E-DRUG: Epidemiologist and methodologist vacancy at WHO EML Geneva
[Deadline Oct 31]
WHO Geneva has a vacancy for a 1-year job to assist with the analysis of
clinical trials and evidence for the new WHO Essential Medicines List.
The job advert does not copy well in plain text, so people who are
interested should download the job description at
Deadline 31 October.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/EMP/TA133
Title: Technical Officer (Essential Medicines)
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract: One year - Renewable, subject to satisfactory
performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 10 October 2014
Application Deadline: 31 October 2014
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/EMP- Essential Medicines and Health Products (HQ/EMP)
HQ/PAU Policy, Access and Use (HQ/PAU)
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The mission of the WHO department of Essential Medicines and Health Products
is to contribute to the achievement of the health-related Millennium
Development Goals and to better health care delivery in support to universal
health coverage. This is done through global advocacy, the development of
norms and standards and by assisting countries and other organizations to
ensure equitable access to safe, efficacious and quality medicines and
medical technologies, and their rational use by prescribers and consumers.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Technical Officer on Medicines Selection and
Secretary of the WHO Expert Committee on Selection and Use of Essential
Medicines, and in collaboration with relevant technical officers in the PAU
team, the incumbent will:
- Assist in planning and implementation of the WHO Essential Medicines List
(EML) application process, in commissioning reviews of applications, in
establishing collaboration with academic, research institutions and experts
groups such as the Cochrane Collaboration, and in the supervision of EML
experts' input to medicines reviews;
- Carry out systematic reviews of benefits and harms for new medicines or
drug classes using Cochrane risk of bias tools and GRADE methodology;
- Provide clinical and methodological expertise in the review of country
essential medicines lists and drug utilization reports; support countries in
the development of national medicines lists;
- Contribute to the development of WHO policy and guidance documents on
evidence based selection of medicines and of progress reports;
- Contribute to dialogue and collaboration with other technical teams in WHO
HQ to plan for new medicines applications to EML, alignment with Therapeutic
Guidelines and to ensure availability of robust evidence for efficacy and
safety of medicines;
- Assist in the organisation of the expert Committee meeting and in drafting
and editing of Expert Committee report;
- Participate in other work related to evidence based selection of medicines
and perform other duties as assigned by supervisor and Coordinator.
Degree in Medicine or in Pharmacy.
Postgraduate degree in epidemiology (clinical epidemiology or public health)
or in clinical pharmacology or pharmacoepidemiology.
Proven skills in analysis and critical appraisal of clinical trials and
systematic reviews. Proven skills in writing reports and research proposals.
Ability to interact with senior professionals of different backgrounds, to
supervise experts and ensure quality document preparation. Excellent written
and spoken communication skills.
Knowing and managing yourself
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Fostering integration and teamwork
At least 7 years national and international experience in systematic review
and clinical trials methodology. This experience must include: work on
retrieval, critical appraisal and synthesis of published studies and / or
available evidence.; at least 3 years of clinical experience in guideline
production and implementation; at least 3 years scientific experience in
rational drug use and in developing tools to assess drug utilization.
Experience in working in a multidisciplinary environment and/or health
systems strengthening in developing countries.
Expert knowledge of English or French required. Intermediate knowledge of
the other desirable. Intermediate knowledge of another UN language would be
This vacancy is published in English only.