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Technical Officer (Innovation, Access and Use of Essential Medicines and Health Products)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Pharmacy
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-14

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The Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals (MVP) cluster works with countries and other partners to improve access to essential medicines and other health technologies of assured quality. The cluster collaborates with a wide range of international partners and expert networks, UN organizations and WHO Collaborating Centres and focuses on two broad areas of work\:
(1) regulation of medicines and other health technologies (medicines, vaccines, other biologicals, blood products, medical devices, and diagnostics); and
(2) innovation, access and use of medicines and other health products. The activities of the cluster aim toward the outcomes and targets in 13th General Programme of Work, the Programme Budget 2018‐2019, and the Sustainable Development Goals, notably target 3.8 to achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.


Under the general supervision of ADGO/MVP, the incumbent will carry out the following duties\:
1. Contribute to the development of an implementation plan for the priority actions recommended by the GSPA expert review panel.
2. Support implementation and monitoring of the GSPA.
3. Establish and implement a communications strategy and related materials to raise awareness of the GSPA among Member States and other stakeholders.
4. Identify synergies across the Organization and with external partners.
5. Prepare reports, background analyses, and information documents for the EB and WHA.
6. Undertake other activities as assigned.



Essential\: Auniversity degree in medicine or in another health-related field.
Desirable\: Masters level degree in public health, health law, research or related subject.


Essential\: At least five years' experience in an international context and/or the area of public health law, health financing or health economics. Proven success in international project management, monitoring of complex series of outputs. Experience in literature review, collecting and organizing data and applying other research methods. Track record in drafting research findings and/or reports for publication; experience in the coordination of multiple technical partners/agencies; proven experience in writing reports and technical documents; proven experience in the organization of meetings and events. Considerable experience in writing and editing, including donor reports. Proven experience leading successful donor monitoring review missions. Experience in coordinating and managing diverse groups and working in collaboration with other organizations, including interagency collaboration in the areas of sustainable development and intellectual property.
Desirable\: Experience with WHO. Experience working directly in the areas of health research and development. Track record working directly with expert working groups or similar groups. Knowledge of WHO policies and procedures an advantage. Proven track record working in a multi-cultural environment an advantage.


Knowledge of issues related to public health, intellectual property and trade, and research and development. Ability to work independently in a changing environment, proven ability to build sustainable working relationships across organizations. Ability to work as a member of a team to achieve common goals. Proven ability to work with other international agencies and stakeholders. Good knowledge of WHO policies and programmes; work within tight deadlines on a results-oriented basis; develop innovative approaches and solutions; communicate complex ideas to non-technical experts in a clear manner and to produce and consolidate complex information in a concise manner.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

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


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 60,233 (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 3564 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • 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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