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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/16/EMP/FT569
Title: Coordinator (Innovation, Access and Use)
Grade: P6
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years - Renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 19 September 2016
Application Deadline: 7 October 2016 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)
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 EMP department works with the HIS cluster departments in the wider framework of Universal Health Coverage and category 4 of the Global programme of Work. The Department cooperates with disease oriented programme
towards the Sustainable Development Goals, including the departments for HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, reproductive health, maternal and child health, immunization, NCDs and mental health. The Department also works with a wide range of UN organizations, international partners and expert networks, and WHO Collaborating Centers.The department has two large areas of work : (1) the Regulation of medicines and other health technologies ( medicines, vaccines, other biologicals, blood products, medical devices, and diagnostics), which includes the Normative and Standard setting work , the Prequalification of medicines, vaccines and diagnostics for UN and international procurement, the Strengthening of Regulatory Authorities and networks, and the Safety and Vigilance on health technologies, plus the work on SSFFC ; (2) Innovation Access and Use which includes the Expert Committee of Selection and Use of Essential medicines, and the Expert Committee on Drug dependence, work on national policies, procurement, supply management and pricing of health technologies as well as work on public health, innovation and intellectual property including the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public health, Innovation and Intellectual property, work on local production and transfer of technology approaches; and on strategies for management of intellectual property issues. The objective of the Innovation Access and Use team is to provide leadership and support for the coordination and development of all aspects of the work of WHO that contribute to effective and efficient pharmaceutical and technology systems for UHC including: evidence-based policies, strategies, and guidance to improve access to, and rational use of, safe, affordable and quality assured essential medicines and health technologies (medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and devices); strategic local production of health products, financing and coordination of research and development for health technologies with focus on developing countries; work in the area of international trade of medical products in the Organization; and to improve transparency, good governance and efficiency in support of Universal Health Coverage.

Organizational Context:
The incumbent's work is guided by the resolutions of the World Health Assembly, by WHO's Executive Board, by orientations from WHO priority health programmes including HIV, TB, malaria, AMR, palliative care, reproductive maternal new born and child health and NCD, and by bodies such as the Expert Committee on Selection & Use of Essential Medicines and other mechanisms.Under the supervision of the Director, EMP, the incumbent is expected to provide leadership, coordination and technical and managerial supervision for the IAU team. The job also requires the incumbent to interact closely with Member states and a number of partners, including the UN agencies, intergovernmental and inter-regional institutions, the private sector,
non-governmental sector and global health partnerships.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Position:
Under the overall responsibility of the Director EMP: - To lead and manage the Innovation, Access and Use Team to ensure its performance and; to strengthen its technical leadership. - To develop and maintain collaboration with other units and teams in EMP department, as well as with other key internal and external stakeholders.

Description of Duties:
1 . Lead the IAU team, including planning, directing, monitoring the work and its human and financial resources in relation to the objectives of the program.
2. Lead and supervise the articulation of policy guidance to improve access to essential medicines and other health technologies at global, regional and country level, in support of universal health coverage.
3. Lead and supervise technical guidance and country support to develop and implement policies on selection, pricing, financing, procurement and supply management, andsafe and appropriate use of essential medicines and other health technologies.
4. Collaborate with priority health programmes in order to increase access to essential medicines and other health technologies, including for HIV, TB, malaria, palliative care, reproductive, maternal, new born and child health, ageing and NCD.
5. Promote good governance and sound national policies and strategies to improve selection, access and rational use of quality assured essential medicines and other health technologies, including providing global guidance on the evidence based selection of essential medicines and other health technologies, through the Expert Committee on Selection & Use of Essential Medicines and other mechanisms, using the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) approach.
6. Advocate for and promote rational selection and use of antibiotics to combat anti-microbial resistance.
7. Coordinate the implementation of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (GSPA-PHI) at global, regional and national level in collaboration with internal and external partners, including developing and implementing work on global financing and coordination for research and development for developing countries.
8. Promote sound management of intellectual property rights with a perspective to protect public health and encourage
9 . Organize technical assistance to member states in the above mentioned areas.
10. Contribute, as appropriate and in consultation with Director, EMP to support functions including resource mobilization, communication and advocacy.
11. Prepare appropriate reporting, including to the WHO governing bodies, on the above mentioned areas of work.
12. Undertake any other duties as required within field of competence, and as requested by Director, EMP and ADG/HIS.
Advanced university degree in medicine or public health related sciences (such as pharmacy, health
economics, intellectual property health law or health policy).
PhD and post-doctoral research experience, with publications in peer-reviewed journals. Education
in public health.
Expertise in the field of health innovation and access to essential health technologies, including experience at national or international level in developing and implementing policies that enable, access to, and appropriate use of, essential medicines and other health technologies, and good understanding of WHO's policies and strategies in this area. Recognized leadership and ability to work with experts, networks and organizations at national and international levels. Experience in developing programs of work in demanding complex political environments , including international and intergovernmental or high level negotiations. Demonstrated ability to develop and lead teams, establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background, and from different and complementary fields of expertise; and to supervise programmes, budgets, individuals and teams.

1. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Producing results
5. Moving forward in a changing environment
Over 10 years of experience working on policies and strategies related to access to health technologies including experience of developing policies in the area of rational use of medicines, or health technology assessment, or innovation in the area of health technologies. At least 10 years' experience in managing multidisciplinary and multicultural teams in complex environments, including relevant experience at international level.
At least five years of relevant experience at senior international level. Relevant experience working with developing countries.
Expert knowledge of English.
Intermediate knowledge of French.
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In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.
This vacancy is published in English only.
Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
at single rate
Post Adjustment: 85.4 % 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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