Closing date: Monday, 15 May 2023

Fixed term: Supply Chain Specialist, NOC, Islamabad, Pakistan, # 122633

Job no: 561593

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Pakistan Division/Equivalent: Kathmandu(ROSA)

School/Unit: Pakistan

Department/Office: Islamabad, Pakistan

Categories: Supply Management

UNICEF works in some of the world toughest places, to reach the world most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfil 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, Hope!

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among other things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  •  Every child survives and thrives — being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  •  Every child learns.
  •  Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  •  Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

To learn more about UNICEF work in Pakistan, please visit the country website and videos on YouTube and Vimeo

Under the supervision of the Procurement Services Manager, provide technical support for the development and implementation of Supply Chain Systems Strengthening strategies and initiatives for the health sector in Pakistan .

The position will also facilitate capacity development initiatives and exchanges of best practices and work with partners and stakeholders to improve performance, reduce costs, stockouts and wastage in national health supply chains. The position will also serve as a focal point for Supply chain systems strengthening initiatives for UNICEF Pakistan to ensure their implementation.

To make a difference, the incumbent shall be responsible for following key strategic functions, accountabilities and related duties/ tasks;

1. Designing and Implementing a Supply Chain Strategy both at Federal and Provincial level and undertake Systems Strengthening of the Health Sector in Procurement and Supply Chain Management.

  •  Development of UNICEF Pakistan Supply Systems Strengthening Strategy to support Immunization and Nutrition programmes and cost out specific actions to achieve the components of the strategy
  •  Coordinate with the Health, Polio and Nutrition Section and Supply/Logistics unit on providing technical advice on requirements in the monitoring and evaluation of the Supply Chain strengthening related output of the health and nutrition component.
  •  Assist with the development and implementation of capacity building plans for nutrition supply chain management including support mechanisms for bottom-up cold chain inventory update
  •  Support smooth implementation of Procurement Service and Supply Chains strengthening activities at provincial level in support to partners.
  •  Contribute to the developing planning capacity of the public sector to improve availability, affordability, clearing, storage, handling, transport, and distribution of essential supplies and services to women, children and marginalized populations leading to the long-term commodity security plan.

2. Provide technical support to federal and provincial governments to improve systems for supply demand planning/forecasting, procurement and downstream systems strengthening to improve both availability and visibility on the last mile, especially in the various provincial context

  •  Develop and implement concept on collaborated demand planning/forecasting process – bottom-up approach and provide capacity building at provincial level
  •  Define a strategy in collaboration with UNICEF Programme and government on how to monitor stock pipeline and wastage at the last mile on utilization and quality
  •  Institutionalize End-User-Monitoring (EUM) into government monitoring mechanism to ensure visibility and accountability of health commodities at the last mile.

3. Manage policy engagements, capacity building and knowledge transfer internally and externally to optimize national supply chains related to vaccines, Health, and nutrition products.

  •  Gavi Transition Plan – Pakistan will be entering the accelerated transition phase there is need to support government in identifying fiscal space for transition and develop Institutional Capacity for Procurement and Service Delivery
  •  Effective collaboration and partnerships with other donors and implementing partners to improve supply chain efficiency in the country.

4. Engage and coordinate with other UN agencies, donors, and other non-state actors to address the supply related needs of targeted populations effectively and efficiently. Providing support for identifying supply financing gaps and opportunities.

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

  •  An advanced university degree is required 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), in conjunction with seven (7) years of relevant work experience in supply, logistics, procurement, contracting, administration and/or other directly-related technical field, may be taken in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  •  A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in supply chain management related functions, and direct experience in supply chain strengthening activities in the area of Health and Nutrition.
  •  Understanding of development and humanitarian work.
  •  Emergency experience is an advantage.
  •  Health and/or Nutrition supply chain management experience required.
  •  Experience of working with government and/or international organisations at a senior level with experience of advocating and achieving tangible system improvements is an advantage
  •  Experience in provision of design and delivery of training
  •  Fluency in English and Urdu 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 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 competencies required for this post are…

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1), 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)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

Life at UNICEF

Working at UNICEF is highly rewarding. With attractive remuneration package encompassing competitive pay and benefits, a culture that helps staff thrive and diverse opportunities for personal and professional development, we aim to help you maintain a fulfilling life both at and outside the office.

We make sure you and your loved ones receive the resources and care that you need to thrive. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. Our contracts, wellbeing policies and initiatives ensure that you are well equipped to effectively deliver for children such as;

  •  Tax exemption, family allowances, hardship benefits, 10 UN holidays and annual leave allowance, maternity, paternity, adoption leave, medical and dental insurance, pension etc.
  •  Career support, staff wellbeing programme, breastfeeding policy, flexible work arrangements, childcare room, family support, policies & initiatives, security etc.
  •  UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.

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 vacancy announcement is a re-advertisement and open to all candidates – both internal and external candidates. Previous applicants are not encouraged to reapply.
  •  Verified educational certificates/ HEC Attested Degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. During the recruitment process candidates will be required to present HEC attested degrees/certificates.
  •  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  •  UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates will be prioritized.


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