Purpose of consultancy
The consultant will design, develop, enhance and maintain computerized software applications and tools.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Regulatory Systems Strengthening (RSS) team programme, supported with multiple World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions, and particularly Resolution WHA67.20 (2014) is working on country-specific regulatory system capacity building activities including evaluating national regulatory systems, developing and applying WHO benchmarking tools, generating and analysing evidence of regulatory systems performance and facilitating the formulation and execution of institutional development plans in addition to providing technical support to national regulatory authorities (NRA) of Member States. The consultant in RSS would assist in the implementation of the RSS programme as stated.
The Local Production and Assistance (LPA) Unit, in the Regulation and Prequalification (RPQ) Department is responsible for supporting Member States, particularly low- and middle-income countries, in strengthening local production of quality-assured essential health products to improve access and safeguard health security. This includes developing strategies, policies and tools, conducting situational analyses on sustainable quality local production, providing capacity building and technical assistance, and fostering partnerships. LPA promotes sustainable quality local production in a holistic manner in collaboration with WHO technical units, trusted external partners and international partners to improve access to quality-assured medical products under the context of Resolution WHA74.6 , WHA61.21 , WHA67.20 and other resolutions related to local production and access to health products.
- Development and enhancement of the Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT) Administrator and Institutional Development Plan (IDP) follow-up web systems (Angular, .NET Core, SQL Server).
- Design and development of the WHO Listed Authority (WLA) performance evaluation indicators module and integration with the computerized Global Benchmarking Tool (cGBT) desktop application (JavaFX, Java, FXML, SQLite).
- Design and development of the WLA tools and integration with the cGBT desktop application (JavaFX, Java, FXML, SQLite).
- Perform the necessary adjustments to the GBT Administrator system to accommodate the Performance Evaluation (PE) indicators and WLA tools (Angular, .NET Core, SQL Server).
- Design and plan for an automated web system which allows users to interact with the GBT factsheets including different GBT versions and languages.
- Publish new version(s) for the GBT Assessors Management system including enhancements and/or bug fixes if applicable (Angular, .NET Core, SQL Server).
- Publish new version(s) for the cGBT (Windows and macOS) which includes significant user interface enhancements and/or bug fixes if applicable (JavaFX, Java, FXML, SQLite).
- Perform necessary routine updates to all applications’ dependencies and 3rd party libraries.
- Development of the automated Word reports generator module in the GBT Administrator system (Angular, .NET Core, SQL Server).
- Coordination with IMT department to test and deploy developed web applications, which are hosted on the WHO servers (FTP, IIS).
- Maintain and enhance the Situational Analysis Tool (Angular, .NET Core, SQL Server, JavaFX, Java, FXML, SQLite).
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
First university degree in Computer Engineering & Software Systems.
- Over 5 years of professional experience in the Software development field, including experience in the following areas: relational databases languages (ex. SQL), JavaFX software development platform, .NET Core backend development and Angular frontend development.
- Strong experience with application analysis, design, code, unit test.
- Experience with native Mobile apps development for Android and iOS.
- Hands on experience with Object Oriented Programming and strong computer science fundamentals: data structures, algorithms and programming languages.
- Proven experience of working with full stack web development, architecting complex applications from the ground up.
- Experience working on multiple resolutions screens.
- Experience with File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Internet Information Services (IIS) which are required for deployment of developed applications on WHO Intranet and Extranet servers.
- Experience with Microsoft Azure Active directory for management of users’ authentication and role-based access control.
- Experience working in collaboration with the World Health Organization in order to understand WHO’s roles and core functions.
- Experience in User Interface/User experience and understanding of Agile Project Management methodologies.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong planning, organizational and project management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and work with a range of data tools to deliver high impact results.
- Advanced knowledge of UI/UX principles and guidelines, and experience with JSON and XML.
Expert knowledge of English.
Working knowledge of another UN official language.
Home based – Off-site.
The Consultant may need to travel to WHO headquarters and to various countries as per RSS workplan, for benchmarking missions.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Band level B: USD 7,000 - 9,980 per month.
Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):
Expected duration of contract:
- This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
- Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
- A written test may be used as a form of screening.
- If your candidature is retained for 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.
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- WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
- Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
- WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
- WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
- Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.
- WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.
- Consultants working in Switzerland must register with the applicable Swiss cantonal tax authorities and social security authorities, within the prescribed timeframes (Guidelines issued by the Swiss Mission are available at: https://www.eda.admin.ch/missions/mission-onu-geneve/en/home/manual-regime-privileges-and-immunities/introduction/Manuel-personnes-sans-privileges-et-immunites-carte-H/Non fonctionnaires et stagiaires.html