World Health Organization looking for Scientist | Geneva, Switzerland
WHO is the United Nations’ specialized agency for Health. It is an inter-governmental organization and works in collaboration with its member states usually through the Ministries of Health. WHO’s objective is the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health. WHO's Secretariat is staffed by health professionals, other experts and support staff working at headquarters in Geneva, six regional offices and country offices.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The mission of WHO IVB Department is to achieve a world in which all people at risk are protected against vaccine preventable diseases. One mission of the QSS team is to assure the quality and safety of vaccines and other biologicals through the development and establishment of global norms and standards including the development of: International Biologicals Standards and Reference Materials; robust quality control procedures; guidelines and recommendations on the production and control of biologicals; international consensus on quality, safety and standards issues. Technical advice is given to national regulatory authorities and national control laboratories regarding methods, requirements, international reference materials and how to use them.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Group Leader NSB, Coordinator QSS and Director IVB, the incumbent will plan activities and fulfill the objectives of the QSS programme of work assuming technical responsibility and supervision for standardization with regard to the following objectives:
Objective 1: Provide scientific leadership, coordination and technical supervision in the development, establishment and implementation of new, and updating of existing WHO recommendations/guidelines for the production, quality control and evaluation of selected vaccines and other biologicals according to priorities.
Objective 2: Coordinate and provide technical leadership of activities related to the development and establishment of WHO International Standards and Reference Materials for selected vaccines and other biologicals.
Objective 3: Act as WHO focal point to promote the use of WHO regulatory standards for vaccines and other biologicals. Promote the use of WHO regulatory standards and implementation of WHO regulatory guidelines for vaccines and other biologicals through the network of users. Liaise with colleagues in IVB, EMP/QSM and WHO Regional Offices to ensure timely exchange of information regarding the development and availability of standards for biologicals. Assist in providing technical support to regulators and manufacturers of vaccines and other biologicals. Coordinate review of IVB documents and provide information on issues related to standardization, evaluation and regulation of vaccines.
Objective 4: Perform other duties as assigned by Group Leader, NSB, Coordinator, QSS and Director, IVB. Act as NSB focal point for WHO Collaborating Centers and other relevant organizations. Coordinate work of Collaborating Centers in the area of vaccines and other biologicals and related topics.
Degree in medical, biological or pharmaceutical sciences from a recognized university with postgraduate degree (PhD) level in microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related subject.
Scientific publications in medical microbiology and immunology would be an advantage.
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