Denmark: Supply Chain Specialist, Cold Chain, P-3, 73660, Supply Chain Strengthening Centre, Copenhagen

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Denmark
Closing date: 10 Jun 2016

Supply Chain Specialist, Cold Chain, P-3, 73660, Supply Chain Strengthening Centre, Copenhagen


Approved by the GAVI Board in June 2015, the supply chain strategy leverages the GAVI Alliance’s global capabilities – advocacy, policy-making, standard-setting, influence, and funding – and in-country resources to establish a powerful enabling environment for end-to-end supply chain improvement. The strategy promotes five fundamental building blocks: planning and management, system design, human resources, logistics data, and cold chain systems.

The strategy’s theory of change states that if GAVI Alliance partners work to support countries strengthening these fundamentals, then EPI programs will better reach the strategic objectives – ensuring that potent vaccines are available and delivered efficiently. These key objectives of the immunization supply chain strategy support the broader GAVI Alliance strategic goals of increasing coverage and equity while continuing to introduce new vaccines, which in turn links to decreasing under-five mortality and improving overall health outcomes in countries.

Purpose of the Position:

Working closely with UNICEF Supply Division (SD), Programme Division (PD), UNICEF Regional Offices, UNICEF Country Offices (CO’s), the GAVI Alliance, and other partners, in support of the Cold Chain Equipment Platform, will:

  1. Define the process methodology and mechanisms to incorporate system design evaluations into cold chain investment decisions
  2. Analyze technologies and develop tools for rapid, easy-to-use simulations of the impact of various cold chain investments to a supply chain
  3. Support governments and partners in developing cold chain investment and implementation plans

Key Expected Results:

  • The Cold Chain Equipment Platform’s Country Readiness Package has a clear mandate and structure to incorporate system design considerations for cold chain investments
  • Governments and partners have the evidence basis to understand the supply chain impact of various cold chain investments
  • Supply chain initiatives are developed through open communication channels with other UN agencies and partners to ensure consistency and efficiency of ideas

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks:

Under the guidance and leadership of the Immunization Supply Chain Specialist:

  • Support internal and external working groups in development of the Country Readiness Package for the Cold Chain Equipment Platform
  • Support the integration of system design considerations in process methodology and mechanisms for the Cold Chain Equipment Platform, extendable to generic cold chain investment decisions
  • Provide a landscape analysis and set of recommendations to the System Design working group and Cold Chain Equipment Platform for rapid, easy-to-use simulations of the impact of various cold chain investments to a supply chain
  • Coordinate with internal and external partners to ensure collective understanding, collaboration, coordinated progress, and avoidance of overlap in system design support provided to countries
  • Upon request from Regional and/or Country Offices, participate and advice in the process to prepare Terms of Reference, advice on partner expertise, and participate in field missions for specific technical assistance, when required
  • Facilitate exchanges of best practices, capacity building and work with partners (internal/external) and counterparts in the specific Programme area on supply chain issues
  • Contribute to documentation or publication of empirical case studies
  • Any other duties or assignments as requested by the supervisor

Qualifications of Successful Candidate:


Master’s Degree is required in the area of Supply Chain Management, Logistics Management, Operations Management, Strategic Planning, or other.

*First University degree in relevant above areas along with seven (7) years of relevant experience can be accepted in lieu of advanced degree.

Work Experience

Minimum five (5) years of relevant work experience in a professional capacity in supply chain management in the public or private sector, with a focus on quantitative analysis, modeling, simulation, planning, or business operations of the immunization supply chain is required.

Work experience in international settings and/or in development cooperation is an advantage.


Fluency in English is required. Fluency in another UN language is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values:

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies:

  • Communication (level 2)
  • Working with People (level 2)
  • Drive for Results (level 2)

Functional Competencies:

  • Relating and Networking (level 2)
  • Persuading and Influencing (level 2)
  • Analyzing (level 2)
  • Planning and Organizing (level 2)

To view our competency framework, please click here.

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.

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Applications should be submitted before close of business on: 10 June, 2016.**

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