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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Logistics
    • Procurement
    • Supply Chain
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-27

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Programme Manager (Procurement and Supply Chain Management)

Geneva (Switzerland)


Unitaid is a multilateral partnership hosted by the World Health Organization. Unitaid's mission is to maximize the effectiveness of the global response to HIV, TB, Malaria, Viral Hepatitis and other priority diseases by catalyzing access to better health products. Unitaid's investments typically target market-based interventions that improve the affordability, appropriateness, quality and delivery of innovative health products for populations in low and middle-income countries.


Within the delegated authority\:--> Provide oversight on the PSCM elements of the design and implementation of projects and monitor the performance of PSCM systems within all Unitaid funded projects.--> Advise on PSCM risk management of Unitaid funded projects; including review of PSCM strategies for compliance/alignment with those of implementation countries and scale up partners to ensure smooth transition and sustainability of projects.--> Conduct PSM capacity assessments of grantees as a part of a broader Unitaid project team producing clear and actionable management actions.--> Evaluate and advise on contractual relations and monitor the performance of grantees, procurement agents and manufacturers, critically analyzing reports from partners on procurement activities and results. Ensure this information is captured in relevant reports. --> Provide expert advice, identify issues and gaps and propose remedial actions for project manager and partners on the full ranges of PSCM related issues, including the impact of Unitaid activities on supply chain management at country level.--> Assist the grant teams in validating health product forecasts.--> In collaboration with the Results team, participate in the development and maintenance of databases on manufacturers, procurement agents, medicines, diagnostics and other health commodities with a view to provide accurate and up-to-date information on prices and supply terms to ensure efficient utilization of Unitaid resources.--> Ensure transparent reporting to Unitaid donors and key stakeholders by providing in depth analyses on complex procurement activities.--> Support due diligence and other activities related to price negotiations and other supply-side initiatives across the organization. This includes engagement with manufacturers and other major procurement stakeholders.--> Contribute to the optimization of Unitaid investments along the value chain of access to innovation through coordination of cross-cutting PSCM activities on multiple projects and collaboration with relevant experts in partner organizations.--> Coordinate the development and review of PSCM related policies and guidelines that will guide projects to ensure only quality assured health products are delivered through Unitaid funded projects at the right cost, in line with international best practices and public procurement principles.--> Develop and deploy appropriate tools to document and monitor implementation of PSCM-related elements of projects, including compliance with Unitaid policies on procurement and quality assurance of health products.--> Participate in the design of documentation systems that ensure knowledge gained is stored, transferred, and readily available to the appropriate individuals and information systems within Unitaid.--> Participate in the development and delivery of capacity building initiatives for Unitaid staff and grantees on global supplies and procurement.--> Contribute to all key Unitaid reports, including annual report and supporting documents for committee and board meetings.--> Any other activities as required by the Director of Operations.



Essential\: Advanced level university degree (masters level or equivalent) in business administration, supply chain management, or pharmacy.
Desirable\: Supply Chain Management Training such as Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) certifications or equivalent.


Essential\: --> At least 7 years of experience in pharmaceutical or diagnostic procurement and supply chain management at the global and national levels. --> Experience in quality management and policy development for procurement and supply chain management.--> Experience managing public health products for HIV, TB, Malaria, Viral Hepatitis or any other priority diseases.--> Proven work experience in multi-stakeholder environments (international and national) and working across multi-functional and dynamic teams.--> Experience managing relations with procurement agents, manufacturers and stakeholders.--> Experience working with stakeholders and officials in low income countries.Field experience (especially in developing countries).

Desirable\: --> Experience in pharmaceuticals and/or diagnostics market access/regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and/or intellectual property.


Good project management skills. Knowledge of and experience in international public or private sector procurement and supply chain management. Analytical processing and data management skills. Tact and diplomacy, strong negotiation and problem-solving skills. Strong communication and partnering skills, and ability to write clearly and concisely. Ability to conduct due diligence and identify and manage risks. Ability to adapt to changing environment. Ability to transfer knowledge and expertise openly and freely, providing guidance, coaching and advice on technical areas. Computer literacy\: proficient with Microsoft software tools (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint); database management proficiency preferred

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 71,332 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4345 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • 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\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// 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.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • As a WHO staff member assigned solely and exclusively to support this Partnership, selected staff will have no right of reassignment or transfer outside the Partnership either during or at the end of his/her appointment, including pursuant to WHO Staff Rule 1050. (This does not apply to WHO fixed-term staff members reassigned from a non-Partnership position.)
  • UNITAID is a partnership hosted and administered by WHO, located outside WHO premises in Le Pommier, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex.
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