United Nations Development Programme (Asia-Pacific Regional Centre)
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As a trusted, long-term partner of The Global Fund (GF), UNDP���������s value proposition lding an integrated package of development solutions to strengthen institutions to deliver health services. Through its contributions as interim Principal Recipient (PR) and provider of technical assistance in over 53 countries since 2003, UNDP���������s provision of integrated policy, implementation and capacity development support to countries has yielded significant health and development results in challenging operating environments. Proactive risk management and investing in sustainability are the cornerstones of UNDP���������s portfolio management approach and providing technical assistance to national counterparts during all phases of implementation, strengthening legislation, policies and regulatory frameworks, and building capacities across key functional areas, including financial management, health information systems, procurement and supply chain management.
As the interim Principal Recipient for the Multi-Country Western Pacific grants (Integrated HIV/TB Programme for 11 PICs and Malaria Programme from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023, UNDP is responsible for the financial and programmatic management and the procurement and supply of health products for the Global Fund HIV,TB, Malaria and COVID-19 Response Mechanism grants to 11 Pacific Islands Countries (Cook islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Repulic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) in coordination with the 30 sub-recipients comprising of 11 Countries Ministry of Health, Civil Services Organistaions national and technical partners for the achievement of programme results and the effective use of grant resources.
For the implementation of the Multi-Country Programmes, the UNDP Pacific Centre in Fiji established a Programme Management Unit (PMU) based in Suva to coordinate and oversee the implementation and to ensure compliance with the Global Fund and UNDP rules, policies and procedures. The PMU coordinates with the PIRM CCM, PICs Governments and CSOs as well as with regional partners, the Global Fund and other key stakeholders in the health and development sector (bi-laterals, private sector) and technical assistance providers.
Under the overall supervision of the Programme Manager , the Procurement and Supply Management Specialist will be responsible for leading the PSM team, to achieve a high level of procurement and supply chain performance, coordinating and building strategic partnerships, providing policy and strategic technical guidance and engaging with partners to strengthen national systems and health institutions in the context of procurement and supply chain management for health products within the three grants ��������� HIV/TB Integrated Programme in 11 Pacific Islands Countries, Malaria Programme in Vanuatu and Covid-19 Response Mechanism for 11 Pacific Island Countries.
This will be done in accordance with UNDP rules, policies and procedures, GF grant agreements and corporate agreements with the GF, working in close coordination with the PMU and Operations team at the UNDP Pacifice in Fiji, PMU staff in Vanuatu and Samoa as well as national stakeholders, implementing partners, the GF (including Local Fund Agent), technical partners, UN entities, the GF/HIST and other UNDP units and programmes. The Procurement and Supply Management Specialist will promote a collaborative, client-oriented approach, ensuring integration across functional areas within the PMU and support to the integration of capacity building activities.Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe Procurement and Supply Management Specialist will report to the Programme Manager and represent the project when required, and act as officer in charge of the project if required.The Procurement and Supply Management Specialist will work in close collaboration with the PMU and Operations team at the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, PMU staff in Vanuatu and Samoa as well as national stakeholders, implementing partners, the GF (including Local Fund Agent), technical partners, UN entities, the GF/HIST and other UNDP units and programmes. The scope of work of the Procurement and Supply Management Specialist is outlined below:
Ensures strategic leadership, programme planning and effective management and oversight of Global Fund programmes in the context of procurement and supply chain management for health products, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Leads on the strategic planning, oversight and management of the procurement and supply chain management for health products in compliance with UNDP���������s rules, policies and procedures, the grant agreements and corporate agreements with the Global Fund ensuring integration across functional areas; Implement a client-orientated procurement management system including tender processing and evaluation, e-procurement, contractor appraisal, evaluation and negotiation of offers, contract and contractor management, legal considerations and payment conditions and, risk assessment; Leads substantive monitoring of procurement and supply chain management for health products and proactively leads onws for underperformance, bottlenecks and ensures the accountability for the timely implementation of corrective action(s) to ensure consistent supply of health products and expiries with international standards;
Ensures proactive procurement and health product management and oversight and controls are met and proactively performs risk assessments focusing on achievement of the following results:
Leads on the timely preparation and implementation of quality procurement and supply chain management documents and reports required by the donor Ensures full compliance of procurement and health product (including quality control, insurance) management activities in line with UNDP���������s rules, policies, procedures, and ensures SOPs are followed and validated by internal reviews; Ensures proper monitoring and control of procurement processes, expenditure tracking, including organization of RFQ, ITB or RFP, receipt of quotations, bids or proposals, their evaluation, negotiation of certain conditions of contracts incompliance with UNDP rules and regulation and review and certification of submissions to the Contracts, Assets and Procurement Committee (CAP) and Advisory Committee on Procurement (ACP); Oversees logistical aspects of procurement, including selection of the most appropriate mode of transport, definition of appropriate incoterms, preparation of documentation to ensure a fast clearance process on arrival in country, insurance reporting obligations are met and communication with the freight forwarder agent; Manages Atlas tools, including creation of vendors, creation of POs, receipts of supplies and payments to suppliers; Leads on performing risk-based assessments, to manage UNDP procurement activities to continued access to needed products and services and prevent stock outs or expired health products and develops and implements risk management matrix/plan with the procurement team and other PMU staff and implementing partners and ensures adequate oversight and support is provided, with timely incident reporting; Supervises and oversees adherence to contractual agreements, recommend amendments and contract extension, evaluate and record supplier performance and advise concerned parties with respect to contractual rights/obligations, including Service Providers and Sub-recipients (SR) and contribute to capacity assessment and submissions of value of money; and In coordination with Programme Manager, leads on addressing audits and investigations in the context of procurement and supply chain management and ensures timely follow up on management actions.
Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and resource mobilization efforts focusing on achievement of the following results:
Leads on the coordination, building strategic partnerships and maintains strong working relationships with the 11 countries Ministry of Health, Civil Service Organisations, programme implementers, national stakeholders, technical partners, and UN entities to ensure transparent and effective procurement and supply chain management of health products; Technically supports the national procurement planning processes (including quantification) for the programmes based on evidence gained during implementation of the programmes; Maintains close co-ordination between the programmes and other health and development initiatives in the country, to promote partnership building and avoid duplication of procurement and supply chain management of health products activities and to exchange critical and technical information and resolve implementation issues; Leads on the engagement with the Global Fund PSM Specialist and develops a strong professional relationship based upon mutual trust and respect and supports during missions; and Leads on developing funding requests to complement UNDP���������s PR role with other health and development activities and the development of project documents and initiation of the programmes in the context of procurement and supply chain management of health products, including logistical management information systems, waste mana etc.
Ensures provision of strategic policy advice and technical guidance in the context of procurement and supply chain management focusing on achievement of the following results:
Provides strategic policy and technical advice to the national stakeholders, implementing partners and in procurement and chain management at all stages of the procurement cycle and to the last mile and make adjustments as necessary; Participates in meetings and technical committees of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), national disease programmes, coordinating mechanism, as required
Ensures sustainable PSM related system strengthening activities, including logistic information system, sustainable storage and distribution systems and services for health products guidance and capacity building and facilitation of knowledge building and sharing focusing on achievement of the following results:
Engages with the Ministry of Health, SR, implementing partners, UN entities, financial and technical partners to strengthen national systems and health institutions, in the area of procurement and supply chain management, including logistic information system, sustainable procurement storage, distribution and waste management systems and services for health products, developing, monitoring and amending improvement plans; Leads on the engagement with national partners and oversees the development of capacity development strategies to support national entities in the area of procurement and supply chain management, including logistic information system, sustainable storage and distribution systems and services for health products and ensuring access to appropriate tools and resources ensuring coordination with other donor initiatives; Ensures Sub-recipients are well advised on procurement issues throughout the grant life cycle to ensure procurement plans are adequately scheduled, budgeted and comply with contracts and is in line with UNDP rules, policies and procedures; Identifies and supports development of communications (print, video) highlighting key programme achievements, best practices, and lessons learnt and contributes to information sharing with the Federal Ministry of Health, SR implementing partners, UN entities, financial and technical partners, the GF and the CCM; and Actively participates in UNDP and other relevant external networks to promote the programmes and UNDP���������s health and development work (e.g., conferences, community of practice, Yammer) and represents UNDP in relevant technical meetings, working groups at country, regional and global level and gathers lessons learnt to apply to the programmes in the area of procurement and supply chain management.
Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO focusing on achievement of the following results:
Provides training and guidance to the PMU team and develops work plans and priorities, monitors achievements and evaluates performance of staff. Ensures knowledge sharing among the staff and initiating relevant trainings. Develops and implements ca development exercises in the areas of procurement and supply chain management. Manages assets under GF Programmes in compliance with the UNDP Asset Management Rules and Regulations including but not limited to recording, coordinating and reconciling asset inventory including physical verification of asset on sites, asset transfer, disposal, write-off and synchronization of Asset Inventory and ATLAS. Maintains electronic and hardcopy files and records to ensure proper accountability. Ability to represent the project when required, and to act as officer in charge of the project if required.
Any other duty assigned by the Programme ManagerCompetencies
Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade, and transform Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Technical / Functional Competencies
Health and Development: Understanding and practical experience of issues related to health and development social determinants of health and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations. Strategic Sourcing of medicines and medical products: Knowledge of strategic sourcing concepts, principles and methods, and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations of the sourcing of medicines and medical products. Contract Management: Knowledge of contract management concepts, principles and methods, and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. Supply chain management of medicines and medical products: Knowledge of supply chain management principles, methods, and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. Building Partnerships: Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP. Project Management: Ability to plan, organize and control resources, procedures, and protocols and to achieve specific goals. Capacity Development: Ability to strengthen and maintain the capabilities of individuals, societies, organizations, and governments to set and achieve development objectives over time. Procurement: The ability to acquire goods, services or works from an outside external source.
Required Skills and ExperienceEducation:
Master���������s degree with 5 years experience in Public Health, Pharmacy, Procurement, Supply Management, Business Administration, or related field or a bachelors degree with 7 years experience.
A minimum of 5 years (with Master���������s degree or 7 years with Bachelor���������s degree) of progressive relevant experience in procurement and supply chain management for health programmes including at least 2 years of international experience. Knowledge and experience in working with the Global Fund in ement and supply chain management of health products is an asset Experience of UN or UNDP procurement policies and procedures is an asset. Work experience in a developing country. Demonstrated experience in developing and managing effective partnerships with governments in the area of procurement and supply chain management of health products. Demonstrated experience in building capacity of national entities in the area of procurement and supply chain management of health products is an asset. Knowledge of Global Fund procurement policies and processes is desirable. Experience in quantification of health products is desirable. Experience in quality assurance procedures for health products is desirable. Experience in liaising with procurement service partners is desirable. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages and advance is desirable. Knowledge of web-based management system for logistical management information systems is desirable.
Fluency in English
CIPS (Level 2 Certificate at minimum)
The position requires extensive travel to the 11 Pacific Islands Countries for which UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to and from the duty station.
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