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  • Posted: Mar 17, 2023
    Deadline: Mar 31, 2023
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    The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
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    Consultant - Clinical Research and Development (R&D)

    Purpose of consultancy

    To contribute to data mining, cleaning and analysis to inform the development of WHO’s 2023 clinical pipeline review of antibacterial treatments.


    • Deliverable 1: Contribute to the development of WHO clinical pipeline reviews of antibiotics and antibacterials targeting the WHO bacterial priority pathogens list (WHO BPPL). The analysis will include both antibacterial agents authorized in the last 10 years and antibacterial agents (traditional and non-traditional) in clinical development worldwide in Phase 1, 2, 3 and in the MAA/NDA stage, as well as those discontinued.  
      • Verify data from different sources including literature review, desk review, expert opinion and any additional sources, and compile into an Excel file. This should include product name, developer, phase, antibiotic class, route of administration, expected activity against the WHO bacterial priority pathogens list, an assessment of the potential innovativeness of each product against the WHO innovation criteria as well as the funder/s for each product.
      • Clean, proofread, and verify all data for submission and final validation by the WHO R&D Advisory Group.  
      • Communicate with project partners to verify data quality and complement data gaps in close collaboration with the WHO IRC team. 
      • Submit all data, including verified data set in Excel as well as supporting documents/articles and references, to WHO to be stored for future reference and pipeline report iterations. 

    Expected by: May 2023

    • Deliverable 2: Contribute to presenting the clinical data collected and the analyses performed and discussing potential outstanding issues. Develop relevant background documents and a power-point presentation with the results of the clinical pipeline review. Identify potential areas for discussion. Participate in preparatory pre-meeting calls with the AG Chair.
      Expected by: June 2023
    • Deliverable 3: Contribute to drafting sections of the antibacterial pipeline report focused on antibacterial agents in clinical development. Draft sections on methodology, clinical traditional and non-traditional agents, discussion and conclusion, with input from WHO IRC staff and consultants. Identify and discuss gaps (e.g., in targets, formulations, paediatric indications) and unmet medical needs in HICs and LMICs including the needs of vulnerable and fragile populations. Analyze potential reason for failure of discontinued clinical programmes (e.g., design, sample size, patient population, NI margins, endpoinds etc..). Analyze trends in the current antibacterial R&D landscape, discussing the adequacy of the pipeline against the WHO BPPL. Suggest new analyses for future iterations of the pipeline analysis, as relevant.  
      Expected by: August 2023
    • Deliverable 4: Draft a scientific article on antibacterial agents in clinical development based on the above analyses, for submission to relevant peer-reviewed journals/periodicals.
      Expected by: September 2023

    Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

    Educational Qualifications:


    • Advanced degree (Ph.D) in pharmacology, immune pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, biomedical sciences, microbiology or another relevant area specific to antimicrobial resistance and infectious disease.



    • Over 10 years of relevant experience in the regulation and evaluation of medicinal products with experience in scientific advice on R&D of pharmaceuticals at international level.
    • Experience in drug evaluation, in the benefit/risk assessment and in establishing the clinical benefit of medicinal products.
    • Experience in the evaluation of clinical trials studies (phase 1-3, MAAs/NDAs) and regulatory assessment of human medicinal products.
    • Experience in advising on clinical trial design (phase 1-3, MAAs/NDAs).
    • Experience in the R&D of paediatric medicines.
    • Experience in Health technology assessment of medicines including antibiotics.
    • Experience in developing clinical guidelines (drug formularies) on antibiotics.


    • Experience working in an international context. 
    • Drug development experience that spans across quality, non-clinical, clinical and pharmacovigilance in the regulatory dossiers supporting the submissions for a marketing authorization.



    • Expert knowledge of clinical pharmacology, drug evaluation, research and development of pharmaceuticals.
    • Proven skills in scientific writing.
    • Ability to work independently and in a team.
    • Ability to work under pressure with conflicting priorities.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Computer literacy (Microsoft office including Excel, zoom, etc.).

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