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Chief, Warehouse and Inventory Management Centre (WIMC), P5, #3629, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen

Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Organization: UNICEF
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
    • Managerial positions
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Transport and Distribution
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-08

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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, Deliver

Supplies are essential to fulfil 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 toemergencies.

UNICEF also procures and supplies essential commodities on behalf of governments and other partners in their efforts. Theseprocurement servicescan 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 Copenhagen Warehouse is part of UNICEF's integrated supply operation.

The automated Supply Division (SD) Warehouse covers over 20,000 square meters - the equivalent of three football pitches - and is equipped with the latest technology. The storage area alone is 8 stories high and could contain 6,000 20-foot containers. It has a storage capacity of 36,000 pallets. The warehouse also has a 'Good Distribution Practice' license to store and distribute pharmaceutical products. See a video and images of the Warehouse in action.

SD's key priorities are providing timely and effective service delivery, including for emergencies, programmes and procurement services partners, creating healthy markets and sustainable national supply chain systems, and providing supply financing solutions. To support and accelerate the achievement of results, the SD Office Management Plan (OMP) contains strategies on the Science of Delivery, Products & Markets, Services, Humanitarian Development Continuum, National System Strengthening, Financing and Domestic Resource Mobilization, Monitoring, the Supply Community, Optimizing UNICEF Supply, and Strengthening Organizational Excellence. All strategies follow a results-based approach and achieving key results and targeted outputs will have significant impact on the UNICEF Strategic Plan Goal and Result Areas.

The Warehouse and Inventory Management Centre (WIMC) is housed under the Supply Chain pillar in Supply Division and ensures supplies are made available to UNICEF locations.

You will be accountable for...

The Chief of the Warehouse and Inventory Management Centre (WIMC) manages UNICEF's global warehouse operations (i.e. replenishment, receipt of goods, storing in high-bay warehouse, planning of production and packing, packaging, and international shipments of goods), ensures that pharmaceutical products are handled in accordance with GDP and manages UNICEF support to country offices' inventory control. The Chief of WIMC also:

  • Optimizes the performance of SD warehouses including, lead-time for order fulfilment, emergency response, inventory mix and levels, inventory turns and write-offs, and location of global inventories. Ensures availability of core emergency supplies and kits at all times.
  • Leads and supports a large and diverse team of staff via supportive, inclusive approach. Sets team performance targets and supports continuous improvement, including as a part of SD's QMS approach.
  • Supervises the inventory management function and oversees that Supply Division policies are followed. Sets guidelines for the inventory turnover and the stocking policy in close consultation with Procurement Centres and SD Emergency Coordinator.
  • Works closely with the Chief of Transport Unit in delivery coordination, setting performance targets for the Unit.
  • Responsible for the Plan & Source function of which, with Procurement Centres and Emergency Unit, forecasts demand and plans replenishment. Analyzes changes in off take and recommends changes in LTA and Product status.
  • Maintains the functionality and efficiency of the IT systems related to the Centre, including Vision WMS, SAP MRP, barcode scanning and interface with automated Schaeffer system, such that warehouse constantly improves operating procedures in order to reduce operating costs and increase the speed and service offered to our customers.
  • Ensures that the budgets are adhered to and follows-up and works closely with FMC & Admin Unit in order to reduce operating costs and increase the speed and service offered to our customers.
  • Provides technical support and deployments to global and country programme logistics projects and capacity building. Oversees inventory management policies and facilitates systems for implementation.
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...


    A completed Advanced University Degree (Master's Degree) in Supply Chain Management, Business Management or a related technical field is required.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in supply chain management, warehouse or Production management, or Warehouse Management of Commercial Enterprises, some of which must be at an international level.

    Knowledge of SAP related to warehouse management systems is an asset.


    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:

  • Leading and Supervising (Level 3)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (Level 3)
  • Analyzing (Level 3)
  • Relating and Networking (Level 3)
  • Persuading and Influencing (Level 3)
  • Creating and Innovating (Level 3)
  • 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 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.


  • 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:
  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • 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. To apply, click on the following link

    We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
    Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
    Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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