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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/14/HTM/TA1
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 3 January 2014
Application Deadline: 24 January 2014 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 vision of the Stop TB Partnership is to realize the goal of 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 preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies to stop TB.

The Stop Partnership is uniquely positioned to support the development and further implementation by partners of the current and future Global Plan, acting as a coordinator and catalyst for the range of partners engaged in the fight against TB. As a key initiative of the Stop TB Partnership, the objectives of the Global Drug Facility (GDF) are to increase access to high quality 1st and 2nd line anti-TB drugs, diagnostics equipment (and related supplies) for implementation of 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. Unlike individual organizations and country programmes, the GDF is able to leverage the extensive size of the Partnership network to implement a pooled procurement programme, through which countries with insufficient procurement capacity are able to obtain drugs and diagnostics equipment at low prices that result in considerable savings.
Description of duties:
The Stockpile Officer, under the supervision of SLD (Second-line anti TB medicines) procurement Team Leader is responsible for the following activities and duties:
Primary activities and duties:
- Implementing of SRS (Strategic rotating stockpile)-related annual work plan and other relevant market shaping activities, in line with the GDF mandate and strategy;
- Reporting on SRS performance and achievements to GDF management, donors or other external parties as requested by the Team Leader;
- Providing advice to Team Leader and GDF management as to operational decisions to be made;
- Representing GDF in relevant meetings with partners or countries (regional meetings or meetings at headquarters) to ensure GDF's SRS model and implementation is understood and to facilitate necessary coordination with partners and countries;
- Conducting work within budget allocation;
- Conducting regular performance review discussions with the direct supervisor and ensure that the Performance Management Development System (PMDS) review is held with the Team Leader in a timely manner.
- Coordinating new Market Development activities as requested by GDF management.

Specific activities and duties:
- Managing the stockpile for SLDs (in coordination with SLD Team Leader);
- Defining optimal size of the stockpile;
- Defining product-mix of the stockpile;
- Tracking and monitoring level of the stockpile and its expansion;
- Preparing relevant documentation, reports and communication with donors and other partners;
- Ensuring agreed logframe is implemented;
- Creating and managing the stockpile for FLD (First-line anti TB medicines) in coordination with FLD team leader;
- Timely submitting requests for extension or expansion of current projects as needed in consultation with direct supervisor;
- Proposing new tools and mechanisms for related innovative market shaping activities in consultation with direct supervisor, creating relevant project plans and other documentation as required;
- Managing the replenishment of the SRS in liaison with GDF Procurement Agent;
- Creating relevant reports and participate in GDF reporting as requested by and in consultation with direct supervisor;
- Participating in preparing documents for the project (e.g., proposal for renewal or contract extension etc.);
- Coordinating technical aspects of regular forecasts, stockpiles and other finance related projects with donors;
- Anticipating problems and take timely corrective actions.
University degree in management, economics or supply chain.
For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.

Training or practical experience in business planning, procurement and/or supply chain management of pharmaceuticals and health related products, certificate in inventory management.
- Good understanding of procurement practices and inventory management;
- Modeling skills (minimum order quantities, demand dynamics, etc.);
- Strong financial and analytical skills;
- Attention to details, tact, discretion and diplomacy;
- Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus and to promote innovations;
- Computer literacy with emphasis on databases and data management.

WHO Competencies
1. Producing results
2. Moving forward in a changing environment
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Knowing and managing yourself
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way.
5 years of relevant experience in private sector or equivalent. Experience in working effectively with various organizations such as UN agencies, donor agencies, national governments, NGOS or private sector companies.

Experience in customer service.
Expert knowledge of English is required. Intermediate knowledge of French would be an asset. Intermediate knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.
Additional Information:
Priority will be given to internal candidates. A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56'091 at single rate
USD 60'091 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.

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