Operation Support and Logistics (OSL) Consultant, Cairo, Egypt

World Health Organization (WHO)


Operation Support and Logistics (OSL) Consultant

( 2301190 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 5 Months

Job Posting: Feb 5, 2023, 2:21:56 PM

  • Area of expertise :

Operation Support and Logistics (OSL) Consultant

  • Purpose of consultancy

The consultant will act as technical reference to reinforce supply chain management systems and tools in WCOs. He/She will contribute to the design of workflows, SOPs and tools adapted to country needs and capacities, and will drive the development of supply chain management capacities in countries. This will involve country teams training and coaching through field visits for direct implementation and through remote management from the RO for country supply activities’ monitoring and for day-to-day support and guidance.

The incumbent will be also deployed to countries in case of emergency response surpassing the country’s capacities. He/She will act as first responder to strengthen the in-country supply chain management for timely and coordinated deliveries of essential medical supplies.

  • Background

    The Operation Support and Logistics Unit (OSL) has been recently reinforced in the East Mediterranean Regional Office in order to contribute to the strengthening of the country offices health emergency response capacities. OSL is developing a standardized supply management system to be implemented in priority countries. The consultant will contribute to this implementation plan by providing guidance, technical advice and/or direct support to country offices, and by contributing to training and capacity building activities. This contribution is also expected to strengthen the OSL 3 Level coordination by liaising OSL teams in country offices, EMRO and HQ.

  • Deliverables

Output 1: Contribute to the development of standardized supply chain management workflows for WCOs.

Deliverable 1: Develop process/system for effective and standardized supply chain management at country level

Deliverable 2: Develop SOPs and adapted tools for end-to-end supply chain management at country level.

Output 2: Support WCOs to establish robust and standardized supply chain management systems.

Deliverable 1: Contribute to the development of training material related to supply chain management.

Deliverable 2: Strengthen capacities of the WCOs’ supply team members through training activities, field visit, and/or coaching

Output 3: Contribute to the development of a regional supply chain workforce.

Deliverable 1: Participate to the identification and establishment of a regional emergency logistics roster

Deliverable 2: Contribute to training activities.

  • Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: First University Degree in logistics, supply chain management, business administration, public administration or engineering.

Desirable: Specialized training in logistics for emergency and/or humanitarian responses, security management, transport, distribution, WASH, cold chain or other field related to Health Logistics and construction.


Essential: At least five years’ experience supporting diverse logistics and supply chain operations in outbreaks and/or humanitarian contexts in LMICs. International experience within UN system and/or NGOs.

Desirable: Capacity building and/or Team management


Expert knowledge in one or several technical areas such as procurement, warehousing and stock control, goods distribution, transportation, IT/Telecom, WASH, cold chain/vaccination campaign, IDPs/Refugees camp set up, construction and rehabilitation, energy, fleet management.

Technical competencies:

Capacity to identify priority activities and assignments and adjust priorities and conflicts as they arise.

Excellent ability to multitask, explain technical issues and resolve problems in a proactive manner.

Proven commitment to quality and good client orientation and ability to take part in training activities with tact and diplomacy.

Ability to write/communicate in a clear and concise manner.

Languages and level required (Basic/Intermediate/Expert):

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Arabic or French.

  • Location

(EMRO-Cairo with potential deployment/mission to country offices.

Additional Information:

This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.

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  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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