Purpose of consultancy
To establish a roster of consultants of scientific writers, to provide technical editing and drafting of various meeting reports, guidelines and publications.
The Regulation and Prequalification Department (RPQ) works with Member States and partners to improve access to essential medicines, vaccines and other health technologies of assured quality, safety and efficacy or effectiveness. The Pharmacovigilance Team (PVG) in RPQ is responsible for developing guidelines and tools to support pharmacovigilance in low- and middle-income countries, strengthening national pharmacovigilance systems, building pharmacovigilance capacity in countries, and reviewing the safety of WHO prequalified medicines and vaccines used in the WHO immunization and other disease control and treatment programmes.
Towards its scope of work, PVG convenes bi-annual (routine) and other ad hoc meetings of a WHO Advisory Committee on Safety of Medicinal Products (ACSoMP) and a WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS). Smaller sub-committee meetings are also convened as needed (either monthly or ad hoc), for rapid review of any emerging safety signals.
Scientific writers are required to attend the above-mentioned meetings either in person or virtually and prepare the technical reports, recommendations and other publications from the routine and ad hoc Advisory Committee and sub-committee meetings.
Deliverable 1.1: Attend in person/virtually (as needed) the bi-annual (routine) meetings and facilitate monthly (or as needed) sub-committee meetings of the Advisory Committees and prepare the minutes and reports from these meetings.
Deliverable 1.2: Prepare summaries of the Joint GACVS/ACSoMP meeting recommendations for publication in Weekly Epidemiological Records (WER) and WHO Pharmaceuticals Newsletter.
Deliverable 1.3: Edit various guidelines, adverse events following immunization (AEFI) rate sheets and other publications resulting from the ad hoc and routine meetings of the Advisory Committees.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
First level university degree in science, biomedical science or related field such as scientific journalism or equivalent.
Advanced level degree or diploma in scientific journalism or medical writing.
- 5 to 10 years of relevant work experience in medical and scientific publication.
- Proven track record for professional delivery of high-quality products.
- Experience in different medical and scientific areas including infectious diseases, therapeutics and vaccines.
Experience in medical and scientific writing and publications including drafting statements, guidelines, and technical reports in different medical and scientific areas including infectious diseases, pharmacovigilance, vaccines and vaccinology.
- Excellent technical writing skills.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work in a multicultural team and maintain effective working relationships with recognized experts and stakeholders.
- Strong commitment and ability to deliver work on time under tight deadlines.
- Strong methodological and analytical skills, with the ability to conduct research, identify and analyze literature relevant to the programme area.
- Good planning and organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to multi-task and work under pressure.
- Strong IT skills: Word, Excel, presentation software, databases and web navigators.
Expert knowledge of English.
Working knowledge of another WHO official language.
Home based – Off-site.
Travel to meetings held at WHO/HQ when applicable.
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:
Contract durations may vary from 3 months to 11 months.
- 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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- 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
- The purpose of this vacancy is to develop a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in this advertised roster. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) upon conclusion of the selection process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently may be selected for consultancy assignments falling in this area of work or for similar requirements/tasks/deliverables. Inclusion in the Roster does not guarantee selection to a consultant contract. There is no commitment on either side.