Procurement Services Specialist (Financing), P-3, LACRO, Panama City (364 days)

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United Nations Children’s Fund Procurement Services Specialist (Financing), P-3, LACRO, Panama City (364 days) Panama UNICEF Jobs 2024

United Nations Children’s Fund looking for “Procurement Services Specialist (Financing), P-3, LACRO, Panama City (364 days)”. Applicants with an Advanced degree may apply on or before 23-Jul-24.

The United Nations Children’s Fund has published a job vacancy announcement on 08-Jul-24 for qualified applicants to fill in the vacant post of Procurement Services Specialist (Financing), P-3, LACRO, Panama City (364 days) to be based in Panama City, Panama. For more jobs, please visit

Company Name: United Nations Children’s Fund

Job Title: Procurement Services Specialist (Financing), P-3, LACRO, Panama City (364 days)

Duty Station: Panama City, Panama

Country: Panama

Application Deadline: 23-Jul-24




UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, deliver

How can you make a difference?

Purpose for the job:

Under the supervision of the Regional Supply Manager, the PS Specialist will provide guidance, oversight and direction to the Regional Office and all country offices within the region on procurement services, including work related to national budgeting for essential supplies for children and supply financing solutions. Directly related to this support, the position would serve as focal point to identify opportunities on adjacent areas such as market access and national supply chain strengthening.

Foster the strategic utilization of Procurement Services (PS) in the region, in addition to supporting on supply financing and domestic resource mobilization for supplies.

  • Devises and maintains dedicated PS strategy to inform country engagement in the LAC region

Support COs as they engage in Procurement Services and Supply Financing Solutions

  • Supports Country Offices to establish and develop the contact with relevant government counterparts in respect of procurement planning for essential supplies for children. Provides advice on modalities of support, including but not limited to the provision of Procurement Services.

Internal and External Awareness about Procurement Services

  • Increases understanding about Procurement Services amongst partners, including through participation in relevant workshops, conference and regional meetings.

Establish linkages with Local Market and Supply System Strengthening and other regional priorities

  • Support Country Offices to utilize PS as an entry point for improving local and regional market access to affordable essential supplies, with the ultimate goal of improve self-sufficiency.

Act as the champion for Supply Chain Strengthening activities within LACRO

  • Lead and advocate for the adoption and mainstreaming of supply chain strengthening initiatives in regional and country-level plans.

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here: TOR Temp Appt – Procurement Services Specialist (Financing) LACRO – VA.pdf

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

Minimum requirements:

  • Education: Advanced University Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Management, Supply chain or a related field. Adequate work experience may be used in lieu of a Master’s Degree
  • Work Experience: Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in public procurement management, supply chain management or related field, with 2-3 years’ experience working in international development.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in Spanish and in English are required;


  • Working knowledge of French desirable.

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 UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships

(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

(3) Drive to achieve results for impact

(4) Innovates and embraces change

(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity

(6) Thinks and acts strategically

(7) Works collaboratively with others

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

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 measures to include a more diverse workforce, such as paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will 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 appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions 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.

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

Panama City, Panama