Technical Specialist

UNICEF, Copenhagen, Denmark

Skill Required: Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Apply By: 
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 20:00


Job Description

Responsibilities:

  • Reviews and develops technical supply specifications and requirements to ensure completeness and appropriateness. Advises requesting offices on technical matters relating to the commodity of specialization. Clarifies inadequate specifications, proposing substitute or alternative items as necessary.
  • In collaboration with UNICEF Programme Division, Regional Advisers, WHO and other key partners, contributes to the formulation of policy guidelines in the area of expertise.
  • Prepares and maintains technical specifications for a portfolio of point of care diagnostic devices included in both the UNICEF database and catalogue.
  • Advises special projects and programmes on technical matters relating to the commodity of specialization. Clarifies specifications with requesting customers and advises on the selection and use of the products.
  • Conducts market research, provides analyses, background information, recommendations for improving the suitability and range of products within specialized area, resulting in more appropriate equipment, better delivery and lower costs. Investigates world markets, maintains resource files on a global basis, recommending new areas of purchase.
  • Reviews and analyses UNICEF's product portfolio in point of care diagnostics, background information and supply guidance, and implements recommendations for improving the suitability and sustainability of products, resulting in more appropriate equipment, better delivery and lower costs of ownership.
  • Prepares, conducts and/or manages the technical adjudication of tenders for clinical laboratory and point of care diagnostics and related health technologies.
  • Supports the Procurement Services Centre in screening incoming procurement requests, preparing cost estimates for special projects on laboratory and diagnostics and related services.
  • Supports country offices and governments by assisting in needs assessments in programmes or projects aimed at improving access to diagnostics services and patient access to results.
  • Develops and/or contributes to monitoring and evaluation of special projects aimed at improving access to diagnostics services and patient access to results.
  • Supervises guides and trains support staff, and evaluates performance.
  • Any other duties or assignments as requested by the supervisor.

Education 

  • A completed advanced university degree (Master's Degree) in clinical laboratory, medical engineering, biomedical, nursing or relevant discipline, and/or public health is required.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of progressive relevant professional experience is required.
  • Specialist knowledge of Point-of-Care diagnostic devices, rapid diagnostic tests, or clinical laboratory supplies and equipment is required.
  • Hands-on working experience in laboratory environment is an asset.
  • Field experience in developing countries and knowledge of policy issues related to HIV clinical laboratory support and point of care diagnostics is an asset.

Language Proficiency 

  • Proficiency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

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