Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Associate Supply Officer supports all activities pertaining to the supply chain function including planning, sourcing, transport, shipping, customs clearance and warehousing management within the Area of Responsibility (AoR). The position may be located at Headquarters (within DESS), in a Regional Bureau or in a Country Office.
The incumbent is normally supervised by the (Senior) Supply Officer or other senior staff with supply oversight function who defines the objectives and provides general guidance. S/he will also refer to UNHCR manuals and relevant policy papers. The incumbent normally supervises some staff and/or AWF.
In Bureaus and country operations s/he maintains regular contacts on working level with other UN agencies, UNHCR Partners, NGOs, government partners and commercial contractors in the area of operation.
S/he will support effective supply chain that enables the office to meet the needs of persons of concerns as well as timely delivery of quality goods and services to persons of concern. Further, the incumbent will assist in the maintenance of a supply chain infrastructure that is robust and flexible enough to accommodate the needs of the operation and that enables timely emergency responses, along with effective partners to support supply activities.
The Associate Supply Officer maintains impartial, ethical and customer-oriented relations with suppliers and Partner organizations; exchanges information with counterparts in other UN agencies, and International Organisations within the limits established by UN /UNHCR Procurements Rules and assists with joint procurement actions if, as and whenever necessary.
The incumbent will support the coordination of the delivery of assistance from the regional warehouse, if applicable. S/he will liaise with SMS staff who manage the Global Stockpiles and who manage the Global Asset and Fleet Management, if and as required and if applicable.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
– Support all activities pertaining to the supply chain function including planning, sourcing, transport, shipping, customs clearance, warehousing, asset and fleet management, as applicable.
– Support the procurement process to ensure timely, cost-effective and adequate delivery of commodities and services to support operational needs.
– Identify partners for supply chain projects based on objectives, priorities, strengths and resources of the UNHCR Partner and/or contractor, according to criteria consistent with UNHCR rules and regulations.
– Develop relevant contacts and build constructive relations with UN agencies, UNHCR Partners, government authorities and other partners as applicable.
– Ensure accurate and comprehensive records on supply activities and provide timely reports and updates both periodically and on request.
– Manage the vendor related processes including identification, assessment and selection of vendors based on their capability for delivering commodities and services. Ensure vendor and item master databases are up to date.
– Oversee tender processes and manage the preparation of proposals for award of contracts to the relevant CoCs.
– Ensure the quality standards for commodities and services are respected by vendors in relation to the needs of the location and tender/purchase specifications.
– Prepare plans for delivery of relief and other non-food items according to the operational needs and regularly update the information in UNHCR IT systems.
– Apply UNHCR’s sourcing and procurement strategy when planning for purchase of important commodities and services.
– Ensure timely customs clearance of consignments and establishment & maintenance of warehousing according to “best practices” and UNHCR rules and regulations.
– Manage an efficient system for the release, and redeployment of goods.
– Oversee and coordinate as required the release and transportation and of relief and other non-food items.
– Monitor the quality and accuracy of supply chain related data in relevant business systems. Compile and analyse statistical information, identify trends and developments in supply chain related matters that will assist in decision making
– Implement supply operations based on interpretations of the situation and conclusions to how the operation can be best implemented.
– Resolve difficulties in the local supply chain by finding solutions to problems and bottlenecks, and provide regular reports on supply chain activities, the status of requests and the availability of items in the supply chain.
– Disseminate, promote commitment to and monitor compliance with UNHCR’s global policies, standards and guidance on supply chain management.
– Support effective information flow in the supply chain and adapt process and documents to the prevailing environment.
In the Regional Bureaux:
– Support Country Operations in implementing supply operations based on interpretations of the situation and conclusions to how the operation can be best implemented particularly in emergency context.
– Assist country operations achieving full compliance with rules & regulations in all supply activities.
– Track the progress of specific periodic operations and provide guidance that ensures timely implementation.
– Facilitate training of supply staff and assist in coaching and advising individuals or Supply teams as requested.
– Track global Supply KPIs for the region and devise regional ones as required.
– Monitor all periodic Supply exercises such as monthly reconciliations, quarterly physical inventory exercises, and year-end accounts closure procedures and ensure that they are implemented throughout the region and provide relevant reports to senior managers.
– Support the analysis of country financial reports and work with the Country Operations Supply Team leaders to address red areas relating to Supply aspects of operations.
– Support the country needs assessment plans and assist in combining them into regional procurement plans and monitor their timely implementation and changes based on operational needs.
In the Country Operations:
– Adapt standard supply chain structures to the local environment that are consistent with the operational needs.
– Assist the office should they need additional office space or extensions to their office leases, lease hold improvements or other construction. Carry out the procurement aspect of the establishment of office leases or extensions.
– Assist in the coordination with CBI stakeholders the design and implementation of the market assessment and market monitoring to determine if CBI is option. Carry out the procurement action to contract Financial Service Providers (FSP).
– Support the establishment and maintenance of an efficient and skilled workforce that is capable of supporting on-going operations.
– Support the identification of partners for supply chain projects based on objectives, priorities, strengths and resources of the Partner and/or contractor, according to criteria consistent with UNHCR rules and regulations.
– Implement effective asset and fleet management that regularly monitors the asset/fleet pool, increases efficiency safeguards the investment of the organisation.
– Support the coordination activities of Partners and/or contractors performing supply related activities, and ensure that they understand and adhere to relevant UNHCR rules and procedures.
– Maintain an up-to-date overview of the location’s supply chain capacity and preparedness, as well as, that of its partners to ensure that adequate capacity exist also to cover emergencies.
– Depending on the size of the operation act as ex-officio in the LCC Review and clear procurement cases for the relevant procurement authority.
