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Job Opportunity at UNICEF - Supply & Logistics Associate,(GS-6)

Job no: 538163

Contract type: Temporary Appointment

Level: G-6

Location: Tanzania,Uni.Re

Categories: Supply/Logistics, G-6

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, Deliver

Procurement Services (PS) mechanism is an integral part of UNICEF programs of cooperation, and allows UNICEF to make its procurement capacity, scale and expertise available to partners. PS provides an opportunity to facilitate a more optimal use of national budgets for children, as well as an entry point to provide targeted technical support to national supply chains and systems. Ultimately, these engagements drive results for Tanzanian children and mothers, while UNICEF works with the government to strengthen local government supply chain systems. UNICEF Tanzania has been providing Procurement Services to the Government of Tanzania (mostly the Ministry of Health Tanzania Mainland and the Ministry of Health of Zanzibar), other UN Agencies, and some development partners including some NGOs. The health sector has especially benefited from a major strategic leveraging opportunity for the provision of essential medical supplies and equipment for children and women for Tanzania and Zanzibar.

The incumbent will be included in the existing supply/logistics structure of Tanzania Country Office to be a dedicated PS post. The main purpose of the job will be coordinating and managing all transactional  aspects of the Procurement Services (PS) portfolio/activities, including forecasting and planning of needs, processing of Cost Estimates (CEs) against partner requests, importation permits, customs clearance, monitoring and reporting on PS activities.

How can you make a difference?

III. Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks  

Supply Chain Service Delivery and Response

  • Responsible for transnational processes, logistics and pipeline monitoring, communication and coordination of procurement services transactions. Provides technical advice on specifications supply and logistics arrangements facilitating efficient procurement, clearance, storage and distribution of supplies and equipment, in support of the country programme procurement services transactions.
  • Processing of Cost Estimates (CE) for all procurement services requests and facilitates delivery of goods purchased under procurement services including
  • Supports procurement services clients with supply planning of all the annual needs
  • Receive and review all procurement services requests before submitting them to Supply division for processing
  • Prepare Cost Estimates requests forms for requests and timely share with Supply Division for processing
  • Communicate with Supply Division and the clients to ensure needs are clearly understood and the right products/equipment are delivered timely
  • Monitoring movement of goods for procurement services clients and ensure their timely clearance and delivery to the clients
  • Maintains procurement services requests tracking sheet and share this regularly with clients for follow up and expediting
  • Facilitating importation and delivery of offshore procurement services supplies and equipment through processing of necessary importation permits/documents including duty/tax exemption certificates 
  • Monitor all offshore purchase orders to ensure timely processing of importation documents and permits (through maintaining an offshore shipping register)
  • Prepare all required tax and duty exemption permits/approvals for imported goods and equipment through various relevant government bodies
  • Liaise closely with clearing agents and ports authorities to ensure timely clearance and delivery of all offshore shipments
  • Liaise with implementing partners for timely delivery and receipt of goods and equipment once cleared from the ports of entry
  • Prepare and maintain asset register for all automobiles handed over to implementing partners, including drafting of asset handover forms/agreement and transfer of title forms/agreements
  • Manage the procurement services portfolio
  • Ensure that key elements of Procurement Services transactions are incorporated into national, donor and UNICEF strategies and vice versa
  • Ensure that PS activities/transactions are a draw down from strategies that have been jointly established between Government and UNICEF
  • Work with the government to strengthen pre-ordering and post-delivery activities for existing PS supplies and support them in establishing strategies that will maximise the decisions/impact resulting from the PS partnership.
  • Manage the statement of accounts for all PS transactions


5. In-country logistics

  • Provide logistics input to the supply plan, including advising on infrastructure constraints (e.g. customs clearance, port capacity, transport options and warehousing capacity) and different delivery mechanisms. Advise on budget requirements for various delivery modalities and ensure establishment of budget with clients.  
  • Liaise with supply colleagues as well as clients and using supply dashboards to ensure pipeline monitoring and establishment of appropriate logistics capacity. Monitor progress of offshore and/or regional procurement and take action to ensure timely customs clearance of supplies entering the country. Perform research, collect data and conduct analysis, produce reports and ensure information accuracy in corporate systems to enable informed decision making.
  • Provide specialised support in the area of logistics, following standard processes and contributing, directly or indirectly, to the effective delivery of programme supplies. Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to support logistics operations management and contribute to effective service delivery.
  • Identify needs for contracting of logistics third party services (e.g. customs clearance, warehousing, transport, distribution) and manage contracting of such service providers including establishment of KPIs and performance monitoring mechanisms.
  • Manage documentation processing for execution of logistics operations (e.g. customs clearance, invoice verification), and take appropriate actions to resolve operational issues, escalating complex issues to the supervisor.

6. Warehousing and inventory management:

  • Manage UNICEF warehouse facilities and operations in line with UNICEF policies and procedures. Assess warehousing capacity including facilities, conditions of equipment, manpower, and processes. Propose corrective actions to supervisor. Assess new warehouse facilities when required. If necessary, implement and organize new warehouse facilities which may include installation and assembly of temporary warehouse structures (e.g. Wiik-Halls/Rub Halls).
  • Maintain appropriate warehousing and inventory management processes in support of the country programme implementation. Ensure accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are in place, and relevant records are properly maintained.
  • Assess availability of space and prepare stacking and storage plans to ensure appropriate storage and optimize use of space.
  • Supervise receipt of consignments and dispatch of supplies.
  • Prepare stock reports. Monitor inventory to track trends and account for the inventory status from source to beneficiary. Carry out regular physical counts of inventory in the warehouse. Prepare documentation for commodity disposal through Property Survey Board committee.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of [insert years] of relevant professional experience in
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

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…

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 organisation.

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.

The deadline for submitting the application is 30 April 2021


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