Supply Chain Officer – Save the Children

Logistics, Transport and Supply Chain

Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In Ethiopia and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children Ethiopia works in 9 regions in Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 2,500 staff. The size of the programme and the amount of human, financial and material resources put into it as well as the requirements of different donors requires substantial amount of quality and efficient human resource. This makes Save the Children an exciting place to work.

Accordingly, Save the Children Ethiopia is looking to hire creative individuals who have the experience and competencies to work; support the development of an organisational culture that reflects dual mandate values; help establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships with host government authorities, partner agencies including humanitarian and development donors, and local and international NGOs; ensure Ethiopia Country Office complies with all Save the Children Management Operating Standards and Standard Operating Procedures and that all required support is provided promptly, at scale and in line with the rules and principles.

Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people. 


The Supply Chain Officer will ensure an effective and accountable Supply Chain/logistics support system is in place in line with the Save the Children’s global as well as SC-Ethiopia’s national policies and procedures at the field office. The post holder will also be responsible for the implementation of an effective procurement, fleet, construction, warehousing and asset management practices of the field office.



  • Ensure and Support to Programme Logistics; ensure that Save the Children’s supply chain policies and systems are fully addressed and procedures are adhered in the areas of procurement, warehousing, fleet, asset and construction management.


  • Directly plan, lead, manage and motivate fleet, warehouse, procurement and Admin unit staffs and ensure that they have clear work plans and objectives and receive regular supervision and reviews; Build their capacity through the use of effective training, performance management frameworks and development plan.


  • Ensure accountability to donors and beneficiaries through implementation of regular reporting and strong control mechanisms.


  • The post-holder will comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child safeguarding, safety and security, code of conduct, equal opportunities, and other relevant policies.


  • Attend cluster meetings and represent the organization in cases of officially delegated.

Job Responsibilities:

•       Ensure an effective and accountable Supply Chain support systems in place in line with the SCI’s global as well as SC-Ethiopia’s national supply chain related policies and procedures. The post holder will also be responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of an effective procurement, fleet, construction, warehousing and asset management practices in the field office.

•       Implement Supply Chain strategy developed by the Country Office concerning the field Office Operations;

•       Plan and implement an effective purchase order management and tracking system at the field office level for local and national orders and organize schedules for Framework, bulk and any other economical strategic purchases.

•       Directly involved in the operational planning mainly the supply Chain aspect of the projects which includes budgeting, procurement and project implementation planning, etc

•       Make certain that all supply Chain requirements are delivered in accordance with timescales set and agreed with programme managers.

Coordination and Support to Programmes;

•Directly plan, lead and monitor the activities of procurement, warehouse and fleet management units.

•Ensure SCI supply chain ERP systems implemented as per the standard.
Oversee the implementation and monitoring of procurement processes and ensure conformity to procedures and timely delivery of goods and services.

•Ensures up-to-date procurement tracker in place and consistently communicated to the respective budget holders (requesters)

• Work with Country Supply Chain Team; Supply Chain Functional managers (Procurement, warehouse, Fleet and Construction managers) as well as with the Country office Supply Chain specialist for maintaining efficient and effective programme delivery;

•Conducting periodic market assessments in defined procurement locations, including gathering information from the market and peer agencies

•  Overseeing all tender processes for SCI Hawassa Field Office

• Working with stakeholders to define specifications and decision-making criteria for all tenders.

•       Understanding various aspects (including the legal aspects) of organisational Terms & Conditions and being able to negotiate these with suppliers.

•Regularly review programmes logistical requirements and ensure that programme works are carried out in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

•Provide support and work closely with the program/ project heads in developing procurement plan.

• Prepare and submit scheduled monthly field office logistics (Procurement, Fleet, asset & warehouse) reports to the country office.

• Assist in conducting market survey of goods, services and works and establishing vender registration database, and framework agreements for commonly procured items in the South Area Office.

•       Establish FWA with in FO threshold limit.

•Ensure financial benefit gained from procurement are captured and reported on time.

•Coordinate and manage all procurement requirements and provide adequate and timely logistical support to the field office including timely transport and delivery of services and supplies;

•Ensure compliance with donor rules and SCI procedures for warehousing and inventory management;

• Establish and maintain accurate and up-to-date fixed asset register records in the field office

•Directly involved in the tender management of high value transaction and construction works;

• Ensure accountability to donors and beneficiaries through implementation of regular reporting and strong control mechanisms;

Reporting Requirement;

•  Preparing a monthly ‘Supply Chain Coordinator Report’ to the Country Supply Chain , Area Supply Chain, and Field Office Manager (FOM) detailing all supply Chain activities including procurement trackers, vehicle performance & fuel, stock reporting, asset register updates, staff issues, and other relevant information;

    • Experience and qualification

      • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in Management of Supply chain / Logistics and preferably in the NGO environment, including significant field operations experience running both development and emergency programs;
      • BA Degree or equivalent in Supply Chain Management, Development Studies or other business management fields;
      • Field level experience in procurements and logistics for INGOs in international development and emergency programmes
      • Knowledge of key institutional donors and their compliance requirements in respect of logistics and procurement
      • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching. 
      • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
      • Commitment to Save the Children values.
      • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours in the event of major emergencies including travelling at short notice and for extended periods of time
      • Highly organised with good administration skills for order and information management, able to develop filing systems and databases to ensure an auditable trail.
      • A high level of computer literacy (word, excel, ppt etc)
      • SC Values are: Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity, and Integrity.


      • Excellent communication & interpersonal skill
      • Computer skills, especially Microsoft Office



      ·       Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and takes responsibility for their own personal development

      ·       Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

      ·       Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


      ·       Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

      ·       Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


      ·       Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

      ·       Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach


      ·       Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence

      ·       Displays consistent excellent judgement

        • Working effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.

        • Communicating with Impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others Holds suppliers accountable to deliver on their responsibilities

        •       To meet the value system, the post holder expected to demonstrate the following competencies on an ongoing basis.

        • Leading Delivering result: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/organisation.

        • Thinking applying technical and professional expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practices within and outside the organisation.


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