Technical Officer, Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Technical Officer

( 2106114 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

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

Job Posting: Nov 22, 2021, 2:52:21 PM

The Regulation and Prequalification Department works with Member States and partners to improve access to essential medicines and other health technologies of assured quality, safety and efficacy or effectiveness. The department works within the Access to Medicines and Health Products Division in the wider framework of Universal Health Coverage and cooperates with disease-oriented programmes (such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, reproductive health, maternal and child health, immunization, non-communicable diseases 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 Local Production and Assistance Unit (LPA) supports Member States to promote and strengthen local production and technology transfer to improve access to quality-assured health products, reduce dependency on imports to strengthen national health security, stimulate local capacities for sustainable and quality production, innovation and of the health workforce, and stimulate a knowledge-based economy. LPA supports Member States, particularly low- and middle-income countries in strengthening local production of quality-assured essential medical products in a holistic manner through, for instance, the development of strategies, policies and tools, capacity-building and technical assistance, facilitation of technology transfer and fostering partnerships and collaborations.


Under the supervision and overall guidance of the Unit Head, Local Production and Assistance Unit, the incumbent will assist LPA with the following tasks:

Organize and conduct capacity building and technical assistance activities to strengthen local production of specific medical products and ensure quality of the products (i.e. training for Member States on e.g. product quality/chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC), bioequivalence, product dossier, technology transfer);
Prepare a strategy for interactive, "hands-on" capacity building for relevant stakeholders to strengthen local production and technology transfer of quality-assured medical products;
Prepare training materials and other technical documents related to local production and technology transfer of medical products for capacity building and technical assistance of Member States;
Organize technical assistance to Member States upon request in developing and/or implementing strategies/roadmaps to strengthen local production;
Conceive and organize technical briefing seminars, regional and global technical and coordination meetings with experts, partners and collaborative networks;
Develop advocacy and communication materials in support of the promotion of LPA’s work in strengthening local production;
Perform other related tasks as assigned.



Essential : Advanced level university degree in pharmacy, sciences, life sciences or other health or socio-economic related fields.

Desirable : Advanced university degree related to development and/or production of vaccines and/or biological products, such as immunology, biochemistry, cellular biology or biotechnology.


Essential : A minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience, including some years of which are gained in an international context, in the production, quality control and dossier preparation for vaccines and/or biological products under current WHO/international quality standards.

Desirable : Relevant professional experience:

in the medical product manufacturing industry, including experience in the production and/or quality control of vaccines/biological products;
in a national regulatory authority as an assessor of vaccines/biological products;
with the WHO Prequalification and/or Emergency Use Listing procedures;
in organizing and/or providing capacity building/training for quality production of medical products in low- and middle-income countries;
in technology transfers;
and/or in an international organization.



Strong knowledge of the manufacturing processes, CMC and product dossier requirements of vaccines and biological products in accordance with WHO and/or internationally recognized standards;
Knowledge of WHO and other internationally recognized quality assurance standards, WHO emergency listing and/or prequalification procedures and/or health product regulation for vaccines and biological products;
Ability to review, revise or develop technical documents and activities in the area of local production of medical products; czl977q Dh7qKS

Ability to design, plan and implement activities to achieve the goal(s);
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong planning and organizational skills and ability to use a range of IT tools (Word, Excel, presentation software, databases and web navigators;
Demonstrated ability to interact with all stakeholders with tact and diplomacy, upholding the reputation of the Organization at all times.


Knowledge of current WHO and/or other internationally recognized standards of GMP and/or quality management systems of manufacturing facilities of vaccines and biological products;
Knowledge of the CMC, GMP and/or product dossier requirements of medicines in accordance with WHO and/or internationally recognized standards.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Producing results

Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential : Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable : Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).


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 5181 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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