Technical Officer, Logistics and Supply chain Job at WHO-World Health Organization, , Multiple locations

$64,121 - $85,921 / YEAR Expires in 2 weeks





The Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Programme is part of and contributes to the work of the Universal Health Coverage/Communicable and Non-communicable diseases (UHC/UCN) cluster in the WHO African region. The strategic agenda of the cluster is to reduce disease burden in the WHO African Region, by guiding disease control agenda in Africa, and using analytics to inform strategic investments and tailored interventions for disease control. This approach is underpinned by the guiding principles of comprehensive whole of society, people-centered, integrated approaches to disease control. The comprehensive whole of society approaches to disease control involves: (a) coherent implementation of triple response – technical response: implementing diseases specific normative guidance, promoting intervention mixes and deploying medical commodities; health systems response: building capacities of district service delivery systems in disease mapping and stratification, interventions tailoring, and sector/subsector planning; and multi-sectoral response: addressing socio-economic and environmental determinants of diseases through mobilizing non-health sectors, communities and stakeholders; (b) disease control partnership of public and private sectors, health and non-health sectors; and (c) community involvement in targeted high risk communities, focused on managing determinants of diseases, health services demand creation and accountability by local health stewards.

The people centered, integrated approaches to disease control involves: (a) integrated guidance on disease control for each health service delivery platform, a move away from stand-alone disease specific guidance; and (b) integrated and efficient disease control investments in strengthening the capacity of appropriate health services delivery platforms through deployment of appropriate technologies and analytics to guide stratification of disease risks across population groups to develop and deploy comprehensive  packages of interventions appropriate to each targeted population group and health service delivery platform, as well as monitor population access, coverage and impact to leave no one behind.
The specific objectives of the UCN cluster to which the VPD programme contributes, are to: (i) provide leadership on disease control coordination, partnership and resource mobilization; (ii) contribute to the development of WHO disease control technical products, services and tools including adoption of new technologies and innovations; (iii) support generation and use of strategic information for action and decision making including optimizing investment; and (iv) provide or facilitate provision of technical support in deployment of WHO technical products and services and institutional capacity building, including support to national disease programmes and regulatory authorities.


The incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities:
•    To coordinate and facilitate the area of work aimed to strengthen integrated coordinated approaches in logistics and supply chain in ESA country;
•    To contribute and support to the development of guidelines, strategies, policies, norms and standards, standards operating procedures (SOP) at global, regional and countries level as required;
•    To contribute to the development of plans and strategies to increase stakeholders and country awareness about the vaccine management and supply chain.
•    To provide technical support to countries   logistic and supply chain for trainings as well as capacity building for effective vaccine management and use of comprehensive improvement plan to ensure implementation of activities, and efficiency in vaccine forecasting, procurement, allocation, and supply chain management.
•    To represent WHO in technical/managerial meetings as relevant to the above-mentioned work areas.
•    To develop new effective linkages with other technical groups in IST ESA and across WHO AFRO departments/clusters to support the integration of activities and collaboration towards the achievement of Immunization Agenda 2030 and Regional Strategic Plan.
•    To support the VPD program, IST/ESA in development of proposals, updating of workplans, budget, financial expenditure projections and resource mobilization for the work area.
•    To contribute in strengthening partnership, collaboration with all stakeholders and alliances to harmonize and streamline country support for the logistics and immunization supply chain in collaboration with the regional focal point for logistic and supply chain;
•     Facilitate the back-up of Inter Country Support Teams (ISTs), to provide highly specialized technical assistance to Member States relating to logistics and immunization supply chain;
•    Collaborate with other VPD team members and countries logistics and supply chain staff  to promote and support the adoption of innovations, particularly in the optimization and digitalization of logistics and immunization supply chain;
•    contribute and support the development and maintenance of up-to-date sub regional and national databases for logistics and immunization supply chain as part of the development on new/improved tools and strategies;
•    Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.



Essential: University Degree in Pharmacy, Logistics, Supply chain management, Engineering or another related field.
Desirable: Post-graduate training in public health, vaccinology or another related field


Essential: At least five (5) years’ experience at national and/or international level in logistics, supply chain management in the health sector (either public or private).
Experience in immunization logistics and supply chain in low-resource environments.

Desirable: Experience in planning, monitoring and evaluation of Immunization programmes at national or international level.
Demonstrated experience of working with and managing data/statistics for analytical and decision-making purposes.
Demonstrated experience in working to deadlines and budgets, including in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders.


Knowledge on immunization supply chain, including vaccine forecasting and familiarity with effective vaccine management initiative and other existing vaccine/ supply chain management tools. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work as a team member and/or coordinate diverse groups of stakeholders. Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skills.
Ability to take the initiative and work independently under general guidance. Familiarity with the UN system and a range of international public/private health partners, including knowledge of WHO country, regional and global functions.

WHO Competencies

1.    Teamwork
2.    Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
3.    Communication
4.    Producing results
5.    Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French.
Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 64,121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2095 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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