Procurement Officer (Shipping & Logistics) Job in Dubai, UAE
Position title
Procurement Officer


The Department of Procurement and Supply Services is a part of the WHO Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW 13), Outcome 4.3. This aims to improve transparency, and financial, and administrative resource management to support the delivery of WHO programs. It focuses on global procurement and logistics, including Global Contracting and Procurement, Global Shipping and Global Processing. GPL's Global Shipping team (SHP), is responsible for sourcing and controlling the cost-effectiveness of shipping services. These services are used to support WHO's operations worldwide. who's mission is to strengthen the ability of Member States to manage emergency health risks. When national capacities are exhausted, WHE will coordinate an international response to contain and recover from affected populations. The Strategic Health Operations Department's objective is to establish a strong emergency management system at all levels of the Organization. This will be based on incident management, implementation of operations and services according to the agreed standards, as well as strong logistical and operational support capabilities. The Department supports low- and vulnerable countries.


The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Procurement Officer, Shipping and Logistics, Global Shipping Team Leader, and the operational guidance of the Dubai Global Logistics Hub Team Team Lead. He is an expert in supply chain management and has significant knowledge in shipping and logistics. He oversees outbound movements for commodities stored in WHO's Dubai Global Logistics Hub. The incumbent, upon request from the supervisor, engages, coordinates, and partners with key stakeholders in emergency supply chains within and outside the organization to ensure an integrated supply chain approach to WHO shipping operations.

These are the duties to be done:

  • Assists in the management of assigned shipping operations to ensure the highest supply chain efficiency. Identifies and implements transportation solutions that enable rapid deployment of health commodities to affected areas during a crisis. Draws on extended teams' geographic and port-pair experience; uses economies of scale to achieve desired service levels.
  • Offers technical and guidance on freight forwarding, shipping and customs clearance and related services to SUP and Dubai Global Logistic Hub stakeholders.
  • Paying particular attention to vendor performance and value for money, the team ensures compliance with WHO procurement processes, policies, and industry best practices; using expert knowledge in category management and service management.
  • Through the use of relevant supply chain management tools and monitoring tools, ensure that shipping data requirements are properly captured and made accessible to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Participates actively in SUP/GPL/EMRO management meetings or WHE/EMRO HQ OSL management meetings. Engages in continuous coordination and collaboration with colleagues in BOS/WHE at the HQ, Regional and Country Office levels. Contributes to the development and execution of agreed strategies.
  • Captures the lessons learned, develops and submits solutions for final approval according to detailed technical requirements.
  • Participates actively in WHO's shipping network by building regional and national shipping, customs clearance and last-mile distribution capacity while helping to roll out systems, tools, and policies.
  • Assists in the supervision of assigned administrative processes and transactions.
  • Redirect non-hub needs to the right stakeholders
  • Other duties may be required




  • A university degree in supply chain management or logistics management, transport management, business administration, or another relevant field.

Desirable :

  • Qualifications in Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, or an equivalent qualification
  • Supply chain operations reference (SCOR–P) qualification of an alternative equivalent.
  • Membership in the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation, (CILT), or an equivalent.
  • Valid certification in Dangerous Goods transport in accordance to the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) rules and regulations and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) rules and regulations.



  • Minimum of two years experience in international sourcing and quality control of shipping services delivery, preferably with a large international company.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing urgent shipping needs.
  • Demonstrated international experience.

Desirable :

  • Experience in the application of regional or global strategic sourcing strategies, including contract negotiation, category management and contract management.



  • It is necessary to have expert knowledge in multimodal transportation. This knowledge must be acquired through planning, coordination, and execution of large-scale cargo movements at an international level.
  • Solid technical knowledge of public procurement principles, and how they apply to commercial freight forwarding.
  • Collaboration is possible
  • Persuasive, clear communication and interpersonal skills.


WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and encouraging individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Moving forward in a changing world



Language Skills


  • Expert knowledge of English

Desirable :

  • Intermediate French knowledge



The WHO salary for professionals is in US dollars. The salary for the above position is USD 49,254, subject to mandatory deductions for health insurance and pension contributions. A variable post adjustment, which represents the cost of living at a specific duty station, currently amounts to USD 2844/month for the duty station mentioned above, and is included in the remuneration. Additional benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances to dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant.




  • This notice could be used to fill similar positions, even temporary ones, at the same grade.
  • Only serious candidates will be contacted.
  • As a screening tool, a written test can be used.
  • 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: You will need to review the WHED for professional certificates that may not be included in it.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Other duty station staff are encouraged to apply.
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  • Women and nationals of Member States that are not represented or underrepresented are encouraged to apply.
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Job Location
Dubai, Dubai, Dubai, 00000, UAE
Employment Type
Base Salary
AED6,000-AED12,000 Per month
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