Programme Manager at WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline: 27 February 2019

World Health Organization (WHO) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Programme Manager (Procurement and Supply Chain Management) in Geneva, Switzerland. The duration of this post is 24 months.

The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Programme Manager will perform the following functions:

  • Provide oversight on the PSCM elements of the design and implementation of projects and monitor the performance of PSCM systems within all Unitaid funded projects.
  • Advise on PSCM risk management of Unitaid funded projects; including review of PSCM strategies for compliance/alignment with those of implementation countries and scale up partners to ensure smooth transition and sustainability of projects.
  • Conduct PSM capacity assessments of grantees as a part of a broader Unitaid project team producing clear and actionable management actions.
  • Evaluate and advise on contractual relations and monitor the performance of grantees, procurement agents and manufacturers, critically analyzing reports from partners on procurement activities and results.
  • Ensure this information is captured in relevant reports.
  • Provide expert advice, identify issues and gaps and propose remedial actions for project manager and partners on the full ranges of PSCM related issues, including the impact of Unitaid activities on supply chain management at country level.
  • Assist the grant teams in validating health product forecasts.
  • In collaboration with the Results team, participate in the development and maintenance of databases on manufacturers, procurement agents, medicines, diagnostics and other health commodities with a view to provide accurate and up-to-date information on prices and supply terms to ensure efficient utilization of Unitaid resources.
  • Ensure transparent reporting to Unitaid donors and key stakeholders by providing in depth analyses on complex procurement activities.
  • Support due diligence and other activities related to price negotiations and other supply-side initiatives across the organization.
  • Contribute to the optimization of Unitaid investments along the value chain of access to innovation through coordination of cross-cutting PSCM activities on multiple projects and collaboration with relevant experts in partner organizations.
  • Coordinate the development and review of PSCM related policies and guidelines that will guide projects to ensure only quality assured health products are delivered through Unitaid funded projects at the right cost, in line with international best practices and public procurement principles.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Advanced level university degree (masters level or equivalent) in business administration, supply chain management, or pharmacy.
  • At least 7 years of experience in pharmaceutical or diagnostic procurement and supply chain management at the global and national levels.
  • Experience in quality management and policy development for procurement and supply chain management.
  • Experience managing public health products for HIV, TB, Malaria, Viral Hepatitis or any other priority diseases.
  • Proven work experience in multi-stakeholder environments (international and national) and working across multi-functional and dynamic teams.
  • Experience managing relations with procurement agents, manufacturers and stakeholders.
  • Experience working with stakeholders and officials in low income countries Field experience (especially in developing countries).
  • Good project management skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience in international public or private sector procurement and supply chain management.
  • Analytical processing and data management skills.
  • Tact and diplomacy, strong negotiation and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication and partnering skills, and ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to conduct due diligence and identify and manage risks.
  • Expert knowledge of English.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WHO.