Supply Chain Management Officer, Geneva, Switzerland

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Supply Chain Management Officer

( 2211455 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 12 months

Job Posting: Jan 23, 2023, 3:06:15 PM

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.

  • Provide timely, proactive and expert advice and support, to the Incident Management team and Head of WHO Country Office, on all supply matters in the context of the emergency response including coordination and communication with regional offices as required.
  • Manage the implementation of the supply management tools and systems, propose different options of an adapted Supply Chain Management strategy to the IMS Coordination team, as needed.
  • Ensure end-to-end follow-up of the requisitions placed for emergency response; develop and maintain an efficient and reliable tracking system.
  • Oversee effective and efficient warehouse management for WHO incident management.
  • Liaise with technical experts to ensure proper needs identification from stakeholders, and financial validation.
  • Coordinate with partners such as UNHRD to manage the emergency supply response (request management, stock level, shipment, etc.).
  • Design KPIs to monitor the supply operations efficiency.
  • Provide regular reporting on OSL emergency response supply activities.
  • Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.



Essential: First-level university degree in development economics, business administration, logistics, engineering, supply chain management from an accredited/recognized institute.

Desirable: Training or knowledge of information management systems and their application to supply management and monitoring.


Essential: At least five years’ experience, at the national and international levels, in supply chain management, or supply logistics in a health care emergency response, or humanitarian response operations, or related area. Demonstrated experience at the international level.

Desirable: 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.


Excellent organizational and managerial skills with the ability to multitask, deliver results in time critical scenarios, identify and solve problems.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in supply chain management, supply operations, and/or procurement.

Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural, multidisciplinary environment.

Proven ability to manage diverse team across different functional areas.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Ensuring the effective use of resources

Setting an example

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of other UN Language. The above language requirements are interchangeable.


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 62,692 (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 4106 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.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: (link) Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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Tags: health emergencies, humanitarian response, information management, logistics, procurement, supply chain, supply chain management, warehouse management