UNICEF works in some of the worldâs toughest places, to reach the worldâs most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child,Â care
In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children's rights in partnership with government, civil society, children, and families. UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally -Â click the link to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria:Â
Organizational Context and Purpose for the job
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does â in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to childrenâs rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life â in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions â her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a societyâs most disadvantaged citizens â addressing inequity â not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
How can you make a difference?
The Supply and Procurement Associate performs highly skilled work on UNICEF NCO supply chains and manages the more complex cases and programme and operations section requests, which frequently requires the evaluation of difficult situations and adaptation of procedures and processes to resolve such cases. This is the senior GS level for specialized supply chain work and requires advanced specialized knowledge acquired through formal training and experience.
The function is characterized as highly independent and provides opportunities for Associates to lead and carry out responsibility for upstream planning to procurement/contracting part of the supply chain management from the beginning to the end of the process, and provide input into the design and development of improved supply chain services and procurement/contracting mechanisms.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Supply Chain Service Delivery and Response
Planning:In consultation with the supervisor, provide input to the Country Programme Action Planning and advise on Supply requirements for the Plan of Operations and Annual Work Plans. Participate in the forecasting, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the supply chain operations, including the establishment of performance indicators and assessment of fit for purpose of products and services. Support supply emergency preparedness and response activities, including establishment of Long-Term Arrangements (LTAs), Logistics Capacity Assessment and Contingency Plan update, and pre-positioning of stock.
Procurement/contracting:Provide input to and advice on the annual supply plan. Conduct data review and analysis for category management and development of procurement strategies. Conduct market research in relevant areas for UNICEF and advice on the best approaches to obtain the best value for money and sustainable procurement. Support product innovation and market-shaping initiatives for specific categories of supplies and services. Liaise with clients in planning procurement and contracting initiatives, supporting the development of appropriate specifications, terms of reference, and logistics arrangements and timelines. Take into account opportunities to strengthen the sustainability of supply chains. Ensure the establishment of Long-Term Arrangements (LTAs) and act on specific procurement requisitions as might be required. Prepare and process Request for Quotations (RFQs), Invitations to Bid (ITBs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs), as might be requested by the Supervisor. Organize bid openings and conduct technical and financial analysis of offers as might be required. Conduct clarifications and negotiations with suppliers. Maintain the highest level of integrity, ethical standards and accountability in the procurement of goods, contracting of services and construction work. Prepare requests for award, including submissions to the Contract Review Committee. Prepare purchase orders and contracts in SAP (ERP â Enterprise Resource Planning System), and submit for relevant approvals, ensuring completeness of documentation in UNICEF systems. Keep stakeholders/partners informed on the progress. Liaise with suppliers, ensuring timely follow-up on delivery schedules. Implement appropriate vendor management practices , supply performance reviews. Ensure appropriate filing of procurement cases and maintain up-to-date records for future reference, including for audit.
Alternative delivery mechanisms and procurement services:Support assessment of and collaboration with implementing partners, including civil society, for the establishment of Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCAs), and monitoring of supply components under the Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT). Participate in events/meetings that build partnerships and collaborative relations with UN Organizations to support harmonized and collaborative procurement and logistics arrangements. Facilitate Procurement Services (PS) transactions in collaboration with programme sections and UNICEF Supply Division (SD). As appropriate, support CO counterparts on forecasting and costing of PS-channel supplies. Monitor the issuance of Purchase Orders (POs) and/or Copenhagen Warehouse Stock Transfer Orders on PS Sales Orders. Support communications and follow up with COs with regard to partnership requests and negotiations as required. In collaboration with Supply colleagues and Programme Sections, identify opportunities for capacity building of Government counterparts and improving the supply chain process to make it more effective.
Other duties/responsibilities:In cases where the incumbent has managerial responsibility of lower-level GS staff, the incumbent will ensure timely and effective performance management of staff, providing practical advice and guidance to ensure individual and team objectives are met. In collaboration with the supervisor, Supply Division, Regional Office and the global supply community, provide input to help ensure knowledge exchange and learning is prioritized to continuously build the capacity of individuals and the team. Develop and facilitate training of newcomers and establish processes or manuals to support effective workflows.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will haveâ¦
Completion of secondary education is required, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to supply chain, business administration, contract/commercial law, or similar
A minimum of 6 years of relevant administrative experience in supply chain management or a commercial context is required. Understanding of development and humanitarian work is an advantage.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrateâ¦
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).ÂThe UNICEF competencies required for this post are... Builds and maintains partnerships (II) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (II) Drive to achieve results (II) Innovates and embraces change (II) Manages ambiguity and complexity (II) Thinks and acts strategically (II) Works collaboratively with others (II) Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (II)
To view our competency framework, please visitÂ here.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
We offer aÂ wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
UNICEFâs active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
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