Administrative Assistant for Procurement & Shipping(SSA/G6) at World Health Organization

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

World Health Organization


  • Under the direct supervision of Operations Officer, the incumbent is expected to provide, efficient procurement, shipping and logistical services, in consistency with WHO rules and regulations.
  • The Administrative Assistant will provide full range of procurement and shipping services covering all end-to-end processes to be implemented in and outside GSM. He/she will ensure efficient, cost-effective and transparent utilization of resources.
  • Broad guidance is provided by supervisor or other professional staff or through general objectives and instructions regarding resource allocation, clusters/programmes needs and priorities.

Description Of Duties

Shipping management

  • Draft and type routine correspondence and documents relating to shipping activities in accordance with standard office procedures.
  • Prepare donation certificate for signature and filed receipted files
  • Ensure that copies of purchase orders, shipping documents and receiving reports are dispatched to concerned Project Managers.
  • Check the delivery status, receipt status, payment status, supplier’s information and generate internal copy of Purchase Order in GSM.
  • Maintain and update records related to shipping documents/receiving reports, claim documents and insurance.
  • Initiate financial commitment document in the GSM (ERP)for payments to supplier


  • Review and analyze information contained in quotations or proposals from suppliers as required by WHO rules.
  • Track the status of requisitions and updates procurement tracker.
  • Respond to Requestors and Suppliers enquiries about status of orders, charges, and cancellations.
  • Assist in the management of LTAs signed by the office and ensures they are evaluated and renewed timely.
  • Communicate regularly with suppliers regarding WHO rules and procedures on invoices payment and VAT exemptions.
  • Initiate purchase requisitions in the GSM (ERP).
  • Support emergency project implementation as regards procurement of supplies and commodities
  • Carry out any other related tasks as may be assigned by the Supervisor or any other delegated authority

Required Qualifications

Education (Qualifications):

  • Essential: Completion of Secondary education or Equivalent Technical training or Commercial education with specialization in Procurement, Shipping & Logistics, Supply Chain Management or related field
  • Desirable: Diploma/ Higher Education in Procurement, Supply Chain Management, will be an added advantage
  • Experience: At least three years’ experience in Procurement/Supply Chain Management, Shipping, Logistics, at the national and international NGO/UN Agencies.


  • Sound knowledge of the principles, practice, business processes and techniques in Procurement/Supply Chain
  • Ability to collect, analyze and make sound recommendations for decision making
  • Ability to monitor and communicate progress, write concise reports regarding procurement and shipping activities
  • Organization and Planning Skills
  • Good understanding of Procurement rules and business processes
  • Demonstrate ability to coordinate tasks to meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, Word, and Power Point.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Communicating in a credible and effective way
  • Producing Results
  • Ensuring effective use of resources
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

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