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Pharmaceutical Expert (Retainer), Multiple positions

N'Djamena (Chad)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: N'Djamena (Chad)
  • Grade: LICA-10, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Medical Doctor
    • Pharmacy
  • Closing Date: 2021-03-08

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Background Information - Job-specific

Projects supporting COVID-19 global efforts will be different in nature and length which in turn reflect on the opportunities that might be full-time or part-time. Also with the current travel restrictions in some areas of the world, some of the opportunities might be home-based while others will require physical presence in the project implementation site.

In light of the COVID-19 emergency situation and in order to support projects originated by this emergency, we are looking for a qualified Pharmaceutical Expert based in Chad.

Please see below the role requirements and if interested, join us in our effort to support people in need in this global crisis.

Functional Responsibilities

The Pharmaceutical Expert will be responsible for the following tasks: 

Quality Assurance

  • Develop and maintain the Quality Assurance standards and systems throughout the supply chain.

  • Review the technical specifications and advice suitable modifications for a better quality product and at the same time allowing maximum competition.

  • Review quality documentation, produce product quality reviews, contribute to preventative actions, review and approve batch manufacturing and packaging documentation, perform audits.

  • Coordinate with suppliers for the timely readiness of goods for the pre-dispatch inspection and sampling to initiate the timely delivery as per the delivery schedule mentioned in the contract.

  • Implement methods and procedures for inspecting, testing, and evaluating the precision and accuracy of products and production equipment.

  • Review the Long term Agreements (LTAs) for the timely availability of such services.

  • Provide QA complaint handling and assist the procurement unit in event of product action/recall.

  • Ensure efficient support in the Bid Solicitation & Evaluation process.

  • Provide technical inputs for the finalization of technical specifications.

  • Provide necessary technical support for various bid evaluations as Technical Expert to the bid     evaluation team

  • Supportin the preparation and issuance of  various EOIs, RFPs and RFQs for the selection of medical equipment
  • Guide and train staff engaged in the quality assurance/control activities in the procurement process.
  • Ensure that all pharmaceuticals are purchased.

  • Maintain safeguard pre-qualification projects for health commodities.

  • Provide technical support on specifications, cost implications and logistics for safe delivery both internationally and nationally.

  • Develop knowledge and monitor the commodity market for the goods and services, in the area of responsibility, and be able to identify and select potential vendors.

  • Analyze specific procurement requirements and liaise with the procurement team on related procurement strategies.

  • Support the procurement team in the issuance of invitations to bid, requests for quotations and requests for proposals.

  • Contribute in evaluation and serve as a technical expert in the evaluation committees  to ensure technical compliance with UNOPS needs and cost effective purchase of goods and services.

  • Ensure that goods and services are procured  at the best value, ensuring reliability of sources, 

  • Ensure that goods and services are provided according to client needs with lead times that meet or exceed industry norms.

  • Ensure that all procurement actions are conducted as required by UNOPS according to UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations and the applicable policies and procedures as well as the highest degree of personal and professional ethics.

  • Update standard operating procedures to ensure best practices.

  • Perform other program related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Prepare weekly & monthly progress reports: progress of works based on the established schedules and plans, encountered problems, solutions, planning of activities for the following week, etc.

  • Consolidated monthly/quarterly progress reports

  • Prepare and maintain an inventory list of medical equipment

  • Prepare operational and maintenance plans for all medical equipment

Final Product

  • Prepare an accurate inventory list of all medical equipment

  • Complete operational and maintenance plans for all medical equipment


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.


  • Advanced University (Master's) Degree in Pharmacy, Medicine or related field is required.

  • A Bachelor degree combined with 2 additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Five years (or more based on academic credentials) of progressive experience in the pharmaceutical field is required.

  • Experience in the maintenance and the acquisition of health medical equipment is an asset

  • Experience of successfully working with a variety of health sector stakeholders, particularly governments and development partners is an asset

  • Experience working in developing countries is an asset  

  • Proficiency with computers in particular AutoCAD, and other related software related to the positions field of expertise is highly desirable

  • Professional membership of certified associations is preferential 
  • Experience working with developing nations and/or large global donors such as Global Fund, USAID, World Bank, etc. is an advantage


  • Full working knowledge of French is required

  • Knowledge of English is a strong asset

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA (Retainer) Contract level: Local ICA-10
Contract duration: Open-ended

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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