Team Lead, Facilitated Product Introduction
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Regulation and Prequalification Department (RPQ) 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. RPQ works within the Access to Medicines and Health Products Division (MHP) division departments in the wider framework of Universal Health Coverage and category 4 of the General 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 Sustainable Development Goals. The department works with a wide range of UN organizations, international partners and expert networks, and WHO Collaborating Centres. The work of the team is based on the Global Programme of Work, as well as strategic directions provided in the Roadmap for Access to Medicines, Vaccines and other Health Products, 2019-2023 and WHO's five-year plan to help build effective and efficient regulatory systems - Delivering Quality-Assured Medical Products for All 2019-2023. Under Strategic Priority (SP)1 “Strengthen country and regional regulatory systems, a goal has been defined to “implement regulation in an increasing number of countries through reliance and NRA networks” (SP1.1), which is further broken down into seven objectives, one of which aims at ensuring an efficient and effective Collaborative Registration Procedure, inclusive of all product streams, for prequalified products and products approved by WHO Listed Authorities (SP 1.1.7).
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
- Provides technical leadership and managerial support within the Unit/Department/Programme, in the area of Facilitated Product Introduction ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively.
- Develops and proposes technical health policies and strategies for implementation through collaboration with Regional and Country Offices and provides advice in developing further the approaches and mechanisms in the area of facilitating the introduction of medical products for strengthening and improving technical capacity of target clienteles.
- Manages the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficiently managing a team of technical staff, financial resources and effective work planning to optimize the programme's deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization.
- Leads and conducts research on best practices in implementing programmes and activities and dissemination of information for capacity building in the respective area of work.
- Manages the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the subject area of work of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Programme deliverables.
- Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies and other stakeholders at the technical levels in the respective area of expertise.
- Liaises with and utilizes partnerships in other UN Agencies, donor, or research institutions in the area of facilitated product introduction to position the technical area of work and implementation into Global and/or National policies.
- Represents the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for approaches and mechanisms for facilitated product introduction.
- Performs all other related duties as assigned by Supervisor (s).
- Manage, coordinate and develop the Collaborative Registration Procedure in collaboration with internal and external partners for medicines, vaccines, in-vitro diagnostics/medical devices and vector-control products.
- Coordinate other pathways, mechanisms and approaches to facilitate product introduction in countries and regions, such as but not limited to the EU-Medicines-4-all (Article 58) and the Swissmedic Marketing Authorization Procedure for Global Health Products (MAGHP) and support their development.
- Coordinate and support regional initiatives using work-sharing and reliance with the aim of facilitating the introduction of medical products in countries.
Essential: An advanced university (master level) degree in pharmacy, medicine, natural sciences related to the functions of the position.
Desirable: A PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields.
- A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the management of regulation of medical products in an international context, including experience in the area of health policies and strategies.
- Demonstrated experience managing human and financial resources.
- Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable: A minimum of 3 years of professional experience working collaboratively in the area of medical product authorization, e.g., at a national or regional regulatory authority.
- Concrete skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary regulatory or public health programmes;
- Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies;
- Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources;
- Good skills in mobilizing resources;
- Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders;
- Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area;
- Very good project management skills;
- Knowledge of the international landscape and frameworks of regulation of medical products.
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Producing results
- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
- Creating an empowering and motivating environment
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 90,664 (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 5364 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.
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