Regional Adviser (Pharmaceutical Regulation)

World Health Organisation(WHO), Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th November, 2015

Job Description

Summary of Assigned Duties:

- Advise and support Member States in formulating, updating, implementing and monitoring comprehensive national medicines policies as an integral part of national health policies and strategies in order to contribute towards the goal of Universal Health Coverage.
- Strengthen the capacity of national regulatory authorities for medical products of the Member States by level of socio-economic development by assessing regulatory systems, promoting harmonization of regulation of medical products and proposing appropriate training and technical support activities to meet identified gaps.
- Strengthen intersectoral collaboration and initiatives including national regulatory authorities, pharmaceutical industry, and professional and academic institutions, including WHO Collaborating Centres.
- Provide technical advice to Member States on WHO prequalification of medicines procedures and guidelines for manufacturers and medicines quality control laboratories, and on quality management systems for public procurement and distribution agencies of medical products.
- Provide technical support to Member States on issues related to access of quality-assured medical products while working in close collaboration with WHO Headquarters and Country Offices.
- Strengthen the Eastern Mediterranean Drug Regulatory Authorities (EMDRAC) as a platform for information sharing, inter-country collaboration, research, and identifying centres of regulatory excellence for capacity building in the EM Region.
- Establish and oversee mechanisms for regional, inter-regional and global cooperation with Member States to attain EMP programme objectives.
- Advise on the development of regulatory policies and strategies, monitor and analyse their impact, and propose new initiatives to address needs in collaboration with other EMRO departments and international partners, where needed.
- Coordinate and publish documents and guidelines on best practices related to pharmaceutical sector profiles and research undertaken in the EM Region.


- Essential: University Degree in Pharmacy or Medicine with a Master's Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Public Health, Pharmacology, or a related field.
- Desirable: PhD or equivalent degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and/or specialized training in regulation of medical products or related fields.
- WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

- Excellent technical knowledge in the field of medical product regulation with focus on treatment of diseases with high public health impact.
- Excellent understanding of medicine regulation practices and of WHO's policies and strategies in this area.
- Proven ability to plan and implement strategies.
- Proven skills to coordinate and solicit consorted actions among various stakeholders.
- Ability to function effectively in a team setting.
- High level of tact and diplomacy.

Other Skills:

- Proficiency in Microsoft Office.


- Essential: At least 10 years of combined national and international experience in the area of regulation of medical products with working experience in essential medicines and/or programmes.
- Desirable: Broad experience in medicine policy development.


- Excellent knowledge of English.
- Knowledge of Arabic and/or French will be an asset.

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