Chief Supply - Islamabad, Pakistan - United Nations Children's Fund

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    The Chief Supply and Logistics reports to the Deputy Representative, Operations as per the Pakistan Country Office (PCO) set-up and is responsible for managing and guiding the Section in the effective and timely execution of all supply and procurement operations in support of programme delivery processes in Pakistan as well as for operations undertaken for and on behalf of other countries. The incumbent also provides guidance to Supply staff based in the field offices in Pakistan. The supply chain operations include planning, procurement, contracting, customs clearance, warehousing, in country transport and distribution, as well as monitoring of supplies, services and construction works. The incumbent collaborates closely with programmes in defining supply interventions to meet programmatic needs and achieve results for children, and provides technical and advisory support to governments, national systems and partners on supply chain management.

    To make a difference, the incumbent shall be responsible for following key strategic functions, accountabilities and related duties/ tasks;

    Management of the Supply section:

  • Establish the annual work plan for the Supply section; determine priorities/targets and performance measurements and monitor work progress to ensure that results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.
  • Supervise and coach section staff, ensuring timely performance management of staff, and a collaborative approach across the supply team, to enhance cross functional skills to provide flexibility and resilience within the supply team staffing
  • In collaboration with Supply Division, Regional Office and the global supply community, ensure knowledge sharing and learning is prioritized in order to continuously build capacity of individuals and the team.
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of operational capacity to handle CO supply chains, including staffing (appropriate staffing structure, timely recruitment, clarity of roles and responsibilities) and contracting of third-party services (e.g. customs clearance, warehousing, transport, distribution)
  • Supply chain service delivery and emergency response:

  • Participate in the Country Programme Action Planning and advice on Supply requirements for the Plan of Operations and Annual Work Plans. Ensure appropriate planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the supply chain operations, including establishment of performance indicators, and assessment of fit for purpose of products and services.
  • Analyze supply spend and establish procurement strategies appropriated to speicific categories in order to focus on strategic, essential supplies and services that contribute to results for children, including design and implementation of a robust localization strategy, vendor roster and long term agreements (LTAs) where relevant.
  • Ensure timely customs clearance of supplies entering the country and establish appropriate warehousing and inventory management practices, including appropriate in-country transport.
  • Ensure appropriate vendor management practices e.g. supply performance reviews are established and applied.
  • Analyze supply dashboards, implementation rates of key performance indicators and supply information/data from various systems and conduct root cause analysis of supply chain bottlenecks and challenges, with a view to drive improvements and ensure efficient and effective supply chains for children.
  • Develop an emergency supply & logistics strategy based on risk assessment analysis and Programme assumptions. Ensure an emergency supply and logistics preparedness action plan for the CO is established in line with Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCC), and implemented (establishment of relevant LTAs and frame agreements for emergency response, prepositioning of stock, and training of staff in the country office).
  • Participate in high level emergency coordination, implementation and monitoring meetings with internal and external partners and establish close collaboration with Logistics Cluster/National Logistics Working Group if such is activated/existing.
  • Establish strong working relations with Regional Chief of Supply/Regional Dep Rep of Operations, as well as Supply Division, to align with global and regional approaches and initiatives in supply chain management.
  • Collaboration with programme and implementing partners:

  • Establish close collaboration with programme sections through involvement in programme design, planning, and preparation for implementation of supply components as well as monitoring and evaluation. Establish accountability framework with programmes, for delivery of results for children.
  • Provide supply input to donor dialogue, and support development of supply components of proposals to donors including budgeting and use of innovative financing mechanisms for supplies, services and construction works.
  • Support assessment of and collaboration with implementing partners including civil society, establishment of Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCAs), and monitoring of supply components under Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT).
  • Develop and maintain partnership and collaborative relations with Government, UN organizations and bilateral counterparts in supply and logistics activities including harmonized and collaborative procurement.
  • Technical and advisory support to government/national systems:

  • Promote/drive supply chain strengthening and change management initiatives with governments and partners, to ensure efficient and effective supply chains for children.
  • Implement capacity development initiatives in the area of supply chains for children, in close collaboration with programme colleagues. Support supply components of health systems strengthening relevant in the country context.
  • Advisory support to Governments/national systems in defining and determining supply solutions for children, such as use of procurement services; supply financing solutions; local market development; private sector engagement.
  • Innovation, products and markets:

  • Contribute to pilots and support the actual roll-out of new products and services, in close collaboration with Supply Division and/or Regional Office if applicable.
  • Promote critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices on supply chain management within the organization as well as with externals to ensure effective and efficient supply chains for children.
  • Review digitization initiatives, critically assess processes, advice on where additional benefits could be gained from digitization and work in close collaboration with ICT, Regional Office and/or Supply Division to design and implement solutions
  • Further to analysis of supply spend and related procurement strategies, run initiatives to ensure local market development where relevant.
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  • An advanced university degree is required in Business Administration, Management, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Procurement, Contract/Commercial Law, International Development, Health or related social science field, or relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor's) in conjunction with a valid relevant professional certification is required.
  • A first level university degree (Bachelor's) in a relevant technical field (as identified above), in conjunction with eight (8) years of relevant work at the national and international levels, in supply, logistics, procurement, contracting, systems strengthening and/or other directly-related technical fields may be taken in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in supply, logistics, procurement, contracting, systems strengthening and/or other directly-related technical fields is required.
  • Experience of working within a complex environment and leading an experienced supply team is required.
  • Good analytical skills, with a robust understanding of category management, and designing fit for purpose procurement strategies is required.
  • Understanding of development and humanitarian work and experience at an international level is required.
  • Emergency experience is an advantage.
  • Health supply chain management and systems strengthening experience an advantage.
  • Experience in managing logistics in a complex environment is required.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
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