United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Health Specialist (Supply Chain System Strengthening)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

UNICEF Sierra Leone is looking for an innovative leader to drive supply chain systems strengthening by coordinating the supply chain system strengthening initiatives of the Health and Nutrition programme.

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, resilience

Please visit UNICEF Sierra Leone website here: www.unicef.org/sierraleone How can you make a difference?

Reporting to the Chief, Health and Nutrition and working with the Supply and Logistics Section, the Health Specialist (Supply Chain System Strengthening) provides professional technical, operational, and managerial support for the supply component of health and nutrition Programme within the UNICEF Sierra Leone Country Programme. The Health Specialist (Supply Chain Strengthening) pays a special attention to the management of Emergency supplies, including tracking, monitoring, and reporting of the distributed items up to health facilities as feasible. At the same time, with a view to enhancing the humanitarian-development nexus, the Health Specialist (Supply Chain Strengthening) also provides targeted Capacity Building support and technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) in strengthening overall supply chain strategy, forecasting and supply planning, inventory management, warehousing and distribution, implementation of logistics management information system and data Analysis/utilization as per the identified needs. The summary of the key accountabilities' are as follows: 1. Support Programme development and planning.

2. Plan and collaborate for effective programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.

3. Provide technical and operational support to Programme implementation.

4. Build and sustain effective networks and partnership.

5. Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices in knowledge management and capacity building.

Please see a detailed ToR attached. Download File ToR TA Health Supply Chain Specialist rev.docx To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree in public health/nutrition, pharmacy, pediatric health, Family Health, supply chain and logistics, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, epidemiology, or any other relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in health supply chain management, public health/nutrition planning and management with supply component, or maternal and neonatal health care with supply chain management.
  • Additional professional certification (CSCP, CSCM, CPSM, SCMP, etc.) from an accredited Supply Management institution in conjunction is an asset.
  • Experience working in a developing country is required.
  • Experience in Emergency Preparedness and response is considered as an asset.
  • Professional technical knowledge/ expertise in supply chain system, including forecasting and supply planning, procurement, inventory management, warehousing and distribution, logistics management information system.
  • Expert knowledge of the technical areas of UNICEF health and nutrition programmes.
  • Relevant experience in UN system/agency is an asset.
  • Computer Software application, including word processing, spreadsheet, and corporate software packages.
  • General knowledge of methodology of Programme/project management, programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies in Health and Nutrition, knowledge of Global Health and nutrition issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends, methods, and approaches.
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 UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Core Competencies
  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (3)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (3)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (3)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (3)
Functional Competencies
  • Analyzing (3)
  • Deciding and Initiating Action (2)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (3)
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.


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

“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 http://www.whed.net/”
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