Re-advertisement - Senior Contracts Managers x 2, P5, & 113315, Vaccine Centre, Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark

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This is a P-5 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 10 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 170,849 USD and 214,113 USD.

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The international rate of 110,869 USD, with an additional 54.1% at this the location, applies.

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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, Health

UNICEF supplies vaccines to over 100 countries, reaching 45% of the world's children under 5. We have the largest footprint in vaccine markets, and have significant influence on vaccine markets in terms of security, affordability and quality assurance of products available to protect populations from Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs). With presence in 147 countries, UNICEF has the comparative advantage of our relationship with country governments, combined with a proven experience from the upstream collaboration with vaccine manufacturers and market shaping, to the delivery of vaccines and support to the design and implementation of immunization programmes and campaigns. Additionally, in consideration of our presence through National Committees, UNICEF's global reach is an opportunity to leverage our interaction in all countries, through the universal programme of immunization.

A core member of the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF has a well-respected and recognized role in influencing vaccine markets through our role as the lead procurement agency for Gavi, collaborating with an extensive network of partners at various levels and has been convening on a yearly basis industry stakeholder (Vaccine Industry Consultations) and country engagement (Vaccine Practitioners Forum and Network).

As the lead procurement agency to support supply requirements for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, lead on the Supply and Demand Working Groups under the Measles Rubella Initiative, the Eliminate Yellow Fever Strategy and the Global Task Force for Cholera Control, UNICEF possesses unique experience in stockpile management of vaccines, supply and logistics for vaccines and vaccine related supplies in country, in addition to demand generation and communication support through our Programme Division.

These positions are housed in the Vaccine Centre and will report to the Chief and will provide strategic oversight and coordination of procurement of vaccines, including the development of procurement strategies, in alignment with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in fulfilment of UNICEF's role as the procurement agency for COVAX Facility vaccines.

How can you make a difference?

*This batch recruitment exercise is launched to fill two positions of Senior Contracts Manager at the P5 level in UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Vaccines and micronutrient supplementation save millions of lives each year. Almost every child can be reached with vaccines and supplements, even under the most difficult circumstances. UNICEF is the leading agency for vaccine procurement. For more information on vaccine procurement see the annual report.

The incumbent is responsible for managing vaccine market analysis and the execution of complex contracts and relationships with industry, identification of risks related to various procurement modalities and security of supply, and development of risk mitigation strategies to address identified risks related to vaccines to prevent and control COVID-19. Focus on strategic areas of work: policy discussions related to supply; identification of key gaps and requirements in the security of supply and vaccine platforms available; consultation with industry stakeholders; oversight of contracting and strategic procurement; and identification of supplier financing solutions, indemnification, liability, vaccine injury compensation programs and reporting mechanism for vaccine safety reports for countries supplied through UNICEF; coordination of procurement with other government and procurement entities.

You will be accountable for:

In close collaboration with Chief, Vaccine Center, Chief, Market Supplier Financing Centre and Chief, Contracting Centre, and Director, Supply Division:

  • Plan, direct and coordinate advisory services on supply matters in the area of vaccines in development to respond to infectious disease threat i.e. COVID-19 in collaboration with UNICEF Programme Division, GAVI, WHO, NGOs, industry and other partners.
  • Ensure procurement is conducted in compliance with UN Financial Rules and Regulations, Division Procedures, Vaccine Procurement Principles, in support of Vaccine Security and other procurement objectives.
  • Recommend policy procedures and guidelines in close collaboration with Chief, Vaccine Center, for evaluation of offers, contracts and agreements and for ensuring procurement objectives are met.
  • Participate in major strategic meetings with UNICEF Programme Division, WHO, GAVI and other partners on ACT-Accelerator and COVAX Facility to ensure the objectives of Vaccine Security are met.
  • Represent UNICEF at major meetings and conferences in relation to COVAX Facility and COVID-19 vaccines, relating to strategies and policy development for the supply of appropriate products and services and procurement.
  • Maintain excellent communication/co-ordination with other groups on issues that affect vaccines and related products. Performs liaison communication with other centres regarding strategic issues related to new vaccine introduction/pandemic outbreak response.
  • Guide market research, ensures adequate long-term forecasting and facilitates communication of such to and from programmes, industry and partners.
  • Manage the relevant Unit and provides assistance to overall management of the Vaccine Center. Establishes work plans and priorities, monitors achievements and evaluates performance of staff in the Unit.

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


  • A completed Advanced University Degree (Master's or higher) in business, law, pharmaceutical science, public health or other related field.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant professional experience, with at least 3 years of experience working internationally is required.
  • Experience in managing complex contracting and strategic procurement of vaccines or other relevant related strategic commodity is required.
  • Experience in conducting market analysis, contract negotiations and administration is required, preferably from the health-related product area.
  • Experience in partnership collaboration within the UN agency environment.


  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Proficiency in another UN language (Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish, or Chinese) is an advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for these posts are:

  • Leading and Supervising (Level 3)
  • Relating and Networking (Level 3)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (Level 3)
  • Analyzing (Level 3)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (Level 3)
  • Deciding and Initiating Action (Level 3)

View our competency framework at:

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


  • This vacancy announcement is open to all internal candidates and external candidates.
  • These positions are re-advertised for the second time for the sole purpose of further expanding the candidate pool. Previous applicants need not reapply as their original application will be duly considered.
  • This position is classified as "rotational" which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.
  • 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:
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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