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[Readvertisement] Technical Specialist (Education), P-3, FT, #53030, WSEC, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Supply Chain
    • Logistics
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-26

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In communication with counterparts in field offices and Programme Division, the Education Technical Specialist establishes technical specifications, standards and guidelines for Educational and related commodities for UNICEF programmes.

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.

For every child, Education

Supplies are essential to fulfill children's rights.  Supporting child survival and development programmes around the world, UNICEF-procured supplies are critical in providing for children's health, education and protecting them from abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

UNICEF procures and supplies over 5,000 products to address the needs of children.

As well as supporting UNICEF's ongoing programmatic activities, the Supply function provides rapid supply response to emergencies.

UNICEF also procures and supplies essential commodities on behalf of governments and other partners in their efforts. These procurement services can also include in-country logistics, capacity building, and project management.

Ensuring the global availability of essential supplies through influencing markets for lifesaving commodities such as vaccines, essential medicines and health products, and implementing a range of supply chain models to ensure these supplies are delivered to children, are two overarching focuses. 

How can you make a difference?

The Water Sanitation and Education Centre (WSEC) establishes contracts, processes and systems for efficient and timely procurement of WASH and Education commodities/kits as well as providing technical guidance to UNICEF country offices globally. The Centre provides technical oversight and has the normative function ensuring Education procurement embraces sustainability while ensuring products meets minimum safety regulation for use by children.

In communication with counterparts in field offices and Programme Division, the Technical Specialist (Education) establishes technical specifications, standards and guidelines for educational and related commodities, which are requisitioned by UNICEF programmes, or by specialized UN agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations on a procurement services basis. The Technical Specialist (Education) also identifies commodity sources and evaluates technical appropriateness of commodities with a focus on sustainable procurement.

You will be accountable for: 

1. Reviewing and developing technical specifications and requirements to ensure completeness and appropriateness. Advising requesting offices on technical matters relating to the commodity of specialization. Clarifying inadequate specifications with requesting offices, proposing substitute or alternative items as necessary.

2. Collaborating with Programme Division, Country Offices and/or other UN agencies in promotion and improvements in use, availability and appropriateness of products. Support in convening industry and global partners around access to education products.

3. Supporting development of a supply strategy in support of global education strategy 2030 with focus on emerging products, technologies and new delivery platforms for supplies via integrated programming.

4. Conducting market research, providing analyses, background information, recommendations for improving the suitability, sustainability, ensure the products are culturally suitable to be used globally. In collaboration with Innovation unit reviewing existing commodity group to identify product gaps and propose improvements for disability inclusiveness.

5. In collaboration with Programme Division, Regional Offices and Country Offices supporting localized approaches to education supplies and identifying opportunities for partnership, as well as capacity development of governments in setting standards, sourcing and selection around education supplies.

6. Investigating global markets, maintaining resource files on a global basis. Recommending new areas of purchase for optimal currency utilization. Ensuring regular review and update on Education material webpages and UNGM. Maintaining network with Programme Division and other UN agencies to keep abreast of commodity trends and technical evolution of Education commodity group.

7. In conjunction with the Quality Assurance Section, establishing list of potential pre-qualified suppliers for the requisition, and ensue to maintain/update vendor list as required by Contracting Function for purchasing action.

8. In partnership with the Quality Assurance Center and Contracting Function, evaluating supplier performance and acceptability and delivery record, and general information including financial, historical and managerial. Visiting major suppliers, prescribing inspection criteria for commodities within specialized knowledge, and assessing manufacturers' quality control facility and capacity.

9. In partnership with Quality Assurance Centre and Warehouse ensuring Education material lists are kept updated while coordinating material depletion or write off where necessary.

10. Researching, evaluating and promoting new products, and promoting development of new technologies when appropriate, to meet programme requirements, especially focusing on sustainability and disability inclusiveness.

11. Reviewing the range of commodities under the Education Unit's responsibility, as well as the Education Emergency List.

12. Supporting the supply function in field offices by assisting in preparation of special projects that may arise.

Any other unplanned objective specifically assigned as per ad-hoc necessities.

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


An advanced university degree is required in Quality Assurance, Product Design, Engineering, or related discipline.

Specialist knowledge of education and/or relief commodities desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of progressive relevant professional experience dealing with technical specifications of products.

Experience in institutional procurement of general education and/or relief products.

Experience implementing Education programmes in UNICEF (or other agencies) is desirable.


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...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Applying Technical Expertise (Level 2)
  • Planning and Organizing (Level 2)
  • Deciding and Initiating Action (Level 2)
  • Leading and Supervising (Level 2)
  • Following Instructions and Procedures (Level 2)

View our competency framework at:

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


  • This vacancy announcement is open to all (internal and external candidates).
  • 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:
  • This position is classified as rotational which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • This is a re-advertisement in order to expand the candidate pool. Previous applicants need not reapply as their original application will be duly considered. 
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