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Procurement and Supply Senior Manager, Health Sector

Ciudad Guayana (Venezuela)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Ciudad Guayana (Venezuela)
  • Grade: IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-27

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Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS provides health infrastructure, procurement and fund management services to our partners (Governments, UN organizations, International Financial Institutions, Funds) in some of the world’s most challenging environments. From constructing hospitals, to procuring pharmaceuticals or medical equipment, UNOPS is working to deliver sustainable health outcomes for millions of people.

In recent years, the demand for health related services from our partners has increased significantly and this has translated into an equivalent increase in the procurement volume of health related goods and services, which since 2019 has totalled over $400 million in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical and laboratory equipment and consumables.

In line with the framework agreement signed with the Government of Mexico, UNOPS supports different government collaboration initiatives aimed at fighting corruption and transparency in public management, as well as exercises aimed at strengthening government actions in the areas of procurement, infrastructure and management of high-impact projects in Mexico. The work requires strategic and operational perspectives, resource management ensuring transparency, effectiveness and efficiency that promotes the development and continuous strengthening of internal management in order to ensure high quality results, according to the needs of the partner in Mexico.
The objective of the project is to support the Government of Mexico in its effort to guarantee the right to health to the greatest number of inhabitants through the planning and management of the consolidated purchase of medicines (period 2021-2024), as well as assistance in the development of system profiles and model of consolidated purchase of medicines for the health sector of the Government of Mexico. This project has 2 main components:
  • COMPONENT 1 (Transparent Procurement of Pharmaceuticals) - Management of multi-year consolidated purchase of medicines (supply of needs during the period 2022-2024).
  • COMPONENT 2 (National Capacity Building) - Strengthening and training in the consolidated model for the purchase of medicines for the health sector of the Government of Mexico.

Functional Responsibilities

The Procurement and Supply Senior Manager leads a team of Procurement specialists and Procurement officers responsible for the procurement of pharmaceuticals, health supplies and medical devices required by the Government of Mexico with an estimated annual budget of $1.5 billion. The role reports to the Senior Project Manager and has a functional reporting line to the Senior Procurement Advisor. 

The Procurement and Supply Senior Manager is responsible for procurement planning and preparation and for managing all stages of national and international procurement of pharmaceuticals, healing supplies and medical devices. 

Under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Procurement Advisor, the Procurement and Supply Senior Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic and effective procurement reflecting international public procurement best practices, compliance with UNOPS procurement policy, rules, regulations and procedures, ensuring appropriate risk management and obtaining the best value for money for the acquisition of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and supplies.

Summary of key results:

  1. Team Management.

  2. Leadership of the implementation of procurement processes.

  3. Design and Implementation of procurement strategies relevant to the Pharma Sector.

  4. Knowledge management and knowledge sharing.

For more detailed information about the functions of the position please check the attached terms of reference.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) preferably in Economics, Law, Public Administration, Commerce, Business Administration, Accounting, or Procurement.

  • A Bachelor’s degree may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree if combined with additional years of experience. 

  • Procurement accreditation by recognized learning institutes such as CIPS or ISM is an asset.

***Please upload you academic diplomas or academic records to your application***


  • Minimum 7 years of relevant professional procurement experience including implementation of complex procurement projects.

  • Experience leading teams is required. 

  • In depth knowledge of World Health Orgranization (WHO) and international standards related to pharmaceutical procurement is an asset.

  • Strong understanding of the global pharmacy market and supply chain is an asset.

  • Knowledge of UN or UNOPS or public procurement policies and procedures will be considered an asset.

Other skills
  • Good knowledge of IT office tools is required (preferably G-Suite, alternatively Ms. Office).


  • Fluent level in English is required.

  • Good working level of Spanish is required (at least at intermediate level). 

  • Knowledge of Portuguese or French may be considered an advantage.


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. 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

Type of Contract: International ICA - Individual Contractor Agreement
Regular Monthly Contract: This contract is established in the form of a regular monthly contract, which means, a continuous presentation of services is required during the contract period, with the payments associated with the contract being made at the end of each calendar month. 
Level of Contract: IICA 3. In this announcement, international candidates will be considered. The international salary scale (IICA3) will applied.
Contract Duration: Ongoing ICA – Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance. 
1 place available to work in Mexico City (family work place - family duty station)

UNOPS is an inclusive employer, so we invite women and men regardless of ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity to apply. We are committed to promoting equitable representation. 
Work and personal life balance: UNOPS values its staff and recognizes the importance of maintaining a balance between professional and personal responsabilities. We have a policy of work-personal balance and offer several possibilities for flexible hours. 
Upon request, UNOPS seeks the ability to accommodate candidates with special needs.
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET). 
  • 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.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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