Procurement Services Specialist at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
Procurement Services Specialist, P-4
Job TypeFull Time
Experience2 – 4 years
Job FieldProcurement / Store-keeping / Supply Chain
Job Number: 515235
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff
Brief Country Context
Nigeria is a populous country with extremely diverse cultural, demographic and development profiles. The country combines both development and emergency context as there is an ongoing major humanitarian operation in the conflict prone North East.
Economically, the country presents huge potential for leveraging domestic resources (from both public and private sectors) for child-centered development. Within its capital, Abuja, it hosts the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and a large number of development partners.
Country Income Level: Nigeria is a lower middle income country.
Duty Station: Abuja is a “C” family, and non- emergency duty station.
Office Size: (375 established positions, 9 Field Offices plus a country office)
Annual Budget: (USD296,200,000)
Schooling: international schools available, covering different curriculum (British, American and French)
How can you make a difference?
Under the guidance of the Supply Manager, the incumbent will work closely with colleagues in Health Section, Supply Division and the respective Departments of Government of Nigeria to manage all aspects of Procurement Services.
S/he will provide vision, technical leadership and coordination of technical support to regional and country office for strengthening national Cold Chain Logistics and Supply Management systems.
S/he will also work with partners to develop/update the national strategies, tools and guidance on CCL&VM policies, procedures and systems.
The incumbent will work with regional and country teams to provide technical assistance to national systems to meet minimum standards in relation to:
Equipment used in the CCL system;
Vaccine stock management to prevent stock-outs and over-stocking and optimize vaccine usage;
Vaccine shipment/transport; and
The incumbent will also provide advice and facilitate trainings on:
Links and synergies for CCL&VM for immunization campaigns with the procurement and supply management of routine immunization in endemic countries and, where appropriate, other essential health commodities;
Where necessary, outsourcing of CCL&VM functions to improve efficiency and effectiveness;
Developing alternative strategies to get vaccines from the national port to communities in the field. S/he will work as part of the proposed UNICEF/WHO CCL Hub and with close engagement of other partners globally and in the field and will provide support in countries beyond those specified here, as per need of the program.
Efficient implementation of PS projects and transactions
Efficient management of PS large & complex requests and PS projects
Regular monitoring of PS transactions and operational support to other centres in Supply Division (SD) and COs to address the bottlenecks and gaps
PS requests timely screened and logged in line with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Efficient management of PS warehouse orders
Develops and maintains a strategic framework for the identification of procurement services projects.
Provides support and guidance to Key Counterparts at National levels and INGOs on PS planning and transactions through regular communications, training and workshops and visits, as required.
In coordination with Supply Division, delivers PS Key Accounts as well as complex and large requests and projects.
Monitors overall PS transactions and facilitates the efficient and effective PS workflow, by addressing the bottlenecks and gaps and improving the processes, in close coordination with PS Unit in SD and National Counterparts.
Obtain and communicate to customers, the cost estimate to finalize them within the agreed time-schedules.
Contributes to SD Workshops, special/other events. Provides training on PS, particularly with regard to transaction management.
Provide advice to the Country Office, Government and implementing partners on offshore and/or local procurement of goods and institutional services policies and procedures, Procurement Services and GAVI Co-financing; delivery and utilization of UNICEF supplies and equipment; coordinate with the Supply Division, Copenhagen, on supply policy and/or activities.
Works with Health Section, Supply Division and partners to develop/update the tools and guidance on CCL policies, procedures and systems; and provide support through ROs and COs to implement at country level. Interacts with relevant teams at country level to develop a plan of action for building a CCL&VM system for polio vaccines prioritizing on polio endemic countries. With a specific focus on supporting the development of systems that produce data on:
Vaccine stock management;
Transport; and (4) temperature monitoring.
Develop protocols and guidelines to conduct thorough vaccine management assessments and audits related to polio vaccination to identify gaps in supply and management and cold chain and means to rectify them. Provides support, as needed, in undertaking the Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) assessment; and in developing and implementing the EVM-based Improvement Plan. On-going review of the tools and methods in the vaccine management for refining and improving them.
Develop and maintain partnership and collaborative relations with UNICEF, Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts in supply/logistics and institutional services activities including distribution, monitoring supply inputs, and inventory.
Participates in the preparation of all programme reports for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced University Degree (Master’s or higher) in Supply Chain Management or Public Health or Program Management, or other academic qualifications in similar areas, and relevant experience.
A minimum of Eight years of relevant professional experience in logistics, cold chain or related areas; of which at least 2-4 years in developing countries
Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language would be an asset.
Method of Application
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.
Interested and qualified? Go to UNICEF career website on www.unicef.org to apply