Assistant, Travel & Procurement

  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    1 month ago
  • Category:
    Procurement, Supply and Logistics, Travel and Transportation
  • Deadline:



Country Management Support Units (CSUs) have been established in the organisational structure to provide support for Managers and staff to fully assume their responsibilities in the GSM environment and to ensure compliance with organizational policies, procedures, rules and regulations on all administrative and financial matters and transactions in the context of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.


The Logistics/Procurement and Travel Assistant reports to the Operations Officer, and provides support to both managers and staff members in performing GSM transactions in the following areas:-LogisticsAssist in receiving and ensure compliancy of any importation of materials, goods and/or medicines with UN applicable local regulations on customs clearance and other administrative formalities.Assists international staff with importation, purchasing and registration of their private vehicles and personal effects; Monitors requests for goods and services, including receipt, payment and inventory requirements.Review regularly supplies of the WCO and take necessary action to information administration for renewal of the stock; Coordinates and monitors office space requirements in liaison with relevant units as required.Coordinates, with the support of Senior Driver, the movement of all WCO drivers and assign any driver for any official trip;Coordinates, with the senior driver, the vehicle log checking, and reports on findings and recommendations, as needed.Follows up the process of annual inspection and insurance policy for all WCO vehicles;Procurement and inventories management1. Assist in Procurement forecasting; – Assist the WCO in preparing their procurement forecasts. Based on the procurement forecast plan, the Assistant provides support in executing related procurement activities and may be asked to participate with or in place of the supervisor at meetings with suppliers or programme units.2. Manage supplier creation process;3. Raise request for Price Estimate for non-catalogue items/services;- If the prices of the items are not available, or the item is not in the GSM catalogue, the requestor raises a request for a price estimate through the GSM and the Assistant brings to the attention of the Manager and assists in the RPE process that follows; records and files requests for price estimates for goods and services not already included as a catalogue item; assists the Manager to source providers of the requested goods or services to ensure that all details are available for recording in the GSM. In case of a service request the price estimates are requested for the services and includes the details like services required, budget amount and the dates within which services are required.4. Raise or revise request for procurement of goods and services,- Ensures the selected suppliers/contractors list is sent for creating supplier creation. Proposes, or assists the WCO in proposing, justification for the acceptance of offers which are not the most economic. In case of external service requisitions, the Operations Assistant supports the Manager in evaluating the service request based on WHO policies.Acknowledge receipt of goods and services in GSM;Keep/update records of all inventorable items for the WCO. Manage allocation of office space and equipment to staff members in collaboration with the Administrative Services Team;8. The incumbent will serve as back up to the team members in similar or different positions within the WCO.Travels and meetings management1. Raise and manage meeting plans in GSM;2. Raise and manage Travel Requests for meetings and official missions;3. Ensure compliance with the Travel Policy;4. Manage administrative arrangements for all WCO meetings and official missions and travel plans;5. Track the implementation of missions’ recommendations;6. Assist in the production of reports, statistics, and/or information material when required;7. The incumbent will serve as back up to the team members in similar or different positions within the WCO.



Essential: Work requires completion of secondary school with training of general administrative practices with focus on Logistics, Procurement and Travel practices, theories and procedures. Training in logistics, supplies/procurement and travel would be an asset.
Desirable: Training in logistics, supplies/procurement and travel would be an asset. Proven skills in drafting and editing required.


Essential: 5 to 7years of experience in administrative positions preferably with several years experience in the UN and have a sound knowledge of its rules, regulation, procedures and practices as related to the work.
Desirable: Experience in other areas such as Programme Management would be an asset.


Work requires maintaining up to date knowledge on any changes to the standard operating procedures. The incumbent is also expected to maintain computer skills including skills Global Management System, to the standard of the Organization by self study or in-house training. Knowledge of WHO rules, regulations, policies and practices would be an asset.

WHO Competencies

Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment
Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Intermediate knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.


WHO offers staff in the General Services category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at MGA 20,649,000 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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