Logistician, P3, Nairobi, Dakar
Job Type Full Time
Qualification BA/BSc/HND
Experience 5 years
Location Nairobi
Job Field

To reduce mortality, morbidity and societal disruption resulting from epidemics, natural disasters, conflicts and environmental, chemical, radio-nuclear and food-related emergencies, as well as antimicrobial resistance, through prevention, preparedness and response in the context of the International Health Regulation (IHR 2005).To ensure that WHO regional office, inter-country teams and countries’ offices are adequately prepared and able to respond in a timely manner to outbreaks and emergencies with public health consequences.

Description Of Duties

The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda:

To support the development and implementation of a country plans for epidemics and emergency response in addition to emergency standard operating procedures, contingency plans, methodologies and tools to enable responsive and effective outbreak, epidemic and emergency logistics;
To provide support for the development and facilitation of required training to strengthen logistics capacity, including organizing simulation exercises for WHO staff and Member States to improve preparedness;
To support the development of plans, procedures and reports on material assessment and movements and other operational and logistics issues, including planning and estimating of financial operational costs and budgets;
To maintain accurate and complete accounting by maintaining fully functional reporting and internal control systems, for recording and retaining of all relevant records;
To participate in the identification, establishment and training of an emergency logistics roster to be deployed alongside rapid response teams;
To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

Required Qualifications


Essential: University degree in logistics or other related field with certified training in health logistics.
Desirable: Specialized training in logistics for emergency and/or humanitarian responses, transport, distribution and supply chain management.


Essential: At least five years’ experience supporting diverse logistics operations in outbreak, epidemic and/or emergency contexts in developing countries.

Desirable: Supporting logistics and/or supply operations in military, commercial or international organizations/institutions in the field or developing countries. Direct field logistics emergency deployment experience


Demonstrated expertise in supporting logistics responses to epidemics and emergencies in the field;

Knowledge of procurement, warehousing and stock control, goods distribution, transportation and vehicle fleet;
Programme management skills including monitoring and evaluation and conceptual and analytical capacity to identify priority activities and assignments and adjust priorities and conflicts as they arise;
Track record of success in supporting logistics training plans to address capacity shortfalls;
Excellent ability to multitask, explain technical issues and resolve problems in a proactive manner;
Proven commitment to quality and good client orientation and ability to take part in training activities with tact and diplomacy;
Ability to write in a clear and concise manner;

WHO Competencies

Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use Of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French.

Other Skills (e.g. IT)

Good computer skills in Microsoft office.


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 59,151 (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 1779 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.

Additional Information

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: http://www.whed.net/. 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.
For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/. Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.


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