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WHO is in charge of advancing universal health care internationally. We organise and lead the global response to health emergencies. We also encourage leading healthier lives, from prenatal care through old age. With the help of science-based policies and programmes, our Triple Billion targets set forth an ambitious strategy for the globe to achieve universally good health.

Grade: No grade

Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 12 months

Job Posting: 1st March 2023 (10:45:24 AM)

Closing date: 15th March 2023 (04:29:00 AM)

Primary Location: India

Organization: SE_IND WR Office, India

Schedule: Full time

Duty Station: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Purpose of the position: The purpose of this position is to provide technical support to the states for strengthening the implementation of the free diagnostics service initiative in states. The incumbent will be a part of the Health Systems pharmaceuticals team and support coordination and planning and provide technical support and capacity building on the Free Diagnostics initiatives at the national and state levels.

Objectives of the programme:

  • The World Health Organization’s (WHO), 13th General Programme of Work (GPW 13) recognizes that access to quality assured diagnostics can only be fully achieved through Universal Health Coverage (UHC), promotion of better health and well-being, and meeting the needs of those living in humanitarian settings, i.e. all three of WHO’s strategic priorities.
  • The government of India is committed for strengthening of the public health systems for timely and seamless delivery of quality health services to ensure a continuum of care.
  • The incumbent will be based in the state level and provide hands on support, policy advise and other required technical support to states, as may be required for free diagnostics initiative implementation.

Description of duties:

Located at state level, the incumbent will work directly under the direct supervision of Technical Officer- Pharmaceuticals, with overall guidance and supervision of Team Leader Health Systems at WCO.

The objective of the assignment is to strengthen of Free Diagnostics Services in the states (State level implementation, including capacity building:

The principal duties of the consultant are:

  • Provide policy advice and technical assistance for design, planning, implementation of the hub and spoke models for the free diagnostics initiative.
  • Develop, support and coordinate capacity building for various aspects- procurement and supply chain management, hub and spoke mode, quality assurance and control, monitoring and evaluation
  • Study and document the best practices models of the states for diagnostics and suggesting mechanisms for supporting the states
  • Support the state in expanding the existing IT software initiatives for procurement and supply chain management of medical products.
  • Provide technical assistance for the monitoring and evaluation at state and sub state levels
  • Facilitate /support operational research at sub state/state levels in context of free medicines/diagnostics schemes implementation.

Required qualifications


Essential: Advanced university degree in Biological or Medical Sciences, Pharmacy, Public Health

Desirable: Additional specialization in policy / planning, governance and co-ordination role in drugs, diagnostics, or such similar initiatives.


Essential: A minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of professional experience, demonstrated ability to understand and work on complex policy and programme of drugs, diagnostics, or such similar issues.

Desirable: Experience in providing programmatic and/or technical assistance through or within the MoHFW system/ NHM at state level. Co-ordination role in drugs, diagnostics, or such similar initiatives. Experience implementing programs at the national level in India and good understanding of health system strengthening, UHC or SDGs.

Other Skills:

  • Proven track record of strong writing skills.
  • The incumbent will have a sound technical knowledge of the public health aspects of drugs supply and management systems and diagnostics schemes. He/she will have a demonstrated ability to work with multiple external partners and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders particularly with NHM at the state levels.
  • The incumbent will also exhibit tact and maturity in dealing with sensitive topics. Excellent interpersonal, negotiating, intercultural communication skills and political acumen.

Computer skills: Computer Literacy: Proficiency in the use of standard MS Office packages and the Internet.

WHO Competencies

  • Communication
  • Fostering integration and teamwork.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.

Use of Language Skills: Excellent knowledge of English.

Remuneration: Monthly remuneration is INR 218,855 (Grade – NO.B) taxable as per Indian laws and the appointment will be through Special Services Agreement (SSA)extendable subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the function. S/he could be posted anywhere in India as per the project needs.

Additional Information

  • This Vacancy Notice may be used to fill similar positions at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test / and or a presentation, along with interview will be used as a form of screening.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
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  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • Any extension of appointment would be subject to programmatic requirements, performance of the incumbent and availability of funds.
  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.


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