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World Health Organization (WHO)

Consultant – World Local Production Forum and Local Production

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Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

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

Job Posting: Jun 17, 2022, 11:21:27 AM

Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical expertise in strengthening local production and technology transfer for improving access to quality-assured, safe and effective health products.


The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a concentration of global production capacity of essential health products in a few regions/countries and vulnerabilities in global supply chains. For low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that rely largely on importation of medical products to meet public health demands, they are at greater risk for lack of access to quality-assured medical products. The Local Production and Assistance (LPA) Unit has been receiving requests from Member States for support in strengthening quality local production and technology transfer as many LMICs look to technology transfer and strengthening local manufacturing capacity to improve timely access and strengthen national health security, particularly during emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LPA Unit in the Regulation and Prequalification Department, Access to Medicines and Health Products Division is responsible for supporting Member States in strengthening local production and technology transfer of quality-assured essential health products to improve access under the context of WHA74.6 on Strengthening local production of medicines and other health technologies to improve access and other World Health Assembly resolutions and decisions related to local production and access to health products. The focus of work is on promoting sustainable quality local production and technology transfer in a holistic manner, such as conducting feasibility assessments for sustainable local production, developing strategies, roadmaps and tools, providing capacity building and specialized technical assistance and facilitating technology transfer.


The consultant will perform the following:

  • Contribute to the establishment and implementation of an advisory group of the World Local Production Forum and the preparation of the relevant documents for it (e.g. terms of reference, expressions of interest)
  • Facilitate the organization of a workshop/forum to stimulate industry engagement at the World Local Production Forum and the preparation of relevant documents for it (e.g. concept note, agenda)
  • Facilitate the organization of the second World Local Production Forum and the preparation of relevant documents for it (e.g. agenda, invitations)
  • Provide technical support to countries with the implementation of national strategies or plans of action in strengthening local production and the preparation of relevant documents for it (e.g. terms of reference, reports)
  • Contribute to the drafting of a model strategy for strengthening local production in collaboration with partners
  • Facilitate the preparation and organization of fora/workshops related to local production and technology transfer involving the LPA Unit and the preparation of relevant fora/workshop documents and materials
  • Contribute to the preparation and/or development of research/evidence-based documents related to local production and technology transfer

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: First level university degree in pharmacy, sciences, life sciences or other health or socio-economic related fields.



  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in local pharmaceutical industry with at least four years of experience in the development and/or implementation of a national strategy for strengthening local production, particularly in a low- and middle-income country.
  • Experience in working in and with government ministries/agencies in strengthening local production capacity of quality health products.
  • Experience in conducting studies/assessments of the pharmaceutical market.


  • Experience in organizing multi-stakeholder fora/workshops.
  • Experience in working with a UN agency or international organization, particularly in promoting/strengthening local production.



  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing and the local pharmaceutical industry.
  • Ability to develop high quality technical reports and other documents, particularly related to the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

  • Knowledge of the business environment and market-related aspects of the health product manufacturing industry.
  • Ability to design, plan and implement activities to achieve the goal(s).
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong planning and organizational skills, and ability to use a range of IT tools (Word, Excel, presentation software, databases).
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with all stakeholders with tact and diplomacy, upholding the reputation of the Organization at all times.

Desirable: Knowledge of policies and procedures of WHO or another UN agency.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Working knowledge of another WHO official language.


Home based – Off-site.


Travel to assist in preparing/organizing fora/workshops, locations to be agreed as per the LPA 2022 workplan.

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:

11 months.

Additional Information

  • 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: (link) Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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