Technical Officer (International Nonproprietary Names)

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : WHO has a constitutional mandate to "develop, establish and promote international standards with respect to biological, pharmaceutical and similar products". WHO collaborates closely with INN experts and national nomenclature committees to select a single name of the worldwide acceptability for each active substance that is to be marketed as a pharmaceutical substance. The selection and publication of INN falls under the responsibility of the Technologies Standards and Norms (TSN) team, Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies (RHT) unit/ Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP) department; to optimize WHO technical advice and political support to Member States by developing and promoting norms, standards and guidelines for quality, safety, rational use and efficacy of medicines. Activity objectives: To ensure WHO 's constitutional responsibilities in the field of medicines nomenclature by the development of nomenclature policy guidelines and schemes; by providing one single name (International Nonproprietary Name-INN) for active pharmaceutical substances; by giving advice to Member States in the Pharmaceutical nomenclature. Description of duties: To provide technical support to the WHO Programme for International Nonproprietary Names (INN).The incumbent should prepare technical documents for INN Consultation, pre-and post-meeting. The incumbent should draft technical letters including for INN protection, INN lists, and related activities. The incumbent will support the INN sub working groups, under the supervision of the INN Group Lead. The incumbent provides technical support in the selection process of INN for biological and biotechnological medicinal substances, and draft technical documents for INN selection in particular for biological substances. The incumbent will be able to work closely with the INN team members, WHO colleagues inside the department, and with the INN biological advisors-experts. The team comprises the Group Lead, three Technical Officers and two general service staff. The group is housed within the Technologies Standards and Norms (TSN) team, Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies (RHT) unit/ Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP) department.Assigned Duties:To draft INN requests review comments, elaborate technical background documents (e.g. WHO pre/post-meeting/summary comments, review sheet, ) for INN Consultations under supervision of the INN Group Lead. To ensure the process of selection of INN for biologicals. To provide technical support to the INN Group Lead in preparing technical documents for biologicals INN and to support the INN focal point for publication in the process for publication of new INN for biologicals. To draft the biological relevant technical documents. To support the other INN team members in ensuring INN data set entry also in INN IDMIS. To provide technical support to the INN Group Lead in providing technical guidance to the WHO Collaborating Centres, relevant national / regional regulatory authorities, international institutions and pharmaceutical industries, in particular in the area of the INN nomenclature of biologicals. To draft technical letters when requested by the supervisor. Perform all other related duties as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: A first university degree in Biology. *For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.Desirable: A PhD in Biology or related science. Skills: Knowledge of biology, biotechnology; Ability to work in a team; Ability to collaborate with INN experts; Knowledge of Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Microsoft Access and MS macro. Ability to work with different IT solutions (i.e. the INN IDMIS). Ability to work with the highest degree of accuracy. Flexibility and capability to adapt to the INN Group Lead and Stakeholders requests-needs. Knowledge of pharmacy and/or pharmacology. The ability to produce results.WHO Competencies:Fostering integration and teamworkRespecting and promoting individual and cultural differencesMoving forward in a changing environmentKnowing and managing yourselfEnsuring the effective use of resources Experience: Essential: A minimum of 5 years relevant working experience in research in biology and/or pharmacology.Desirable: Previous working experience in a multicultural research environment. Languages: Essential: Expert knowledge of English.Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French or another official UN language. Additional Information: Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: (To learn more about WHO's operations ) Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by dateWHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. 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. Post Adjustment: 91 % 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 Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. WHO is committed to workforce diversity. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2015-10-20

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