– Perform other related duties as required.
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P2/NOB – 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
Supply Chain Management; Business Administration; International Commerce; Engineering;
or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and/or Licenses
Certificate from Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supplies, e.g. CFIPS, CMIPS, MCIPS;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Relevant Job Experience
Proficient knowledge of logistics/supply systems with proven experience at previous work positions, preferably UN. Good working knowledge and experience in handling contract issues in the context of UN policies and standards. Experience in contract negotiations; ability to provide technical guidance to subordinate staff; ability to plan and organise work assignments, often under close deadlines. Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks with speed, in a courteous and service oriented manner.
Database management skills and experience and working knowledge of ERP systems, ideally of UNHCR¿s MSRP Supply Chain Module would be an advantage. Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills to deal with persons of different cultural and educational backgrounds. Technical knowledge of types of services, supplies and goods purchased by UNHCR for Headquarters, Regional and Field Offices would be an advantage. Relevant training, such as CIPS, or other public procurement trainings. Knowledge of UN and UNHCR Financial Regulations and Rules relating to procurement and UNHCR Chapter 8. Aviation services knowledge for movements of goods/passengers. Proven ability to manage a team.
SC-PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management
UN-UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures
SC-UN/UNHCR Procurement Rules and Procedures
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Desired Candidate Profile
As the most senior Supply staff member in the operation, the incumbent shall have the capacity to support the Representative in ensuring that all activities are conducted as per the book, setting efficient control mechanisms, and strong managerial skills for supply activities to be adequately and timely conducted. Hence, the incumbent shall be a mature colleague, with the capacity to work with little supervision, and skills to train and support his/her colleagues. The incumbent shall have a particular knowledge of all supply-related rules and regulations, capacity to check, analyse and take appropriate action to solve difficulties. S/he shall have the ability to represent UNHCR in UNCT/UNDAF technical working groups. S/he shall have an excellent command of written and oral French.
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
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Nature of Position:
The P2, Associate Supply Officer (ASO) position located at the Country Office Brazzaville is a Senior Management Team appointment in the Republic of Congo (ROC). Under the direct supervision of the Representative, the ASO has supervisory roles for all supply activities and provides supply support to the two ROC field locations Betou and Gamboma Field Offices. UNHCR in RoC implements at least 30% of operational activities under the direct implementation through various modalities including service contracts and contracts directly with suppliers etc. The incumbent should be able to lead and manage all office procurement and delivery activities related to the COVID-19 response from needs assessment, sourcing, tendering to delivery and post-delivery reporting. The Betou office, located 1,600 km from Brazzaville hosts mainly PoCs from CAR, and access is very difficult because flooding makes the roads impassable from November to December; thus, the difficulty to access CAR refugees in the Likouala Department remains the current major supply constraint. Thus, the incumbent should have strong strategic planning and vision, technical capacity and experience in his/her field of expertise. S/he should be a strong team player, have strong service orientation, flexibility and proactivity to manage arising situations and challenges. In addition, the incumbent should coordinate closely with other units, promote collaboration and contribute to a positive work environment. The ASO will be expected to travel to field locations. He/she will work closely with supply staff in the field to ensure an effective supply chain that enables the office to meet the needs of PoCs and timely delivery of quality goods and services to PoCs. The position requires a dedicated staff member who will work with all supply staff in the operation and other UN agencies, NGOs, government partners, and commercial contractors to facilitate supply activities of the operations to ensure the smooth running of the operation. The incumbent will provide training to all implementing partners on the UNHCR policy, rules and regulations on procurement of goods and services, review the current procurement systems of partners, and assist in addressing the project audit observations including recurring findings on procurement, asset management, etc. He/she will also facilitate the pre-qualification of partners for procurement (PQP) and especially those with delegated procurement value of USD 100,000 and above.
Living and Working Conditions:
Brazzaville is the landlocked administrative capital of the Republic of Congo, located on the northern bank of the River Congo, directly opposite Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and has the country’s largest city population of 2.5 million. Brazzaville is home to all institutions, ministries, UN agencies, universities, high schools and colleges, as well as hospitals and clinics. French is the official language and Lingala and Kituba are the ROC ‘s national languages. (Pointe Noire the second largest city being the oil producing and commercial centre of the country, is on the Atlantic Coast and can be reached by car within 6 hours). Life in Brazzaville is expensive and this is reflected in the cost of living adjustment. There are traffic jams at peak times and roads are of an acceptable standard. Security in the city centre is good (Level 2) as there is significant police presence and international staff are recommended to reside within the security perimeter. UNHCR ‘s country office is in the city centre and close to the UN clinic which is available to UNHCR colleagues and family members. The health care system standard is low and not on par with other leading centres such as Accra, Casablanca, Nairobi, Pretoria and Tunis. Serious medical cases, including COVID-19, require out of country medical evacuation. Malaria is an endemic health problem. Brazzaville ‘s climate is sub-tropical and has two dry and two rainy seasons each year.
BA: Business Administration (Required), BA: Engineering (Required), BA: Logistics (Required), BA: Marketing (Required), BA: Mathematics (Required)
Institute of Purchasing and Supply – Other
Annual Budget OL in Operation/Office, Number of Persons of Concern Served, Number of Workforce in Operation/Work Setting, Workforce to Supervise, Working with Persons of Concern: Asylum Seekers, Working with Persons of Concern: Internally Displaced Persons, Working with Persons of Concern: Others of Concern, Working with Persons of Concern: Refugees, Working with Persons of Concern: Stateless
Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Managing performance, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration
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Add.2 to Bi-annual Compendium 2022 – Part B
This position doesn’t require a functional clearance
How to apply
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The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).
Closing date of receipt of applications: 16 February 2023 (midnight Geneva time)