United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Gdf Technical Consultant (Procurement & Supply Chain Management - Multiple Positions)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Description

Job categories Health, Procurement Vacancy code VA/2023/B5007/26043 Level ICS-10 Department/office ECR, GVA, Geneva Duty station Home based Contract type International ICA Contract level IICA-2 Duration 1 year (renewable - subject to satisfactory performance and budget availability) Application period 06-Jun-2023 to 27-Jun-2023 Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

The senior GDF Technical Consultants will be engaged as needed upon the requests from the countries and/or defined by GDF Regional Technical Advisers. The consultants will be deployed to countries and/or will telework as required and will effectively carry out specific short and long-term assignments under the leadership of GDF Regional Technical Advisers. The GDF Technical Consultant will represent StopTB GDF and provide technical leadership and assistance to the countries and partners in different aspects of TB commodities’ procurement and Supply Management (PSM). The scope of consultancy may, illustratively, include.

  • Under the leadership of the StopTB GDF Regional Technical Adviser participating in the StopTB GDF technical assistance (TA) missions, including the joint TB Program reviews to countries requiring PSM system evaluation and TA, following specific TOR. This includes but is not limited to the identification of immediate PSM gaps and supply bottlenecks and in addressing these gaps and developing sound PSM recommendations to TB programs and partners; review and validation of TB pharmaceuticals strategic forecasting and quantification; briefing the National TB programs (NTP) and the Ministries of Health (MoH) on the GDF policies, processes, products, and procurement options; addressing issues and bottlenecks related to the in-country registration of Quality Assured TB commodities including GDF products; promotion of StopTB GDF recommended PSM tools such as QuanTB and helping the national counterparts and partner organizations in the introduction and implementation of these tools; promotion and advising the countries to establish optimized scheduled procurement/ordering from pooled procurement mechanisms including the GDF and/or other sources; follow-up on the recommendations made by previous missions.

  • Under the leadership of the StopTB GDF Regional Technical Adviser providing expertise in the assessment of the existing regulatory framework in countries. Provision of recommendations (where it is possible) addressing complex issues such as changing legislation to allow for the public sector improving procurement processes and access to ensure that countries can purchase quality-assured TB medicines and diagnostics at efficient prices.

  • Under the leadership of the StopTB GDF Regional Technical Adviser, promoting, introducing, and implementing the StopTB GDF recommended forecasting, quantification, supply planning, and early warning tool, QuanTB, through hands-on coaching and mentoring of key staff in the countries; country and regional workshops for end-users and training of trainers; direct technical assistance in the development, implementation, and follow-up of country plans for establishing Early Warning System (EWS).

  • Under the leadership of the StopTB GDF Regional Technical Adviser,  assisting National TB Program counterparts in the development and critical review of their supply transition plans, including phase-in phase-out plans, for the accelerated implementation of the new WHO policy guidelines on drug-sensitive (DS-TB), drug-resistant (DR-TB), and TB preventive treatment for children, adolescents and adults, and uptake and scale-up of new TB tools, such as new TB medicines, treatment regimens, and diagnostics.

  • Under the leadership of the StopTB GDF Regional Technical Adviser,  assisting TB programs in the development of the costed procurement and supply plans for the Global Fund (GF)  funding proposals and/or grant agreements, focusing on the PSM  transition plans for switching to the procurement of quality-assured medicines and diagnostics with domestic funds.

  • Under the leadership of the StopTB GDF Regional Technical Adviser,  facilitating  technical meetings (training and PSM workshops) conducted by GDF or other partner organizations – to strengthen the capacity of the national PSM staff and in-country partners on how to correctly use the QuanTB tool as a quantification and early warning system for TB medicines as well as on StopTB GDF procurement procedures aiming to prevent stock-outs and expiries in the country.

  • Under the leadership of the StopTB GDF Regional Technical Adviser, or any other GDF staff or teams, development and review of different PSM documents, such as technical information notes and standard operating procedures related to the broad spectrum of the PSM areas.

  • Other technical/PSM assistance as required by GDF staff and teams.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • An advanced university degree (masters or equivalent or higher) plus 5 years of experience 
  • OR a bachelor’s degree or equivalent (plus 7 years of experience)
Ideally in a health-related field, such as medicine, pharmacy, Nursing, public health, epidemiology, Health Economics, international development, supply chain management or a related discipline field.
  • Training in medicines and laboratory commodities procurement, Logistics and supply chain management, and quantification and forecasting – with exposure to QuanTB as a quantification tool

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the public Health Sector.
  • At least 3 years of experience in procurement and supply chain management of health products, ideally related to the TB program, including financing and procurement, forecasting, quantification, supply planning and early warning of TB pharmaceuticals, and good storage and distribution practices.
  • Experience with international donors and organisations, specifically with the Global Fund, WHO, USAID, UNITAID, international NGOs and/or private sector companies.
  • Experience working with TB programs, health and procurement regulatory systems, Health Information systems (i.e., LMIS, PMIS etc.), Health Financing.
  • Experience with the latest WHO guidelines on TB prevention, and Treatment of drug-susceptible and   drug-resistant TB treatment in children adolescents and adults. 
  • Strong experience in working in developing countries, and in the TB environment, together with the PSM experience is an asset.

Language requirements:
  • Excellent knowledge of English with proven ability to communicate in English (spoken and written) in a clear and concise manner.

  • Fluency in written and spoken French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian or Arabic is a strong asset.

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