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 equal opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. 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 fulfil 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.
However, despite decades of strong work in these sectoral areas, inequity remains. While progress is being made, something different is required to accelerate progress towards not just long term and sustainable development improvements. One method of driving significant impacts for the most vulnerable and excluded children who may still be left behind, is to ensure access to products and services. The procurement and logistics function help to ensure such access in realized and an optimized fashion by reaching the most remote, and hard to reach areas during both development and humanitarian situations.
The Supply section of UNICEF Malawi seeks to recruit a national Procurement and Logistics Intern who are interested to enhance his/her educational experience through practical work assignments while being exposed to UNICEF’s operations as well as learning on child rights and equity issues. The internship programme is also expected to provide Malawi Country Office with the assistance of a qualified student specialized in supply chain management field. This will support the office in strengthening the supply chain management function in the Malawi Country Office.
How can you make a difference?
The main purpose of the internship programme will be to support development of your professional experience, to expose you to UNICEF work as well as to promote learning on child rights and equity.
As Procurement and Logistics Intern, you will responsible for assisting in the sourcing, procurement and logistics processes to facilitate end to end supply chain activities.
You will ensure accurate and timely processing of procurement requisitions (Sales Orders), supports procurement and contracting processes including drafting of tender documents, purchase orders/contracts and follows through to closure of the order, including maintaining of up-to-date filing of procurement documents, customs processing, warehousing and distributions with the overall goal of meeting the needs and requirements for UNICEF programmes.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate (Masters or higher) degree programme or be a recent graduate (graduated within the past two years) in field of in social science, commerce, business, supply chain, procurement, logistics or related subject with a strong component of procurement, contracting and warehousing.
Applicants must have excellent academic performance demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
Technical skills and knowledge
Proficiency in use of SAP systems and good knowledge of Microsoft office suite will be an added advantage.
Additional consideration will be given for any past experience, specifically procurement, contracting and logistics experience would be desirable and an added advantage but not a prerequisite.
Fluency in English and a local language.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
- Ability to communicate clearly.
- Strong analytical and good report writing and presentation skills.
- UNICEF Foundational Competencies such as Commitment, Drive for Results, Embracing Diversity, Integrity, Self-Awareness & Self-regulation and Teamwork.
- Applicants must have no relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office.
- Applicants must have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.
Please refer to the attached full Terms of Reference TOR for Procurement and Logistics Intern Local.pdf for more details on the internship and requirements.
How to Apply…
Interested candidates should provide the following:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Motivation letter
- Proof of studies/Certified copies of qualifications
- References details