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NPO (Pharmaceuticals)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Baghdad
  • Grade: Mid level - NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Pharmacy
  • Closing Date: Closed


To enhance implementation ofthe essential medicine programme and more generally the WHO medicines strategyin Iraq. To assist the country in its efforts to make essential medicines ofassured quality available to the people of Iraq. To improve the capacity of theHealth Authorities relevant departments in management, leadership andregulations of the pharmaceuticals and medical devices by strengthening thequality assurance system for the pharmaceutical sector in Iraq. -To providetechnical support to the Health Authorities to adopt/apply standards andguidelines in support of improving quality-assured medicines.


Advocate and successfully influence the development ofessential medicines and pharmaceutical policies and programmes that promoteenhanced access to quality assured pharmaceutical products within the contextof achieving universal coverage in essential services, achieving results suchas: Advice to the Ministry of Health on the formulation of comprehensive national drug policies and overall national master plans for policy implementation. Definition, revision and implementation of the essential drug list in agreement and collaboration with all stakeholders. Technical advice on various areas comprising the components of national drug policy such as Drug selection, Drug supply, Drug Production, Drug Use, Drug Quality assurance and research: Development of guidelines for operational research in the area of drug use. Assessment of the national drug quality assurance system and recommending a plan for its improvement. Recommendations to improve health technologies and pharmaceuticals, including Health Technology Assessment (HTA), laboratory services, etc. Development of plans to improve access to quality essential medicine, addressing the major challenges in this area. Engagement with partners and government representatives to acquire a consensus on priorities for improving access to essential medicine.2. Oversee and coordinate the implementation of programmeactivities, achieving results such as: Coordination ofpharmaceutical and logistic staff for implementation of pharmaceutical supplychain activities (storage, distribution, reporting, compliance with qualityrequirements). Counselling patients upondrug dispensing on the proper use of the medications, their adverse reactions,and precautions for use and storage instructions. Establishment and strengthening of EmergencyMedical Supplies and supervision of the rationale procurement, supply, storageand distribution of emergency medical supplies with WHO interventions.3.Manage awareness campaigns, communication and training activities,achieving results such as: Identification of capacity building needs to strengthen national expertise in management medicine supply management; quality control; storage; dispensing; prescription and use of medicines.Planning and organisation of awareness and promotion campaigns aiming atenhancing the pharmaco-vigilance (PV) system, at promoting rational use ofmedicine and at developing good governance in medicine, in particular strengthening of National Drug/Medicines Authorities. Preparation of training material tailored to the specific needs. Assessment of impact of training and capacity building activities.



Essential: University degree in Medicine or Pharmacy is required.
Desirable: Degree in public health orrelative field. A study in Pharmacology or clinical pharmacology, orPharmaceutical Sciences or Medicines would be a definite asset.


Essential: Atleast 5 years of experience required at the national level in the area ofnational drug policy programmes and administration
Desirable: Good knowledge of WHO proceduresand policies.


Knowledge about WHOProgramme on Essential Medicines and Health Technologies.Knowledge of WHO and/or UNprocurement procedures Excellent technical knowledge in the field of drugs and pharmaceuticalsAbility to develop nationaland Interagency Coordination Programmes on essential drugs

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Driving the Organization to a Successful Future

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Local language.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 57,321 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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: 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.
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  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
This vacancy is now closed.
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