Job Description




If you are a passionate and committed professional and want to make a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

UNICEF, the world’s leading organization working for the rights of children, seeks a Procurement Services Specialist, Risk & Policy for our Supply Division, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The future incumbent will, under the general guidance of the Chief, Procurement Services support Procurement Services (PS) undertakings, advise on measures to manage risks, assist with PS policy development and draft or review Procurement Services Agreements.

The duties include:
1. Reviewing and improving standard Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) on Procurement Services, including various language versions. Tailoring standard MOUs to specific country or project requirements while ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules, regulations procedures and standards. Drafting specific project agreements. Coordinating MOU management, comprising related data management and reporting.
2. As assigned by the Chief, Procurement Services Centre co-ordinating complex business negotiations, e.g. involving several parties. Preparing guidance notes for project start-up and managing stakeholders critical to project implementation.
3. Conducting project management of procurement projects, including major agreements with IFIs and key accounts.
4. Providing advisory support to Supply Division Units and UNICEF Country Offices which have initiated discussions with, or are engaged in, executing Procurement Services contracts for Governments, IFIs, NGOs and UN Agencies. Performing comparative analysis of IFI procurement procedures with UNICEF’s procedures.
5. Reviewing and advising on policy formulation for Procurement Services. Assisting with the Procurement Services Review Committee (PROSERVE) in regard to participation by the Chief, Procurement Services Centre and the Director of Supply Division.
6. Assessing and evaluating incoming requests for procurement services, screening customers and commodities to ensure that legal arrangement is in place with customer, and ensuring compliance with UNICEF mandate, goals and scope of procurement.

Qualifications and Competencies:
- Advanced Procurement, Law or Business degree, with specialisation in Commercial, Trade, Public International Law.
- Additional background in economic, management or engineering discipline would be an advantage.
- Minimum eight years of progressively responsible work experience in negotiating and international procurement agreements.
- Proven expertise in analysis related to the international public and commercial sector.
- Experience with and preferred knowledge in IFI and international donor mandates, structures and procedures in the development area, particularly knowledge of procurement procedures for supplies and services, including invitations to tender, bid preparation, evaluation.
- Experience in management of complex, multi-year, multi-country, multi-party projects.
- Resource mobilization experience
- Supply and transport management experience.
- Experience form Field postings would be an asset.
- High-level negotiation skills.
- Demonstrated ability to innovate and communicate ideas effectively.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships within and outside the organisation.
- Analytical skills and sound judgement in complex and/or sensitive issues, particularly in the area of international commercial law.
- Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
- Consistent compliance with due diligence.
- Ability to co-ordinate work and work to tight deadlines in a complex environment.
- Ability to draft international business agreements and procedural / policy documents.
- Practical experience in risk assessment and project management, ability to grasp broader issues and objectives.
- Proficiency in procurement computer systems, computer application skills.
- Training experience.
- Fluency in English and another UN language required. Further language skills will be an asset.

UNICEF’s salary and benefits package is based on the United Nations Common System. For further information on the UN Common System salaries and benefits, please visit the United Nations Web site at:

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Applications from female candidates are especially welcome. Please send detailed resume and completed United Nations Personal History Form, in English, quoting VN-08-18749 to:
Chief, Human Resources:
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