Procurement Officer

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  • Kathmandu
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Internal/External Vacancy Notice: Procurement Officer, NOB, Fixed Term Appointment, Kathmandu, Nepal. Post # 105518 (Open to Nepalese Nationals Only)

Job no: 550122
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Kathmandu
Level: NO-2
Location: Nepal
Categories: Supply Management

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, result

The Procurement Officer based in Kathmandu reports to the Supply & Logistics Specialist as the direct Supervisor. The Procurement Officer is responsible for managing the supply chains of the Nepal Country Office. The supply chain operations include planning, procurement, contracting, customs clearance, in country transport and distribution, as well as monitoring of supplies, services and construction works. The incumbent collaborates closely with programmes in defining supply interventions to meet programmatic needs and achieve results for children and provides technical and advisory support to programme staff and government, national systems and partners on supply chain management.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Supply chain service delivery and emergency response
Collaboration with programme and implementing partners
Technical, advisory support to government/national systems
Innovation, products and markets
Supervision of others work and performance

1. Supply chain service delivery and emergency response

Monitor and review supply spend and draft procurement strategies based on category management in order to focus on strategic, essential supplies and services that contribute to results for children, and support the establishment of long term agreements (LTAs) where relevant. Maintain highest level of integrity, ethical standards and accountability in the procurement of goods, contracting of services and construction work.
Monitor progress of offshore and/or regional procurement and take action to ensure timely customs clearance of supplies entering the country. As required contribute to ensuring appropriate warehousing, inventory management and in-country transport in support of the country programme implementation. Keep stakeholders/partners informed on the progress. Implement appropriate vendor management practices e.g. supply performance reviews.
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.
Participate 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).
Build strong working relations with Regional Chiefs of Supply/Regional Chief of Operations, as well as Supply Division, to align with global and regional approaches and initiatives in supply chain management.

2. Collaboration with programme and implementing partners

In collaboration with supervisor, develop close collaboration with programme sections through involvement in programme design, planning, and preparation for implementation of supply components as well as monitoring and evaluation. Establish accountability framework with programmes, for delivery of results for children.
Prepare supply documentation to facilitate 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.
Support assessment of and collaboration with implementing partners including civil society, establishment of Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCAs), and monitoring of supply components under Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT).
Participate in events/meetings that build partnerships and collaborative relations with Government, UN organizations and bilateral counterparts in supply and logistics activities including harmonized and collaborative procurement.

3. Technical and advisory support to government/national systems

Provide input to promoting of supply chain strengthening and change management initiatives with governments and partners, to ensure efficient and effective supply chains for children.
Provide input to capacity development initiatives in the area of supply chains for children, in close collaboration with supervisor and programme colleagues. Support supply components of health systems strengthening as might be relevant in the country context.
Prepare relevant supply reports to facilitate advisory support to Governments/national systems in defining and determining supply solutions for children, such as use of procurement services; supply financing solutions; local market development; private sector engagement.

4. Innovation, products and markets

Contribute to pilots and support the actual roll-out of new products and services, in close collaboration with supervisor and Supply Division.
Support initiatives for 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.
Further to analysis of supply spend and related procurement strategies, support initiatives to ensure local market development where relevant.

5. Supervision of others work and performance

Supervise, support and provide guidance to the Supply Assistant, GS5 and Senior Procurement Assistant, GS7 who will work under this position.
Determine priorities/targets and performance measurements and monitor work progress to ensure that results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards
Inform respective staff members of any new initiatives/policies/procedures that affect the work of the respective area.

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

Advanced university Degree in Business Administration, Management, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Procurement, Contract/Commercial Law, International Development, Health 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), with two additional years of relevant work experience in supply, logistics, procurement, contracting, administration and/or other directly related technical field, may be taken in lieu of a Master’s degree.

In depth knowledge of contracting for services is required including experience with medium to large scale construction contracts.

Must have experience of providing technical advice for complex contracting requirements.

Experience of training in contracting and other supply related topics is an advantage.

Understanding of development and humanitarian work. Emergency experience is an advantage.

Fluency in English and Nepali language is required.
A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in supply, logistics, and procurement, is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core Competencies

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)
Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
Nurtures, leads and manages people (1)

Functional Competencies

Analyzing (1)
Applying technical expertise (1)
Leading and supervising (2)
Planning and organizing (2)
Coping with set-back and pressure (1)
Following Instructions and Procedures (2)
To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, 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.


Female candidates and candidates from under-represented ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 15 Apr 2022 Nepal Standard Time
Deadline: 09 May 2022 Nepal Standard Time

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