Technical Officer (Prequalification Team)

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : 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, safety and efficacy or effectiveness. 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, and cooperates with disease oriented programmes (among others HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, reproductive health, maternal and child health, immunization, NCDs and mental health) towards the Millennium Development Goals. The department works with a wide range of UN organizations, international partners and expert networks, and WHO Collaborating Centres. The department has three large areas of work: (1) Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies (RHT) unit (covering medicines, vaccines, other biologicals, blood products, medical devices and diagnostics), which consists of four teams covering the normative and standard setting work, the prequalification of medicines, vaccines and diagnostics for UN and international procurement, the strengthening of regulatory systems and networks, and the safety and vigilance of health technologies. RHT is also responsible for work on detection and prevention of substandard/spurious/falsely labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products.(2) Policy, Access and Use team, which includes the Expert Committee of Selection and Use of Essential medicines, and the Expert Committee on Drug dependence, and covers the work on national policies, procurement, supply management and pricing of health technologies.(3) Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property team which covers the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public health, Innovation and Intellectual property, and works with countries on local production and transfer of technology approaches; and on strategies for management of intellectual property issues. The objective of the Prequalification Team (PQT) in RHT is to enhance access to health technologies (medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and immunization devices and related equipment) of appropriate levels of quality, safety and efficacy for priority diseases through accelerating innovation and maximizing access.The purpose of the Vector Control Product Assessment Group (VCPA) Technical Officer (Case Manager) in the Prequalification Team is to support and organize the review, evaluation, and assessment of the vector control product applications by the VCPA Group. The incumbent would be the initial contact between stakeholders and the VCPA Group. Description of duties: Within the PQT VCPA Group and under the supervision of its Group Lead, the incumbent, with moderate supervision, is responsible for organizing the review/evaluation/assessment process of vector control product applications received for prequalification decisions. The incumbent assists the VCPA Group Leader in assuring the Prequalification determination timelines are established and met for vector control products by continual process monitoring and tracking of major process milestones. The incumbent will populate the information management system for the vector control products in prequalification from pre-submission consultations through post-marketing inspection and final product quality testing and serve as the entry point for vector control product applicants to the Prequalification process. The incumbent will draft the prequalification determination for review by the VCPA Group Lead and approval by the PQT Coordinator based on reviews from the VCPA Group and external experts. The incumbent will work closely with other group members and relevant counterparts within WHO, will have external contact with stakeholders dealing with vector control products.Under the supervision of the Vector Control Product Assessment (VCPA) Group Leader, theincumbent is responsible for the following areas of work:1. Working on the technical review, evaluation, and assessment of prequalification dossiers and preparing decision with other VCPA Group staff using evaluations from the Collaborative Assessment Session for vector control products.2. Serving as initial contact for manufacturers of products for prequalification review and liaising with the Control Neglected Tropical Diseases Department (NTD) staff on pre-submission conferences.3. Monitoring and supporting process and protocols for Collaborative Assessment Session for vector control products.4. Conducting a completeness check on the applications and dossiers submitted for review and evaluation to support a prequalification determination.5. Organizing data and information for review for product equivalency determination.6. Determining type of application and appropriate review pathway for the VCPA Group review staff.7. Providing access to and keeping current all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), guidelines, guidance and evaluation materials; maintaining current prequalification review pathways maps.8. Coordinating outreach and communications with PQT and EMP communication staff posting information to the VCPA Group web page and attending stakeholder information sessions.9. Liaising with the PQT Inspection Services Group on frequency and site selection of post-marketing inspections and final product quality testing and tracking results vector control product information management system.10. Maintaining and populating the vector control product information management system thereby providing an accurate record of all actions and communications occurring in the prequalification review process; coordinating changes in the system with WHO IT specialists.11. Assisting the VCPA Group Lead at the Joint Meeting on Pesticide Specifications (JMPS) meetings.12. Working with the Technical Assistance and Laboratory Services Group on progress of Collaborative Registration Procedure with National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs).13. Providing input for continual process improvements.14. Participating in ad hoc expert advisory groups when needed. 15. Carrying out all other tasks, as required by the Coordinator, PQT or VCPA Group Lead. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: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. Essential:A university degree* in a biological science.* For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220. Desirable:Specialized training in regulating vector control products. Skills: Thorough knowledge of pesticide safety/quality/efficacy evaluation, assessment and regulations. Strong project management, communication and diplomatic skills. Ability to work on international project activities and to foster collaboration within and beyond WHO. Fluency in the use of standard office software programmes. Knowledge in regulating vector control products. Computer literacy, Microsoft office software.WHO Competencies:1. Producing results2. Communicating in a credible and effective way3. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond4. Fostering integration and teamwork5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Experience: Essential:At least five years' experience in working with industry and national regulatory authorities, including in resource-limited settings. Within this experience a minimum of 3 of these years should be regulatory experience with a national pesticide regulatory authority or within WHO and/or UN specialize agency.Desirable:Experience in regulations harmonization, implementation and regulatory capacity building with resource-limited settings. Languages: Essential:Expert knowledge of English.Desirable:Beginner's knowledge of French. 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 date WHO'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. 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: 87.7 % 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: 2016-06-02

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