Medical Supply Chain Officer – ReliefWeb

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Position Title: Medical Supply Chain Officer
Duty Station: Kabul, Afghanistan
Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2
Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date: 05 January 2022
Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at
Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.
For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:
Internal candidates
Candidates from the following non-represented member states:
Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros;Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu
Second tier candidates include:
All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.
Afghanistan is one of the most devastated war-torn countries in the world. Recent estimates suggest that more than 7 million people have no or limited access to essential health services due to insufficient coverage by the public health sector and direct interruption due to conflict and insecurity. The intensified armed conflict in 2021 and the resulting upheaval in August 2021 have resulted in further escalating humanitarian needs and a significant deterioration of the protection environment for civilians in the country. These factors exacerbate the vulnerabilities of a population already burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic, subsequent economic downturn, and a severe drought across the country (declared in June 2021). Internal displacement inside Afghanistan is driven by both conflict and natural disaster. There is now an estimated number of 5.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country, including both protracted and the 634,000 newly displaced by conflict in 2021. Each year hundreds of thousand Afghan migrants and refugees return from Iran and Pakistan, which puts on extra loads on already stretched health system.
Afghanistan also faces more challenges in its response to the increasing needs for emergency health services due to the upheaval in August 2021. Afghanistan will likely experience further waves of COVID-19, but poor diagnostic capacity prevents accurate case measurement, a lack of healthcare services (including specialist COVID-19 services) impedes access to life-saving healthcare, and vaccine provision remains extremely limited, with considerable challenges being faced regarding roll-out. At this critical time, COVID-19 poses a huge risk to the people of Afghanistan in the context of political instability, humanitarian crises and a fragile health system.
The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Migration Health programme with over 250 staff is actively supporting the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen health service capacity at Points of Entry, in affected communities and through additional support to other response areas such as specialised health facilities and laboratories to effectively prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19 and other public health threats. IOM provides integrated surveillance and disease control training for frontline health staff, necessary medical and health commodities, analyses and reports on population mobility trends in priority health zones to inform preparedness efforts, as well as risk communication to sensitize impacted areas.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Afghanistan and the direct supervision of the Migration Health Officer, and in collaboration with the Procurement and Logistics Unit, the successful candidate will support specialised medical procurement, warehousing and supply chain management of Migration Health Unit (MHU). S/he is expected to carry out his/ her duties in accordance with the strictest ethical standards and with due respect for gender and socio-cultural sensitivities.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
Participate in project design planning, by working with relevant Health team and Procurement team members to help anticipate the medical procurement and logistics needs in the mission, facilitating quick replenishment of medicines, vaccinations and medical supplies according to the needs. Keep abreast of global medical supply standards in close cooperation with the Migration Health Division (MHD) and Procurement and Logistic Unit.
Facilitate the medical procurement process in coordination with the Procurement and Logistics Unit, including contributing to the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on pharmaceutical procurement and adequate stock monitoring mechanism, in accordance with IOMs policies and procedures, in a transparent, accountable, efficient and cost-effective manner.
Periodically evaluate health logistics inventory and needs, focusing on health facilities, laboratory facilities, mobile medical activities, patients’ transportation, and outbreak response (Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), deployment of medical products, etc.) required to support the health emergency response.
Check that medical supplies for disease outbreak response including for mobile teams, OralRehydration Points (ORP), etc. meet the required standard, and are delivered in a timely manner.
Analyze demands, prepare regular forecasts, calculate replenishment orders and initiate procurement accordingly for medicines, including vaccinations, medical supplies and commodities.
Ensure timely reporting on stock status, to help health staff with planning of stock distribution and stock replenishment.
Supervise medical stores ensuring security and maintenance, make sure that medical stocks are kept in proper storage conditions (i.e. temperature controlled and packaging) and support enhanced capacity development for mission level electronic logistic management information systems.
Ensure accurate and complete documentation is prepared for all consignments.
Actively coordinate with the Procurement and Logistic Unit in Afghanistan on supply chain logistics such as freight forwarders, clearing agents, and customs, to help ensure that cargo is managed at all points of the supply chain to avoid any unnecessary delays in delivery; this includes coordination and follow up of the last mile delivery in Afghanistan.
Provide technical support and capacity building to relevant IOM Health implementing partners and relevant Ministry of Public Health stakeholders in the field of medical product supply chains.
Supervise relevant staff with integrity and foresight, and in accordance with HumanResources procedures and policies, to facilitate the highest standards of accountability and professionalism. Train medical supply chain and relevant programme staff.
Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in Health (Medicine, Nursing), Pharmacy, Public Health or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
• Professional certificate in Supply Chain Management or Certification in Medical Logistics is an advantage.
• Logistics and management experience in emergency and/or development context;
• Experience working in a cross-cultural setting, preferably in the logistics sector.
• Advanced planning, coordination, assessment, analytical and problem solving skills;
• Knowledge of Humanitarian Essentials, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian health guidelines and protocols such as those from the World Health Organization;
• Able to oversee multiple tasks, prioritizing and delegating as required;
• Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
• Sound organizational abilities, excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Understanding of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) standards and protocols is desirable;
• Ability to work effectively in high-pressure, rapidly changing environments;
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with implementing partners.
IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).
For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Dari and/or Pashto is an advantage.
Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.
Due to security considerations possibility that the post may be home based or based in a neighbouring country.
Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (
Required Competencies:
Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:
Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.
Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.
Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.
The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.
Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 05 January 2022 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
For further information please refer to:
Posting period:
From 23.12.2021 to 05.01.2022
No Fees:
IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.
Requisition: SVN 2021 302 Medical Supply Chain Officer (P2) Kabul, Afghanistan (57321703) Released
Posting: Posting NC57321704 (57321704) Released
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