Supply Assistant

at UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Location Oromia, Ethiopia
Date Posted February 1, 2020
Category Driver
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Organizational Context

The Supply Assistant provides support to all local activities pertaining to the supply chain function including planning, sourcing, transport, shipping, customs clearance and warehousing in the operation support supply activities within an office.

The incumbent is supervised by a higher level supply position in the office and receives regular guidance and instructions form the supervisor on successive steps. S/he maintains regular contact on a working level on routine issues with other UNHCR offices, UN agencies, NGOs, government partners and commercial contractors in the area to facilitate the operation. The duty of the incumbent is to support and monitor the management of material resources within the geographical area covered by the office while exercising efficiency in the use of those resources.


  • UNHCR delivers timely and quality goods and services to persons of concern in compliance with supply chain rules and procedures.


Operational Support

  • Initiate custom clearance of consignments, draft exemption requests, liaise with local agent, support warehouse management, assist with planning and goods deliveries and provide information on the status of requests and the availability of items in the supply chain.
  • Maintain accurate and comprehensive records on logistical activities and provide reports and updates periodically, and on request.

Infrastructure Support

  • Examine Purchase Requests to ensure conformity and liaise with requesters.
  • Prepare quotation requests and tenders, produce bid-tabulations from tenders, and prepare Purchase orders for approval.
  • Dispatch approved Purchase Orders, and follow-up with the delivery of ordered commodities and services.
  • Provide information on all procurement activities within area of responsibility.
  •  Assist in managing Property, Plant and Equipment (PPE) effectively according to UNHCR rules and regulations including registration and marking of new PPE, physical verification of PPE, preparation of agreements, preparation of disposal forms (including submissions to LAMB/AMB), and assistance with disposal of PPE.
  •  Produce standard asset management reports and other asset information, periodically and when requested.

Business Support

  • Identify and assess vendors based on their capability for delivering commodities and services. Maintain vendor and item master databases.
  • Maintain accurate data in all relevant business systems. Compile statistical information on supply chain related matters that will assist in decision making.
  • Any other responsibility deemed necessary or as delegated by the Supervisor in order to meet the level of service requires by the organisation.


  • Identify vendors based on their capability for delivering commodities and services. Maintain vendor and item master databases.
  • Decide on the content of information and reports submitted to the Supervisor.

Type of Contract


Duration of Contract

  • 6 months with possibility of extension based on performance


  • LICA-4

No of Positions

  • 1 (One)

Job Requirements

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • Completion of the Secondary School Education;
  • Minimum 4 years of previous relevant professional job experience;
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language and/or local language (as applicable in the duty station).

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

  • Computer skills (MS Office, People Soft)
  • Experience in customs formalities
  • Experience in logistics

Applying Instructions

This vacancy is open for qualified Ethiopians only.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

UNHCR 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.


Applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send a motivation letter, the most recent fact sheet and the new updated P11 Form through the online application system following the below link:

Candidates will be required to sit for a test.

Due to the volume of applications only short listed candidates will be invited for interview.

Former UNHCR General Service staff members, having held an Indefinite or FTA appointment for an uninterrupted period of at least one year may apply for internally advertised vacancies at their previous grade or equivalent or one grade above, if the seniority requirements are met, for a period of two years following separation.

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