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Position: Assistant Supply Officer
About the job
- This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants.
Procedures and Eligibility
Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS).
Applicants must be nationals of, and be locally recruited within the country of their employment.
Duties And Qualifications
Assistant Supply Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Assistant Supply Officer supports all activities pertaining to the supply chain function including planning, sourcing & procurement, transport, shipping, customs clearance, warehousing assets & fleet management within the area of responsibility. 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 may supervise 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 Assistant 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.
Contacts are predominantly with other UN agencies, Implementing partners and Government Departments on relevant subject matters at the working level.
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.
- Ensure accurate and comprehensive records on supply activities and provide timely reports and updates both periodically and on request.
- Manage tender processes and assist in the preparation of proposals for award of contracts to the relevant CoCs.
- 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 manage warehousing according to “best practices” and UNHCR rules and regulations.
- Maintain an efficient system for the release, and redeployment of goods.
- Coordinate the release and transportation and of relief and other non-food items.
- Analyse matters relating to sourcing & procurement activities, and deliver information on all sourcing & procurement activities within area of responsibility. Provide guidance and advice on UNHCR procurement policies and procedures to support and assist requesting sections.
- Provides asset management reports, customised reports, and gathers information on all assets and provides in-depth reports periodically and when requested.
- Analyse the quality of commodities and services delivered in relation to the needs of the location and established quality standards. Establish a local quality assurance process.
- 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.
- Disseminate, promote commitment to and monitor compliance with UNHCR’s global policies, standards and guidance on supply chain management.
In The Regional Bureaux
- Support Country Operations on how to implement supply operations based on interpretations of the situation and conclusions to how the operation can be best implemented.
- Track the progress of specific periodic operations and provide guidance that ensures timely implementation.
- 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.
- Assist country operations in MSRP management.
- 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
- Ensure that the local supply chain functions are optimised and aligned with the operations’ evolving needs and management systems, and there is an infrastructure that is robust and flexible enough to accommodate operational volatile requirements.
- Coordinate supply activities of UNHCR Partners and/or contractors performing supply related activities, and ensure that they understand and adhere to relevant UNHCR rules and procedures.
- Through regular physical verification of PPE establish their status.
- Propose old and obsolete PPE for disposal and plan for arrival of replacement items.
- Implement effective asset and fleet management that regularly monitors the asset/fleet pool, saves cost and safeguards the investment of the organisation including receipt, inspection, registration & marking of new Property, Plant and Equipment (PPE), and organisation of the physical verification of PPE.
- Ensure that PPE agreements are properly issued and signed. Ensure proper preparation of disposal forms and cases for the Asset Management Board. Organize the disposal of PPE according to Asset Management Board decisions.
- Adapt local supply chain structures to be consistent with the operational needs. Ensure effective information flow in the supply chain and adapt local process to the prevailing environment.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P1/NOA – 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
- Business Administration,
- Supply Chain Management,
International Commerce or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and/or Licenses
Supply Chain Learning Programme
Fritz Institute Certificate in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL)
Certificate from Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supplies, e.g. CFIPS, CMIPS, MCIPS;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Relevant Job Experience
Other UN procurement and logistics training ¿ such as IAPSO and UNPD.
SC-PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management
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.
Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening. Knowledge of the Local Language Kiswahili is mandatory
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).
For External Candidates: All vacancies are posted to UNHCR’s careers webpage (https://www.unhcr.org/other-opportunities.html). On that page, you can select “vacancies”, which will redirect you to the application site where you may search for positions. Filter by country and select “Tanzania”. On the bottom of the Job Opening page, you will see an “Apply” button, and if you have never submitted an application via UNHCR Careers webpage, you will be requested to register as a New User.
In the process of applying, you must choose: 1. Nationality at Birth-Your nationality, 2. Current Nationality- Your nationality. Both options must be selected. Kindly note, applications are not received through email, but through www.unhcr.org/careers.html following the process as described. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Qualified female and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply
Shortlisted Candidates will be required to sit for a written test and pass with a set pass mark in order to proceed to the interview stage.
See below for this postion’s Operational Context
The Assistant Supply Officer supports all activities pertaining to the supply chain function including planning, sourcing & procurement, transport, shipping, customs clearance, warehousing assets & fleet management within the area of responsibility. The position is located in the Field Office Kibondo, Kigoma region.
The incumbent is directly supervised by the Head of Field Office (HOFO) Kibondo, but functionally by the Senior Supply Officer based in the UNHCR Representation Office, Dar es salaam who defines the objectives and provides general guidance. S/he will also refer to UNHCR manuals and relevant policy papers. The incumbent will supervise general service staff under the supply unit. S/he maintains regular contacts on working level with other UN agencies, UNHCR Partners, NGOs, government partners and commercial contractors under the Field Office.
The minimum education requirement for this position is undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, International Commerce, with at least 1-year relevant experience or no experience with Graduate or Doctorate degree relevant to the field.
Certificates and/or Licenses in Supply Chain Learning Programme, Humanitarian Logistics (CHL), Certificate from Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supplies, e.g., CFIPS, CMIPS, MCIPS is mandatory. Other UN procurement and logistics training such as IAPSO and UNPD is desirable.
Candidates must have Functional Skills in Computer Literacy, PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management; Supply Planning, Customs clearance, Logistics, Warehouse Management, Asset Management, Fleet Management & SC-UN/UNHCR Procurement Rules and Procedures. Language Proficiency in English and Kiswahili is mandatory.
Please note that the closing date for the submisision of application is Sunday 03 April 2022(midnight Tanzania time).