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Pharmaceutical Quality Officer Roster - Various Locations


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: All
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Pharmacy
    • Medical Doctor
  • Closing Date: Closed



Consultancy opportunity



WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.



It’s a pool of potential candidates with the necessary mix of knowledge, experience, skills, and values that match with our priority hiring needs in WFP worldwide. Candidates who are recommended following the competitive selection process, will be placed in the Roster for a specific profile and level, for consultancy opportunities. 


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 to the World Food Programme for its efforts to combat hunger and its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do, and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

To learn more about WFP, visit our website: and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Supply Chain Division (SCO), with over 5000 trucks, 50 ships and close to 100 planes on the move every single day in over 120 countries and territories, together with its partners, operates a global network to deliver life-saving food assistance to the most hard-to reach places.

The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.  The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

Supply chain management is at the core of WFP’s humanitarian response and therefore an area of constant strategic focus. Over 4.500 supply chain staff work around the clock to deliver food assistance to beneficiaries in some of the most complex environments. Empowering our staff with the right expertise and skills is critical to our success. SCO is committed to offer an innovative and effective learning journey to all of its workforce.



  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • WFP offers an inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs.


Provide technical advice and oversight to Health Supply Chains operations at country level ensuring the correct implementation of WFP Pharmaceutical Quality Management System, partnering with the key supply chain and logistics functions to ensure an integrated supply chain approach and Quality Assurance to meeting the Supply Chain needs of partners.

The Consultant will be responsible for the implementation of Pharmaceutical Good Distribution Practices when storage or transport services of medicines and medical products are provided to partners either by WFP means or by outsourcing to third parties. To this end, the consultant will support the effective relationships of WFP Country Office with regulatory authorities, partners, and service providers to ensure quality control and conformity with local regulations and Good Distribution Practices across the whole supply chain.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide oversight, guidance and support to Country Offices implementing Quality Management System (QMS) policies and procedures, ensuring a strategic, risk-based approach to health supply chains in compliance with WFP standards, local regulations and WHO Guidance.
  • Support the implementation of health supply chains projects or manage pharma-related operations for a Country Office, to ensure successful and risk-controlled delivery of Temperature Sensitive Logistics services.
  • Collate information and draft appropriate responses to recommendations to support auditing and self-assessments of health supply chain activities, both internal and outsourced, and ensure conformity with compliance rules.
  • Build capacity of WFP staff (through training and support) and external partners (through training, assessments and qualification of service providers) to take a strategic and proactive approach to the handling of health commodities and offering Temperature Sensitive Logistics (TSL) services e.g., through provision of training sessions.
  • Assist in the preparation of project proposals with components of Health Supply Chains or TSL.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions at Country Office level, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the management of pharma QMS specific risks.

  • Coordinate with relevant focal points in other organizations to enable a broader understanding of the TSL resources available in the country.
  • Support the effective relationships of WFP Country Office with regulatory health authorities, partners, and service providers to ensure quality control and conformity with local regulations and Good Distribution Practices across the whole supply chain.
  • Work in close collaboration with cross functional counterparts to align QMS policies and standards and promote an integrated approach to TSL and Health Supply Chains.
  • Coordinate and prepare accurate and timely reports of Health Supply Chains operations and QMS to contribute to a WFP wide view that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders, leading to performance optimization.
  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency health supply chain needs of partners.
  • Make recommendations regarding innovation and preparedness initiatives and modalities.
  • Perform any other related duties as required.
  • Other as required.



Advanced University degree in pharmacy, science, engineering, supply chain or other relevant field, or First University degree with an additional relevant work experience and/or training/courses.



  • Minimum of four years of relevant postgraduate experience.
  • Relevant work experience in Health Supply Chains or Health Logistics.
  • Experience in managing an area of supply chain of medicines and/or other health commodities as well as services needed in support Temperature Sensitive Logistics.
  • Knowledge of Pharmaceutical GDP.
  • Knowledge on Quality Management Systems.
  • Experience evaluating and selecting service providers and/or suppliers.
  • Experience identifying operational risks and maintaining documentation.

  • Experience in providing technical support.
  • Experience in data analytics is desirable.
  • Experience in humanitarian operations and in emergency response is an advantage.
  • Experience in working with WFP or other UN agencies is desirable.


Knowledge and Skills

Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, Cold Chain. Problem solving, analytical, demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities. Effective communication and ability to work in multicultural environments. Excellent command of MS Office. Ability to deliver high-quality documentation paying attention to detail.



Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Working knowledge of a second UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is highly desired.


WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP: Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


Application deadline:  31 March 2023 (midnight Rome time)


Your CV must be submitted in English


All employment decisions are made based on organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Qualified female applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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