Consultant – Immunization Devices (IMD) Assessment, Anywhere

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Consultant – Immunization Devices (IMD) assessment

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Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months

Job Posting: Dec 12, 2022, 7:57:58 AM

Purpose of consultancy

The consultant will contribute to the work of VAX and assist with key activities contributing to the evaluation for Prequalification (PQ) and post-PQ monitoring activities of IMD in accordance with the WHO IMD Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) 2019-2023 Strategy.


The objective of the WHO Department of Regulation and Prequalification (RPQ) is to contribute to saving lives and improving health by developing global guidance and by collaborating with countries to provide: 1) equity of access to essential medicines and health products.

2) rational use of medicines and health products.

3) medicines and health products quality, safety and efficacy/performance.

The Prequalification Unit (PQT), within the RPQ department, promotes and facilitates access to safe and appropriate diagnostics/medical devices, medicines and vaccines of assured quality through advocacy and policy, prequalification, quality assurance systems and strengthening national regulatory and laboratory programmes. PQT’s global activities aim at ensuring health products are accessible, available at reasonable cost, used appropriately and are provided within an adequate regulatory framework and a sustainable health care system.

Embedded within PQT/VAX, the IMD team is the global norms and standards setter for the quality, safety, performance and programmatic suitability of devices for Low-and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). The IMD team specifies and prequalifies all the equipment and devices required for the transport, storage, monitoring of a vaccine.


Deliverable 1:

  • Organize the WHO PQS Working Group meetings and stakeholder meetings.
  • Plan and track the WHO PQS Technical Working Group activities and outputs including capturing and track and reporting key decision points and action items from WHO PQS meetings.
  • Track progress made on WHO PQS Working Group work plans and strategic objectives.

Deliverable 2:

  • Consolidate industry reviews of WHO PQS specifications, verification protocols and technical guidance documents.

Deliverable 3:

  • Schedule WHO PQS meetings and consultations; technical dossier reviews, Working Groups, PQS IMD Manufacturers consultations, Partner coordination with UNICEF Supply Division, UNICEF Programme Division, GAVI, Interagency Supply Chain Group, Technet.

Deliverable 4:

  • Prepare pre-AR documents and forms for each prequalified manufacturer and product, pre-review AR applications for complementation and follow-up with manufactures.

Deliverable 5:

  • Create, consolidate, edit, finalize, and publish WHO PQS IMD documentation (e.g., specifications, testing protocols, resource materials, target product profiles, and WHO PQS IMD website content).

Deliverable 6:

  • Create tracking tools to capture and report on key performance indicators, and progress made on WHO PQS Strategy goals and targets. Report on WHO PQS key performance indicators.
  • Track consultant deliverables.

Deliverable 7:

  • Review completeness of Product Dossier submissions.

Deliverable 8:

  • Update WHO PQS databases and document repositories.

Deliverable 9:

  • Collate, aggregate, and report Post Market Monitoring (PMM) feedback data, reports, UNICEF Supply Division Quality Assurance Reports, Annual reviews submissions of equipment and device performance failures.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages.

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced degree in public health.



  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in public health.


  • Experience working in multiple countries/international environment.
  • Experience with immunization project management at the global level.
  • Experience in producing guidelines.


  • Delivers clear, concise and coherent messages – written and verbally – which are adapted to the intended audience.
  • Strong time management and project management skills.
  • Ability to multitask and work efficiently to meet program needs.
  • Ability to work as a team member, while managing competing interests and priorities.
  • Project/Program management skills.
  • Knowledge of WHO immunization equipment Prequalification.

Languages required:

  • Expert knowledge of English.


Off-site: Home based.


The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level B-USD 350- 499 per day.

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):


Expected duration of contract:

11 months (part-time 190 days during 11 months).

Additional Information

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