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Manager, Supply Chain & Business Development, Global Drug Facility (Re-advertised)

Geneva (Switzerland)

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Stop TB Partnership

UNOPS hosts the Stop Tuberculosis Partnership Secretariat (STBP) as of 1 January 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. The vision of the Stop TB Partnership is to realize the goal of elimination of Tuberculosis (TB) as a public health problem and, ultimately, to obtain a world free of TB by ensuring that every TB patient has access to effective diagnosis, treatment and cure; stopping transmission of TB; reducing the inequitable social and economic toll of TB; and developing and implementing new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies. The Stop Partnership is uniquely positioned to support the development and further implementation by partners of the current and future Global Plan, acting as a coordinator and catalyst for the range of partners engaged in the fight against TB.

Founded in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership's mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality treatment is available to all who need it. Our partners include international and technical organizations, government programmes, research and funding agencies, foundations, NGOs, civil society and community groups and the private sector

Background Information - Job-specific

As a key initiative of the Stop TB Partnership, the objective of the Global Drug Facility (GDF), a ISO:9001 certified entity, is to ensure access to quality-assured anti-TB drugs, diagnostics and other supplies by employing innovative business approaches, efficient knowledge management for evidence-driven leadership in market management, strategic procurement, and high quality procurement and supply services to client countries.

GDF’s strategic vision of success is that all people requiring TB diagnostics and medicines are able to access them from global markets optimized to meet public health needs. The GDF Manager, Supply Chain and Business Development is responsible for ensuring optimal efficiency of GDF supply chains, supporting client countries in optimizing their supply chains for TB products, maximizing operational efficiency of GDF support to clients, and expanding GDF’s business model

Functional Responsibilities

  • The GDF Manager, Supply Chains and Business Development will perform the functions and tasks below under the supervision of the GDF Chief as first level supervisor and ED of Stop TB Partnership as second level supervisor:
  • Lead, motivate, and manage GDF staff, experts, and, consultants in a manner that promotes cross-collaboration and teamwork across different teams within GDF and the broader Stop TB Partnership.
  • Act as 1st- and 2nd-level supervisor for assigned administrative and professional staff, including workload and performance monitoring, resource utilization, cross-coverage of key staff, etc.
  • Develop and implement supply chain strategies aligned to both GDF’s strategy and the national plans of client countries.
  • Continuously monitor and improve the GDF operating model(s) to identify optimal organization, processes, and solutions to improve quality of services provided to client countries.
  • Set priorities and targets for GDF activities and delivery, ensuring the development and implementation of effective policies and guidelines.
  • Establish and oversee processes to assess end-to-end supply chain capability and performance, with the aim of identifying opportunities to improve the supply chain performance and support to client countries.
  • Oversee the implementation and monitoring of interventions to reduce supply chain vulnerabilities and exposure, building resilience into a supply chain that meets both GDF’s and client countries’ objectives.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor GDF annual work plans and budgets.
  • Oversee the preparation and/or draft internal and external reports, briefs, and presentations for key meetings and events.
  • Contribute to and draft peer-reviewed papers demonstrating GDF’s results.
  • Provide managerial and technical support for GDF advisory and working groups.
  • Identify key conferences and events where GDF can disseminate its results and organize sessions, symposia, satellites, in collaboration with key stakeholders; ensure key messages are accurately and effectively conveyed, as well as aligned within GDF and the broader Stop TB Partnership; and work with the GDF Project Management Officer who oversees coordination of GDF events
  • Develop and grow new business opportunities. Create new, compelling business propositions and then target, prospect, and present propositions to new clients and donors.
  • Prepare and present powerful, persuasive presentations and written documents that effectively demonstrate the value proposition of GDF.
  • Develop and execute a strategic business plan that meets or exceeds established goals and targets in line with the Stop TB Partnership Operational strategy; track the work and achievements of the teams and prepare the metrics to measure the work.
  • Broker, build, and manage strategic and operational partnerships with stakeholders, networks, other organizations, and donors to leverage human and financial resources.
  • Perform all other duties as requested by the GDF Chief.

Impact of Results 

  • The GDF is firmly established as a global thought leader in managing supply chains for TB products and works in an integrated manner within the Stop TB partnership.
  • The GDF works in a smooth manner, delivers against the KPIs and all metrics as well as on the reports to donors.
  • GDF performs at optimal efficiency, implanting innovative ideas, strategies, and approaches to promote access to TB products.
  • GDF results are widely recognized and communicated regularly and broadly.
  • GDF identifies and expands its business model to adapt to an ever-changing global health landscape.


Post-graduate degree in management, business administration, logistics, engineering, or other discipline where logistics and/or supply chain management was a focus. A First level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in combination with 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of post-graduate degree”? 


Internationally recognized project management certification(s) (e.g., Managing Successful Programs (MSP), Project Procurement Management (PMP), PRINCE2, Project Management Institute, etc.).

Internationally-recognized certification(s) in procurement, logistics, and/or supply chain management (e.g., Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), etc.)


Minimum of 10 years experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in procurement, logistics and/or supply chain management in a large international and/or corporate organization. Minimum of 5 years of supply chain experience working in UN system organizations and/or a resource-limited country. Experience managing multidisciplinary teams and projects.

Highly desired:

  • Experience working in global health is an advantage.
  • Experience working in private sector logistics is an advantage.
  • Experience working in the pharmaceutical or diagnostics industry is an advantage.


Expert knowledge of English with proven excellent writing skills is essential.

Knowledge of French or other UN language is an asset.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment 
Contract level: P-5
Contract duration: One Year (with possibility of extension)

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Managerial positions
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Trade and Development
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-03-19

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