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For every child, a chance…
UNICEF Malawi Country Programme (2019-2023) is aligned with the Government of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS III) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The programme supports the Government of Malawi to meet its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights in line with international conventions and standards. The country programme is guided by the principles of children’s rights, equity, gender equality, inclusion and resilience, and supports evidence-based, integrative and innovative programming. The vision is that ‘all girls and boys in Malawi, especially the most disadvantaged and deprived, realize their rights’. The programme focuses on: early childhood (parenting, high-impact social services, early stimulation and learning), middle childhood and adolescence (learning, multi-sectoral services, active citizenship), communities (decentralized services and systems, community ownership, social norms), programme effectiveness (monitoring, evaluation, HACT, Innovation, Social Protection and Social Policy and External Communication. The programme is based on ‘leaving no child behind’, realizing ‘rights for all children in Malawi’.
UNICEF Malawi’s Supply and Procurement unit lies within the Operation section and aims to support the office’s mission and strategic plan by enabling programme and operational effectiveness and efficiency through regular supply chain service and emergency response. As our Supply and Procurement Manager, and guided by UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCC), you will be responsible for strategically overseeing the supply chain operations which include planning, supply and procurement contracting, customs clearance, warehousing, in-country transport and distribution, as well as monitoring of supplies and services.
How can you make a difference?
The Malawi Country Office offers an exciting and rewarding career opportunity for you to join our dynamic Supply and Procurement as well as the Operations team where you will be at the forefront of managing, leading and supporting the Supply and Procurement function and the team, including strategic, technical, advisory and operational support to the office to achieve results for children. In your role, you will report to the Deputy Representative Operations with an general guidance and directions of the Regional Supply and Procurement Advisor. You will partner closely with programmes in defining supply interventions to meet programmatic needs and achieve results for children, and work with government, national systems and partners on supply chain management.
This job therefore presents a unique and significant opportunity for a qualified, vibrant, motivated and committed person to contribute to the overall achievement of transformative results for children with professional excellence and by delivering on the following key responsibility areas, but not limited to:
1. Collaborative and agile management of the Supply and Procurement functional accountability area, including leading on the implementation of corporate priorities, strengthen collaboration between programme and operations through co-creation and expanding knowledge to improve results delivery for children
2. Leading the process of the institutionalizing the private sector engagement initiative through programme and supply chain systems, including supply input to donor dialogue
3. Strengthening of the national and sub-national (government) supply chain systems through upstream engagement. 4. Promote critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices on supply chain management
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced university degree in Supply Chain, Procurement and Logistics Management, Business Administration, Management. Equivalent educational qualification in relevant areas (transport or logistics operations/management, supply management, etc.)
- Equivalent educational qualification in relevant areas (transport or logistics operations/management, supply management, etc.) is desirable
- Eight years of relevant professional experience in Supply Chain Management. International work experience in supply chain management, logistics, purchasing, contracting,
- Work experience in emergency duty station/background in Emergency programme is required.
- Experience in System Strengthening of national supply chain is required
- A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience is required
- Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset
Technical knowledge and skills:
- UN and Public Procurement Systems
- Contract Negotiation and Procedures
- Collaboration and Partnering
- National Systems Strengthening for Development
- Team management
- Fluency in English, both strong verbal and written skills, are essential.
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
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 and (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people.
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.
The position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable Females from Industrial Countries are encouraged to apply.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
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.
UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/.
The vacancy announcement is open to internal UNICEF staff only, i.e. UNICEF staff holding permanent, continuing and fixed term appointments, excluding JPO’s.
Priority consideration will be given to staff on the mobility lists, staff on abolished post and staff returning to service and on SHA.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
In order to deliver results for the children of Malawi, UNICEF Malawi Country Office works in a fast-paced but impactful environment where creativity, innovation, collaboration, teamwork, a safe space and professional development are supported and encouraged. We are therefore seeking individuals who are motivated to make a real difference and serve the children of Malawi with resourcefulness, resilience, creativity, and professional excellence.