The Head, Country Office (CO) Support and Monitoring position is responsible for providing technical support and guidance to regional and country offices and overseeing their activities to ensure supply-chain management; inventory accounting, control and assurance; and procurement activities are undertaken in an effective manner and in accordance with applicable policies and procedures. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the other Supply-chain Management Unit (SCM) teams, the Humanitarian Office, the Commodity Security Branch, Quality Management Unit, as well as country and regional offices.
The position reports to the Deputy Chief of the SCM unit and will be responsible for overseeing the Country Office Support and Monitoring team.
How you can make a difference:
UNFPA occupies a unique position in the Reproductive Health Commodity ecosystem as a critical player in supply chain management, a leading public procurer of reproductive health commodities, a trusted partner to national governments, and one of the few organizations with the scale and partnerships necessary to build accountability for last mile delivery. Additionally in humanitarian settings, UNFPA is responsible for ensuring the availability of lifesaving sexual and reproductive health and gender based violence prevention and response commodities to those hardest to reach, and commodities to enable operational programme implementation in the hardest to operate settings.
The Supply Chain Management Unit (SCMU), which will be operational from January 2022, ensures that UNFPA is able to effectively and efficiently support the delivery of life-saving supplies where they are needed most with the speed and quality required to ensure continuity of UNFPA operations. To do so, it provides enabling services to Regional Offices and Country Offices and ensures coordination, end-to-end visibility and accountability on all supply chain and logistics management related activities across all UNFPA Programmes.
As Head, Country Office Support and Monitoring you will have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to ensuring that UNFPA can play its role as action leader and global champion of reproductive health and rights aiming to end unmet need for family planning, maternal death, and violence and harmful practices against women and girls.
Qualifications and Experience
Advanced university degree in business administration (MBA), commerce, public health, supply chain or logistics management, humanitarian studies, economics, or related fields is required.
Knowledge and Experience:
• A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience, ideally at least two years spent in low resource or humanitarian settings
• Demonstrated experience in SCM and logistics strategy and network design creation and implementation
• Experience providing direct country support for logistics and SCM in development and ideally complex humanitarian operating environments
• Knowledge in supply chain and logistics data collection and analysis, including forecasting and supply planning
• Knowledge of compliance and standards of implementation in line with WHO/national medical guidelines, protocols and standards, including experience managing medical commodities in low resource or humanitarian settings
• Experience in management/accountability mechanism for supply management to ensure coherence between global, regional and national health policies and strategies.
• Experience working/collaborating with international humanitarian organizations
• Experience in designing and delivering adult learning courses for program, medical, logistics and operations staff, using participatory approaches and interactive learning methods
• Previous experience working with UNFPA supplies or similar humanitarian commodities
Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.
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