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Contracts Officer, (Technical Optimization Projects) P-2, TA, Contracting Centre (CC), Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark (post #00121087)


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Logistics
    • Procurement
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Supply Chain
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-07

The Contracting Officer will work across two units in the Contracting Centre. The Contracts Officer will work on various activities in the Policy and Procedures Unit (PPU) under the direct supervision of the Contracts Specialist (PPU) and on further activities in the Project Support Unit (PSU) under the direct supervision of the Contracts Manager (PSU).


Contracts Officer, (Technical Optimization Projects) P-2, TA, Contracting Centre (CC), Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark (post #00121087)


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, hope...

How can you make a difference?

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, 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, bias or favoritism. 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 supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job context:

This position is targeted at experienced procurement professionals that combine strong project management skills, a solid understanding of United Nations procurement policies and procedures and experience in both service contracting and delivering the digitalization of supply chain activities.

Purpose of the Job:

The Contracting Officer will work across two units in the Contracting Centre. The Contracts Officer will work on various activities in the Policy and Procedures Unit (PPU) under the direct supervision of the Contracts Specialist (PPU) and on further activities in the Project Support Unit (PSU) under the direct supervision of the Contracts Manager (PSU).

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

The key focus in PPU will be the coordination and implementation of two optimization activities:

  • Scope and establish business case for any further vision Contract enhancements to address data privacy, PSEA, Accessibility of procurement documents, Sustainable Procurement, etc indicators and trackers. In coordination with other key internal and external stake holders. 
  • Create business case for transaction level monitoring to enable real-time Compliance reviews. (in coordination with MSDC and DFAM, and possibly OIAI)
  • Representing the Contracting Centre in the Vision Coordination Group meetings. Coordinating with different Centres/Divisions/Country offices to gather the required information and for the implementation of different improvement initiatives. 
  • Coordination with different Centres/Units to gather the data/information for the Efficiency Reporting of different initiatives. Review and compilation of the data for further review of the P3 CC.
  • Any other duties or assignments as requested by the Contracts Specialist (PPU).

The key focus in PSU will be the following two optimization activities:

Under the supervision of the Contracts Manager (PSU), the successful candidate will input to the following projects/activities:

  • Support to the cross functional project team for the execution of the majority of the 18 identified and in process SAP/VISION improvements for contracting processes.
  • Support the cross functional project team for the execution of SAP/VISION improvements for service contracting processes.
  • Support the service contracting process, in particular support to policy and guidance development for Country Offices.

In delivering the above activities/projects the Contracts Officer will be responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining detailed project documentation including project plans, issues logs and risks registers
  • Technical and policy support to end users - both internal and external
  • Reporting on and estimating benefits (time and cost) delivered by the optimization projects
  • Coordinating and monitoring any technical system testing (especially relevant to SAP/VISION improvements)
  • Creation of any training, guidance and communication documentation
  • Writing, as required, scoping/options papers and presentations to summarize research and recommendations

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



A Completed 1st University Degree (Bachelor's Degree) in business administration, commerce or law or technical field is required.


  • Minimum two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience, preferably at the international level is required.
  • Experience in projects in an international procurement and supply chain environment
  • Good knowledge of computer applications. SAP is highly desirable
  • Understanding of the contracting process for service
  • Experience in supporting training design and implementation
  • Project management experience
  • Experience in delivering the digitalization of supply chain activities i.e. implementing IT solutions for the supply chain

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset. 

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Functional Competencies:

  • Planning and Organizing (level 2)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (level 1)
  • Relating and Networking (level 1)
  • Persuading and Influencing (level 1)

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.


  • For UNICEF Fixed-Term staff, the 1-year time in post must be observed to apply for another position.
  • 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:
  • For Fixed-Term positions, 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.
  • Kindly note that all applications should be in English and that applications outside of the online recruiting system will not be accepted. Kindly also note that diversity and gender balance are factors in the selection process.
  • UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
  • Please submit your application by 07, December 2022
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