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Director, (D-2), Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark

UNICEF Copenhagen Full-time

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, dedication

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Essential supplies are a major contributor to the realization of child rights, and are a key input to each of the five goal areas of UNICEF’s Strategic Plan. With UNICEF’s expenditure on supplies and services of approximately $7 billion per year, supply has aspects of global programmes via the work on influencing and shaping markets and product innovation—both targeting ‘global public goods’ that are accessible by all countries- including low, middle and upper income.

The UNICEF Supply Function is embedded across the organization at HQ, regional and country level, with a total staffing complement of approximately 1300 staff globally, including approximately 550 staff in Supply Division. The work encompasses end-to-end service-delivery aspects, such as strategic sourcing and procurement, strategic contracting and supply financing, warehousing, and logistics; as well as product innovation; market strategies to positively influence and shape markets for essential supplies for children; humanitarian preparedness and response, and capacity development. Within UNICEF, accountability for the Supply Function at country and regional levels is with Representatives and Regional Directors; and at global level with the Director, Supply Division.

How can you make a difference?

The position provides leadership and oversight to UNICEF’s global supply and logistics operations and is responsible for the accountabilities of UNICEF’s Supply Function and the development and execution of related strategies. The position is responsible for the management of Supply Division, and five global warehouse hubs. Lead the development and implementation of the Office Management Plan pursuant to UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, and related supply strategies, including supply management for emergency preparedness and response, strategic procurement and contracting and efficient global logistics operation; market influencing and product innovation, supply financing (supplier financing and bridge financing for governments); supply chain strengthening; digitalization of the supply chain; strategic partnerships; and people and culture.

Key Functions, Accountabilities, And Related Duties/tasks
  • Vision, Strategy & Policy
  • Develop a strategic vision for the UNICEF Supply Function and Supply Division, which translates into the successful delivery of UNICEF’s mandate and Strategic Plan, goals and objectives.
  • Lead the supply dimension of UNICEF’s organizational priorities, in collaboration with other functions and divisions, in consultation with Global Management Team (GMT) and Regional Management Teams (RMT), and as defined in an SD Office Management Plan including targets and measurements.
  • Advance UNICEF’s market influencing agenda, influencing global and local markets to incentivize innovation and accelerate access to essential supplies for children across the portfolio of programme and emergency supplies.
  • Set global policy and procedures for the supply function and provide guidance and support to UNICEF country offices on assessing and monitoring the situation of essential supplies for children critical for the achievement of SP and SDGs.
  • Provide strategic inputs to the supply component in support of regional priorities and country programmes, including service delivery, fit-for-purpose products, financing solutions to accelerate access, and strengthening local markets and in-country supply chains, including through supporting capacity development of national counterparts in strengthening.
  • Advance the agenda for professionalization and modernization of the UNICEF Supply Function and Supply Community, strategically contributing to the human capital and localization agenda.
  • Establish policies for the Supply Function in accordance with UNICEF Financial Rules and Regulations and maintain appropriate systems and procedures for the efficient and effective implementation of these policies that are monitored through balanced scorecards.
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Establish standards related to quality, delivery times, and cost-effectiveness in the management of the Supply Function; and ensure proper controls, checks and balances, and segregation of duties are in place to maintain the highest level of integrity, ethical standards, and accountability.
  • Monitor and report on the global performance of UNICEF supply and logistics operations, including quality and appropriateness of UNICEF’s procurement.
  • Provide support to countries, partners, and national governments for emergency preparedness and response, including strategic stockpiling, rapid response, and surge deployments.
  • Provide Procurement Services (PS) to governments and development partners to address key supply needs for children. Oversees appropriate steps, operational modalities, and capacity development to manage PS-related services, including access to bridge financing and match funds.
  • Direct and manage divisional resources (including human, systems, and financial) effectively, efficiently, and transparently through strategic forecasting, planning, and budget processes; strategic procurement ensuring sustainable access and value for money.
  • Ensure accountability and fiduciary integrity in the Division’s budget execution when leading divisional strategic budget preparation exercises.
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Provide leadership and visioning to form and accelerate partnerships for children that build trust, are transparent, and bring value for money, effectiveness, and efficiency.
  • Represent UNICEF in strategic forums and partnerships, such as Global Programme Partnerships, UN procurement and supply chain collaborations, IFPMA and DCVMN, International Financing Facilities, and CSOs, including WHO, UNDP, Gavi, Africa CDC, African Union, GFATM, UNITAID, BMGF, WB, Access to Medicines, Roll Back Malaria, among others.
  • Advise the Office of the Executive Director in strengthening relations with key partners, including the private sector, through effective policy dialogue and advocacy to mobilize and leverage resources for increased access to essential supplies for children.
  • Lead engagements on behalf of UNICEF in strategic commodities, market shaping, and supply financings, around vaccine security, health, and nutrition commodities, education, and WASH supplies, among others, and convene industry consultations to bring together manufacturers, partners, and donors to collectively address issues, in support of accelerating sustainable access for children.
  • People and Culture
  • Creates a unified culture aligned with UNICEF’s core values to achieve common divisional goals and objectives by motivating, coaching, and supporting staff of the division.
  • Promote positive, inclusive staff relations and a strong spirit of teamwork to achieve divisional and Supply Community goals and objectives
  • Nurture, build, and promote diverse talent and champion the professional growth and development of the UNINCEF Supply Community
  • Steer strategic workforce planning, enable high-performing team culture, and promote staff well-being.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced University degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Engineering, International Economics/Development, Health Economics, Contract/Commercial Law, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in management with specialization in strategic markets, strategic procurement, and supply chain management with a major UN, government, international, or commercial organization. Developing country work experience in programme/supply chains is an added advantage. Specialized knowledge is required in various fields, i.e., vaccines, medicines and health technologies, nutrition, strategic procurement and contracting, and diverse and complex logistics operations in an international environment.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
  • Recognized management skills in a multicultural setting, combined with ability to achieve results through motivating people and influencing partners.
  • Results-oriented decision-making ability with an aptitude to address operational challenges and complexities and for developing practical solutions.
  • Innovator with risk management ability and a proven track record as a successful agent of change.
  • Rigorous analytical and conceptual thinking.
  • High sense of integrity, trust and confidence.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including the ability to set out a coherent analysis in presentations.
  • Strong diplomatic and communication skills and the ability to develop effective working relationships with partners, counterparts and commercial entities at the appropriate levels,
For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability(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...
  • 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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable from diverse backgrounds 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 are also 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.

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