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NPO – Essential Drugs and Medicines position open at World health organization

NPO – Essential Drugs and Medicines position open at World health organization, February 21 2022



NPO – Essential Drugs and Medicines – (2104319)



Grade: NO-C

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 year

Closing Date: Mar 1, 2022, 1:59:00 AM

Primary Location: Ethiopia-Addis Ababa

Organization: AF_ETH Ethiopia

Schedule: Full-time





A key purpose of the WHO Health System Strengthening Framework for Action is to promote a common understanding of what a health system is and what constitutes health systems strengthening. It also provides a basis to support countries in scaling up health systems and services: addressing bottlenecks in a collaborative, coordinated way, driven by desired health outcomes, to achieve sustainable system-wide effects. To be most effective, this process must be country-led, based on priorities set out in comprehensive national health plans





1. Provide technical support to the planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EMP programmes, including medical supply chain activities and the use of the Interagency Emergency Health Kit 2015 in emergency settings, with focus on the capacity building of relevant stakeholders in order to reach affected and vulnerable populations.

2. Provide technical guidance to the national health authorities on the acceptance of medical product donations and the implementation of the interagency medicines donation guidelines. Monitor the availability of SSFFC medical products and report to WHO global monitoring system.

3. Liaise with the WHO team and national health authorities on quality control and assurance systems for procurement, supply chain management, distribution and storage, including cold storage of medical products and issues related to access of quality-assured medical products, market intelligence, pricing and the appropriate use of medical products at the various health care levels.

4.Provide technical guidance on ways to improve medical devise management in health care facilities, in compliance with WHO standards and guiding documents.

5.Monitor and analyse the impact of the supply chain management of medical products and new policies and strategies and, where needed, propose new supply management and pharmaceutical care initiatives to address the outbreaks and health emergencies needs, in collaboration with other team members and international partners.

6.Coordinate the publishing and dissemination of information, documents and guidelines on best practices and coordinated efforts pertaining to the various technical activities.

7.Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.







Essential: Advanced university degree in pharmacy or pharmacology or related pharmaceutical sciences from an accredited/recognized institute.

Desirable: University degree in medicine or public health. Specialized training in regulation of medical products, emergency management, international aid or humanitarian principles.



Essential: At least five years of relevant experience in the area of essential medicines. Related experience working in outbreaks and/or other health emergency operations.

Desirable: Experience and skills in providing in-country technical support and building national capacity. Experience in policy development. Working experience in regulation of medical products. Relevant experience in WHO, other UN agencies, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations, or nongovernmental organizations.






•Excellent technical knowledge in the field of medical products with focus on treatment of diseases with high public health impact.

•Excellent understanding of the concepts of access to medical products, supply chain management, rational selection and use.

•Independent judgement; and ability to anticipate new trends in the field of medical products and take actions accordingly.

•Working knowledge of medical product regulation is an asset.


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.







Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 28,573 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.




Duty station: Addis Ababa

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: 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’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.

This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.


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