UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a UNOPS contract within the Public Health Section, in the Division of Resilience and Solutions, Geneva, Switzerland .
UNHCR is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. We are in over 125 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.
Title : Pharmacy Management Officer
Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland
Duration : 01 December 2020 until 30 September 2021
Contract Type : UNOPS IICA, Level 2
Closing date : 25 October 2020
Start date : 01 December 2020
This position will support improved Pharmacy Management in UNHCR globally through capacity building and support to Regional Bureaux and Country Operations.
UNHCR procures quality assured medicines and medical supplies for partners through Long Term Agreements (LTAs) with global suppliers.
In some contexts local procurement of quality assured products may be undertalken based on a detailed assesment of the local pharmaceuitcal market.
The approximate annual budget of medicines in UNHCR operations ( pre CORVID 19) is USD 20 million. Properly quality assured medicines not only ensure effective treatment for refugees and host communities but also guarantee cost effectiveness.
This position is essential to build capacity in regions and operations to improve and monitor the efficient management of medicines and medical supplies.
provide guidance to imrpove the monitoring of medicines at country level including inventory management, consumption monitoring, drug dispensing and ordering through the use of appropraite tools.
The pharmacist will support the assessment of local pharmaceutical markets together with an expert partner and provide guidance on local procurement when this has been assessed as possible.
The pharmacist will follow closely the technical aspects of the pilot project with UNICEF on supply of medicines and supplies to 3-4 pilot countries and document lessons learned.
The pharmacist will particpate in the technical review of offers from suppliers as part of the review and renewal of LTAs with supplier of medicines and supplies to UNHCR.
The pharamcist will also support the technical review of the UNHCR Essential Mediecines List due for an update vesrion in 2022.
An important function is support to the planning and procurement of COVID 19 supplies, review and validation of country orders, technical evaluation of suppliers offers and guidance on quality in case of local procurements.
This position, which provides technical support and capacity building to major operations increases their efficiency and cost-effectiveness, thereby adding value to operations and ultimately improving the availability of quality medicines to beneficiaries.
See above organisational context
Duties and responsibilities
o To the Regional Bureaux and country operations : quantification of needs, design of tools, review of requests and local procurement.
o To Headquarter : Quality review of the dossiers and offers received from global medical suppliers (PPE and medical items)
Monitoring and Progress Controls
Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required
a. Education (Level and area of required and / or preferred education)
b. Work Experience
c. Key Competencies
The successful candidate will be working at Geneva Headquarters.