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Duty Station : Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Vacancy Notice No:AFRO/16/TA322
Title: Technical Officer, Essential medicines and drugs
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract: One (1) year
Date:28 December 2016
Application Deadline:27 January 2017
(29 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Duty Station:Freetown, Sierra Leone
Organization unit:AFRO Africa Regional Office (AF/RGO) /
AF/HSS Health Systems and Services (AF/HSS)
WCO/Sierra Leone

The objective of the Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) cluster is to support the MOHS in the planning, development, implementation and monitoring of key activities aimed at improving the health and well-being of the country's population. The incumbent will provide technical assistance and guidance on Essential Medicines List, Standard Treatment Guidelines and National Pharmaceutical Policy as well as support capacity strengthening of the Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies and relevant stakeholders in Sierra Leone.

Description of duties:
1. Provide technical assistance to the Government of Sierra Leone in the development/ improvement; implementation and evaluation of its national policies, strategies and plans as related to essential drugs and medicines; other medical products and technologies;
2. Provide technical assistance to the government and relevant authorities on strengthening the rational use of drugs and medicines;
3. Provide technical support towards the strengthening of the Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies in regard to its regulatory functions of drugs and medicines ;
4. Assist in the strengthening of integrated, people-centered health service delivery, with a focus on improving the quantification, procurement and the drug supply chain management system;
5. Assist the Government of Sierra Leone in strengthening its regulatory framework towards intellectual property rights and the trade of medical products (drugs, medicines and vaccines) and technologies;
6. Support the generation of evidence and increased demand for the use of information in the policy process as related to essential drugs and medicines (including its rational use);
7. Establish and maintain collaboration with outside partners and stakeholders including UN Organizations, the Global Fund, GAVI, CHAI, the World Bank and other multi- and bi-lateral organizations, civil society and professional associations that are involved in improving access to quality assured drugs and medicines;
8. Manage the WHO related work plan activities (including contractual arrangements) in regard to essential drugs and medicines, regulatory functions of the national drug authority, medical technology, and intellectual property rights, including the recruitment of short-term experts as required;
9. Contribute to universal health coverage related efforts with a focus on essential drugs and medicines;
10. Support efforts towards strengthening the stewardship and good governance functions related to essential drugs and medicines and in general contribute to overall efforts on health systems development;
11. Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


University degree in pharmacy or medicine with post-graduate degree in public health or health management or pharmacology or pharmaceutical management related area;
Additional training in drug supply management and/ pharmacovigilance; and/or rational use of medicines.
"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://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually".

Demonstrated expertise in national drug policies, rational drug use, quality assurance and use of WHO standards and guidelines on pre-qualification of essential medicines and vaccines.
1. Knowledge on supply chain management and ability to identify bottlenecks and provide appropriate solutions
2. Demonstrated experience in inter-sectoral collaboration and ability to work with other agencies and development partners.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Fostering integration and team work
3. Producing Results
4. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.

Essential: At least five years of relevant experience in essential drugs and medicines policies; rational drug use principles (selection, prescribing and dispensing) in low-income settings; and public health, some of which should have been obtained in an international context.
Desirable: Experience in pharmaceutical regulation and quality control (medicines and health legislation, surveillance system).

Fluent in english and basic french.

Additional Information:
WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment (for international positions only) which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel (for international positions only), education grant for dependent children (for international positions only), pension plan and medical insurance.
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Annual salary:(Net of tax)
USD 57379 at single rate
USD 61470 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment:41.1 % 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.

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