World Health Organization (WHO)

Procurement Officer (2 Posts)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description


To ensure that effective WHO country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State's health and development agendas, and harmonized with the united nations country teams.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1.Contribute to the procurement and contracting activities at the country level. This includes preparing cost estimates and procuring equipment and supplies locally and through the Global Management System (GSM).

2.Review the payment of suppliers and freight forwarders invoices in Coordination with the budget and finance team.

3.Track the preparation and distribution of invitations for bids and requests for quotation to qualified suppliers. Review offers on contract awards, in compliance with the WHO standards, policies and procedures.

4.Track and updated the suppliers’ database, prepare suppliers' performance evaluations, identify and take appropriate action regarding suppliers who repeatedly fail to comply with the terms and conditions of their contracts.

5.Work closely with the Global Service Center (GSC), Regional Office and HQ Procurement Teams to follow up on shipments and provide updates on delivery status or delays; resolve any outstanding issues.

6.Assist in the preparation of claims for lost, damaged or incorrect shipments and assist in obtaining settlements as necessary.

7.Maintain documentation and archiving system to allow easy retrieval and use of purchase authorization/purchase orders and reports received.



Essential: A first university degree in Pharmacy, business or public Administration, procurement, Logistics or a field related to purchasing.
Desirable: An advanced university degree or professional qualification in procurement from an accredited/ recognized institute.


Essential: At least one-year relevant experience in procurement and contracting operations.

Desirable: Prior humanitarian working experience at field level, with WHO, other UN agency, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations or with an international nongovernmental organization.


  • Thorough knowledge and skills in supply operations and procurement services
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to coordinate activities and multitask.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to negotiate with and convince officials with tact and diplomacy.

WHO Competencies

Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model:

  • Effective use of resources
  • Communication
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
  • Teamwork.

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of local language of Syria (Arabic).

Other Skills (e.g. IT)

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Good general knowledge of enterprise Resource Planning systems.
  • Demonstrated skills in databases management and use for monitoring of procurement, inventory, and forecast needs.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 22983 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply on-line through Stellis. For assessment of your application, please ensure that:

(a) Your profile on Stellis is properly completed and updated.

(b) All required details regarding your qualifications, education and training are provided.

(c) Your experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time.

  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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