Supply Chain Specialist (Data), P-3, (Temporary Appointment), Post#126576, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • Salary:
    $114,200 - $153,025 / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Procurement, Research and Data, Supply and Logistics
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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, Full Potential

Strategic Office 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 — 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.

 Strategic office context:

Strengthening the capacity of UNICEF, governments, and other partners in designing, implementing, and monitoring resilient and sustainable supply chains is essential in achieving equitable access to lifesaving supplies for children, their families, and communities. As part of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, UNICEF remains a reliable partner in supporting governments and partners to improve their supply chains even in complex fragile, and humanitarian contexts.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the vulnerability of global, regional, and national supply chains to shocks and disruptions, and emphasized the need to invest in stronger and more resilient supply chain systems that are agile enough to meet increasing demand for essential products, vaccines and services. These shocks were evident across many supply chains, with global immunization programmes seeing a drop in coverage rates followed by a protracted stagnation as immunization services could not be effectively delivered. There is consensus on the importance and need to ensure countries have uninterrupted access to vaccines and medical supplies for which robust supply chains and related processes are imperative. The ability to forecast demand at both country and global level is fundamental in ensuring that vaccines and medical supplies are timely available where they are needed.

In order to build stronger demand forecasting capabilities at country level, it is critical that countries have the capacity to effectively manage and use data to support decision making and to formulate and establish the right supply chain processes that enable better demand forecasting. It is intended that this country level capacity is built by increasing the availability/quality of data systems and infrastructure to guide decision-making and accelerating the broader coordinated use of data systems across all levels.

This position will contribute to the wider objective of strengthening data management and data use at country level for immunization as well as building capacity of national governments/immunization programmes to forecast demand and optimize supply chain processes as outlined above. Fundamentally, this position should accelerate,

  1. An increase in the quality of supply chain data being reported to national and global stakeholders
  2. Streamlining the flow of information across immunization stakeholders and
  3. Support the establishment of processes to predict and communicate demand and facilitating pipeline adjustments at global and national levels.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision and guidance of the Supply Chain Manager – Systems Design & Innovation in SCSC, the incumbent will work in close collaboration with the relevant UNICEF Supply Division Centers, Programme Division, and other stakeholders to ensure the attainment of the data management and forecasting goals outlined above. The incumbent will perform the following functions and duties:

 Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Development and deployment methodologies to support countries manage supply and demand levels and identify stock-risky situations (stockouts, excess) timeously to deploy preventive actions, inform decisions (e.g., shipment schedules) and global-level operations such as UNICEF’s forecasting and supply planning processes.
  • Development and deployment of guidance/methodologies to link health, programmatic and supply indicators together to identify correlations between health and supply chain performance indicators with a view to enabling countries to better inform forecasting and planning processes.
  • Produce and disseminate supply chain gaps analysis and recommendations to bridge the identified bottlenecks e.g., JRF, WUENIC, etc. to identify trends and make correlations of supply chain/financial factors affecting coverage; this will support the capacity of countries to make targeted investments, leverage global resources and influence country-level planning processes (i.e., JAs, FPPs).
  • Leading evidence generation efforts across programmes and supply chains, in coordination with relevant internal and external stakeholders. This effort serves to inform the way forward for UNICEF and other partners to identify supply chain strengthening investment needs, deploy UNICEF’s technical expertise and coordinate cross-partner support.
  • Representing UNICEF in the Gavi Immunization Supply Chain Committee (iSC2)/BMGF meetings and other similar forums to report progress and advance the organization interests, influence/shape the global/regional agenda and align priorities and resources with other development partners to attain collective impact.
  • Undertake lessons-learned reviews on successful and unsuccessful deployment practices and experience at the global level, and ensure they are shared as appropriate to improve system strengthening M&E function.
  • Ensure collaboration and coordination of inputs across relevant SD Centres and PG.
  • Performing other ad-hoc supply chain strengthening related activities as required or any other duties as requested by the supervisor.

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

  • Experience:
    • Minimum 5 years’ experience in logistics and supply chain management, preferably with strong experience in inventory management/sales & operations planning/demand planning in public or private sector supply chains, with at least four years being in developing countries is required. Private sector experience in FMCG/consulting optimizing supply chains/inventory is considered an asset.
    • Proven conceptual understanding of logistics and supply chain management including demand planning and inventory optimization.
    • Proven experience working in public health supply chains in LMICs specifically in immunization is a distinct advantage
    • A good understanding of data management/data science/evidence generation etc.
    • Strong practical experience developing applying/disseminating/ globally developed tools and methods to support LMICs improve and transform their supply chains particularly around data management and demand planning
    • Proven experience working with developing country governments is required.
    • Experience in humanitarian assistance and development programs, and a mix of field and regional or headquarters postings are advantageous
    • Experience working with UN agencies, or any other international organization is an advantage.

     Language Requirements:

    Fluency in English is required.

    Working knowledge of another UN language is advantageous.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values.

The core competencies required for this post are:

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework.

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

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 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.

Advertised: 07 November 2023 Romance Daylight Time
Deadline: 21 November 2023 Romance Daylight Time

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