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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/TA23
Title: Logistician - position no. 350014
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  for 18 months
Date: 12 March 2014
Application Deadline: 26 March 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_SYR WHO Representative's Office, Syrian Arab Republic (EM_SYR)
Division of Administration and Finance (DAF)
Purpose of the Post:
In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and staff in the field project, to coordinate logistics support to WHO emergency ensure the management of emergency medical supplies at central and provincial levels, including management systems to record, track and report receipt, storage and distribution, cold chain and refrigeration, transportation and distribution of WHO support supplies, as part of WHO emergency response operations.

Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity :
The objectives of WHO's emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that to improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team are to support member state by:

1) Promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crises, identifying priority causes of ill-health sector and death, preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services.
2) Coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the agency;
3) Ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled;
4) Revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.
Description of duties:
Organizational Context :
Within the delegated authority, the incumbent has front-line responsibility for liaising with and providing support to the Ministry of Health and staff in the field project, to ensure the management of all aspects of emergency medical supplies at central and provincial levels. This involves ongoing contact with the field staff to ensure that needs and requirements at central and provincial are identified and responded to, and to provide technical advice. Assignments also require extensive contacts with counterparts from the Ministry of Health, local authorities, Logistic cluster and other partners, to provide expertise, particularly in the areas of stock management, transportation and distribution, within the delegated authority and the overall framework of WHO emergency response for relief efforts.

Summary of Assigned Duties :

-To undertake assessments in the immediate aftermath of emergencies; develop and define logistics strategy and ensure effective integration of logistics operations within WHO's overall emergency response.
-To ensure the availability of transport, communication, customs, formalities, asset tracking and other aspects of WHO supply chain.
-Providing guidance and advice to staff as required.
-To advise senior official on logistics management structures, staffing needs and staffing levels to ensure they meet requirements all the times.
-To support the Ministry of Health in Managing the medical supply chain and the implementation of supply monitoring tools and reporting procedures at field level, identify logistics constrains and propose solutions to problems in a in a proactive manner, and carry out regular field assessments to monitor supplies management, ensuring stock movements and storage in optimum conditions.
-To collaborate with logistics counterparts in other humanitarian organizations, representing WHO at inter-agency coordination meeting to provide expertise and advice in the field logistics.
Essential: University degree in economics, management of logistics management and Master's degree in logistics, or a relevant combination of professional certification in areas such as transport, distribution and supply chain management.

Desirable: Degree or training information management systems and their application to logistics, transport or supply management and monitoring.
1) Producing results (core)
2) Knowing and managing yourself (core)
3) Ensuring the effective use of resources (managerial)
4) Fostering integration and teamwork (core)
5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences (core)

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to multitask, identify and solve problems. Demonstrated computer skills with emphasis on databases management. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to promote cohesive action and convince officials with tact and diplomacy. Ability to write in a clear and concise manner, and to present factual information. Knowledge of WHO, the UN System or NGO work in the field of response relief and/or of their practices and procedures as related to the work. Excellent presentation skills.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Proficiency in MS Office and application to storage and distribution management.
Essential: At least seven years national and international experience in managing medical supplies distributions, storage transportation operations in military, commercial or international organization/institutions in developing countries including experience in cold chain procedures.

Desirable: Experience or knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in Health Action in Crises or experience in UN organizations/agencies
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of the local language an asset.
Additional Information:
- Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.
- Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
- A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.
- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.
Note: In view of the current security situation, Syria has been declared a non-family duty station; i.e. dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station. The entitlements will be determined as applicable at the time of recruitment.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 67611.00 at single rate
US$ 72605.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 52.5 % 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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