Shipping Specialist (Contracts), P-3, FT, Post# 117858, Copenhagen, Denmark

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund


Under the general guidance of the Logistics Manager, the Shipping Specialist (Contracts) will assist in the development and execution of end-to-end transport activities (from manufacturer to recipient countries, via SD stocks if relevant) inclusive of tracking delivery including Procurement Services orders, contracts management, insurance and reporting requirements.

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 full 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.

 

For every child, Care

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does – in programmes, 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. 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 accelerating the equitable development of nations.

 

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Logistics Manager, the Shipping Specialist (Contracts) will assist in the development and execution of end-to-end transport activities (from manufacturer to recipient countries, via SD stocks if relevant) inclusive of tracking delivery including Procurement Services orders, contracts management, insurance and reporting requirements.

Estimated annual number of shipments: Approx. 10,000 shipments.

Key functions and responsibilities:

  1. Review and develop in coordination with the Supervisor the global shipping contractual strategy,
  2. Ensures all shipping activities and procurement of shipping services are in compliance with the UNICEF Financial Rules and Regulations, Supply Manual, and all other applicable shipping and procurement procedures.
  3. Liaises with other centres regarding transportation of cargo under the responsibility of the Shipping Contracting Unit.
  4. Provides transport advice on all contractual arrangements for cargo under the responsibility of the Shipping Contracting Unit.
  5. Perform analysis of shipping rates through UNICEF freight forwarders and make recommendations to  business process owners and contracts managers based on findings and analysis.
  6. Makes recommendations concerning contractual elements in consultation with Technical and Quality Assurance (QA) Centres. Prepares and defends submissions to Contracts Review Committee.
  7. Reviews material and freight specifications and requirements with Technical and QA Centres to ensure completeness and appropriateness.
  8. In partnership with QA and Technical Services Centre, evaluates suppliers with respect to performance and commercial acceptability.
  9. Establishes work plans and priorities, monitors achievements and evaluates performance of support staff.
  10. Any other duties or assignments as requested by the supervisor.

 

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

Education

  • A completed Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in business, project management, supply chain management, shipping, transportation, logistics or international commerce or related field is required.
  • *A first level university degree (Bachelor’s) in a relevant technical field (as identified in JD), in conjunction with 7 years of relevant work experience may be taken in lieu of a master’s degree.

Work Experience

  • Minimum five years of progressively responsible professional experience in transport or supply chain management, including at least three at the international level. Experience in managing logistically complex medium- to large-scale projects. Experience in commercial activities with the public or private sector in developing and industrialized countries.

Languages

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

The value and competencies required for this post are (CRITA)….

Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people (2)

 

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.

 

Remarks:

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

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

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