Field Support Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Denmark, Denmark

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th September, 2016

Job Description

Purpose of the Position

The position is based in Supply Division's Knowledge Sharing and Solutions Unit (KSSU) and reports to the Chief, Communications, Knowledge Sharing and Solutions.

The Field Support Specialist provides specific procurement expertise to Country Offices, supporting knowledge sharing, to foster effective implementation of the supply function. He/she will actively promote the best procurement practices as well as the Supply Chain Community concept.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

  1. Participate and assist in the implementation of an integrated, end-to-end business intelligence for supply analysis. Contribute to a knowledge sharing integrated approach to ensure coverage of Country Offices' needs. Review country segmentation and recommend specific training needed for all actors i.e., staff and counterparts.
  2. Establish, develop and maintain strong network with Country Offices to measure impact and usefulness of Direct Ordering and evaluate the efficiency of support. Advocate for and promote joint actions supporting the One UN Procurement Concept.
  3. Address specific CO requirements, also through missions, and provide tailored support including guidance in respect of local market surveys and supply self-assessments.
  4. Identify potential risks and propose corrective and follow-up actions as part of the SD oversight function. Share best practices, lessons learned and formulate guidelines addressing Regional/Local Procurement needs.
  5. In collaboration with the Regional Supply Advisors assess the procurement capacity needs for Country Offices, identify issues and propose ways of support. Develop specific procurement expertise related documents and ensure availability and sharing with country offices.
  6. Advocate for multi-year perspective and program cycle-driven planning, integrating the essential/strategic and non-essential supporting characteristics of the commodities.
  7. Liaise with the Commodity Contracts Officers for fine tuning of all developed documentation. As key player in knowledge sharing, ensure integrative approach into materials availed to Country Offices, in liaison with the Communications Unit.
  8. Establish work plan and priorities, monitor achievements and evaluate performance of support staff.
  9. Any other duties or assignments as requested by the supervisor.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


A completed Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in Public Administration, Business Administration or Management, International Relations, or related field is required.

Work experience:

  • Minimum eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional experience in either public and/or private sector in a managerial capacity is required.
  • Knowledge of world-wide procurement, contract negotiations and administration is required.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment and/or developing country context is required.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications is required.
  • Experience in a function with substantive knowledge sharing and community management responsibilities is an asset.


Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of 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

  • Leading and Supervising (Level 1)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (Level 2)
  • Relating and Networking (Level 2)
  • Persuading and Influencing (Level 2)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (Level 2)
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking (Level 2)

To view our competency framework, please click here.


Please be informed that all applications to UNICEF are handled via UNICEF's online recruiting system. You can apply to the above position by creating your profile, and application at our web site: Kindly note that all applications should be in English and that applications outside of the online recruiting system will not be accepted. If you experience any technical issues with submitting your application, kindly contact

Kindly also note that candidates will be assessed on foundational and functional competencies and that diversity and gender balance are also factors in the selection process.

**Applications should be submitted before close of business on: September 30, 2016.**

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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