Contracts Manager, P-4, FT, VC, post# 116972, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark - Tenders Global

Contracts Manager, P-4, FT, VC, post# 116972, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Contract
  • Denmark
  • Posted 6 months ago

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, hope

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does – in programmes, 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. 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 accelerating the equitable development of nations.


How can you make a difference?

Procurement centres are responsible for the supply operation, including strategic market intelligence, forecasting, procurement, delivery, innovation and analysis of product groups and procurement strategies. The contracting function leads in expertise on the supply landscape, markets, value for money and interaction with global partners to increase access and sustainable supply which can be accessed by government buyers. The incumbent provides support to optimization projects and is responsible for technical assistance and knowledge management, including knowledge sharing via communication pieces on key products/markets and publication of information.

This position is located in the Vaccine Centre at Supply Division reporting to the Contracts Manager, Unit Lead, Rapid Response Unit. This job profile will be supervising one staff, GS-6 Procurement Associate. Under the general guidance of the Contracts Manager, this post will be responsible for planning of yellow fever vaccine supply needs, development of procurement strategies and worldwide market research and long-range procurement planning to achieve the most appropriate and cost-effective means of procurement. The post will work closely with the Eradicating Yellow Fever Epidemics Partnership (EYE), to ensure that procurement activities support the development of supply markets to meet the evolving programmatic requirements, in order to fulfil UNICEF’s role as procurement agency.

This post will be responsible for the exploring expanding the role of UNICEFs in taking title of vaccines and establishing stockpiles of vaccines at various regulatory stages.


Purpose for the job:

Under the general guidance of the Manager, Rapid Response Unit, Vaccine Centre, responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of procurement of range of vaccines including contract programming, worldwide market research and long-range procurement planning in order to achieve the most appropriate and cost-effective means of procurement. Estimated annual procurement value >$ 100,000,000 following vaccine introduction scale up. The incumbent will be responsible for establishing the Centre’s role in stockpiling of vaccines and of pre-licensure vaccines.


Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1.        Manages procurement of materials; including procurement strategy development and implementation; establishment of LTA’s and subsequent contracts and supply management, etc.

2.        Conducts contracts management to ensure supplier compliance to LTA’s and purchase order terms and conditions.

3.        Ensures all procurement activities are in compliance with the UNICEF Financial Rules and Regulations, SD Manual, and all other applicable procurement procedures.

4.        Provides advice/guidance to requisitioning CO/RO concerning contractual conditions and supplier appraisals for purchasing of products/services.

5.        Undertakes consultant, audit or vaccine security missions to field offices as requested.

6.        Manages the center’s efforts to explore options for an expanded role in stockpiling in collaboration with other centers and UNICEF Division, including options for in-house or third-party storage, and for pre-licensure vaccines.

7.        Reviews material specifications and requirements with the Technical and Quality Assurance Centres (WHO) to ensure completeness and appropriateness.

8.        In partnership with QA and Technical Centre, evaluates suppliers with respect to delivery performance, product acceptability and commercial acceptability.

9.        Represents UNICEF SD at partner meetings pertaining to immunization supply issues.

10.      Perform liaison communication with other centres regarding implementation of procurement cycle.

11.      Establishes work plans and priorities, monitors achievements and evaluates performance of support staff.

12.      Any other duties or assignments as requested by the supervisor.


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


  • Advanced University degree (Master’s degree) in business administration, pharmaceutical, commerce or law or technical field required.
  • A first University degree may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University degree in conjunction with additional two years of relevant work experience.

Work Experience

  • Minimum eight years of progressively responsible professional experience including at least three at the international level.
  • Experience in commercial activities with the public or private sector in developing and industrialized countries.
  • Experience with worldwide procurement, contract negotiations and administration, combined with broader economic knowledge and knowledge of vaccine market is preferred.


  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) 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 Values

 UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) 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, (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.



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). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be cancelled.

All selected candidates will 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.

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.

Advertised: 23 Nov 2023 Romance Standard Time
Deadline: 06 Dec 2023 Romance Standard Time

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