Technical Officer, Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Technical Officer

( 2104120 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : One year

Job Posting: Sep 8, 2021, 1:15:24 PM

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 WHO Prequalification Unit (PQT) aims to optimize WHO’s technical advice and support to Member States through the Prequalification of Medicines, Vaccines, In Vitro Diagnostics and Vector Control Products. The Unit facilitates access to health products which meet established standards of quality, are safe for their intended use and are efficacious. PQT’s global activities aim at ensuring health products, including vector control products, are accessible, available in a timely manner, used appropriately and are assessed according to a regulatory framework which supports appropriate assessment and oversight.


Under the direction of the Team Lead, PQT/VCP, the incumbent is responsible for the following areas of work: 1) Coordinate and manage the aspects of the prequalification assessment of the efficacy component of the prequalification dossier. This includes conducting a technical screening of the submitted information, preparation of the dossier for assessment by the expert assessors, participating in technical discussions as part of the assessment and drafting the report on the findings of the assessors` evaluation for inclusion into the WHO PAR.

2) Participate in pre-submission meetings with the PQT/VCP Case Manager and the Team Lead and providing expertise on the data requirements, methodologies and study protocols pertaining to product efficacy.

3) Participate in the Assessors Sessions held at a minimum of twice a year. This involves assessing the overall data dossier to confirm that all the data components are included and that there is a good understanding of the nature of the product and its intended use, particularly with respect to the efficacy. Presenting this information at the assessors‘ session and contributing to the assessment and analysis of the supporting entomological efficacy data.

4) Assess data and information to support the determination of equivalency for product submissions citing equivalency to an already prequalified product.

5) Develop, maintain and contribute to all SOPs relating to aspects of the efficacy assessment and other SOPs which require the inclusion of information relating to efficacy assessment to adhere to the QMS in place in the Department.

6) Develop and contribute to guideline documents and communication materials to assist stakeholders to understand the PQT/VCP process for submission evaluation including data requirements and other key information.

7) Collaborate and contribute to the development of operational policy to support the regulatory framework of the PQ/VCP.

8) Provide input to the Inspection Team, as necessary, during the preparation, conduction, completion and follow up of inspections of sites which manufacture vector control products. This includes input to complaints received concerning prequalified vector control products.

9) Provide input as necessary on the development of the Collaborative Registration Procedure and provide expert advice on product efficacy to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs).

10) Carry out other tasks, as required by the PQT Unit Head or Team Lead PQT/VCP.



Essential: A first university degree and an advanced level degree (Masters level or above) in an area relevant to vector control biological science (biology, entomology).

Desirable: Knowledge of regulating vector control products. Knowledge of vector control product efficacy testing.


Essential: At least 7 years of relevant experience in a national/international context working either with a government institution or public health agency, relevant Non-Governmental Organizations, National Regulatory Authorities, industry or academia.

Desirable: Experience in collaboration with other UN organizations, agencies and donors. Experience in testing vector control products or pesticide products and report writing.


Knowledge of the assessment of the efficacy of pest control products (chemical and biological), and/or vector control products as part of a public health or regulatory programme. Knowledge of the types and use of pesticides and/or vector control products in the prevention of vector borne diseases. Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing. Ability to manage and coordinate multifaceted projects involving different stakeholder groups and deliver on the output. Ability to foster collaboration within and beyond WHO. Ability to use standard office software programmes.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


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 74,913 (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 5356 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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