Consultant: Essential Medicines and Technologies

World Health Organization (WHO)

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Consultant: Essential Medicines and Technologies

Consultant: Essential Medicines and Technologies (2402765)

Location: Juba, South Sudan
Contractual Arrangement: External Consultant
Contract Duration: Nine months
Job Posting: March 23, 2024
Closing Date: April 7, 2024
Primary Location: South Sudan-Juba
Organization: AF_SSD, South Sudan
Schedule: Full-time


WHO is tasked with implementing the Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) component of the Health Sector Transformation Project (HSTP) under the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) starting in July 2024. The HSTP aims to enhance efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve health system impact. This includes two components: health service delivery (HSD) by UNICEF and health systems strengthening (HSS) by WHO. The HSS focuses on essential medicines, among other areas, aligned with the Health Sector Strategic Plan (2023–2027).

Duties and deliverables:

  • Lead the review and update of Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) and the Essential Medicines List (EML).
  • Facilitate consultations, draft updated guidelines and lists, and conduct stakeholder validation.
  • Support the capacity-building of the Drug and Food Control Authority (DFCA) for effective regulation and quality management.
  • Provide training, develop quality management systems, and oversee implementation.

Deliverables Include:

  • Inception report and work plan
  • Updated STGs and EML
  • Training reports and orientation materials
  • Benchmarking report for DFCA
  • Training report on regulatory functions
  • Quality Management and Information System document

Qualifications and experience:

  • Educational: a university degree in pharmacy or health sciences with a master’s in public health or a related field on essential medicine policies.
  • Experience: Minimum 10 years’ professional experience in pharmaceuticals, policy, regulation, and quality assurance, preferably in fragile state settings.
  • Skills: expertise in essential medicine programs, procurement, regulatory systems, and report writing. Ability to provide technical advice and work effectively in teams.

Languages: Expert knowledge of English.

Additional Information:

  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • A written test may be part of the screening process.
  • Candidates must provide scanned copies of the required degrees/certificates.
  • WHO values diversity, inclusion, and gender parity.
  • Persons with disabilities can request accommodations for the recruitment process.
  • Candidates must adhere to the WHO’s ethical standards and report any misconduct.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers.
  • Consultants are responsible for their taxes and contributions.
  • Vaccination may be required for assignments, subject to medical conditions.
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Please ensure all applications are submitted in English.


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