WHO calls for experts for COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group

Call for Experts COVID-19

Group will advise WHO on global mechanism to pool knowledge about COVID-19 health technologies.

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2021 (PAHO) The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking experts to serve as members of the Technical Advisory Group on the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP). C-TAP is an open source global mechanism for pooling knowledge, data, and intellectual property related to COVID-19 health technologies in order to scale up production, availability and affordability.

The advisory group will make recommendations to the WHO C-TAP Secretariat regarding implementing technology transfer agreements within the context of global initiatives to achieve equitable global access to COVID-19 health technologies. The advisory group will advise the WHO C-TAP Secretariat on priority health products to be considered as C-TAP candidates and provide other independent advice on related scientific, technical and strategic matters.

Qualifications and deadline 

The advisory group will include members with a range of technical knowledge, skills and experience, preferably relevant to COVID-19 health technologies in the fields of therapeutics, diagnostics, vaccines or other medical devices. WHO welcomes expressions of interest from professionals with proven expertise on: 

  • Clinicians and researchers working on COVID-19 health products;
  • Access to medicines, diagnostics, vaccines, and other health products; 
  • Public health-oriented intellectual property; 
  • Technology transfer;
  • Business development;
  • Pricing, procurement, needs estimation and/or regulation of medicines. 

To express interest, please submit the following documents by February 1, 2021 (24:00 hours Geneva time) to CallToAction@who.int using the subject line “Expression of interest for the Technical Advisory Group on C-TAP:”

  • A cover letter, indicating your motivation to apply and how you satisfy the selection criteria. (Since advisory group members will work in personal capacity, please do not use letterhead or other employer identification.);
  • Curriculum vitae; 
  • A signed and completed Declaration of Interests (DOI) form for WHO Experts, available at https://www.who.int/about/ethics/declarations-of-interest

Due to an expected high volume of interest, only selected individuals will be informed. 

Conditions of appointment 

WHO advisory group members must be free of all conflicts of interest. To this end, applicants are required to complete the WHO Declaration of Interests for WHO Experts. 

Advisory group members must not represent governments, commercial industries or entities, research, academic or civil society organizations, or any other bodies, entities, institutions or organizations. They are expected to fully comply with the Code of Conduct for WHO Experts (https://www.who.int/about/ethics/declarations-of-interest). 

Advisory group members will be expected to sign and return a completed confidentiality undertaking prior to the beginning of the first meeting.

Advisory group members will not be remunerated for their services in relation to the advisory group or otherwise. Travel and accommodation expenses to participate in advisory group meetings will be covered by WHO in accordance with its applicable policies, rules and procedures. If you have any questions, please write to CallToAction@who.int well before the applicable. 

More information available here: https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/119946