Team Lead Job at World Health Organization – in Genf, GE

Job Description

Grade: P5

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

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


Job Posting: May 4, 2021, 2:18:00 AM

Closing Date: May 25, 2021, 4:59:00 PM

Primary Location: Switzerland-Geneva

Organization: HQ/HPS Health Product Policy and Standards

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 HPS Department works with the Regulation and Prequalification (RPQ) Department in the MHP division in the wider framework of access to medicines and health products and Universal Health Coverage and cooperates with the disease-oriented programmes (among others HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, NCDs and mental health, reproductive health and maternal and child health, immunization) and health systems oriented programs such as Primary Health Care. The department works with a wide range of UN organizations, international partners, expert networks and WHO Collaborating Centres.Programme objective: to optimize WHO’s technical advice and political support to Member States by developing and promoting norms, standards and guidelines for quality, safety, rational use and efficacy of medicines. Activity objective: to ensure WHO’s constitutional responsibilities in the field of medicines norms and standards for pharmaceuticals.


Provides technical leadership and managerial support within the Department/Programme, in the area of norms and standards for pharmaceuticals ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively. Develops and proposes technical health policies and strategies for implementation through collaboration with Regional and Country Offices and provides advice in developing further the norms and standards for pharmaceuticals for strengthening and improving technical capacity of target clienteles. Manages the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient managing a small team of technical staff, financial resources and effective work planning to optimize the programme’s deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization. Leads and conducts research on best practices in implementing programmes and activities and dissemination of information for capacity building in the respective area of work. Manages the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the subject area of work of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Programme deliverables. Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies and other stakeholders at the technical levels in the respective area of expertise. Liaises with and utilizes partnerships in other UN Agencies, Donor, or research institutions in the norms and standards for pharmaceuticals to position the technical area of work and implementation into Global and/or National policies. Represent the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for norms and standards for pharmaceuticals. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: An advanced university degree in Pharmacy or closely related field relevant to the functions of the position.

Desirable: A PhD in pharmacy / pharmaceutical sciences.


Essential: A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the management of medicines quality assurance, including experience in the area of health policies and strategies. Demonstrated experience managing human and financial resources. Demonstrated experience at the international level.


Concrete skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes.Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.Good skills in mobilizing resources. Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders. Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Driving the Organization’s Position in Health Leadership

Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

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 89,837 (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 5937 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.

For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.

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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