Logistician for Health Security and Emergencies

Multiple locations

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The Health Security and Emergencies (HSE) cluster is aiming at a safer African region where outbreaks, disasters and health security related risks are no longer major causes of morbidity, mortality, and economic loss because they are timely detected and mitigated. The HSE will ensure health security in the African region through prevention, prediction, early detection, early warning, rapid and effective response, and recovery activities to public health effects of emergencies and disasters including disease outbreaks, using an all-hazard approach.WHO Programme Budget Category 5 " Preparedness, Surveillance and Response" focuses on strengthening institutional, international and country capacities in prevention, preparedness, response and recovery capabilities for all types of hazards, risks and emergencies which pose a threat to human health. The capacities needed for health security and in public health emergencies include those identified in the International Health Regulations (2005), (emerging or re-emerging human and zoonotic diseases with the potential to cause outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics, food-safety incidents, chemical and radio-nuclear incidents, and antimicrobial drug resistance) as well as hazard-specific capacities related to other natural hazards. The category also encompasses ensuring rapid, effective and predictable response operations in acute and protracted emergencies arising from any hazard with health consequences. Description of duties: This position will contribute to strengthening WHO's convening role in support of Member States to prepare for, detect and mount a rapid, coordinated and effective response to public health emergency, and to ensure that identified risks are successfully translated into opportunities to strengthen the required national procedures, skills, coordination mechanisms and health systems.The incumbent will be responsible for assessing and identifying the national logistics capacities for responding to an eventual outbreak/humanitarian onset; to identify the emergency stockpiles requirements and to help to select and implement an adequate Stockpile Management System according with the national needs. He (she) will be closely working with the Operations Officer and directly reporting to the WHO Country Representative.Specific Tasks will include: 1.To assess on existing and available national logistics capacities, together with the trained national;2. logistician officer (WCO and MoH), to be able to respond to the designed preparedness and response plans;3. To develop a logistic plan and the protocols, protocols linked to the national response plans;4.To ensure that stockpiles are in place for the national identified PHE risks, and to ensure these are placed in the right place and maintained appropriately;5. To assess and identify (if any) the existing tools for stockpile management at national level;6. To identify, propose and help to implementing a standard warehouse management procedure, ensuring quality control and national appropriation;7. To identify, propose and support the implementation of a selected Stockpile Management System at national level. Supporting both the software implementation and national staff training process;8. To coach and empower national logistics capacities at WCO, where logistics function exist, in order to improve national capacities and to promote knowledge transfer to the WHO Country Office. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: First degree in Health or Social Sciences or equivalent. Desirable: A Master Degree will be an advantage. Recognized / validated Logistics Training course (university, NGO, etc.), especially in stockpile management and Supply chain"In the event that your candidature is retained for an 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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually". Skills: - Excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to coordinate activities and multitask.- Strong programme management skills.- Strong operational competencies.- Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to negotiate with and convince officials with tact and diplomacy.- Ability to write in a clear and concise manner, and to present factual information.- Ability to work under pressure to make decision, to elaborate strategies and organise priorities, Strong analytical skills and good judgement.- Sense of prioritization and attention to detail.- Discretion and tact; ability to handle and preserve confidential information.- Ability to liaise with people at all levels and to proactively search for information.- Self-motivated, flexible and able to innovate.- Professional commitment.Proficiency in the use of computer applications and systems.WHO Competencies:1. Communicating in a credible and effective way;2. Producing results;3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond;4. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences. Experience: Essential: At least a minimum of 5 years' experience in logistics operations, stockpile management system, supply chain services, and warehouse management. Working experience on emergencies in Africa; At least a minimum of 3 years' experience in emergency preparedness and outbreak/humanitarian response operations at coordination level. Experience of working in international organizations. UN experience would be an asset.Desirable: Ability to work in stressful context and under tight deadline. Ability to work in an international and multi-cultural environment. Languages: Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of French. Additional Information: WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment (for international positions only) which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel (for international positions only), education grant for dependent children (for international positions only), pension plan and medical insurance. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO:http://www.who.int Click on: . to learn more about WHO's operations http://icsc.un.org Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world. Post Adjustment: 42.8 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level. Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. WHO is committed to workforce diversity. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Currently accepting applications
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Emergency Aid
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-15

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