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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/14/TASR15
Title: Technical Officer (GDF-Drug Management/TB)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  One year (1) See Additional Information below
Date: 3 April 2014
Application Deadline: 21 April 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DCE Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment (EU/DCE)
TB and multi-drug and extensively drug resistant TB (TBM)
To support European Health 2020 policy development and implementation in general, and in particular the attainment of Millenium Development Goal 6 Targets 6 and 7. To provide support to the Member State in strengthening the National TB programme, aiming at improving capacity for prevention, control and surveillance in line with Consolidated Action Plan to Prevent and Combat M/XDR-TB in WHO European Region 2011-2015.
The objectives of the WHO Europe TB and M/XDR-TB control programme are:
  • To guide the European Region response to the TB epidemic (with focus on prevention and control of drug resistant tuberculosis, TB/HIV co-infection, TB infection control, TB in prisons and TB in special populations, strengthening human resources of health, diagnostic services and retooling) and with particular attention to high MDR-TB burden and 18 high TB priority countries.
  • To provide state-of-the-art and context-specific technical assistance to the Member States on TB and M/XDR-TB prevention, control and care.
  • To provide evidence-based TB and M/XDR-TB control policies, guidelines and standards.
  • To support the Member States in adapting Stop TB Strategy, within the context of strengthening health systems and patient-centred approaches.To foster bilateral, multilateral and multisectoral collaboration and partnership in TB and M/XDR-TB control.
  • To assist the Member States in monitoring and evaluation of national TB and M/XDR-TB control programmes.
  • To promote and enable TB and M/XDR-TB research within a wider health research strategy.
  • To improve TB and M/XDR-TB surveillance data management and decision making based on data analysis.
  • To enhance advocacy, communication and social mobilization for improved TB and M/XDR-TB control.
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 achievements of the Global Plan targets, 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.

Purpose of the Post:
Provide technical assistance on anti-TB medicine and supply management to Member States of WHO European Region and in particular supply chain management assistance to GDF client countries within the region in line with GDF's strategic model. Embedded in the WHO/Europe TB and M/XDR-TB Programme and Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment and in coordination with TBM Programme Manager liaise with the Senior Country Support and Procurement Team Leader, and all partners as appropriate, to provide advice and intervention as required to predict and remove barriers to uninterrupted supply chain management.
Description of duties:
Ensure a sound supply chain management across the region and countries covered. This includes:
  • Ensuring that the appropriate staff of all countries within the region are fully informed about the procedural aspects of work and their roles and responsibilities;
  • Assist countries within the Region to quantify requirements and provide data as to TB patient enrolment and treatment regimens in a timely manner, with cognizance of the procurement cycle;
  • In accordance with the annual GDF work plan and in coordination with WHO Regional Office TBM programme, conduct monitoring and evaluation (M&E) missions in countries in the assigned region, to assess the M&E indicators comprising: product selection, prescribing and use, forecasting, consumption, procurement efficiency, supply performance and port clearance, quality, distribution, inventory control, loss, minimum stock level, availability, projected future requirements and potential risks of stock out;
  • Ensure that web based M&E reports are available and accessible in a timely manner to relevant WHO Member States and GDF client countries, donors and partners and that all high risk issues are red flagged;
  • Guidance on the preparation of annual forecasts and procurement plans of projected requirements of TB pharmaceuticals/diagnostics/medical devices;
  • In conjunction with the GDF HQ team and based on data collection/procurement plans, prepare regional forecasts for TB pharmaceuticals/diagnostics/medical devices;
  • Assist in the identification of funding sources (national/donor) for the procurement of TB pharmaceuticals/diagnostics/medical devices and encourage to the extent possible the inclusion of these products in national budgets;
  • Ensure that TB pharmaceuticals/diagnostics/medical devices can be delivered to end users at the right time, at the right price, of the right quality, in the right quantity and in the right place;
  • Support GDF grantees and procurement services clients, in conjunction with GDF partners and civil society, to ensure that there is adequate supply chain management in country and that stock outs are minimized/avoided;
  • Ensure countries have a clear understanding and awareness of GDF's procurement services, technical assistance and quality assurance policy;
  • Follow up on TRC recommendations and/or corrective actions identified in M&E missions recommendations;
  • Conduct regional trainings in 1st and 2nd line drug management and data collection on a regular basis as required;
  • Liaise with donors and in-country partners to identify and overcome bottlenecks (i.e., national procurement policy, funding, registration, etc.) in order placement, processing, and commodities delivery, as necessary with a view to prevent stock-outs;
  • Liaison with National AIDS programmes for provision of IPT;
  • Prepare dossiers for anti-TB drug grant requests needing review by the GDF Technical Review Committee, draft related decision letters and grant agreements related to GDF support;
  • Encourage the implementation/uptake of WHO TB guidelines, by engaging with Ministries of Health;
  • Prepare ad hoc country specific/regional reports as required;
  • Ensure that work is conducted in a manner which is effective, efficient and responsive, in accordance with WHO Regional Office and TBM progamme framework and the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the GDF;
Any other tasks as requested or assigned by the GDF HQ or TBM.
Essential: University degree in Pharmacy and/or Supply Chain Management.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree in Pharmacy, Public Health and/or Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Functional skills and knowledge:
Demonstrated knowledge of drug management, complemented by a sound knowledge of anti-TB drug issues with a strong awareness and understanding of cultural and political sensitivities. Computer literacy essential: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. SPSS, Epi Info (statistical software) and STATA (basic).

Competencies:see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Producing results: Produces and delivers quality results. Is action oriented and committed to achieving outcomes. Proven ability to plan, analyse and implement sound managerial practices and procedures; to take initiative and work under pressure.
  2. Communicating in a credible and effective way: Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others; listens actively. Produces effective written communications. Ensures that information is shared. Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.
  3. Moving forward in a changing environment: The incumbent is open to and proposes new approaches and ideas. Adapts and responds positively to changes.
  4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond: The incumbent promotes effective relationships across the organization and network with partners beyond. Ability to work with officials at national and international levels.
  5. Ensuring the effective use of resources: The incumbent identifies priorities in accordance with WHO strategic directions. Develops and implements action plans, organizes the necessary resources and monitors outcomes.
Essential: Five years of experience in drug, supply chain and project management working in international organizations, such as UN agencies, donors and/or private sector companies
Desirable: Experience in working in Former Soviet Union countries, in pharmacy and drug management and experience in the management and control of communicable diseases or TB programmes.
Essential: Fluency in English and Russian.
Desirable: Other languages of the Former Soviet Union states.
Additional Information:
(1) Extension of appointment is subject to:
- satisfactory performance,
- continued need for the function, and
- availability of funds.

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Monthly salary: (Net of tax)
USD 4,683 at single rate
USD 5,017 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 81 % 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.

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