Health Products and Systems Specialist, P-4


Health Products and Systems Specialist

at P-4 level for a 6-month Temporary Appointment in Pyongyang, DPR Korea (Non-DPRK Nationals)

Since 2010, UNICEF is working as Principal Recipient (PR) for the Global Fund-supported Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria programmes in DPR of Korea. As PR, UNICEF ensures coordination, operations and oversight of the Global Fund TB and Malaria grants as well as compliance of the approved work plans, budgets, service delivery quality, and efficient and effective risk management. We are now seeking a committed, hardworking and experienced Health Products and Systems Specialist to support efficient and effective programmatic, procurement and supply management (PSM), and health systems strengthening (HSS) initiatives.


Main Responsibilities

  • Coordinate comprehensive procurement planning for the Global Fund TB and Malaria grants; facilitate country dialogue for Concept Note development, grant negotiations, and reallocation/reprogramming requests; prepare documentation including Health Products Lists(HPL), Bills of Quantities (BoQ), etc. for submission to the donor; develop product technical specifications; verify quantifications for pharmaceutical products, lab reagents and consumables covering all aspects; operate a drug order placement and tracking system; prepare annual Supply plans, periodic catch-up plans and procurement micro plans; update databases and knowledge management systems; perform pre-/post-delivery inspections, receipt of goods and end-use monitoring of supplies; support capacity building activities in the supply chain, organise and facilitate national Procurement & Supply Management Taskforce and other Review meetings, and contribute to periodic donor and institutional reports/updates.
  • Technical assistance to partners to strengthen national pharmaceutical systems to improve procurement, distribution and end-use monitoring of quality-assured health- and non-health products and commodities, and compliance with international standards and donor obligations; develop and implement standard operating procedures for product management, inventory management and logistics information management systems; develop and implement a Quality Assurance/Quality Control action plan, and ensure quality monitoring of pharmaceutical products and Safe Disposal plan; facilitate pharmacovigilance, recording and reporting of adverse drug reactions, and a TB Drug-Safety Monitoring system; assist in development of new service lines; ensure Price-Quality Reporting(PQR) to the Global Fund.
  • Facilitate government health centres (laboratories, hospitals, clinics etc.) in laboratory and facility management; monitor consumption, accurate forecasting, ordering and distribution of laboratory and hospital supplies, consumables and equipment; develop and implement an Equipment Service and Maintenance plan; facilitate data collection and laboratory informatics, training, proficiency enhancement, and quality assurance of laboratory processes and systems.
  • Undertake health facility assessments; develop methods and tools to support planning, implementing, and monitoring effective and sustainable health system infrastructure, and physical and other resource inputs; implement initiatives on health system infrastructure, physical assets, and health services logistics; support policy development, and develop and implement mechanisms to enhance use of health system infrastructure and physical asset investments; monitor the Global Fund Programme Assets in DPRK.
  • Assist the TB and Malaria programme manager in overall strategic planning, management and monitoring of programmatic, procurement and supply management, and health systems strengthening cycles, ongoing and new initiatives, and external relations.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum eight years of relevant professional experience including at least five years in pharmaceutical management
  • Advanced university degree (Master's) in Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Management, Microbiology, or a relevant technical field. A first level university degree (Bachelor's) in a relevant technical field in conjunction with ten years of relevant work experience may be taken in lieu of an advanced university degree
  • National and international work experience in quality assurance and quality control systems as related to health- and non-health products, commodities, logistics, procurement, supply, contracting, administration, and/or other related fields
  • Fluency in English


Additional preferable qualifications

  • Specialized knowledge of tools, processes, standards and principles related to procurement and logistics, with an emphasis on pharmaceuticals and drug management, particularly TB-related drugs and Malaria commodity management
  • Specialized knowledge of health systems and services, physical assets and technology, and their applications in developing country contexts across communicable disease programmes, and planning, acquisition and management issues as applicable in a fragile and complex health systems environment.
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory techniques and laboratory testing quality control methods
  • Excellent analytical, strategic planning, negotiation, organizational, partnership-building and interpersonal skills. Integrity and mature judgment
  • Computer Literacy, especially in relation to data analysis, database and Excel skills, logistics applications.
  • Experience in laboratory management
  • Experience in health systems infrastructure policy, planning and management
  • Sound experience in presenting policy and strategic options to senior officials, and providing a specialized technical advice to technical programmes, system managers and decision-makers
  • Experience in facilitating projects in complex international and low-resource settings
  • Experience working with the UN or other international organisation, particularly Global Fund, is an asset



  • Respect for and adherence to UNICEF's core values of Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, and Integrity
  • Strong interpersonal and team working skills and capacity to work in a multicultural environment
  • Strong drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work
  • Interest in learning and researching, gathering comprehensive information to support decision making
  • Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking
  • Sets clearly defined objectives and plans activities for self and team

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 2 December 2016.

Please indicate in your application that you found the position at UNjobfinder

Opening Date 18 Nov 2016 Korea Standard Time
Closing Date 2 Dec 2016 Korea Standard Time

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: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Pyongyang
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Pharmacy
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-02

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