International / Multinational

Sourcing Officer (National) Vacancy at Save the Children Nigeria

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Sourcing Officer (National)

Job ID: 190002L6
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: 4
Post Type: SCI National
Employee Status: Permanent
Team/Programme: Supply Chain Team

Job Description

  • 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.

Role Purpose

  • The Sourcing Officer in Save the Children International will be accountable for the procurement and delivery of local and international orders requested by the Programme teams
  • Specifically, the Sourcing Officer will be responsible for ensuring timely, cost effective procurement and delivery of goods and services, which are compliant with Save the Children International Country Manual and donor procurement policies and guidelines.

Scope of Role:

  • Reports to: Supply Chain Manager
  • Staff directly reporting to this post: One – Intern

Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of four years of post-NYSC relevant experience, at the national level, in supply, procurement, contracting, and/or other directly related technical fields is required.
  • A first level university degree (Bachelor’s) in a relevant technical field (as identified above).
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Qualification will be an added advantage.
  • Proven and significant experience in international procurement and contract management, including an ability to review procurement demands and trends, and to develop strategies to fill identified gaps.
  • Field level experience in 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)

Skills and Behaviours (Our Values in Practice)

  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds suppliers accountable to deliver on their responsibilities.


  • 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


Key Areas of Accountability
Contribute as a Member of the SCI Team:

  • Support the delivery of international programming in line with Save the Children mandate, strategy and theory of change.
  • Meeting the servicing requirements of Save the Children members and their donors through first class customer service and collaborative working approach.
  • Improving outcomes for children through delivery of Save the Children global programme strategy and global initiatives and growth targets.
  • Ensure a robust procurement system – fit for the future and harnessing the extraordinary engagement, diversity, talent and commitment of our people.
  • Supporting a team environment of continuous learning, growth and development and be held accountable for their commitments.
  • Ensuring that the focus of the organisation remains on the rights and needs of children through a time of internal transition and focus.
  • Supervise the interns and manage their growth and development

Realise world-class standard global supply chain services through:

  • Management of all procurement in line with programme requirements, SCI procurement polices processes and quality standards.
  • Ensure that programmes are kept up to date of order status, and that goods are of the right specifications and lead times are met.
  • Ensure all orders are processed in timely manner, tracked on overviews and that all relevant documentation is filed appropriately and databases are up to date.
  • Source new products when requested by programmes and work with Save the Children members, Regional and Country Offices, programmes and Technical Advisors through the procurement manager to identify quality standards as required.
  • Support periodic reviews of Save the Children Standard Products Catalogue in collaboration with relevant parties within SCI and Save the Children members, regions and countries.
  • Support the SCI supply chain Unit in the development of contracts for supplies of goods and services.
  • Support in supplier management and trainings to meet SCI and Donor contracting policies.

Ensure significant cost savings for the organisation, donors and beneficiaries through:

  • Ensuring “overall best value for money” is achieved through a competitive and transparent procurement process considering quality, availability, time frame, transport and storage costs.
  • Advise on best sources of supply and freighting options.
  • Ensure compliance with SCI policies and donor rules and guidelines.
  • Ensure all appropriate due diligence checks and risk assessments are carried out in line with organisational policies.
  • Produce management information (Tracker) reports on a monthly and quarterly basis, including data analysis and recommendations on improving the efficiency of procurement services.
  • Support initiatives to improve procurement within save the Children, including around emergency preparedness, medical supply and process reviews.
  • Ensure professional management of all suppliers including maintaining good supplier relations and supplier performance review against key performance indicators and framework agreements, regularly updating this information into national supplier database.
  • Make suppliers aware of Save the Children values and their need to comply as part of agreements.
  • Capacity building of intern and field staff on procurement management.

Deadline: 21st August, 2019.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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