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District Health Logistician at World Health Organization (WHO)

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World Health Organization (WHO)

District Health Logistician – (2302026)

Grade: No grade

Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 3 months

Job Posting

: Feb 28, 2023, 1:17:55 PM

Closing Date

: Mar 8, 2023, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: Malawi


: AF_MWI Malawi


: Full-time

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Organizational context and brief project description

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (“The Programme”) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies

In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Incident Management System (IMS), at the country level, the incumbent will provide technical support in planning, monitoring, evaluating, and implementing the health logistics activities with a focus on medical facilities set up and management, organization and support of mobile health activities, logistical support to patients transportation, laboratory support (including sample transportation) and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) for the health facilities, in the context of the WHO’s emergency preparedness, recovery and response operations. Specifically for this role the incumbent will be supporting the Malawi country office’s response to the ongoing cholera outbreak.

Description of tasks

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the OSL Team Lead, and under the overall guidance of the Incident Manager and Head, the WHO Country Office (WCO), and working closely with counterparts at the respective WHO Regional Office and WHO HQ, other WHO staff and partners, the staff will:

    • Assess health logistics inventory and needs, focusing on Cholera Treatment Units activities in nominated Districts, transportation, and WASH activities required to support the health emergency response;
    • Support the OSL team and WHO partners within the logistics cluster in the development of health logistics response plan, priority activities, and list of required means to adequately address the WHO and partner health operation needs;
    • Provide technical guidance to the District Health Office logistics team on the appropriate functioning of the health facilities and other emergency health related activities;
    • Facilitate the set up and the overall management of emergency health facilities through the rehabilitation of existing facilities or the deployment of emergency units using the capacity of the WHO/OSL partners or subcontracted actors;
    • Ensure that the medical facilities (CTUs/CTSc) have sustainable access to clean water, energy source, waste management facilities and adequate supply in compliance with WHO health standard;
    • Provide quality assurance to the set up and sustainable access to adequate, efficient and safe cold chain facilities for a reliable supply of medical items requiring temperature control environment;
    • Monitor, evaluate and report country progress on health logistics activities within the health facilities and for other health activities within nominated District in the context of the incident management system;
    • Develop and conduct required training for DHO staff and WHO partners to build up local competences and ease the implementation of efficient health logistics management for all health activities;
    • Draft the required District level situation reports to ensure appropriate communication and reporting mechanisms with the onsite OSL lead, incident manager, all concerned technical experts and OSL regional and HQ entities;
    • Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor;
    • During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme


Qualifications / requirements

The incumbent must be a dynamic, multifunctional individual, who supports the Host Agency with professionalism, dedication and client orientation, and who must be willing to work on both programmatic/substantive aspects, and to provide operational/logistical services. The following qualifications are required:


Essential:  First level university degree in health, pharmacy or supply chain/logistics or WASH.

Desirable: Certified training in health logistics, from an accredited and recognized academic institution, is desirable;


Essential: ​​​​​​​At least five (5) years of relevant professional work experience, at the national and international level, in the design and implementation of health logistics, assessment and/or the design and management of related projects in emergency situations;

Desirable: ​​​​​​​Prior relevant work experience in WHO/UN system, health cluster partners, relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations, is desirable;

Functional knowledge and skills:

    • Demonstrated knowledge of emergency response activities in the field of health logistics management with proven ability to identify and solve technical problems in difficult circumstances;
    • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with proven ability to elaborate and implement projects;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work under pressure;
    • Proven ability to promote cohesive action and convince officials with tact and diplomacy; Knowledge of WHO, the UN System or NGO work in the field of response relief and/or of their practices and procedures as related to the work.


  1. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  2. Ensuring the effective use of resources
  3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  4. Communication
  5. Teamwork