Purpose of the Position
- Background and Justification
In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Incident Management System (IMS), at the country level, the incumbent will provide technical support in planning, monitoring, evaluating, and implementing the health logistics activities with a focus on medical facilities set up and management, organization and support of mobile health activities, logistical support to vaccination campaigns, patients transportation, laboratory support (including sample transportation) and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) for the health facilities, in the context of the WHO’s emergency preparedness, recovery and response operations.
Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective
- Job Description
The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and coordinate international action, prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.
Under the supervision of the OSL Team Lead, the overall guidance of the Incident Manager and the Head of WHO Country Office, working closely with counterparts at the respective Regional Office, HQ, other WHO staff and partners, the incumbent acts as the health logistics specialist who provides required support to the WHO incident management team and ministry of health (MOH) of the host country. This involves ongoing contacts with a broad range of WHO staff and responders as well as a broad range of officials from the ministry of health, to provide expertise on priority actions to be taken and contribute in designing and implementing health logistics plans of action pertaining to the incident management, including identifying needs and gaps, guiding access to common logistics facilities at country level.
Summary of Assigned Duties:
During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.
- Assess health logistics inventory and needs, focusing on health facilities, laboratory facilities, mobile medical activities, patients’ transportation, outbreak response (IPCs, deployment of medical products, etc.) and WASH activities required to support the health emergency response.
- Support the OSL team lead and WHO partners within the logistics cluster in the development of health logistics response plan, priority activities, and list of required means to adequately address the WHO and partner health operation needs.
- Provide technical guidance to the MOH logistics team on the appropriated functioning of the health facilities, mobile medical activities such as vaccination campaigns, laboratory support and other emergency health related activities.
- Facilitate the set up and the overall management of emergency health facilities through the rehabilitation of existing facilities or the deployment of emergency units using the capacity of the WHO/OSL partners or subcontracted actors.
- Ensure that the medical facilities as well as mobile health activities have sustainable access to clean water, energy source, waste management facilities and adequate supply in compliance with WHO health standard.
- Oversee the efficient and safe transportation of laboratory samples to provide WHO and partners with best appropriated sample results lead time.
- Provide quality assurance to the set up and sustainable access to adequate, efficient and safe cold chain facilities for a reliable supply of medical items requiring temperature control environment.
- Monitor, evaluate and report country progress on health logistics activities within the health facilities and for other health activities in the context of the incident management system.
- Develop and conduct required training for MOH staff and WHO partners to build up local competences and ease the implementation of efficient health logistics management for all health activities.
- Draft the required evaluation or situation reports to ensure appropriated communication and reporting mechanisms with the onsite OSL lead, incident manager, all concerned technical experts and OSL regional and HQ entities.
- Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
Functional Knowledge and Skills
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences;
- Ensuring the effective use of resources;
- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond;
- Demonstrated knowledge of emergency response activities in the field of health logistics management with proven ability to identify and solve technical problems in difficult circumstances.
- Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with proven ability to elaborate and implement projects.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work under pressure.
- Proven ability to promote cohesive action and convince officials with tact and diplomacy.
- 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.
University degree in health (medicine, nursing), pharmacy or other related field with certified training in health logistics.
At least five years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in the design and implementation of health logistics assessment and/or the design and management of related projects in emergency situations. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative actions with national authorities.
Some experience or a sound knowledge of WHO’s mandate and goals or in UN organizations/ agencies, international institutions, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations or nongovernmental organizations.
Use of Language Skills
Excellent knowledge of English or French (depending on the country of assignment). Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.
Other Skills (e.g. IT)
Good computer skills in Microsoft Office.