The Supply Chain Specialist plays a key role in ensuring the sustainability of national RHCS efforts to deliver quality reproductive health and family planning services, including uninterrupted supplies of products, with particular attention to reaching marginalized populations.
S/he will collaborate with national authorities, civil society organizations, private sector, and development agencies to provide technical support to increase demand for informed and voluntary Family Planning products for women and men of reproductive age and to secure availability of Reproductive Health commodities. S/he will report to the Representative, who will provide overall direction and supervision, and will work in close collaboration with the West Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO), the Commodity Security Branch (CSB), based on an approved annual work plan and with the Supply Chain Management Unit. As the Supply Chain Specialist for the RHCS and health systems, s/he will work within an integrated, coordinated, and systems strengthening approach that is fundamental for UNFPA overall strategy.
How you can make a difference:
UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.
In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.
The RHCS Specialist will provide leadership and technical support to the development and implementation of the national Reproductive Health program to ensure the mainstreaming of RHCS into policies and programmes. S/he will have the responsibility – in response to country requests, and within the broadly sexual and reproductive health, health system strengthening and financing – for the promotion, design, monitoring, and evaluation of all phases of equitable Reproductive Health commodity and family planning availability throughout all sectors (public, private, non-profit, subsidized, and commercial), as well as supply management system, guidelines, and standards. S/he will provide technical backstopping and support/conduct relevant research, analysis and training activities aimed at providing information and knowledgebase and readily useable methodologies to RH/FP planners, policy makers, programme managers and service providers. The incumbent will contribute to enhancing national capacity to mobilize and obtain social and political support for national policies and programmes in the field of Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS). Such support will also contribute to overall health management and coordination, health system strengthening and HIV prevention efforts.
Qualifications and Experience:
Master’s degree in public health, medicine, social sciences, pharmacy, or other related fields. Courses certificates in logistics, essential drugs, health system strengthening, and financing would be an asset.
Knowledge and Experience:
- 5 years’ experience in increasing responsibilities at the national level in SRH ideally, in
logistics systems, public sector pharmaceutical supplies management of which 3 years’ experience should be in developing countries with direct experience relating to health and
logistics systems and management of family planning programmes.
- Knowledge of public sector pharmaceutical program management at national level, especially in policy & management, Selection, Access, Quality Assurance and Rational Drug Use is an asset.
- Extensive knowledge of supply management: forecasting, warehousing, distribution,
transportation, logistics information systems.
- Health sector-specific experience, including Experience with Public Health systems in
developing countries, Health Commodity Supply Market, Logistics, and inventory
management related to pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, based on sound Supply
Chain Management countries principles
- General knowledge of the principles and operational aspects of integrated reproductive healthcare.
- Familiarity with UN development programmes and working procedures, especially UNFPA policies and programming procedures, would be an asset.
- Proven experience in managing complex programs and large-scale projects would be an asset.
- Computer Literacy: Proficiency in the use of standard MS Office packages and the Internet.
Excellent written and oral communications skills. Fluency in French and English is required.
Compensation and Benefits:
This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.
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