferences, writing minutes and managing web-based platforms.
B. Develop and manage the management systems for the group's internal processes. This includes developing and overseeing the roster of vaccine safety experts, ensuring a proper feedback to the public, coordinating translations, publications and printings of technical materials and tools. Coordinate the development of promotional material including GVSI newsletters and highlights, and reach out to stakeholders and external partners.
C. Liaise with collaborators in order to implement the GVSI and provide information and reporting to donors.
D. Manage the Vaccine Safety Net (VSN).
E. Coordinate and collaborate with other WHO colleagues and departments on integrating the GVSI.
F. Participate in capacity-building efforts at regional and country levels.
G. In addition, provide advice and guidance to other Groups in the SAV team in relation to similar project management tools as required by the Coordinator. Explore innovative approaches to engaging relevant stakeholders and developing awareness programmes.
Main achievements include: 1. Up-to-date GVSI portfolio of activities. 2. Organizational support to GVSI planning group conferences and retreats. 3. Maintenance of program website and VSN. 4. Development of standard operating procedures for GVS. 5. Active involvement in capacity-building activities for vaccine safety.
Perform all other related tools as assigned.
Essential: An advanced university degree in Public Health, International Development, Business Administration, Social Sciences and/or related field.
High level of organizational and analytical ability. Knowledge of the operations of WHO and understanding of capacity building for Member States. Experience with website management would be desirable. Proven ability to maintain and establish excellent interpersonal working relations and to work with competing priorities under pressure.
Other skills: Webit and Datacol.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results,
2. Fostering integration and teamwork,
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources,
4. Moving forward in a changing environment, and
5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
Essential: At least 7 years professional work experience at the national and international level in administration and project management in the fields of public health and/or international development.
Desirable: Experience in working for development programmes in developing countries. Experience in pharmacovigilance for drugs or vaccines. Work experience in an international Organization.
Essential: Expert knowledge in English and 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$67,611 at single rate
US$72,605 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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