Consultant – Strengthening regulatory systems for medical products and health technologies

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    2 weeks ago
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    Healthcare, Legal Affairs
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Purpose of consultancy

To contribute to the development and the implementation of harmonized technical requirements, promoting convergence and work-sharing and contributing to accelerate access to essential quality assured medical products by contributing to the development and implementation of facilitated registration pathways based on reliance and collaborative mechanisms including joint activities – dossier assessments and inspections. 


The functions to be undertaken are critical and are the continuation of initiated projects within the RCN Team, hence it essential that we initiate a new consultancy contract to ensure that this work can be carried on and delivered in a timely manner as these services are of utmost importance to the good functioning of the RCN Team.  The work contributes to the strategic goal of WHO to strengthen regulatory capacity of Member States with respect to medical products.


Objective 1: To provide technical guidance to Member States and Regional Regulatory Harmonization Initiatives and Regulatory Networks in regulatory matters related to medical products upon requests by the respective Member States or Regulatory Harmonization  initiatives/Networks and in accordance with the REG/RCN annual workplan. 

  • Deliverable 1.1: Development and revision of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) Medicine Regulatory Harmonization (MRH) programmes harmonized technical guidelines/standards in collaboration with the Health Product Policy and Standards (HPS) Department.

Objective 2: To promote regulatory cooperation, convergence, harmonization and work-sharing in medical products through the provision of technical expertise in the development and implementation of harmonized technical requirements and guidelines involving international and regional regulatory networks and initiatives.  

  • Deliverable 2.1: Organization of the International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities in 2023 in face-to-face format subject to the improvement of the global edpidemiogical situation related with COVID19 pandemic and related travel restrictions in collaboration with RCN responsible staff members.

Objective 3: To contribute to the establishment and maintenance of electronic platforms to facilitate the authorization of clinical trials and/or medical products in member states. To support the WHO Team in management of WHO-facilitated multi-country joint review procedures for authorization of clinical trials and/or medical products. To develop e-learning training modules for regulatory capacity building in general and to facilitate the implementation of reliance-based mechanisms for regulation of medical products.

  • Deliverable 3.1: Development and maintenance of electronic platforms and e-learning training modules to facilitate authorization of clinical trials and medical products.
  • Deliverable 3.2: Support WHO-facilitated joint reviews of applications for authorization of clinical trials and marketing authorization.  
  • Deliverable 3.3: Develop e-learning training modules to improve regulatory capacity and for implementation of reliance-based mechanisms for regulation of medical products in Member States throughout the whole product life cycle.

Objective 4:National Regulatory Authority Benchmarking.

  • Deliverable 4.1: Participate in face-to-face National Regulatory Authority (NRA) benchmarking workshops in selected countries as well as in the Regional Regulatory Harmonization Initiatives as part of the WHO regulatory systems strengthening programme.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree in pharmacy, medicine, biology, biochemistry, microbiology or related sciences.



  • 5 to 10 years of relevant experience in regulation, production and/or development of medical products at national and/or international level.
  • Experience with national decision making and in advisory and advocacy roles to senior government officials and policy makers.



  • An excellent understanding of the concepts of medical product regulation throughout the product life cycle (including regulation of clinical trials) and of WHO’s policies and strategies in this area.  
  • A good knowledge of product development and production as well as issues related to regulation of and access to medical products, especially in the context of low-and middle-income countries.  
  • Ability to function effectively in and liaise with multi-sectoral stakeholders with high level of tact and diplomacy. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiating and communication skills including presentation skills.  
  • Substantial knowledge of all aspects of project management and development.

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 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

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