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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-26

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Project Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)


The department of Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP) works with Member States and partners to improve the access to quality assured essential medicines and other health technologies and their rational use.

The EMP department works along with other departments in the wider framework of Universal Health Coverage and responsible for outcome 1.3 of the 13th Global Programme of Work, and cooperates with disease oriented programme (among others HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, reproductive, maternal and child health, immunization, NCDs and mental health) towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The department 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 of health technologies, plus the work on SSFFC ;

(2) Innovation, Access and Use which includes the Expert Committee of Selection and Use of Essential medicines, the Expert Committee on Drug dependence, the SAGE IVD, selection, procurement, supply management and pricing of health technologies as well as work on use of medicines including antimicrobials.


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor on medical devices, the incumbent will work with the Secretariat of the SAGE IVD to\:SAGE IVD- Create and maintain a roster of experts-Support the process of the selection of members and present the list to seniormanagement team- Organize in person meetings with the SAGE IVD, including preparation of agenda, invitations and provision timely documentations-

-Coordinate the logistics, human resources, procurement, travel, ticketing and transportation.

-Organize monthly teleconferences with SAGE IVD members as well as with sub working groups to advance on the different work streams.

-Draft and share notes for the record.

-Organize the work related to the implementation of the recommendations by SAGE IVD (WHO in vitro web portal, reports, documents, e EDL, etc) EDL.

-Support the process for submissions and evaluations of the applications\: creation of web platform for pre and full submissions, collection of data, presentation of data to different stakeholders, commission reviews and publication.

-Contribute to dialogue and collaboration with WHO technical teams and other stakeholders to plan for new IVD applications and align with existing guidelines EDL secretariat.

-Be accountable for the creation of the project plan, including detailed deliverables, resources, timeline and budget- Manage generic inbox and distribute correspondence.

-Follow up to make sure all requests are addressed.

-Act as focal point for external stakeholders and SAGE IVD members.

-Write interim and final reports for donors and other stakeholders as necessary.

-Manage information technology, communication and procurement including developing and maintaining web platforms and databases, establishing contracts and performing GSM operations.

-Undertake all other tasks as assigned by group lead and coordinator.



Essential\: First level university degree in business administration, economics, social sciences or a closely related field.
Desirable\: Advanced university degree (masters level) in social sciences, business administration or management.


Essential\: At least five years of relevant experience in project management, including managerial experience, with at least three years in an international organization or setting.
Desirable\: Previous relevant UN or WHO work experience. Experience with reviews/audits and interaction with external committees. Experience with WHO Governing Bodies. Knowledge of WHO GSM system.


Excellent organizational, project management and negotiation skills. Analytical skills and ability to work under pressure. Sound judgement, integrity and tact in dealing with others. Good communications (written and oral) and interpersonal skills. Good knowledge of UN and WHO governance frameworks.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of UN language.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 59,151 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3505 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • 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\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// 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.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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