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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HQ/TA26
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P2
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 26 March 2014
Application Deadline: 16 April 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM)
HQ/TBP Stop TB Partnership Secretariat
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 TB REACH was established to TB improve case detection according to the Stop TB Strategy. In parallel, TB REACH has in the past years provided increasing access for countries to TB diagnostics.
Description of duties:
The Technical 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 TB REACH mandate and strategy;
- Manage country supply activities;
- Support implementation of activities, where applicable, as per TB REACH Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
- Revise and draft new SOPs for TB REACH;
- 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;
- Engage and promote collaboration with external parties and agencies to support the team activities and ensure that diagnostics are available as required;
- Participate in meetings of the TB REACH Team and other internal and external TB partners.

Specific activities and duties:
- Coordinate order requests with customers;
- Provide support in needs determination, quantification, optimizing 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 TB REACH to track its performance as well as that of vendors;
- Facilitate in-country registration of products by liaising with manufacturers, national authorities, WHO Country Offices;
- Obtain and forward technical information and input to partners as needed;
- Support the coordination of the review of grant applications to TB REACH;
- Collect, collate and analyze reports from TB REACH grantees;
- 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;
- Provide order-related data for TB REACH 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 TB REACH;
- Organize and review/monitor follow up actions of country monitoring missions;
- Assist in organizing TB commodity management workshops as needed.

Other tasks as assigned by the Team Leader.
University degree in business or public administration or public health.
*For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.

Training on infectious disease. Training on public health monitoring and evaluation. 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 and 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.
A minimum of 2 years of experience in supporting public health program implementation and monitoring and evaluation. 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. Experience with tuberculosis programs.

Analytic experience. Active work experience working in developing countries. Project administration experience.
Expert knowledge of English is required. Intermediate knowledge of French would be an asset.
Additional Information:
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 46'819 at single rate
USD 49'916 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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