NGO Regional Supply Chain Coordinator Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity.

Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

Save the Children International is looking to recruit for the following positions:

Regional Supply Chain Coordinator

Team/Programme : Regional Operations

Location:  Nairobi, with Frequent Travel

Grade: 3

Contract Length: (1 year contract with possibility of renewal.)

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 Regional Supply Chain Manager will assist the East and Southern Africa Region Head of Supply Chain to improve the capacity and performance of Supply Chain staff / teams in SCI country offices within the region by working with the Country office Supply Chain teams on a need basis. The position holder will be responsible for providing technical support to specific Country offices in East and Southern Africa Region.

Scope of Role:

Reports to:  Head of Supply Chain – East & Southern Africa Region


Save the Children works in 8 countries in East Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Ethiopia) and 4 countries in Southern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe) with a current staff complement of approximately 3500 staff and current expenditure of approximately $308 million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

  • The Regional Supply Chain Coordinator will be responsible for support to SCI Country Offices in the region through;
  • Support Country offices and the EARO in establishing Framework agreements and Supplier databases
  • Carrying out Fleet analysis and support CO Heads of Supply Chain and Supply Chain to manage the fleet
  • Support selected country offices in implementation of Supply Chain Management Plans
  • Support CO Logs to get Procurement Plans per award
  • Carrying out Supply Chain and Logistics compliance and capacity assessments
  • Monitoring Supply Chain and Logistics performance through reviewing monthly Supply Chain reports for selected Country Offices
  • Helping country office Supply Chain teams implement their outstanding Supply Chain related audit recommendations
  • Assisting Country office Supply Chain teams mount rapid and effective emergency response operations – when disasters occur
  • Preparing country office visit reports and following up for implementation of recommendations
  • Provide technical advice and support when and if requested
  • Foresee and plan CO needs and communicate these to the relevant personnel /Leadership to initiate action
  • Facilitate and support the training and awareness creations events to increase understanding of Logs systems within COs
  • Follow up and provide feedback on the monthly KPI and Logs narrative reports
  • Facilitate and Support the roll out of Warehouse and procurement Software in ESA
  • Remain aware of the evolving security situation, adapting Supply Chain activities accordingly and ensuring new emergency operations are effectively supported.
  • To execute the above responsibilities, the role will involve short term assignments of about two to three weeks’ duration to country offices based on pre-agreed Terms of Reference and Support and Participate in internal and external events to represent Supply Chain.
  • The role will also involve continuous liaison and work with CO Supply Chain teams to get support required.

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 the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding


Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
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

Qualifications and Experience


  • A Degree in Supply Chain or in related area or equivalent.
  • CIPS certification or other equivalent.
  • At least 3 years of continuous experience as a Manager in a Supply Chain function in the NGO sector, within complex/large scale country programmes and in emergency response/humanitarian environments.
  • Experience at Regional Level Supply Chain a strong advantage.
  • Proven experience in all technical areas of Supply Chain operations including warehousing and stock management, procurement, transport/distribution, fleet management, asset management, communications, and security
  • Experience of working in remote field bases with limited infrastructure
  • Experience working with large institutional donors and knowledge of their rules and regulations
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze information, and make clear, informed decisions
  • Ability to build relationships quickly with a wide range of people, both internally and externally
  • Strong planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
  • Experience in developing the capacity of Supply Chain staff through the use of training, performance management frameworks and development plans.
  • Experience in development and implementation of efficient Supply Chain systems, policies and procedures.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication and interpersonal skills
  • Cross-cultural experience, understanding and sensitivity
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively within the East and Southern Africa region
  • Commitment to Save the Children values


  • Experience in technical programme support in areas of warehousing, distribution and fleet management.
  • Previous experience working for Save the Children International or members
  • Fluent in English, Swahili or Portuguese, Arabic or any other.

Application information

If you are interested in this position, please  email a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document to with Subject heading “(Regional Supply Chain Coordinator)”. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application closes 9th March 2017

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and organizational Code of Conduct..


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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Updated: February 22, 2017 — 7:10 pm