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  • Posted: Jun 10, 2024
    Deadline: Jun 29, 2024
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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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    Technical Officer, Logistics and Supply Chain

    Description Of Duties
    The incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities:

    • To coordinate and facilitate the area of work aimed to strengthen integrated coordinated approaches in logistics and supply chain in ESA country;
    • To contribute and support to the development of guidelines, strategies, policies, norms and standards, standards operating procedures (SOP) at global, regional and countries level as required;
    • To contribute to the development of plans and strategies to increase stakeholders and country awareness about the vaccine management and supply chain.
    • To provide technical support to countries logistic and supply chain for trainings as well as capacity building for effective vaccine management and use of comprehensive improvement plan to ensure implementation of activities, and efficiency in vaccine forecasting, procurement, allocation, and supply chain management.
    • To represent WHO in technical/managerial meetings as relevant to the above-mentioned work areas.
    • To develop new effective linkages with other technical groups in IST ESA and across WHO AFRO departments/clusters to support the integration of activities and collaboration towards the achievement of Immunization Agenda 2030 and Regional Strategic Plan.
    • To support the VPD program, IST/ESA in development of proposals, updating of workplans, budget, financial expenditure projections and resource mobilization for the work area.
    • To contribute in strengthening partnership, collaboration with all stakeholders and alliances to harmonize and streamline country support for the logistics and immunization supply chain in collaboration with the regional focal point for logistic and supply chain;
    • Facilitate the back-up of Inter Country Support Teams (ISTs), to provide highly specialized technical assistance to Member States relating to logistics and immunization supply chain;
    • Collaborate with other VPD team members and countries logistics and supply chain staff to promote and support the adoption of innovations, particularly in the optimization and digitalization of logistics and immunization supply chain;
    • contribute and support the development and maintenance of up-to-date sub regional and national databases for logistics and immunization supply chain as part of the development on new/improved tools and strategies;
    • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

    Required Qualifications
    Education

    • Essential: University Degree in Pharmacy, Logistics, Supply chain management, Engineering or another related field.
    • Desirable: Post-graduate training in public health, vaccinology or another related field

    Experience
    Essential:

    • At least five (5) years’ experience at national and/or international level in logistics, supply chain management in the health sector (either public or private).
    • Experience in immunization logistics and supply chain in low-resource environments.

    Desirable:

    • Experience in planning, monitoring and evaluation of Immunization programmes at national or international level.
    • Demonstrated experience of working with and managing data/statistics for analytical and decision-making purposes.
    • Demonstrated experience in working to deadlines and budgets, including in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders.

    Skills

    • Knowledge on immunization supply chain, including vaccine forecasting and familiarity with effective vaccine management initiative and other existing vaccine/ supply chain management tools. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work as a team member and/or coordinate diverse groups of stakeholders. Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skills.
    • Ability to take the initiative and work independently under general guidance. Familiarity with the UN system and a range of international public/private health partners, including knowledge of WHO country, regional and global functions.

    WHO Competencies

    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication
    • Producing results
    • Ensuring the effective use of resources

    Use of Language Skills

    • Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French.
    • Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages

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    International Consultant BCP & Development Coordinator Band level "B"

    Deliverables

    • Regional Office and Hubs operational readiness checklist adapted and administered by October 2023.
    • Gap analysis of the existing WHO AFRO Business Continuity Plan done November 2023.
    • Regional Office and Hubs BCPs updated/developed and finalized by
    • December 2023.
    • AFRO at-risk countries BCPs updated/developed following.
    • administration of operational readiness checklist by November 2023.
    • AFRO at-risk countries assessed their risk and updated/developed Contingency plans by December 2023

    Essential

    Educational Qualifications

    • An advanced University degree (Master’s level or above) in epidemiology or public health from an accredited/recognized.

    Desirable

    • Specialized training in emergency management; Organizational Development and/or Change management in humanitarian context

    Experience

    Essential

    • Minimum of 5 years' experience in alert and response to emergencies at the national and international levels, readiness assessment, BCP and Contingency plan development, complemented by sound experience with working and negotiating with different organizations in complex environments

    Desirable

    • Experience in WHO and/or the UN System in the areas of outbreak response and/or humanitarian interventions

    Skills/Knowledge

    Essential

    • Demonstrated knowledge of key critical functions of the WHO Emergency Response Framework.
    • Demonstrated sound knowledge of the landscape and dynamics of Health emergencies in the African region
    • Demonstrated sound understanding of the interests and dynamics of partners involved in the readiness and management of health emergencies in the African region.
    • Capacity to conceptualize, organize and critically analyze situations and solve problems.
    • Sound organizational and planning skills complemented by ability
    • To multi-task and produce results under pressure within short deadlines.
    • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
    • Diplomacy, tact and courtesy

    Desirable

    • Excellent Experience in the development of BCPs and Contingency plans.

    Languages required

    • Expert knowledge of English is required, and Intermediate knowledge of French is an asset. 

    Closing Date

    Jun 25, 2024,

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