Supply Specialist, NO-3, Temporary Appointment (364 Days), Mozambique, Maputo

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s 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, Equity

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s 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 — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — 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 champion who will be selected for this position will:

  1. Support to Field Offices with overall coordination with the rest of Supply team;
  2. Supply Chain emergency preparedness and response;
  3. Lead on Supply and Programme monitoring, reporting all key SC processes w due KPIs to assure effective operations;
  4. Risk identification and management in both procurement and logistics;
  5. Supply End User Monitoring and innovation;
  6. Act as OIC for Procurement Services transactions in the absence of the S&L Specialist.

1. Support to Field Offices with overall coordination with the rest of Supply team;

  • Keep FOs informed about progress re. different procurement processes to support them, i.e. Admin and/or ICT related;
  • Keep FOs informed about progress re. different logistics processes to support them, i.e. ROs implementation and distribution of supplies from WH to WH;
  • Coordinate with the Procurement Officer and Logistics Officer to update FOs accordingly so key processes are prioritized as needed;

2. Supply Chain emergency preparedness and response

  • Support the supervisor in the development of an emergency supply & logistics strategy based on risk assessment analysis and Programme assumptions. Ensure an emergency supply and logistics preparedness action plan for the CO is established in line with Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCC), and implemented (establishment of relevant LTAs and frame agreements for emergency response, prepositioning of stock, and training of staff in the country office).
  • Participate in high level emergency coordination, implementation and monitoring meetings with internal and external partners and establish close collaboration with Logistics Cluster/National Logistics Working Group if such is activated/existing.
  • In collaboration with supervisor, establish strong working relations with Regional Chiefs of Supply/Regional Chief of Operations, as well as Supply Division, to align with global and regional emergency preparedness and response approaches and initiatives in supply chain management.

3. Lead on Supply and Programme monitoring, reporting all key SC processes w due KPIs to assure effective operations

  • In consultation with supervisor, provide input to the Country Programme Action Planning and advice on Supply requirements for the Plan of Operations and Annual Work Plans. Ensure appropriate planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the supply chain operations, including establishment of performance indicators, and assessment of fit for purpose of products and services.
  • Analyze supply dashboards, implementation rates of key performance indicators and supply information/data from various systems and conduct root cause analysis of supply chain bottlenecks and challenges, with a view to drive improvements and ensure efficient and effective supply chains for children.
  • Follow up in the Section’s support to the field offices, attending the Quarterly meetings on behalf of the Section’s Manager where necessary, and implementing all agreed actions accordingly.

4. Risk identification and management in both procurement and logistics

  • Support the S&L Manager in the identification, management and mitigation of all possible risks impacting on the S&L operations of the country programme, including a quarterly analysis and update of the section’s risk profile, and other related activities.
  • Do so based on close monitoring of weekly and monthly S&L reports
  • Follow-up on all Audit recommendations so they are immediately closed, and all necessary actions are taken to avoid similar issues arising in the future. Equally, lead in the development and monitoring of all internal Note for the Record (NFRs), so that agreed corrective actions are included in a tracking tool and acted upon as necessary.

5. Supply End User Monitoring and innovation

  • Coordinate all Supply End User Monitoring activities with the S&L Manager, as well as Programme Sections to ensure effective SEUM missions are carried out, findings are transformed into actions closely monitored through the development of a tracking tool accordingly.
  • Contribute to pilots and support the actual roll-out of new products and services, in close collaboration with Supply Division.
  • Promote critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices on supply chain management within the organization as well as with externals to ensure effective and efficient supply chains for children.

6. Act as OIC for Procurement Services transactions in the absence of the S&L Specialist.

Support in all PS initiatives with both SD PS and the GoM (MoH), from MoU agreements to CEs, to tracking all ongoing transactions until supplies are delivered to the MoH or gvt. partner at the port of entry.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree is required in Business Administration, Management, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Procurement, Contract/Commercial Law, International Development, or related social science field, or relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor’s) in conjunction with a valid relevant professional certification is required.*A first level university degree (Bachelor’s) in a relevant technical field (as identified above), in conjunction with seven (7) years of relevant work experience in supply, logistics, procurement, contracting, administration and/or other directly-related technical field, may be taken in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience, at the national level, in supply, logistics, procurement, contracting, administration and/or other directly-related technical fields is required.Knowledge of UNICEF Procurement Services an advantage.Emergency experience an advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

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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.

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.


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.


Advertised: 23 Sep 2021 South Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 07 Oct 2021 South Africa Standard Time