Logistics Officer for COVID-19 Job At WHO(2 Position)|Ajira Mpya May 2020


SSA – Logistics Officer for COVID-19 (2 Posts)


Purpose of the SSA:


The United Republic of Tanzania is one of the countries experiencing increased COVID-19 transmission. To date, more than 16 regions in the country are reporting cases. Most of the regions have designated/repurposed isolation and treatment facilities ready to receive COVID-19 patients.

WHO is providing financial and technical assistance to the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) as well as the MOH in Zanzibar to strengthen response measures aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on human lives.

A critical component of response in COVID-19 is Logistics Management. In this regard, WHO wants to recruit temporary staff to support logistics activities for COVID-19 response at the national level, and sometimes at sub national levels when needed. In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies incident management system, at the country level, the incumbent will implement technical activities directed towards logistics of outbreaks and health emergencies, support quantification and forecasting of health products needs of the country, maintain overall situational awareness of the event as well as the location and status of all deployed resources as well as Facilitate procurement of supplies including treatment kits (local or international). Recruited staff may be deployed to the regions (as per needs) to support the regions as per the TORs below.

In the country of assignment, reporting to the Team Lead, and based on priorities set by the Incident Manager and the WHO Head of Country Office, and working closely with other logisticians, the incumbent will act as a logistics expert for the WHE programme. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with relevant technical officers at the national level.

Scope and Methodology

Under the general guidance and supervision of the IM and general guidance of the WHE NPO, the incumbent will perform the following:
Summary of Assigned Duties:

    • Co-develop the guidelines, tools and indicators for effective logistics support at the national level.
    • Strengthen the capacities of pharmaceutical staff and other logisticians in the country for effective supply chain management.
  • Ensure that all supplies and equipment needed in the field are deployed in a timely manner
  • Provide supplies and equipment to isolation facilities, treatment centres and hospitals
  • Support setting-up of isolation and treatment facilities
  • Facilitate procurement of supplies including treatment kits (local or international)
  • Ensure that all deployed personnel have the materials needed for operation in the field
  • Provide logistic support to IMS team as needed
  • Maintain coordination, communication and information sharing with AFRO OSL lead
  • Place request from AFRO on supply shortages
  • Follow up TMDA and customs clearance as needed
  • Support inhouse inventory control of warehoused products
  • Analyze, systematize, and disseminate scientific and evidence-based technical information and knowledge; support the development of the WHO Situation Reports, other related regular and ad-hoc logistics reports.
  • Undertake some field supervision visits to assess and evaluate the implementation of logistics activities, identify gaps and recommend corrective actions based on key performance indicators.
  • Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor

Technical Supervision

Objectives of the Review

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.
Specific Requirements


Essential: Excellent knowledge of the English.
Desirable: Working knowledge of Swahili, Knowledge of French or other UN language.


Essential: First level university degree in Pharmacy, Procurement and Logistics or Business Administration or any related Field of Logistics from an accredited/ recognized institute
Desirable: Advanced university degree in Pharmacy, Procurement and Supplies Management, public health or health logistics related field.

Work Experience:

Essential: At least two years’ related experience in pharmacy profession, procurement and supplies management of medicines and health products.
Desirable: Prior humanitarian working experience at field level with WHO, other UN agencies, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations or with an international nongovernmental organization with expertise in disaster and outbreak response.


Ability for submission of weekly activity plans and end of week update reports
Proven ability to report on country supply needs, items in pipeline and items donated.
End of contract report documenting all activities including gaps and recommendations.


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Other Skills (e.g. IT):

Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
Excellent knowledge of Excel


The Logistic officer will be stationed in any United Republic of Tanzania region(s).



The work is a three months contract with a period of performance from 18th May 2020 through July 30th, 2020.

Grade: NOB – 01


Interested and qualified applicants should send cover letter and comprehensive resume to the WHO Country Representative via the following email addresses [email protected]; [email protected] or use the following link to apply online https://careers.who.int/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl

Deadline for submission of applications is Friday 8th May 2020


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