Sep 112019

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 24 Sep 2019

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy, and 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.

The Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) Division Procurement Unit is part of the PFP Operations & Finance Section. It provides procurement-related services to all PFP business units in Geneva and continues to increase its support and guidance to Country Offices with private sector fundraising activities and National Committees, in their procurement of fundraising services. The Unit also provides procurement-related support to all Geneva-based UNICEF entities. Under the general guidance of the Chief of Procurement, the incumbent will support the Procurement Team in providing timely and efficient procurement-related services.

For every child, Hope

UNICEF Geneva has an ongoing requirement for services in a broad range of areas and to varying levels of complexity. Such areas include fundraising, market research, corporate social responsibility, corporate screening, IT, finance, HR, building facilitates and management, and other areas as required.

Under the general guidance of the Chief of Procurement, the incumbent will be responsible for carrying out all procurement activities for assigned services requirements, from planning through to supplier performance management.

How can you make a difference?

Main Tasks

Below are the main foreseen activities for this assignment. It shall be noted that many of the tasks mentioned below will have to be run simultaneously for different projects, hence requiring good organizational and time management skills. Key tasks will include:

  • Develops procurement strategies and appropriate work plan of action for assigned portfolio
  • Perform spend analysis and market intelligence gathering in order to establish perspectives on efficiencies, cost savings opportunities, future market conditions and overall best value for money
  • Receives and reviews Requisitions/Terms of Reference/Statements of Work for clarity, adequacy of specifications and completeness, and coordinates with requisition units, as necessary
  • Compiles lists of possible sources of procurement, requests proposals from suppliers, manages 2-stage RFP evaluation process and tabulates results in a comparison matrix. Management of bidding process using UNICEF web bidding tool, and orienting suppliers on the use of the tool
  • Prepares and presents to the Contracts Review Committee (CRC) submissions for awards above the CRC threshold
  • Develops and prepares complex contracts for the procurement of both one-off and long-term requirements for routine and non-routine services
  • Effectively manages ongoing long term contracts for provision of goods and services to ensure that suppliers performance is within stated service levels. Proactively initiates renewal of contracts before their expiry
  • Assists in the identification of new suppliers and participates in new supplier evaluations where necessary
  • Undertakes transaction analysis that will provide added value to the team
  • Identifies average and target processing time per tender categories and per PO categories
  • Identifies criteria success factors for successful approval of CRC
  • Undertakes complexity analysis of tenders and POs attributing a complexity rating to each case
  • Carries out other procurement related tasks as requested by the Chief of Procurement
  • Estimated Duration of the contract:

  • 364 Days, the contract extension is subject to the post need and fund availability.
  • Reporting To:

  • Chief of Procurement
  • Work Place:

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…


  • Advanced University Degree in Business Administration, Management or related technical field, with training in purchasing or supply administration.
  • An Undergraduate University Degree can be accepted only with minimum 5 years’ experience in a directly related field.
  • Experience:

  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional work experience related to purchasing, supply or related field, at national and international level.
  • Knowledge of European markets is an asset, and experience with management of outsourced service contracts is also an asset.
  • Language Requirements:

  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arab, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
  • Technical Requirements:

  • Computer literacy in standard applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet), and ability to prepare complex comparison and evaluation spreadsheets in Excel.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    The competencies required for this post are:

    UNICEF Core Values:

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • UNICEF Core competencies:

  • Drive for Results (Level II)
  • Communication (verbal and written; Level II)
  • Working with People (Level II)
  • UNICEF Functional Competencies:

  • Applying technical expertise (Level II)
  • Planning & Organizing (Level II)
  • View our competency framework at

    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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

    For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visitUNICEF’s Entitlements page. If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator.

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

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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