Contracts Officer, Copenhagen

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Denmark

City: Copenhagen

Office: UNICEF Copenhagen

Closing date: Thursday, 30 September 2021

Contracts Officer, P2, FT, Copenhagen, Denmark

Job no: 544679

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Denmark Division/Equivalent: Field Results Group

School/Unit: Copenhagen

Department/Office: Supply Division, COPENHAGEN

Categories: Supply/Logistics

Contracts Officer P2, Fixed-Term, Copenhagen, Denmark

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, Health

Access to essential products for children and their families is an overarching goal for the work of UNICEF Supply Division. As one of the largest United Nations procurement agencies, UNICEF is uniquely positioned to leverage its reach, supply expertise and purchasing power to support governments across 150 countries to deliver results for children.This position is located in the Health Technology Centre (HTC). HTC is a procurement centre within the Supply Division and it focuses on ensuring sustainable access to life-saving health technologies, including safe injection equipment. The centre ensures the global availability of Health Technology Supplies through influencing markets for these lifesaving commodities, works with governments, partners and suppliers to plan, procure and deliver the right products at the right time, at the right price, while driving product innovations to meet needs around the world.

How can you make a difference?

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and in support of the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) initiative, UNICEF is filling a strategic role as the procurement agent for the COVAX initiative, routine immunization and Procurement Service Partners.

As part of the COVID-19 Pandemic response, UNICEF is supporting partners through Procurement Services to secure the required Safe Injection Equipment. Securing supply, Partnership engagement, and coordination of subsequent procurement of these devices on behalf of Procurement Service Partners across the range of demand, safeguarding UNICEFs interest, is key to the COVID-19 supply response.

Under the general supervision of the Contracts Specialist, the incumbent will manage the procurement services related demand for COVID-19 SIE response, proving procurement in accordance with the UNICEF Rules and Regulations. Monitors and reports on supplier performance, market development and procurement history for a segment of product.

Key functions and responsibilities:

Ensures all procurement activities are in compliance with the UNICEF Financial Rules and Regulations, SD Manual, and all other applicable procurement procedures.

Issues international tender invitations to acceptable suppliers, evaluates quotations, clarifies offers and negotiates with suppliers, as appropriate.

Makes recommendations for finalization of purchases, adjudicates offers in consultation with Technical and QA Centres. Prepares and defends submissions to CRC.

Establishes Long Term Agreements and Direct Order Contracts.

Supports the Centre and the Procurement Services Centre with preparation of Price Estimates.

Reviews and provides recommendations for Local Procurement by Field Offices.

Reviews material specifications and requirements with the Technical and QA Centres to ensure completeness and appropriateness.

In partnership with QA and Technical, evaluates suppliers with respect to delivery performance, product acceptability and commercial acceptability.

Assists in preparation of all information materials, updating of data bases and management systems for use by HQs, Field Offices or Regional Offices.

Performs as a liaison in communicating with other centres regarding implementation of procurement cycle.

Establishes work plans and priorities, monitors achievements and evaluates performance of support staff.

Any other duties or assignments as requested by the supervisor.

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


A completed first university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in business administration, commerce or law or related technical field

Minimum two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience, preferably at the international level

Experience in commercial activities with the public or private sector in developing and/or industrialized countries

Knowledge of worldwide procurement, contract negotiations and administration

Experience from analytical work and negotiations

Fluency in English


Experience in procurement / contracting of Medical devices

Experience in SAP Materials Management Module

Proficiency in other UN Language

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and..

Core Competencies

Nurtures, leads and manages people

Builds and maintains partnerships

Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

Drive to achieve results for impact

Innovates and embraces change

Thinks and acts strategically

Manages ambiguity and complexity

Works collaboratively with others

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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.


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.

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