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Consultant (vaccine production, supply and procurement)

Geneva (Switzerland)

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The World Health Assembly has declared Polio Eradication a 'Programmatic Emergency for Global Public Health.' WHO and the core Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners (UNICEF, CDC, Rotary International and BMGF) have taken a number of steps to put the polio eradication program on an emergency footing, including the development of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018. The Strategic plan includes withdrawal of type 2 oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV2) in 2016 and establishment of monovalent type 2 OPV stockpiles and outbreak response capacity to mitigate risks associated with OPV2 cessation. The Polio Operations and Research department is facilitating the identification of a consultant who will be responsible for developing and implementing the necessary procedures to ensure (a) the establishment and maintenance of the WHO global stockpile of poliovirus vaccines through drafting appropriate strategies and financial mechanisms (b) the availability, rational use and equitable distribution of vaccine to countries experiencing epidemics/outbreaks (c) the coordination and provision of international technical assistance during emergency vaccination campaigns. Description of duties: As a technical advisor, the consultant will:1- Collaborate with vaccine manufacturers on stockpiles of mOPV2 and produce a summary report;2- Work with UNICEF SD to develop adequate procurement strategies proposals for mOPV2 and bOPV;3- Establish a list of new manufactures for production of mOPV2 stockpiles (BioFarma, BioManguinhos);4- Propose a mechanism for vaccine allocation and deployment and develop the necessary SOPs;5- Liaise with the focal points responsible for biocontainment and prequalification to develop a plan which ensures that the national stockpile will be in compliance with GAPIII;6- Provide expert guidance and support to countries planning to hold national stockpiles (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, India, China, etc);7- Via collaboration with VMIT in GAVI and IVB/EP, develop a proposal to ensure adequate and rapid supply of IVP for outbreak response. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:University degree in health sciences: Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Microbiology. Training in public procurement is essential.Masters level degree in epidemiology, vaccinology, immunology/vaccinology or public health would be desirable. Skills: Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact in a multicultural environment and promote consensus. Tact, discretion and mature judgment. Experience: Essential: Seven years of experience in public health including developing country settings. At least 4 years of experience in essential medicines/vaccines or other public health products, procurement, manufacturing and supply. Experience at the international level.Desirable: Experience in immunization programmes or infectious disease control. Experience with international organizations and/or nongovernmental organizations. Languages: An excellent knowledge of English or French is required. A working knowledge of the other language and/or Spanish is desirable. 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: www.who.int/employment. 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 (Switzerland)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
  • Closing Date: 2015-09-15

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