Procurement Advisor

Location : Copenhagen, DENMARK
Application Deadline :01-Jun-09 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-5 (Fixed-Term Appointment)
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


After the 1st of July 2009, the successful applicant for this position will be offered a Fixed Term Appointment (FTA).

HIV/AIDS is one of UNDP’s top corporate priorities.  In the past several years, UNDP’s contribution to the global effort to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS has greatly intensified, focusing on the governance challenge of planning and implementing a truly multi-sectoral and society-wide response to the epidemic. 

One central aspect of UNDP’s work is to help countries develop capacity to access and absorb international funding from a wide variety of sources, as well as build capacity for strategic planning and results-based implementation of national and local-level HIV/AIDS plans (“Making the Money Work”).  In a number of countries, UNDP is helping to formulate fundable HIV/AIDS plans and to organize roundtable meetings where resource needs are discussed and donor pledges are made.  UNDP also helps strengthen financial and managerial capacity of national AIDS programmes, stronger inter-ministerial coordination, and mechanisms for effective and decentralized channeling of funding.  This work is of crucial importance in creating an environment in which mechanisms such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria can succeed.

In late 2002, UNDP began its partnership with the Global Fund.  Since its inception, the UNDP-Global Fund partnership has grown significantly from managing a single USD 6.7 million Global Fund grant in Haiti in 2002 to currently being Principal Recipient (PR) in 26 countries for 63 grants totaling over USD 886 million for a two-year period.  This portfolio is likely to grow in 2009, with additional funding being granted to UNDP for round 8 grants and the second phase of a number of grants. Pursuant to its agreement with the Global Fund, UNDP is appointed as the PR in exceptional circumstances, generally in countries with low capacities, weak systems and/or poor accountability.  However, with the exception of in donor-constrained countries, UNDP is meant to build the capacity of local entities to assume the role of PR in the future. 

In its role as PR, UNDP is responsible for the financial and programmatic management of the grant, as well as the procurement of health and non-health products. In all cases, the implementation of the grants must be done in accordance with UNDP policies and procedures as well as the policies and guidelines of the Global Fund. 

In addition, UNDP provides capacity support to a number of governments who are managing Global Fund grants directly. In the last few years, UNDP has expanded this capacity development role and is presently providing technical support in an additional 8 countries in the areas of project planning, sub-grant and contract administration, financial administration, procurement, and monitoring and evaluation.

Given the importance of the partnership with the Global Fund, UNDP continues to strive towards providing high value-added services to governments and the Global Fund, both in its role as the PR, and, increasingly, as a significant technical partner to governments implementing Global Fund grants. 

Under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Procurement Advisor, the Procurement Advisor (Supply Chain Management and Logistics) will play an advisory and support role for UNDP Country Offices that are Principal Recipient. The support role will involve frequent travel to Country Offices.
The Procurement Advisor will work within the team of Special Advisory Services. The Procurement Advisor will also work in close collaboration with the Global Fund support team based in the Bureau for Development Policy’s HIV/AIDS Group, the Global Procurement Unit of UNDP and other UN agencies, especially UNICEF, UNFPA, UNOPS, and WHO.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  • Advisory and support services to country offices for procurement and supply chain management issues.
  • Statistical documentation of procurement activities related to the UNDP-Global Fund Partnership.
  • Development of an overall strategy for supply chain management (SCM) to be implemented by UNDP country offices and serving as Best Practice template.
  • Manage strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge sharing on procurement and supply chain management. 

Advisory and support services for procurement and supply chain management with the following key responsibilities:
Act as policy focal point for supply chain management and logistics related questions in UNDP Procurement Support Office;

  • Provide technical assistance to country offices (COs) for the pharmaceutical supply chain management;
  • Provide technical assistance to country offices (CO) for the formulation of Procurement and Supply Management Plans;
  • Advise CO for CAP and ACP submissions;
  • Advise on best procurement and supply chain management practices; and
  • Provide capacity building (on procedures and best practices of procurement and supply chain management) to COs during missions.

Statistical documentation of UNDP-GFATM Procurement activities with the following key responsibilities:
Prepare and review updated information for  Procurement and Supply Management Plans drafted by UNDP PR country offices;

  • Analyze UNDP procurement activities and the pricing structure;
  • Prepare the bidding documentation for Long Term Agreement contracts
  • Develop new information queries and document UNDP’s achievements related to Global Fund grant implementation vis-à-vis procurement and supply chain management; and
  • Develop and implement specific quantitative criteria for performance measurement in pharmaceutical supply chains.

Assist and participate in the management of an overall strategy for supply chain management to be implemented by UNDP country offices and serve as best practice template:

  • Define the overall strategy for supply chain management;
  • Establish global Long Term Agreements for supply chain management (from quantification to distribution); and
  • Identify and develop tools, best practice, and training courses.

Relationship management with internal and external stakeholders with the following key responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with UNDP and UN colleagues working on pharmaceutical supply chain management; participates in an active network to exchange experience and solve common procurement-related problems;
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationship with colleagues in UNDP/BDP and Bureau of Management;
  • Act as primary focal point for vendors involved with Long Term Agreements/Sub-Recipient agreements for procurement; and
  • Represent UNDP in partners’ meetings such as AMDS, PSO-tool box org, etc.

Knowledge Sharing on procurement and supply chain management with country office staff with the following key responsibilities:

  • Ensure systematic knowledge sharing on procurement with Country Offices by assisting the Senior Procurement Advisor in the organization of all training workshops and in the development of knowledge tools. 
  • Provide regular updates on procurement tools, methods, and approaches relevant to procurement via the relevant UNDP knowledge network (globalfund-net); and
  • Actively participate in UNDP and other relevant external networks to promote capacity development in procurement and supply chain management.



  • Demonstrates commitment and integrity in line with UN values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision and mission of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religious, ethnic, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


  • Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results based management and reporting;
  • Ability to lead procurement processes using specific procurement methods;
  • Ability to introduce and implement strategic procurement, contract and sourcing strategy; and
  • Ability to lead implementation of new systems and affect staff behavioral/attitudinal change.


  • Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Shows conflict resolution skills and programme leadership skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external partners;
  • Strong self-management skills to plan, manage, and deliver results;
  • Remains calm under pressure.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • Understands development issues with special emphasis on public health issues;
  • Able to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies new acquired skills and is able to draw lessons from professional/personal experience and integrate new learning into overall approach to work.


  • Treats people fairly without favoritism;
  • Strong interpersonal, team-based and presentational skills in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral environment;
  • High tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability;
  • Strong negotiating skills to facilitate negotiations of LTAs;
  • Strong networking skills to ensure effective collaborative relationships between UNDP and other UN agencies in the context of procurement.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Masters degree or equivalent in Procurement, Business Administration or Finance.  Complimentary qualifications in social science, public health, pharmacy, medicine or any development-related field of study an asset.
  • 10 years professional experience in a field of procurement, operations management, or programmes dealing with the health sector. Solid experience in the management of people and systems in high pressure environments. Strong IT skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise in procurement and supply chain management highly desirable. Knowledge of and/or expertise of UN or UNDP procurement policies and procedures highly desirable. Knowledge of GFATM would be a strong asset.
  • Fluency in English and French required.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to UNDP COs in special development situations.

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