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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HIS/FT434
Title: Technical Officer (Diagnostics Assessment)
Grade: P2
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post.
Date: 8 August 2014
Application Deadline: 29 August 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
The objective of the WHO Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP) is 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 Unit (RHT) 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 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 the below tasks, under the supervision of the Diagnostics Assessment Group Leader and the Dossier assessment responsible officer:
1. Conducting the review of pre-submission forms for prequalification of diagnostics/medical devices for priority diseases, including soliciting submissions, pre-submission forms review and communications with applicants;
2. Performing screening of product dossiers for prequalification of diagnostics/medical devices for priority diseases, including requesting dossier submission, screening for completeness, communications with manufacturers and records keeping;
3. Regularly updating relevant WHO staff in the Diagnostics assessment group on the status of pre-submission forms and product dossiers and ensure that target timelines are met;
4. Assisting with regulatory capacity building in WHO Member States to strengthen national health systems through provision of product dossier related training to National Regulatory Authorities;
5. Contributing to the development of diagnostics related guidelines, with particular focus on product dossier topics, to support countries, industry, academia and other partners;
6. Preparing technical reports, briefings and presentations for internal and external audiences;
7. Carrying out other tasks, as required by the supervisor.
A university degree in a related health science, such as biology, biochemistry, laboratory sciences, biomedical engineering.
*For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.

Training in ISO standards applicable to in vitro diagnostics.
- Knowledge of in vitro diagnostics regulations, including current international harmonization initiatives, and in vitro diagnostics related international norms and standards.
- Knowledge and consideration of in vitro diagnostics challenges in resource-limited settings.
- Ability to work under tight deadlines on a results-oriented basis.
- Ability to present information effectively.
- Good planning skills, ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities.
- Fluency in the use of standard office software programmes.

WHO Competencies
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
At least 2 years of experience, including working with industry, National Regulatory Authorities and Ministries of Health. Experience in resource-limited settings and within WHO and/or UN specialized agency. Demonstrated practical experience with product dossiers for in vitro diagnostics and medical devices.

Experience in collaboration with other UN Organizations. Experience in regulations harmonization and implementation and regulatory capacity building with resource-limited settings.
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 level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 46'819 at single rate
USD 49'916 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 106.2 % 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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