Manager, Supply Chain & Business Development, Global Drug Facility (Re-advertised)

from UNOPS
Closing date: 02 Mar 2018

Background Information - Job-specific

As a key initiative of the Stop TB Partnership, the objective of the Global Drug Facility (GDF), a ISO:9001 certified entity, is to ensure access to quality-assured anti-TB drugs, diagnostics and other supplies by employing innovative business approaches, efficient knowledge management for evidence-driven leadership in market management, strategic procurement, and high quality procurement and supply services to client countries.GDF’s strategic vision of success is that all people requiring TB diagnostics and medicines are able to access them from global markets optimized to meet public health needs. The GDF Manager, Supply Chain and Business Development is responsible for ensuring optimal efficiency of GDF supply chains, supporting client countries in optimizing their supply chains for TB products, maximizing operational efficiency of GDF support to clients, and expanding GDF’s business model

Functional Responsibilities

  • The GDF Manager, Supply Chains and Business Development will perform the functions and tasks below under the supervision of the GDF Chief as first level supervisor and ED of Stop TB Partnership as second level supervisor:
  • Lead, motivate, and manage GDF staff, experts, and, consultants in a manner that promotes cross-collaboration and teamwork across different teams within GDF and the broader Stop TB Partnership.
  • Act as 1st- and 2nd-level supervisor for assigned administrative and professional staff, including workload and performance monitoring, resource utilization, cross-coverage of key staff, etc.
  • Develop and implement supply chain strategies aligned to both GDF’s strategy and the national plans of client countries.
  • Continuously monitor and improve the GDF operating model(s) to identify optimal organization, processes, and solutions to improve quality of services provided to client countries.
  • Set priorities and targets for GDF activities and delivery, ensuring the development and implementation of effective policies and guidelines.
  • Establish and oversee processes to assess end-to-end supply chain capability and performance, with the aim of identifying opportunities to improve the supply chain performance and support to client countries.
  • Oversee the implementation and monitoring of interventions to reduce supply chain vulnerabilities and exposure, building resilience into a supply chain that meets both GDF’s and client countries’ objectives.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor GDF annual work plans and budgets.
  • Oversee the preparation and/or draft internal and external reports, briefs, and presentations for key meetings and events.
  • Contribute to and draft peer-reviewed papers demonstrating GDF’s results.
  • Provide managerial and technical support for GDF advisory and working groups.
  • Identify key conferences and events where GDF can disseminate its results and organize sessions, symposia, satellites, in collaboration with key stakeholders; ensure key messages are accurately and effectively conveyed, as well as aligned within GDF and the broader Stop TB Partnership; and work with the GDF Project Management Officer who oversees coordination of GDF events
  • Develop and grow new business opportunities. Create new, compelling business propositions and then target, prospect, and present propositions to new clients and donors.
  • Prepare and present powerful, persuasive presentations and written documents that effectively demonstrate the value proposition of GDF.
  • Develop and execute a strategic business plan that meets or exceeds established goals and targets in line with the Stop TB Partnership Operational strategy; track the work and achievements of the teams and prepare the metrics to measure the work.
  • Broker, build, and manage strategic and operational partnerships with stakeholders, networks, other organizations, and donors to leverage human and financial resources.
  • Perform all other duties as requested by the GDF Chief.

Impact of Results

  • The GDF is firmly established as a global thought leader in managing supply chains for TB products and works in an integrated manner within the Stop TB partnership.
  • The GDF works in a smooth manner, delivers against the KPIs and all metrics as well as on the reports to donors.
  • GDF performs at optimal efficiency, implanting innovative ideas, strategies, and approaches to promote access to TB products.
  • GDF results are widely recognized and communicated regularly and broadly.
  • GDF identifies and expands its business model to adapt to an ever-changing global health landscape.


Post-graduate degree in management, business administration, logistics, engineering, or other discipline where logistics and/or supply chain management was a focus. A First level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in combination with 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of post-graduate degree”?


Internationally recognized project management certification(s) (e.g., Managing Successful Programs (MSP), Project Procurement Management (PMP), PRINCE2, Project Management Institute, etc.).Internationally-recognized certification(s) in procurement, logistics, and/or supply chain management (e.g., Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), etc.)


Minimum of 10 years experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in procurement, logistics and/or supply chain management in a large international and/or corporate organization. Minimum of 5 years of supply chain experience working in UN system organizations and/or a resource-limited country. Experience managing multidisciplinary teams and projects.

Highly desired:

  • Experience working in global health is an advantage.
  • Experience working in private sector logistics is an advantage.
  • Experience working in the pharmaceutical or diagnostics industry is an advantage.


Expert knowledge of English with proven excellent writing skills is essential.

Knowledge of French or other UN language is an asset.