Fresher Procurement Assistant UN Jobs – United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Job Title:    Procurement Assistant (Fresher UN Jobs)

Organization: United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Host Organization: United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda


About US:

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well-supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board.


Job Summary:  The purpose of the UN Volunteer assignment is to provide support to the procurement team in UNICEF Uganda by strengthening:

  • The sourcing function, through the development of a sustainable system to manage vendor profiles, including all information that is fed to UNICEF through both passive and active sourcing.
  • The tools available to compare costs across different implementation modalities, considering all cost drivers (direct, indirect) and relevant programmatic parameters Through this support, the UN Volunteer will be directly exposed to the supply & logistics function in UNICEF, gain experience in the procurement processes and strategies within UNICEF and learn about the impact that the supply work can have on results for children.


The UN Volunteer would support these tasks, by working within the Supply & Logistics Section, and directly interacting with other team members in the Procurement Unit, as well as Programme and Operations sections within UNICEF Uganda. The national UN Volunteer would also work with suppliers, other UN agencies and relevant stakeholders.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Under the direct supervision of the Supply & Logistics Manager, the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Review the sourcing information available in UNICEF Uganda, including recent market surveys, in-house databases, vendor profiles.
  • Sort the information available, screen expressions of interest and enter the relevant data in an interim database
  • Assess different system options for consolidation of sourcing information, considering sustainability and ease of use
  • Develop a concept note for an integrated sourcing approach (system and processes) that fits the programmatic and operational context of the Uganda Country Office
  • Provide support in the implementation of the adopted system
  • Review implementation of recent interventions in WASH (e.g. supply and installation of water systems, upgrade of WASH facilities) and assess cost drivers.
  • Develop a costing template that can be used to predict total cost of ownership for infra-structure projects across different implementation modalities
  • Provide ad-hoc support to the procurement function, as deemed necessary during the course of the internship
  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.


Results/Expected Output:

  • Existing passive sourcing applications sorted and entered into an interim database.
  • Concept note for UNICEF Uganda sourcing
  • Sourcing system developed and implemented
  • Costing model for WASH interventions developed and tested, including VfM metrics that can be used for reporting
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Procurement Assistant job should hold a University degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Environmental Health, Public Health or related fields.
  • One year of experience
  • One to two years’ experience in purchasing, market research, supply chain management or related field would be an asset
  • Any technical courses in areas related to supply chain management would be an asset.
  • Area(s) of expertise: Procurement and contracting
  • Languages: English, Level: Fluent, Required
  • Competencies and values: Accountability Commitment and Motivation Commitment to Continuous Learning Ethics and Values Integrity Respect for Diversity Self-Management Technological Awareness Working in Teams


How to Apply:

All candidates who wish to join the United Nations Volunteers UNV in this capacity should apply online at the link below.


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Deadline: 1st November 2021


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