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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HTM/TA62
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P2
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 31 May 2013
Application Deadline: 21 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM) /
HQ/TBP Stop TB Partnership Secretariat (HQ/TBP)
The Stop TB Partnership was created to realize the goal of the elimination of 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 prevention, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies to stop TB. As a key initiative of the Stop TB Partnership, the Global Drug Facility (GDF) was established to increase access to high quality 1st and 2nd line anti-TB drugs (and related supplies) for Directly Oberseverd Treatment, Short-Cause (DOTS) implementation according to the Stop TB Strategy by linking the demand for drugs to supply and monitoring, competitively outsourcing services to partners, simplifying drug management, and strengthening TB programme performance. In parallel, GDF has in the past years provided increasing access for countries to TB diagnostics.
Description of duties:
The Country Support Officer is responsible for the following activities and duties: Primary activities
and duties; Generic Country Support activities and duties; Support development and implementation
of an annual team work plan, in line with the GDF mandate and strategy; Manage country supply
activities; Support implementation of activities, where applicable, as per GDF Standard Operating
Procedures (SOPs); revise and draft new SOPs for GDF. Ensure work is done in accordance with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the GDF; Report on performance and achievements as appropriate to Team Leader; Provide advice to Team Leader as to operational decisions; Conduct work within the budget guideline; Participate in regular performance review discussions and ensure that the Performance Management Development System (PMDS) is completed in a timely manner; Engage and promote collaboration with external parties and agencies to support the team activities and ensure that pharmaceuticals/medical devices/diagnostics are available as required; Participate on behalf of GDF in relevant meetings as appropriate; Participate in meetings of the GDF Team and other internal and external TB partners. Specific activities and duties; Coordinate order requests with customers; Provide support in needs determination, quantification, optimising shipment scheduling, effective transport and logistics planning. Place and track orders until in-country delivery for countries/products in the
portfolio. Ensure that the order placement process is effectively executed, including communication
with supply partners. Enter information on orders in Order Management System (OMS), to allow
GDF to track its performance as well as that of vendors, i.e date order placed, preferred delivery date, date of quote by Procurement Agent (PA), date of delivery and other data as may be identified. Monitor contractual relations and activities with contracted PAs in relation to order requests; monitor performance of PAs, other service providers and manufacturers. Facilitate in-country registration of products by
liaising with manufacturers, national authorities, WHO Country Offices. Obtain and forward
technical information and input to supply partners as needed. Assist with managing Expressions of
Interest processes held by WHO and overseeing competitive tender processes managed by the
PA. Support countries in preparing grant applications for diagnostics, anti-TB medicines, and review the grant applications, including pre-grant visit to country. Collect, collate and analyse reports from suppliers and agents. Follow up with countries when their stocks drop below acceptable
levels. Assist Procurement Team with obtaining forecasts on country demand. Provide country-based forecasts to suppliers. Work with the Procurement Team Leader to coordinate with stakeholders on product price reporting. Review progress of countries through interactions during
the order-placing process.Consult with other CSOs to share views on a whole region and assist
them in specific transport / logistics issues. Provide order-related data for GDF donor reports and internal reports. Participate in review meetings with donors. Collect information on country needs(products, funding etc.) to feed development of potential new lines of products for GDF. Organise
and review/monitor follow up actions of country monitoring missions; assist in organising TB
commodity management workshops as needed. Other tasks as assigned by the Procurement Team
University degree in business or public administration, public health, political management, or otherwise related to development and/or health. *For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
Training in diagnostics/pharmaceutical procurement, with emphasis on transport and logistics.
Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills, with an ability to multi-task and work under
pressure; good interpersonal skills; tact, courtesy, team player, culturally sensitive; basic understanding of programmatic issues for TB products; experience with order placement and management.

WHO Competencies:
1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Producing results
3. Knowing and managing yourself
4. Moving forward in a changing environment
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way

IT Skills:
Computer literacy essential. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, order management software.
A mimimum of 2 years experience in diagnostics/pharmaceutical procurement, transport and logistics. Experience in working with various organizations such as UN Agencies, donors, national governments, NGOs and private sector companies.
Active work experience working in developing countries. Project administration experience.
Expert knowledge of English required. Intermediate knowledge of French would be an asset.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same grade level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This vacancy is published in English only.
Priority will be given to internal candidates.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 46730 at single rate
USD 49821 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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