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Technical Officer, Essential Medicines (Position No 327812) - WHO
« on: September 23, 2011, 12:56:04 AM »
Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/11/FT297
Title: Technical Officer, Essential Medicines (Position No 327812)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Post of limited duration for 1 year
Date: 11 September 2011
Application Deadline: 2 October 2011
(10 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:  Nairobi, Kenya
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_SOM WHO Representative's Office, Somalia (EM_SOM)
To optimize WHO's technical advice and policy support to health authorities in Somalia.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative for Somalia, with the technical support from the Regional Advisor, EMP/EMRO, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to the following assigned duties:

To act as a focal person in WHO country office to manage medicines related work through coordination with health authorities, donors and health partners in Somalia.

To provide technical assistance to the health authorities for development, implementation and monitoring of national medicines policy and action plan in line with WHO Medicines Strategy.

To establish mechanisms, in collaboration with health partners, for streamlining medicine supplies and their management both for emergencies and routine health services.

To build the capacity of the health authorities to effectively regulate the pharmaceutical sector in the country in terms of necessary regulations development and their implementation.

To develop the necessary links with the wholesale and retail pharmacies in order to involve them in better management of their supplies and build the capacity of the private sector so that they willingly comply with the national regulations.

To initiate a national programme of training and capacity building in the areas of medicine supply management; quality control; storage; dispensing; prescription and use of medicines in line with national treatment guidelines.

To promote the implementation of automated medicines management systems at various health care level.
University degree in Pharmacy with a Master's degree in health related areas.
Excellent presentation skills and excellent writing skills.

1) Producing results
2) Fostering integration and teamwork
3) Moving forward in a changing environment
4) Communicating in a credible and effective way
5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Essential: At least 7 years experience combined at national and international level in the field of public health and essential medicine policies; preferably in complex emergency countries.
Excellent knowledge of English with a good knowledge of another WHO official language.
Additional Information:
- Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.

- Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.

- A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.

- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters)

- Candidates will be interviewed using a competency based approach.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67,395 at single rate
US$72,373 with primary dependants   Post Adjustment: 33.3 % 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.
Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: 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.

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