Procurement Services Manager
Application deadline 6 months ago: Wednesday 9 Mar 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
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Children in West and Central Africa have their rights violated on daily basis to an extreme extent. They die from malaria, diarrheal diseases, and vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles. To learn more about UNICEF’s work in the region. The West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) is working to renew its efforts to advance children’s rights which have been impeded by economic and public health crises, and natural disasters. Though child mortality decreased, and more children are in school, a high number live in poverty. To learn more about WCARO please visit: https://www.unicef.org/wcaro The RO supply team objective is to support CO supply team and partners to reach their objectives. The WCA regional has the largest value of procurement of goods, services, and Procurement Services of UNICEF. On a second part given the anticipated gradual transition of countries in WCAR out of donor support to fund essential supplies for children, as well as the increasing interest of Middle-Income Countries in the region to achieve price efficiencies through UNICEF, PS provides an opportunity to facilitate a more optimal use of national budgets for children, as well as an entry point to provide targeted technical support to national supply chains and systems. under the supervision of the Regional Supply Chief, the incumbent will provide guidance, oversight, and direction all country offices within WCAR on Procurement Services for partners, including work related to national budgeting for essential supplies for children and supply financing solutions. Directly related to this support, the position will serve as focal point to identify opportunities on adjacent areas such as market access and national supply chain strengthening.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Regional Chief Supply or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Procurement Services Manager will: • Support Financing and Planning efforts by Governments with particular focus on selected commodities, principally vaccines and RUTF • Monitor the progress towards the Gavi 2022 vaccine co-financing (CoF) • Support the implementation of the supply financing studies in WCARO in close collaboration with both SD and RO Immunization team • Contribute to the effective implementation of the nutrition match fund (NMF) in the region • Provide advice on modalities of support, including but not limited to the provision of Procurement Services • Assist Country Offices to establish the necessary partnership frameworks to provide Procurement Services, including necessary risk assessment and mitigation, for both emergency (Covid-19) and non-emergency related events • Provide advice to Country offices on the appropriate steps required to phase in the Procurement Services modality for both emergency (Covid-19) and non-emergency related events • Identify pre-financing needs and liaises with Supply Division (SD) to propose and develop viable pre-financing solutions, including both internal and external • Guide Country Offices to proactively identify operational complexities related to PS engagement, such as in-country logistics, import requirements, compliance with regulatory frameworks, special documentation, or issues of intellectual property rights. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:
• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
• Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
• Provide annual and end of assignment self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
• Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
Competencies and values: • 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)
Values, Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability
Procurement or related technical area At least 27 years of age A wide range of cultures and professional backgrounds Deployed for a period of three months to maximum four years
The position is based in Dakar. Dakar is a family duty station that has good infrastructures and offers access to quality schooling, quality medical facilities, good banking facilities and can be easily reached by air. The currency used in Senegal is called Franc CFA (XOF): $1 = 588.039 XOF as of 1st February 2022.
Many hotels, restaurants and businesses in Senegal accept the main international credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.). It is also possible to withdraw cash from automatic telling machines found in all the major cities. The accommodation facilities are in general good, and the choice is vast. UN Volunteers can also co-rent and share private accommodations, which must comply with the Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS). Transportation in town can be easily arranged through local taxis.
A valid passport and negative Covid 19 test are required to enter Senegal. ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) nationals are not required an entry visa. Citizens of other countries may be required an entry visa or long-stay visa. They should contact the closest Senegalese representation. Senegalese Embassies and consulates in various West African countries and other parts of the world issue visas before travel.