Local Individual Contract - Pricing Agent (Place-to-Place survey), Office of Innovation, Stockholm (1 month)

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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, innovation...

The Office of Innovation (OoI) works to catalyze UNICEF and partners’ expertise and resources to solve key challenges facing children and young people, with a view to sourcing, accelerating and scaling the most effective solutions to accelerate progress towards achieving the SDGs. To achieve this the Office of Innovation uses an innovation portfolio management approach and leverages support from a range of stakeholders including from intergovernmental, multilateral, private sector, young people and non-governmental fora (think tank, academia).

How can you make a difference?

A place-to-place survey entails price data collection by a pricing agent in retail outlets patronized by the UN staff members. It is carried out at least once every three to five years in all locations where staff of the UN system are stationed. The United Nations’ International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) has scheduled a place-to-place survey for Stockholm, Sweden for November 2022.

Main responsibilities:

On behalf of the ICSC and under the direct supervision of the Survey Coordinator, the pricing agent will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Before the beginning of the survey, review all the documents provided directly or via the survey support microsite https://surveys.unicsc.org/cold/Documents?id=3 especially the “Instructions for the Pricing Agent” and “Instructions for the Pricing Agent – Target Brands”
  2. Review the list of items to be priced as well as their specifications, to assess their availability in the local market; and document any variances and observations in the Pricing Forms
  3. Develop a strategic plan for data collection, and collect prices from the list of stores/outlets (with complete addresses) provided by the Survey Coordinator
  4. Ensure that collected prices are from the approved list of outlets and conform with the item specifications
  5. Record in a legible and complete manner the price data in the Pricing Agent Pricing Book, RTPC form and Prescription Medication Pricing Form
  6. Complete the Pricing Agent Questionnaire on the general market conditions as well as the pricing activities
  7. Submit the Pricing documents, including the Pricing Book, and the completed questionnaire on local market conditions, to the Survey Coordinator by the end of the pricing activities
  8. Remain available to respond to queries and requests for clarifications from the ICSC or the Survey Coordinator regarding specific price quotations or generally about the price data collection exercise

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

The following are the qualifications of a Pricing Agent:

  • Is an independent person who is not an employee or consultant, or an immediate relative of a staff member, of any of the organizations of the United Nations Common System based at the duty station to be surveyed.
  • Has international shopping experience with knowledge of, and experience with, the local market.
  • Is preferably an expatriate who has lived at the duty station for at least one year.
  • Has the ability to get around the duty station to visit the outlets by either public or private transportation.
  • Is conversant with English, French or Spanish to ensure proper interpretation of item specifications as provided on the pricing forms.
  • Is able to communicate effectively in Swedish because the job requires interaction with outlet owners and workers.
  • Possesses at least a High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Having experience in the field of statistics, economics, project management, auditing, accounting and/or finance, sales/marketing, is an additional asset.
  • Is available to complete the job within the specified time frame.

Payment details and further considerations

  • The duration of the contract is one month and will commence on 1 November 2022 and end on 30 November 2022. The authorized fee is 20,600 SEK, to be paid upon satisfactory completion of the assignment in accordance with the provisions of the contract to be signed by the pricing agent.
  • Individual Contractor is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance

Duration: 1 month

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit 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.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.


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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Added 3 months ago - Updated 3 months ago - Source: unicef.org