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Under the supervision of the Senior Advisor in the Supply Chain Hub and the Procurement Services Manager, UNICEF Supply Division, The incumbent, will lead the financial sustainability and supply financing activities with related Supply Division centers including the Procurement Services Center (PSC), Regional Offices (RO) and Country Offices (CO), the UNICEF’s African Union (AU) and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Liaison Office (LO), or AU-ECA LO, Program Group (PG) immunization team as well as with other centers in Head Quarters (HQ) Divisions.
Strategic Context and Purpose for the Job
The fundamental mission of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commit all governments to comprehensive, integrated, and universal transformations by 2030. Countries are required to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change while ensuring that no one is left behind. Without adequate and sustained investments in health, the SDGs will not be realized.
One way of doing this is to influence the size, equity, efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of public spending at national and sub-national levels. In UNICEF, this is done through the Public Finance for Children (PF4C) stream of work, which is central to UNICEF’s work globally. Many of the obstacles to improving child outcomes can be directly traced to Public Financial Management (PFM) challenges, which makes it relevant to all programmatic pillars. Countries are at different stages in their trajectory towards self-financing sustainability and Public Finance Management (PFM) obstacles often impact their ability to mobilize required resources and/or maximize investments for children.
UNICEF is committed to influencing the mobilization, allocation, and utilization of domestic public financial resources, for greater, more equitable and sustainable results for children. As financial sustainability is one of the cornerstones to achieving durable and efficient systems of public programmes, UNICEF engages with governments to influence the mobilization, allocation, and utilization of domestic financial resources, for greater, more equitable results for children.
UNICEF Supply Division’s Financing Partnerships and Solutions Strategy specifically supports governments’ transition towards sustainable self-financing of essential supplies to increase domestically mobilized financing and improve access to essential commodities for children (and their families).
Supply Chain Hub Job context:
The rising cost to governments and partners of health products (medical devices, medicines, and vaccines) has attracted public concern across the globe along with the inequities elucidated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to safe, effective, quality-assured, and affordable essential products for children and their families through public health services is instrumental to improving the health of children and families, improving health coverage without incurring financial depredation and achieving meaningful change.
The long-lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world economy is expected to materially influence both the domestic fiscal space in programme countries, as well as the global health and development financing architecture for country programmes and other development priorities, going forward. Therefore, UNICEF's procurement service function including pre-financing support to governments and supply and logistics operations will continue to be a strategic element in sustaining and expanding access to essential supplies for children and their families in many programme countries.
Many of the Supply Division’s approaches and solutions used in the 2018-2021 strategic period for supporting the adequate financing of supplies will continue to be expanded. However, there is also a need to identify, build and strengthen new and current partnerships and supply and logistics solutions to support the provision of essential supplies and accelerate results for children, while also mitigating COVID-19 risks, in a post-pandemic “new normal”.
In view of the recent development and of the UNICEF Supply Division's vision to move services closer to where they are most needed, used, and have the greatest impact, a Supply Chain Hub is part of the Supply Division created and outposts to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). The Supply Chain Hub’s mandates remain a global mandate.
Through strong collaboration with UNICEF Supply Division centers, Regional and Country Offices, the Supply Chain Hub will support strategic procurement services for governments’ efforts to strengthen their supply chains, contribute to the digitalization of the health sector including the supply chains, increase domestic and domestically mobilized financing and support improved market dynamics, including a strengthened local supplier base which complements domestic sources and further enables improved access.
This position is based in Supply Division and outposts to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and will support the implementation of the UNICEF Supply Division’s Financing Partnerships and Solutions Strategy. This position will report to the Senior Advisor, Supply, Addis Ababa with a dotted line to the Procurement Services Manager, UNICEF Supply Division.
Purpose of the Job:
Ensuring adequate and predictable financing for health and immunization often places pressure on limited public resources. The COVID-19 pandemic further increased the fiscal pressures on countries, that are now facing several overlapping crises that have slowed down the pace of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic making it even more important the need to strengthen domestic financing given the risks to children if core social services are not sustained. Under tight domestic fiscal constraints, and when most countries’ revenue has declined, many countries are looking for ways to achieve efficiency savings and ensure health spending represents good Value For Money (VFM).
Under the supervision of the Senior Advisor in the Supply Chain Hub and the Procurement Services Manager, UNICEF Supply Division, The incumbent, will lead the financial sustainability and supply financing activities with related Supply Division centers including the Procurement Services Center (PSC), Regional Offices (RO) and Country Offices (CO), the UNICEF’s African Union (AU) and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Liaison Office (LO), or AU-ECA LO, Program Group (PG) immunization team as well as with other centers in Head Quarters (HQ) Divisions
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Under the overall guidance of Senior Advisor Supply, UNICEF Supply Chain Hub and Procurement Services Manager, UNICEF Supply Division, in collaboration with Supply Division’s related Centers, Regional and Country Offices, the Procurement Services Manager will be expected to:
Monitoring and Evaluation
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