Director, Procurement and Supply Services
World Health Organization (WHO)
HQ/SUP Procurement and Supply Services BOS
Close on 27 Aug 2020
Location: Budapest (Hungary)
Grade: D1, Director and Top Executive
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Job Description


The Department of Procurement and Supply Services aims to ensure high-quality, consistent and responsive supply services and to support the delivery of WHO programmes through a collaborative approach to sourcing and procurement activities.The Department has the overall responsibility for developing relevant global policies and processes; for sourcing, contracting, purchasing and shipping goods globally and for supporting the procurement of services.


Generic duties:

- Ensure effective direction, management, and accountability of the Department in delivering its objectives through managing and inspiring a diverse workforce and ensuring the efficient use of the department's financial resources;

- Develop strategies and provide substantive advice to executive management and leadership (including Regional Offices) in the areas of procurement and supply;

- Lead the Department in developing processes and tools for a strong and efficient support to Technical Units in all activities related to supply;

- Ensure the management of the monitoring and evaluation, as well as reporting of the Department's area of work, of key performance indicators to optimize performance of Department deliverables;

- Build new or strengthen existing partnerships with other Departments and Units to position the Department as a major stakeholder in WHO's supply chain activities;

- Liaise with External Partners, Member States, UN Agencies, Donor and other stakeholders to fulfill the mandate of the Department;

- Represent WHO at inter-agency levels and in dealing with outside bodies, host Government and non-governmental organizations in matters concerning procurement and supply services;

- Build a strong network of internal medical and technical experts to ensure the adequate sourcing and purchasing of goods and services, in full compliance with applicable norms & standards and for an efficient support of WHO programmes implementation, including in the context of Emergency Procurement;

- Convene the WHO procurement network;

- Ensure that the all Technical Units, including in the Regional and Country Offices are duly informed of potential fraud and other risks related to Supply (as identified in Risk Register) and are informed / trained on the appropriate ways to properly address those.



Essential: An advanced level university degree in Procurement, Business Administration, Supply Chain Management or a closely related discipline.
Desirable: Additional study, course-work or training in areas relevant to supply chain management, procurement and logistics, international trade & law, public health and / or a recognized qualification in supply or procurement.


Essential: A minimum of 15 years of professional experience in a supply and/or procurement-related role, including experience in managing supply and/or procurement related projects and negotiations. Experience providing senior level advice and guidance to Senior Management/Decision makers, managing human and financial resources, as well as experience in developing and establishing policies and strategies in a medium to large organization, in the private or public sector.
Desirable: Experience of supply or procurement in a health related sector and/or in emergency response. Experience in field operations related to supply and procurement. Experience in developing and delivering large scale projects in an international context.


- Strong skills in developing and establishing polices and strategies in the area of work. - Excellent skills and ability in leading, motivating and supervising diverse teams and managing financial resources. - Proven analytical abilities and demonstrated skills in presenting complex policy issues orally and in writing, including the ability to engage, build consensus and communicate effectively and diplomatically with Member States, partners and media.

Globally - respected level of technical expertise and knowledge in supply and procurement. - Proven leadership skills in the planning and coordination of supply and procurement. - Excellent knowledge of the highest standards of procurement methods and best practices, including a good knowledge of UN or international public procurement policies, procedures and operations. - Good understanding in the area of ERP systems and other modern IT systems.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Official WHO language.


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 100,800 (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 2125 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.


  • 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • 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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Together we strive to combat diseases – communicable diseases like influenza and HIV, and noncommunicable diseases like cancer and heart disease.

We help mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. We ensure the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need.

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