Adviser (Blood and other Products of Human Origin) Job at World Health Organization in Genf, GE

Job Description

Grade: P5

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract duration: 12 months


Job Posting: Mar 24, 2020, 11:44:21 AM

Closing Date: Apr 14, 2020, 4:59:00 PM

Primary Location: Switzerland-Geneva

Organization: HQ/MHP Access to Medicines and Health Products

Schedule: Full-time

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The Access to Medicines and Health Products (MHP) Division works with Member States and partners to improve the access to safe, quality assured, efficacious and affordable medicines and health products and to promote that these are used rationally. In line with the GPW 13 strategic priorities and to achieve greater country impact, the Health Products Policy and Standards (HPS) Department works with the Regulation and Prequalification (RPQ) Department in the MHP division and with the disease-oriented programmes (among others HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, NCDs and mental health, reproductive health and maternal and child health, immunization) in the wider framework of access to medicines and health products and Universal Health Coverage towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. The department works with a wide range of UN organizations, international partners, expert networks and WHO Collaborating Centres.


Under the overall supervision of the Unit Head/TSS, the incumbent will:

i. Cells, Tissues and Organs

  • Identify and integrate project priorities and activities seeking operational synergies and efficiencies that optimize the performance of the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation and of the Notify Library (Global Vigilance and Surveillance Database for MPHOs), ensuring data activity and efficacy;
  • Provide peer-recognized leadership in donation and transplantation of cell, tissue and organs as part of the national health system;
  • Provide technical expertise, assistance and leadership in CTO donation and transplantation to Member States, on request as appropriate, in close collaboration with regional and countries offices;
  • Develop or facilitate the development of materials to assist countries in conducting evaluations (benchmarking) of the maturity and capacity of a national transplant system for organs, tissues and cells.

ii.Other Medical products of human origin (MPHO)

  • Lead the development of normative guidance and country support activities for safe human milk: set of principles need to apply when it comes to its donation and management, policies and standards for quality and safety (i.e. donor selection/screening, processing, storage and distribution, operation and regulation of human milk banks);
  • Maintaining Guiding Principles of WHO on collection and use (transplantation) of medical product of human origin;
  • Raise awareness about MPHO, among ministries of health, United Nations agencies, other international health-related institutions/associations, WHO Collaborating Centers, national and international health-care professional organizations and donor agencies;
  • Expanding the network of health authorities and professionals for the vigilance and surveillance of adverse events and reactions associated with MPHO;

iii Other activity

  • Developing funding proposals and participating in fund raising activities;
  • Developing, maintaining or strengthening as needed the governance of the WHO expert advisory groups and the oversight of WHO CCs in the area;
  • Prepare appropriate reporting, including to the WHO governing bodies, on the above-mentioned areas of work;
  • Undertake any other duties as required within field of competence, and as requested by Director, HPS and ADG/MHP.



Essential: An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent, and also inclusive of professional certifications CPA or alike) in medicine or healthcare related to the functions of the position. Specialty involving the practice of cell, tissue and/or organ transplantation, and/or specialization in public health


Essential: At least 10 years of professional and progressively responsible experience in the field of donation and transplantation of organs, tissues or/ and cells. Proven experience in collaboration with multilateral, bilateral and regional development institutions. Experience working with international organizations and in national administrations. Proven experience in managing resources and partners.


Demonstrated knowledge of the current state of the art related to health systems, service delivery linked to medical products of human origin , donation and clinical application. Excellency in one or more fields of clinical application of MPHO, including research programmes. Ability to balance and coordinate numerous priorities and well developed problem solving skills. Demonstrated team management skills and a ability to establish and maintain good working relationship with counterparts. Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Moving forward in a changing 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 88,162 (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 5745 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.


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

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 will require individual review.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

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WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

WHO’s workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.

WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/. Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.

Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

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Company: World Health Organization

Company Location:  Genf, GE

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