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Medical Logistics Officer

New York City

  • Organization: UNDOS - United Nations Department of Operational Support
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Medical Support Section (MSS), Sourcing Support Service (SSS) in the Logistics Division (LD), Office of Supply Chain Management (OSCM) of the Department of Operational Support (DOS), at United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ). The Department of Operational Support was established to provide operational advisory services to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices away-from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions. The Office of Supply Chain Management includes the Office of the Assistant Secretary General for Supply Chain Management, the Logistics Division, the Procurement Division, the Uniformed Capabilities Support Division, the Global Service Centre, the Aviation Safety Section, and the Enabling and Outreach Service. The Logistics Division performs a central role in the implementation of end-to-end supply chain management across the United Nations operations. The Division provides direction and advice on logistical matters, monitors and assesses the delivery of strategic transportation and support services and directs the delivery of transportation and specialist support services in the functional areas of air transport, ground transport, engineering, medical and supply, inclusive of fuel, rations and general supplies and security equipment. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Sourcing Support Service (SSS), the incumbent reports to the Chief of MSS.
Duties and responsibilities of the post include but are not limited to: 1. Coordinate contract and category management activities including strategy development and implementation, and technical oversight to the health supply chain support provided to UN Missions and Entities, with particular responsibility for the category of pharmaceuticals and blood products. Evaluates and monitors UN Mission and Entities readiness of medical facilities/capabilities relevant to the supply chain of the category of pharmaceuticals and blood ensuring sustainability and inclusion of innovation. This will also encompass: a. Directing work priorities contributing to the formulation of the MSS workplan, developing goals and performance measures and identify staff career development requirements. b. Reviewing and updating the Health Supply Chain Strategies to reflect current international health standards and practices and optimize customization to ensure they meet UN Mission and Entities needs. 2. Provide medical logistics technical expert advice to the Chief of MSS, other UNHQ departments and offices, UN field Missions and Entities, representatives from UN Member States and any other stakeholders, on all aspects of Health Logistics Support/Medical Supply Chain issues including but not limited to: planning and assessing health supply for new and present UN Mission and Entities supported by the Department of Operational Support (DOS); reviewing medical supply chain component of draft MOU/LOAs; participating in related negotiations; advising on Mission Medical Logistics/Supply Chain Support and Acquisition Plans etc. a Provide advice during deployment of medical facilities/capabilities in the UN field Missions and Entities related to the health supply chain management with special responsibility for pharmaceuticals and blood. b Participate in Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)/Letter of Assist (LOA) negotiations as well as interdepartmental and interagency discussions for health supply chain crosscutting issues pertaining to the provision of pharmaceuticals and blood products in the field and provide expert technical advice in relation to the supply of these commodities. 3. Develop SOWs and technical specifications and manage UN Systems Contracts and other sourcing solutions for Pharmaceuticals and Blood to ensure end-to-end supply chain is achieved; provide technical advice during solicitations for medical goods and services with a focus on pharmaceuticals and blood and advise on appropriate quality standards to be met and also Best Value for Money (BVM) for the Organization to be achieved. 4. Develop policies, procedures and guidelines for the management of the medical component of the Department's Strategic Deployment Stock (SDS), including ensuring rotation to avoid expiration, maintenance and regular review to ensure that composition and technology meet current challenges in medical diagnostics and treatment. 5. Analyse medical logistics data to understand utilization and identify trends for logistics planning purposes and update related medical strategies for medical goods and services. a. Participate in Mission pre and post deployment assessment visits and verification of medical assets with reference to health logistics issues.
• Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence in planning and provision of health supply chain support; Ability to identify needs of field missions and troop-contributing countries and to deliver effective health supply chain solutions; Ability to conduct health supply chain assessments and independently develop clear health supply chain plans, with flexibility to adapt to new developments and changing priorities; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; ability to actively seek to improve programs or services and offer new and different options; Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently: • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in health management, medical science, supply chain management, procurement or related field is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience maybe accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job - Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
• A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in health care, health supply chain, health procurement, or health administration of which two years at the international level is required. • Experience drafting Statements of Work/Requirement, Memorandum of Understanding, Letters of Assist, or similar documents for the delivery of health material or services is required. • Experience in contract management for the provision of health materiel is required. • Experience in sourcing or contract management of pharmaceuticals and blood is desirable. • Experience in conducting health supply chain planning for field operations of the United Nations (inclusive of peacekeeping operations, special political missions, agencies, funds and programmes), or of other similar international or military organisations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special Notice
• This position is funded by the Support Account. The Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. • Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals' programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position. • The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. • Applicants from troop and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peace Operations and the Department of Operational Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287. • Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection. • At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
No Fee
This vacancy is now closed.
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