Supply Chain Specialist, P3, (Temporary Appointment 364 days) Port Sudan, Sudan (open to non-Sudanese)

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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.

II. Organizational Context and Purpose for the job


UNICEF works around the world, including in some of the hardest-to-reach places, to help children grow up healthy and happy. UNICEF supports primary health care, especially at the community level, to help achieve universal health coverage. UNICEF helps countries develop resilient health systems that can withstand crises, and provide frontline support in places affected by conflicts, natural disasters, migration, urbanization, and political and economic instability.

As the conflict in Sudan continues, children are bearing the biggest brunt. Millions have fled their homes and are displaced in the country and across the borders. Currently, 50 per cent of the total population – more than 24.7 million people, almost 14 million of whom are children, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Children have endured months of uncertainty, trauma and violence. The current situation in Sudan is a deepening children’s crisis, severely putting at risk the future of the country and heavily affecting the wider region.

UNICEF as a key partner to the Federal Ministry of Health is implementing a Sudan Health Assistance and Response to Emergencies (SHARE) project funded by World Bank International Development Assistance (IDA). SHARE is a joint project implemented by UNICEF and WHO to ensure provision of health and nutrition services in Sudan.


Under guidance of Supply and Logistics Manager (P4) the incumbency is responsible for planning, distribution and end of users monitoring of all program supplies funded by the World Bank. The incumbent supports management collaboration with programme teams at Country office and Field offices (FOs) in defining health, WASH, learning and nutrition supply interventions to meet programmatic needs and achieve results for children, and provides technical and advisory support to governments, national systems and partners on supply chain management. Supply chain operations include situational analysis with understanding epidemiology of diseases, policies, planning for commodity supply, quantification and good understanding of mortality and morbidity data, procurement, contracting, customs clearance, warehousing, in country transportation and distribution, as well as inventory reporting of supplies in warehousing and monitoring last mile distribution for quality assurance of all commodities before consumption, generation of data on consumption patterns to manage pipeline management and procurement.

How can you make a difference? 

III. Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Planning procurement and supply forecast

2. Supply Chain service delivery and emergency response

3. Collaboration with programme and implementing partners

4. Technical, advisory support to programme, particularly health and nutrition section of CO and FOs, along with government/national systems

5 Innovation, products and markets

Planning and supply forecast

•Support to planning and supply forecast exercises conducted by SCO Health, WASH and Nutrition section and FOs for various health, WASH and nutrition supplies, or products, services and works, provision of technical advice and guidance as related to bidding processes, troubleshooting and risk mitigation in complex cases including close coordination and collaboration with Supply and Logistics section. Technical support to ensure CO supply plans including Procurement Services (PS) plans are developed and aligned with annual workplans, including in emergency.

Supply chain service delivery and emergency response

•Monitor and analyze supply utilization and distribution until end users and support Health, WASH and Nutrition in developing supply strategies based on category; supply dashboards for health and nutrition related supplies, implementation rates of key performance indicators and supply information/data from various systems and conduct root cause analysis of supply chain bottlenecks and challenges

•Develop SOPs for in-country health and nutrition supplies allocations and distribution, introduction/operationalization of Supply chain tracking tools, establish implementation of monitoring mechanisms.

•Participate in emergency coordination, implementation and monitoring; establish close collaboration with Logistics Cluster/National Logistics Working/Supply Chain Coordination Group.

Collaboration with programme and implementing partners

•Provide supply input to donor dialogue, and support development of supply components of proposals to donors including budgeting and use of innovative financing mechanisms for supplies, services and construction works.

Technical and advisory support to government/national systems

•Promote/drive supply chain strengthening and change management with governments and partners, support to preparation of national immunization and or health, WASH and nutrition supply chains to accommodate vaccines, medicines, RUTF, RUSF, micronutrients, LLINS, essential medical products and water and sanitation/treatment supplies.

•Support to Governments/national systems in development and implementation of market shaping mechanisms for quantification and forecasting of demand for new vaccines, including new, cost-effective cold-chain equipment, medicines, diagnostic tools.

 Innovation, products and markets

  • Contribute to pilots and support innovation management in supply chain and or products and services, in close collaboration with Supply Division.

IV. Impact of Results

The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Supply Chain Specialist in programme preparation, planning and implementation facilitates the timely delivery of delivery goods and

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here: Download File Supply Chain Specialist for SHARE.docx

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

The following minimum requirements:

VI. Recruitment Qualifications

Education: An advanced university degree is required in Health and Nutrition, social service and Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Contract/Commercial Law, International

Development, public health or related social science field with a valid relevant professional certification is required.

And advanced degree Business Administration, Management, Economics is an asset.

Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in supply, logistics, procurement, contracting, and/or other directly related technical fields is required.

Understanding of development and humanitarian work.

Emergencies experience an advantage.

Health related supply chain management experience an advantage.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

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. Core Values ·Care · Respect · Integrity · Trust · Accountability · Sustainability

ii) Core Competencies (For Staff with Supervisory Responsibilities) *

Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)

Works Collaboratively with others (1)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)

Innovates and Embraces Change (1)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)

Drive to achieve impactful results (1)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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, 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.


UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female are encouraged to apply.

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.

Advertised: 28 May 2024 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 10 Jun 2024 E. Africa Standard Time

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