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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Copenhagen
Level: P-5
Location: Denmark
Categories: Supply Management

Chief, Health Technology Supply Chain Centre , P5, FT, Post # 63050

Health Technology Supply Chain Centre

UNICEF Supply Division – Copenhagen, Denmark

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.

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

Strategic context

Access to life-saving health related products including a large range of medical devices for children is a key priority for UNICEF. UNICEF Supply Division support countries with 1. strengthening their health service delivery and security of supply and distribution to well established UNICEF programmes and 2. provides emergency response to natural and man-made emergencies. In 2022, medical supplies and equipment procurement value was at $323.6 million via Supply Divisions strategic procurement efforts supporting a large number of countries including those suffering prolonged emergencies.

The position leads the Health Technology Supply Chain Centre in Supply Division and manages enhancement of its operational performance, including to ensure timely delivery of medical devices/supplier performance, oversee supply chain and strategic contract management, bring innovation to scale in collaboration with partners via negotiation of access agreements to new strategic essential health-related products.

 Purpose for the job

Directs the activities and is responsible for the wide range of services, procurement and supply chain conducted by the Centre to ensure that the appropriate products for UNICEF assisted programmes in the related fields are identified, procured, and adequate sources are developed. Leads the Health Technology Supply Chain Centre in Supply Division (around 50 staff). Estimated procurement value of around $300 million per annum

 Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Plans, directs and coordinates advisory services on supply chain matters in the area of health technology, in support of UNICEF Country Programmes, Regional Offices and in collaboration with UNICEF Programme Group, WHO, UNDP, UNFPA, other agencies, NGOs and industry. This includes end to end supply chain, planning, forecasting, procurement, expediting and delivery and planning of in country logistics.
  2. Ensures procurement is conducted in compliance with UN Financial Rules and Regulations and Division Procedures.
  3. Provide strategic guidance and support to country programmes on supply policy issues relevant to health technology supply chain and helps develop supply analysis and strategies of country programmes. Recommends policy changes related to supply and services. In collaboration with regional offices assures high quality supply chain by establishing priorities and evaluation of services provided in context of regional supply strategies.
  4. Sets policy procedures and guidelines in close collaboration with Centre Chiefs, for evaluation of offers, contracts, agreements and for ensuring the objectives are met.
  5. Participates in major strategic meetings with Programme Group, WHO, USAID and other stakeholders on global supply policy issues to ensure the objectives are met.
  6. Represents UNICEF at major meetings and conferences in relation to health technologies, relating to strategies and policy development for the supply of appropriate products and services and procurement and end to end supply chain.
  7. Guides market research, ensures adequate long-term forecasting and facilitates communication of such to and from programmes, industry and partners.
  8. Supervises a team of specialists and assistants, setting goals and directions for the work of the teams and centre. Overall management of the centre including budget steward responsibility for program funds

Impact of Results:

  • Effective and efficient procurement and supply chain of medical devices and other health-related products and services supports UNICEF programme implementation in both development and emergency settings.
  • Provides leadership, strategic coordination and communication with internal and external partners, suppliers and country offices in relation to UNICEF health related supplies, including innovation initiatives.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…


Advanced university degree in biomedical engineering, business/management or other related social sciences disciplines.

*A completed 1st University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree), along with 2 additional  years of relevant experience, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


Minimum ten years in health programmes with knowledge of medical devices and equipment, diagnostics and mosquito nets required for country programmes and of worldwide markets. Senior experience in public procurement. Proven management experience very important.


English and another UN language (French/Spanish).

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

The core competencies required for this post are;

  • 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 / technical skills

  • Leadership and managerial skills
  • Ability to make appropriate and at times quick, decisions on complex matters
  • Good interpersonal skills to ensure effective working relationship with colleagues and partners.
  • Problem solving oriented.
  • Creative and innovative and able to meet changing environment requirements
  • High level of analytical and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and manage multiple activities and adjust to changing priorities.
  • Ability of articulate and conceptualise ideas and influence trends and directions
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.  


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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:

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.



Advertised: 09 May 2023 Romance Daylight Time
Deadline: 22 May 2023 Romance Daylight Time



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