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Supply Chain Specialist at Unicef

Under the direction and guidance of the Health Specialist, Cold Chain & Logistics at the National Country Office Abuja, provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for the health programme at the National Country Office, specifically providing technical support to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to ensure supply and logistics functions of the immunization programme function optimally



  • Education: University Degree in physical sciences or engineering and Advanced degree   in a related area of study. Equivalent educational qualification in relevant areas (transport or logistics operations/management, supply management, etc.)
  • Experience: Five years of relevant professional work experience at national providing technical support in the area of logistics, supply chain management, cold chain and similar activities.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset. A University Degree in public health/nutrition, paediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology or other health related sciences is required. 



  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrityii) Core Competencies (Required) 
  • Drive for Result [II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [II] 
  • Following Instructions and Procedures [II]
  • Planning and Organizing [II]
  • Leading and Supervising [II]
  • Deciding and Initiating Actions [II]
  • Working with People [II]
  • Communication [II]


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide rapid and relevant responses to evolving supply chain needs and situations facing children and families, including emergency situations, with a priority on achieving value for money.
  • Responsible for logistics/supply planning through coordination with Operations/Programme Sections. Provides technical advice on specifications, supply and logistics arrangements facilitating cost-effective and efficient procurement, customs clearance, inventory management and distribution of EPI vaccines, in support of the country programme implementation.
  • Participate in the Country Programme strategy planning preview and reviews to advise on supply/logistics requirements for the of Plan of Operations and Annual Work Plans. Develops Supply/Logistics component of the Country Programme, including systems for storage and distribution of EPI vaccine to all sites.
  • Ensure sound, accurate supply/logistics management systems, procedures and documentation as well as regular, accurate reporting to maintain the highest level of integrity, standards and accountability.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with the CCL officer on the vaccine procurement and shipping policies. Interprets and advises the country office on policies and procedures impacting on offshore and local procurement and delivery.
  • Act as member of the LWG. Establish and maintain a system of contact with customs and airport immigration authorities at national ports of entry on the clearance of UNICEF supplies, in keeping with established protocol.
  • Ensure preparation of all immunization vaccines status reports required for donor reports, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, appeals, etc.
  • Regularly create and communicate accurate inventory tracking and incoming supplies information.
  • Ensure that effective support UNICEF and Government capacity-building efforts are provided in order to enhance efficient, effective and timely vaccine delivery,
  • Plan, design and conduct training for UNICEF's staff/consultants and counterparts in supply management, customs clearance, distribution and inventory management of supplies and equipment in order to maximize supply delivery. Provide effective coaching and mentorship to the staff/consultants as required.
  • Communicates and reports quality issues with respect to EPI vaccines.
  • Collaboration and Partnership: Coordinate with the Health Section on providing technical advice on procurement specifications of the EPI vaccine as well as providing advice on requirements in the development of the vaccine component of the Country Programme.
  • Provide advice to the LWG on procurement policies and procedures, delivery and utilization of EPI vaccines.
  • Develop and maintain partnership and collaborative relations with UNICEF, Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts in supply and logistics activities including distribution, monitoring EPI vaccine inputs, and inventory.
  • Inform Programs of slow moving inventory, upcoming field distributions or deliveries, incoming materials and quality issues to ensure maximum use of available transportation, warehousing space, manpower and other resources


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