World Health Organization (WHO)
Consultant – Warehousing Logistics
( 2209731 )
Contractual Arrangement : External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 3 Months
Job Posting: Oct 26, 2022, 11:08:22 AM
Purpose of consultancy
In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies incident management system, the consultant will evaluate and provide expert guidance for managing the supply stockpile of medical and non-medical supplies stored in WHO warehouses, in Guangzhou-China (GHRH), in HQ, in Dubai and some supplier premises, for OSL emergency responses (mainly COVID19 and Ukraine).
The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. Since beginning of 2018, the HQ OSL supply Unit has been supporting a major part of WHE emergency responses, providing support to the response to emergency but also to develop tools and guidance to strengthen our supply chain and increase efficiency of our field team. In this regard, the consultant will review and propose improvements to optimize stock management efficiency of the emergency supply response (request management, stock level, shipment, etc.). The consultant will also be required to assess and provide reports on the management of medical and non-medical supplies stored in WHO warehouses, in Guangzhou-China (GHRH), in Geneva-HQ, in Dubai and some supplier premises, for OSL emergency responses (mainly COVID19 and Ukraine).
- Conduct technical reviews on WHO stock management activities including assessment of data, order chronogram, product availability forecasts (shortages/surpluses), mainly in Global Humanitarian Response Hub (GHRH) but also in other warehouses such as Dubai, HQ, holding WHO-HQ stocks.
- Identify bottlenecks and advise on areas for improvement, covering product identification and availability. The consultant is expected to provide monthly reports documenting the above-mentioned requirements.
Quality assurance for documentations.
- Provide advice on guidelines for the improvement of quality assurance activities for WHE stockpile, regarding inspection reports, inventory reports, distribution practices and shipping documentations prepared, in accordance with WHO Standard guidelines.
Communication and reporting.
- Contribute to the development of a pro type dashboard with Microsoft Power BI to ensure that the information related to stockpile management is accurately captured.
- Identify and propose warehousing Key Performance Indicators for internal stakeholders. Expected by the end of contract.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
- First level university degree in Supply chain Management, Logistics management, Warehouse management, international transport and shipping management or related field from an accredited/recognized institute.
- Training in information management systems and their application to supply management and monitoring.
- At least five years’ experience, at the national and international levels, in warehouse management or supply logistics in a health care emergency response or in humanitarian response operations or related area.
- Significant experience in managing health commodities.
- Related experience with WHO, the UN system, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations or international nongovernmental organization, work in the field of outbreaks and/or health emergency response.
- Experience of using ERP systems (Oracle, GSM/GIMS).
- Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
- Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural, multidisciplinary environment.
- Proven ability to support and advise diverse team across different functional areas.
- Expert knowledge of English.
- Working knowledge of another UN official language.
ON site: WHO HQ/WRE/SHO/OSL, Geneva Switzerland.
The consultant is expected to travel.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Band Level B-USD 7,000- 9,980 per month.
Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):
CHF 3,000 per month.
Expected duration of contract:
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