Technical Officer, Operations Support and Logistics (OSL), Copenhagen, Denmark 73 views

Technical Officer, Operations Support and Logistics (OSL)

( 2001777 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract duration : 1 year

Job Posting: Apr 11, 2020, 7:13:04 AM

Objectives of the Programme :

All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying value of equity as described in the General Programme of Work.

The 13th General Programme of Work defines the mission of WHO as one to promote health, to keep the world safe, and to protect the vulnerable. The GPW calls for heightened accountability, prioritising impact and outcome at country level, and to improve the lives of three billion people, through universal health coverage, through addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations.

WHO’s mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.

The Emergency Operations Department of the Health Emergencies Programme is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to timely and effective health services. This includes ensuring a strong emergency management system (based on incident management), effective and inclusive coordination mechanisms, joint assessments and planning by partners, implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards, and strong logistics and operational support. The expansion and strengthening of operational partnerships is a key priority. EMO also leads on humanitarian policy and guidance, as well as representation to key interagency bodies.

The main purpose of the position is to enable the components of logistics and supply delivery to rapid emergency response, with focus on on-site deployment and related activities.

The incumbent will be deployed to emergencies when required.

Summary of Assigned Duties

The main purpose of the position is to enable the components of logistics and supply delivery to rapid emergency response, with focus on on-site deployment and related activities.

The incumbent is assigned the following duties which are performed according to the needs and agenda:

  • On site deployment and set-up of timely and adequate support of WHO first emergency response teams’ activities, including but not limited to: a) Advising and enabling Incident Management teams by identifying operational requirements, health logistics and supply needs, priorities, strategies, tactics and budget requirements;
  • b) Coordinating WHO /OSL activities within the IMS team and with national and international Logistics partners;

    c) Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of operational support and reporting to Incident Management lead;

    d) Defining, implementing and monitoring the implementation and management of assets and resources required to enable adequate staff security, transport, communications, protection, evacuation and contingency plans;

    e) Planning and overseeing, in coordination with HR, the building of on-site OSL emergency team;

    f) Ensuring the installation and maintenance of functional office space, adequate living conditions and availability of equipment and services required for operational effectiveness.

  • Implement the required organizational changes to strengthen logistics performance of OSL site team from the accurate assessment of logistics services delivered, specific needs and requirements, and develop proposals to improve such based-on experience and lessons learnt.
  • Participate in the management of logistics projects at the Regional Office and/or country level, including the development and strengthening of specific OSL capacities such as capacity building and training, R&D, tools, etc. in accordance with OSL technical requirements for field operations.
  • Contribute to the analysis of Key Performance Indicators as a critical component of improving and reporting on emergency management activities with focus on travel to key locations.
  • Perform other related responsibilities replacing and backstopping as assigned, including strengthening HQ OSL Operations and Desks support.
  • Educational Qualifications:

    Essential: Advanced level university degree in business management, logistics, or emergency response.

    Desirable: Degree or training in field logistics.


    Essential: A minimum of seven years of experience in the delivery of logistics support and operations in emergency operations.

    Desirable: Strong operational experience within emergency-based humanitarian organizations including a proven history of supervising supply operations in acute emergencies. Experience in WHO, UN, UN Agencies or NGOS.

    Functional Knowledge and Skills:

    Demonstrated operational planning and organizational skills complemented by a thorough understanding of dedicated logistics to emergency rapid response as related to field logistics as a critical component of operational support for rapid response to outbreak. Ability to multi-task, identify and solve problems while working and producing results under pressure. Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to communicate and present factual information in a clear and concise manner. Tact, diplomacy and discretion.

    Knowledge of the WHO and UN system would be an asset.

    WHO Competencies

  • 1) Knowing and Managing Yourself
  • 2) Ensuring effective use of resources
  • 3) Teamwork
  • 4) Moving forward in a changing environment

    5) Producing Results

    Language skills

    Essential: English

    Excellent knowledge

    Desirable: Russian- intermediate knowledge


    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 102.739,25 (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

  • 786,07 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: 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

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    WHO’s workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice

    Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

    WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: 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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