1. Background and Justification
* Purpose of the Position:
In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Incident Management System (IMS), at the country level, the incumbent will provide technical support in improving the performance of health services delivery by adapting policies related to the essential medical products, and strengthening medical supply systems that promotes access to quality-ensured medical products within the context of achieving universal health coverage, throughout the full cycle of the incident. Ensure the well- functioning of medical product supply chain management, rational selection and use, distribution and storage, including in-kind donations, SSFFC medical products etc.
2. Job Description
* Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective
The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.
Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization)
Reporting to the Health Operations Team Lead, under the overall guidance of the Incident Manager and the Head of WHO Country Office, and in close collaboration with the respective technical leads in the respective regional office and HQ, the Technical Officer will be accountable for the effective management and provision of technical guidance for the application and adaptation of WHO policies and strategies on Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP). S/he will have the overall responsibility to ensure the timely delivery, effective and efficient implementation of the medical
supply chain management activities in support of pharmaceutical care, to achieve the best attainable
health status for the populations that WHO serves. The incumbent will closely coordinate activities
with Ministry of Health (MOH), United Nations (UN) partners, implementing health/partners, including nongovernment organizations (NGOs), other stakeholders and development partners to ensure harmonization in the implementation of the EMP programme at the national level, throughout the full cycle of the incident.
Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected):
During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.
1. Provide technical support to the planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EMP programmes, including medical supply chain activities and the use of the Interagency Emergency Health Kit 2015 in emergency settings, with focus on the capacity building of relevant stakeholders in order to reach affected and vulnerable populations.
2. Provide technical guidance to the national health authorities on the acceptance of medical product donations and the implementation of the Interagency medicines donation guidelines. Monitor the availability of SSFFC medical products and report to WHO global monitoring system.
3. Liaise with the WHO team and national health authorities on quality control and assurance systems for procurement, supply chain management, distribution and storage, including cold storage of medical products and issues related to access of quality-assured medical products, market intelligence, pricing and the appropriate use of medical products at the various health care levels.
4. Provide technical guidance on ways to improve medical devise management in health care facilities, in compliance with WHO standards and guiding documents.
5. Monitor and analyse the impact of the supply chain management of medical products and new policies and strategies and, where needed, propose new supply management and pharmaceutical care initiatives to address the outbreaks and health emergencies needs, in collaboration with other team members and international partners.
6. Coordinate the publishing and dissemination of information, documents and guidelines on best practices and coordinated efforts pertaining to the various technical activities.
7. Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
3. Recruitment Profile
Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required - See WHO competency model - list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones.
1. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond
2. Producing results
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Use of Language Skills
Functional Knowledge and Skills
* Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position
• Excellent technical knowledge in the field of medical products with focus on treatment of diseases with high public health impact.
• Excellent understanding of the concepts of access to medical products, supply chain management, rational selection and use.
• Independent judgement; and ability to anticipate new trends in the field of medical products and take actions accordingly.
• Working knowledge of medical product regulation is an asset.
University degree in medicine, pharmacy or related pharmaceutical sciences from an accredited/recognized institute.
University degree in medicine, public health or pharmacology. Specialized training in regulation of medical products, emergency management, international aid or humanitarian principles.
At least five years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in the area of essential medicines. Related experience working in outbreaks and/or other health emergency operations.
Experience and skills in providing in-country technical support and building national capacity. Experience in policy development. Working experience in regulation of medical products. Relevant experience in WHO, other UN agencies, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations, or nongovernmental organizations.
Excellent knowledge of English or French (depending on the country of assignment). Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset (depending on the country of assignment).
Other Skills (e.g. IT)
Knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications.