Chief Health Logistics Officer

World Health Organizations


Chief Health Logistics Officer

Chief Health Logistics Officer – (2303601)
Grade: P5
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 24 months
Job Posting: May 26, 2023, 4:42:05 PM
Closing Date: May 30, 2023, 3:44:00 AM
Primary Location: South Africa-Pretoria
Organization: AF/EPR Emergency Preparedness and Response
Schedule: Full-time

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The mission of WHO’s Emergencies Preparedness and Response (EPR) program 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 provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.


In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Preparedness and Response (EPR), at regional and hub level, the Chief – Health Logistics Officer will coordinate and conduct the setup and management of the Health Logistics support services unit of the response, in full compliance with WHO rules and the associated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).


The incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:


  • Provide timely technical expertise to the Unit and manage the overall implementation of technical activities.
  • Monitor the health logistics team’s performance and regularly report to the OSL management, drawing their attention to needs, gaps, and problems and proposing remedial actions.
  • Manage adequate organizational models and appropriate means to support the response.
  • Liaise with technical experts to ensure proper needs identification from stakeholders and financial validation.
  • During an outbreak, in collaboration with IMS and partners, supervise technical trainings, including safe and dignified burial, IPC, implementation/design of emergency treatment centers, WASH, and sample transportation.
  • Manage Health and Technical budget response.

Health Facilities Support

  • Manage health facilities supported by WHO to ensure appropriate set-up and equipment of facilities and mobile medical activities, such as vaccination campaigns, laboratory support, and other emergency health-related activities.
  • Ensure water, sanitation, hygiene, and infection control standards requirements are in place and up to standard for all health facilities supported by the WHO.
  • Participate in the planning of health facilities management and ambulatory health activities.
  • Undertake regular field assessments to inspect the quality of health facilities (design, qualification, vetting, etc.) and storage conditions.
  • Provide regular reporting on OSL technical health logistics activities.


  • Supervise mobile laboratory deployment and activities and ensure safe transportation of samples.
  • In collaboration with counterparts, provide input into upgrading the existing Mobile Laboratory and define laboratory layout according to local infrastructure when necessary.
  • In coordination with Mobile Laboratory stakeholder focal point, provide technical input on
    vector control management set up and routine control to prevent infection into the structure.
  • Ensure proper sample flow according to partners’ requirements (screening point, collection point, storage point, etc.).
  • Assess overall needs, forecast supplies, and define adequate work plan of services support
    (Water and Sanitation, Power supply, Cold Chain, Decontamination area, Waste management, Staff transport, Cleaning, Security, etc.).
  • Participate in the development of appropriate SOPs to frame logistics support of Mobile
    Laboratory activities with appropriate means.

Cold Chain

  • Contribute to the assessment and forecasting of Cold Chain and vaccination activities and needs, adequately develop the IMS Strategic Response Plan and ensure overall needs are forecasted into the
  • Health Response Plan budget.
  • Conduct logistics for Cold Chain and vaccination project implementation (activities, budget, and project documentation) in line with Event response strategy and tactical approach.

Coordination of the Health Logistics Partners

  • Provide technical support to State Members, UN agencies, international organizations, and institutions for developing and implementing infectious diseases treatment facilities and/or repurposing existing structures in collaboration with other WHO experts.
  • Conduct webinars and capacity-building training on infectious diseases, including setting up health facilities and facilitating compliance with IPC standards and clinical management requirements in treatment centers.
  • Support the development of standardized tools and SOPs for infectious diseases health facility management related to IPC and WASH activities, including waste management of hazardous laboratories waste and follow-up on human resources requirements.
  • Coordinate with IMS, OCHA, and Health and Logistics clusters.
  • Actively promote and manage the coordination mechanism platform and build a strong collaborative network.


Educational (Qualifications)


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in biomedical engineering, logistics, pharmacy, or a related field relevant to the functions of the positions from an accredited/ recognized institute.


  • Recognized training or certification in Emergency Disaster Management



  • At least ten (10) years of related experience in managing large-scale disaster emergency response and/or public health events with international concern, operations in international organizations/institutions, part of which is in the field supporting emergency humanitarian operations.
  • Demonstrated exposure at the international level.


  • Related experience with WHO, the UN system, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations, or international nongovernmental organizations working in the field during outbreaks and/or health emergency response.


  • Excellent organizational and managerial skills with the ability to multitask, deliver results in time-bounded scenarios, and identify and solve problems.
  • Sound knowledge and experience in technical health logistics.
  • Strong ability to ensure the effective use of resources.
  • Proven ability to manage a diverse team across different functional areas.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate with and convince officials with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to present information to achieve desired results.
  • Knowledge or understanding of WHO mandate and goals in the emergency incident
    management context.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
  • Communication.
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment.
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.

Use of Language Skills

  • Excellent knowledge of English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Other Skills (e.g., IT)

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Demonstrated computer skills with an emphasis on database management.
  • Demonstrated skills in using equipment such as radio and satellite phones.


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 92,731 (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. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • 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.
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