Supply Officer (Rations), 2 Posts
New York City
Org. Setting and Reporting
These positions are located in the Life Support and Transport Section, Sourcing Support Service (SSS) in the Logistics Division (LD), Office of Supply Chain Management (OSCM), Department of Operational Support (DOS) at Headquarters.
The Department of Operational Support was established to provide end-to-end operational support, advisory services and other solutions to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices-away-from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.
The Office of Supply Chain Management includes the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Supply Chain Management, the Logistics Division, the Procurement Division, Uniformed Capabilities Support Division, Global Service Centre and the Enabling and Outreach Service. The Logistics Division performs a central role in the implementation of end-to-end supply chain management across the United Nations (UN) operations. The Division provides direction and advice on logistical matters, monitors and assesses the delivery of strategic transportation and support services, and directs the delivery of transportation and specialist support services in the functional areas of air transport, ground transport, engineering, medical and supply, inclusive of fuel, rations and general supplies and security equipment.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Life Support and Transport Section, the incumbent reports to the Chief of Rations Unit.
Within limits of delegated authority, the Supply Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Develops, reviews, monitors, assesses and manages technical contracts, through the implementation of category management approach and sourcing solutions, for the provision of rations and related support services to field missions.
• Maintains the programme documentation, such as plans and reports; controls project schedules and communicates to the relevant stakeholders on their progress.
• Plans and prepares current cost estimates/budget implications and long-term forecasts of the Organization's requirements for materials, services, supplies, food aid and utilities.
• Designs, develops and updates relevant software for tracking, reconciliation, costing and quality assurance purposes.
• Initiates actions leading to procurement, maintenance and disposal of items.
• Undertakes market research and reviews best practices in contract development and adapts such practices to United Nation's requirements.
• Establishes and/or reviews mission requirements. Initiates actions to fulfill and control these requirements.
• Ensures that accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained.
• Analyzes problems, audit and performance reports on mission activities and provides remedial action programmes where required.
• Reviews, prepares, defends supply-related Headquarters Committee on Contracts (HCC) cases and initiates action to fulfill and control these requirements.
• Conducts technical survey visits both in start-up phase and during implementation, to plan and ensure most efficient use of resources.
• Prepares presentations and reports to senior management.
• Maintains and updates the Rations Community of Practice and develops communication strategies as required.
• May provide guidance to or supervise new/junior staff.
• May perform other related work as required.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of supply operations, practices and contract management, planning, policies and procedures. Knowledge in developing supply contracts, plans, policies, procedures and programs. Knowledge in Category Management. Ability to specify business rules in the specific supply area. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently
• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, public administration, supply chain management or other relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Job - Specific Qualification
Certification in Supply Chain (SCOR-P, CSCP or equivalent), or Project/Programme Management methodology by an accredited body e.g., PMP, PGMP, PRINCE 2 (Foundation Project Management certification or practitioner level) or equivalent is desirable.
Certification in Food Science and Technology or Food Quality and Safety Standards or equivalent is desirable.
• A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in supply chain management, contract management, logistics, project management or related area is required.
• Experience working in category management for food and rations is desirable.
• Experience in food quality and safety auditing is desirable.
• Experience in managing food contracts in support of field operations (inclusive of peacekeeping operations, special political missions, agencies, funds and programmes), or other similar international organization is desirable.
• Experience working with business intelligence systems and data analysis tools is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This position is funded by the Support Account. The Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
• Applicants from troop and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peace Operations and the Department of Operational Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.
• Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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