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National Professional Officer

Damascus (Syria)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Damascus (Syria)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
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  • Closing Date: 2021-04-25

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To ensure that effective WHO country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State's health and development agendas, and harmonized with the United Nations country teams.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 1. Contribute towards the development of procurement plans and processes ensuring compliance with wider procurement policies and WHO standards. 2. Support or manage procurement programs and operational activities, (e.g. issue tenders, evaluate offers and negotiate/award contracts), following standard processes to contributing to successful procurement of medicines, medical equipment and services. 3. Track and analyze data to provide recommendations for process improvement. 4. Collate data and contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reports of procurement activities, to contribute to a WHO wide view that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders, leading to performance optimization. 5. Collate information and draft appropriate responses and recommendations to support auditing of procurement activities and ensure conformity with compliance rules. 6. Guide and supervise junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries. 7. Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WHO is able to quickly respond and deploy needed goods and services to affected areas at the onset of the crisis. 8. Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required meeting emergency medical assistance needs.



Essential: University degree in Transport, Economics, Supply Chain, Procurement, Engineering, Business Management, or other related field.
Desirable: Master degree in Transport, Economics, Supply Chain, Logistics, Engineering, Business Management, or other related field.


Essential: At least one year relevant experience in the area of procurement and / or supply/ logistics.
Desirable: Un experience.


--> Good knowledge of procurement regulations and procedures--> Proven communication and negotiation skills--> Very good organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines Good analytical skills

WHO Competencies

Producing results
Knowing and managing yourself
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of local.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 22,983 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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: 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
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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.

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