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Technical Officer (Health Technologies & Pharmaceuticals)

Copenhagen (Denmark)

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : All the Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation. The six leadership priorities contained in WHO's Twelfth General Programme of Work (2014-2019) include: (i) Advancing universal health coverage; (ii) Health-related Millennium Development Goals - addressing unfinished and future challenges; (iii) Addressing the challenge of non-communicable diseases; (iv) Implementing the provisions of the International Health Regulations (2005); (v) Increasing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products; and (vi) Addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health. WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.The WHO European Region is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.Mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe and Objective of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health -The mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe is to support Member States in: (i) developing and sustaining their own health policies, health systems and public health programmes and services; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health. The objective of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health is to assist the Member States of the WHO European Region to design, adopt and implement comprehensive public health and health systems policies, strategies and tools in line with the values of solidarity, equity and participation. The Division of Health Systems and Public Health provides policy and technical assistance in collaboration with development partners and Civil Society Organizations. The objective of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health is to develop in the WHO European Region the strategic capacity to assist Member States to design, establish and promote comprehensive public health and health systems policies; to enable countries to benefit from international experience in reforming their health systems and public health services stressing quality, accessibility and efficient use of resources; and to assist the countries to manage emergency situations ensuring that international aid, when necessary, is used in line with the country's health policy framework. The Division contributes to the development of the European Health Policy, the European Public Health Strengthening Action Framework and National Health Policies, Plans and Strategies, and the knowledge base in the broad thematic areas of health systems governance, financing, organization, service delivery and resource generation, in collaboration with other relevant international, regional, national and non-governmental partners.Vision of the programme: To ensure that people everywhere have access to the essential medicines and health products that they need; that the medicines and products are safe, effective and of assured quality; and that they are prescribed and used rationally, and affordable to the health systems and patients. The HTP programme comprises three elements:1) Improving access to and rational use of safe, efficacious and quality medicines and other health technologies; 2) Implementation of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property and 3) Improved quality and safety of medicines and other health technologies through norms, standards and guidelines, strengthening of regulatory systems, and prequalification.The programme aims to develop within EURO the strategic capacity to support Member States (MSs) to design, establish and promote effective, efficient, satisfactory and sustainable pharmaceutical policies and services as well as to enable countries to benefit from international experience in improving the above component of their health systems in line with the country's health policy. The above is done by creating sustainable development in: access to essential drugs (increase affordability, decrease patient payments), substantial improvements of drug management, new methods of financing and reimbursement (especially for the poor), evidence based drug selection and use, improved regulatory capacity in Quality Assurance and revision of medical and pharmacy education and training. Furthermore, the programme aims at assisting MSs to design, establish and promote comprehensive health policy, advocating for an integrated approach to health development. The support to Member States in their health development is based on analyses of their needs and aspirations while assessing their capacities and possibilities for involving all stakeholders, national and international. Description of duties: Under the supervision of the Programme Manager the incumbent will assume the following core responsibilities and achieve the stated tasks: Medical Product Policy and Regulation Support to European countries: (a) To provide technical advice to countries in analysing pharmaceutical sector problems, identification of relevant areas for the development, setting of priorities and assisting with implementation for pharmaceutical sector reform. Specific focus will be on support to the countries in relation to medical product regulation, quality assurance systems, guidance on responsible use of medical products as well as management of procurement and supply chain; (b) To develop with counterparts specific documents such as national medical product policies, medical product legislation and regulation etc. as relevant; (c) To lead the technical organisation of meetings, missions, courses, trainings, workshops etc.; (d) To provide technical input towards the reform and development of basic and postgraduate education and training of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals in countries, including development of training courses and support materials;(e) To provide updates to the situation analysis of member states in the area of medical products including updating programme web pages;(f) To take active part in the formulation of selected BCAs' workplans. To report on programme activities within EURO, to HQ and to donors;(g) To perform other duties assigned by the supervisor. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: An advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences. Desirable: Postgraduate training in health systems and policies and/or in public health.NB: WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. Skills: Functional skills & knowledge: Solid knowledge of essential medicines and health products issues at the national, regional or global levels. Proven ability to critically review and provide authoritative advice on relevant subject matters including on selection and use of medical products as well as their regulation. In-depth knowledge of pharmaceutical technical areas like medicines evaluation, regulation, procurement and supply chain planning. Knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical policy and regulation in national and preferably international setting. Knowledge of political systems, social and health systems, culture in the European countries.Other skills: Knowledge of standard text, spreadsheet and presentation software applications required.Competencies requried:1) Knowing and managing yourself - Manages ambiguity and pressure in a self-reflective way. Uses criticism as a development opportunity. Seeks opportunities for continuous learning and professional growth.2) Producing results - Produces high quality results and workable solutions. Is action oriented and committed to achieving outcomes. Strong results orientation.3) Moving forward in a changing environment - is open to and proposes new approaches and ideas. Adapts and responds positively to change. 4) Building & Promoting Partnerships across the Organization and beyond - Develops and promotes effective relationships with colleagues and team members. Deals constructively with conflicts. 5) Communicating in a credible and effective way - Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others; listens actively. Produces effective written communications. Ensures that information is shared. Ability to introduce complex conceptual approaches, translate these into understandable language for non-specialists and provide tailor-made country support; ability to communicate effectively while providing policy and technical advice on pharmaceuticals area to institutions and governments. Experience: Essential: At least seven years' experience in medical/ pharmaceutical product management at national level (public sector, IGO or NGOs), including at least two years at international level in technical assistance in pharmaceutical projects related to pharmaceutical policy development, medical product regulation and/or procurement and supply chain management. Desirable: Experience of work with Eastern European countries. Knowledge of WHO and UN system. Languages: Essential: A very good command of the English language. Desirable: Knowledge of Russian is a strong desirable. Knowledge of other WHO and/or EURO official languages. Additional Information: * Any extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.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.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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.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 [NB: to be adjusted to the standard VN for posts in the general service category]. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO:http://www.who.int Click on: . to learn more about WHO's operations http://icsc.un.org Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date Post Adjustment: 51.6 % 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. 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: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2015-09-26

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