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International Immunization Supply Chain Management internship, Abuja, Nigeria

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.  And we never give up.

UNICEF works with governments and partners to strengthen national health supply chains by improving ownership, building capacities and enhancing sustainability with a special focus on the immunization supply chain. Strong and high-performing supply chains are critical for ensuring that essential and lifesaving public health commodities are available at all service delivery points where children and others need them, including in health facilities, and for mobile or outreach service delivery sessions. These supply chains must be dependable, flexible, adaptive, and resilient, and provide an end-to-end perspective, ensuring efficiencies throughout the supply chain until the products are administered.

In Nigeria, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) manages routine immunization, supplementary immunization activities, and outbreak response to vaccine-preventable diseases, including COVID-19.  NPHCDA manages an Immunization Programme that is responsible for over 210 million Nigerians via a 5-tier immunization supply chain system. Presently, UNICEF is supporting NPHCDA with analysis and recommendations to redesign their in-country immunization supply chain with the construction and operationalization of three megastores.

How can you make a difference?

As a supply chain management expert, and as part of the Technical Review Team in Abuja, the intern will provide technical reviews and endorsements of third-party deliverables, contribute to discussions, and provide recommendations for improving the outputs of the 3-HUB project focused on the following:

  • Supply chain management aspects of network design scenarios
  • HR requirements for operationalizing HUBs, including capacity building
  • Data and Information System requirements for operationalizing HUBs
  • Detailed Cost Estimates for Implementation
  • Implementation Roadmap

Organization of the internship

Within the scope of the internship, the specific tasks during the assignment may be slightly adapted, based on the capacities, skills, expertise and motivation of the intern.

The intern will work closely with the Immunization Specialist and Procurement Services Manager in UNICEF Nigeria who will serve as the main focal points.

The intern is expected to have a computer, internet connection, and a basic set of software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). UNICEF Nigeria will not provide any equipment or software licenses for the purpose of this internship.


The intern will work full-time with the UNICEF Nigeria office in Abuja, Nigeria, and will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for interns.

The intern will respect the confidentiality of information that they collect or are exposed to at UNICEF. No reports or papers may be published based on information obtained from UNICEF without explicit written authorization by the Head of Office.

The UNICEF internship programme is not connected with employment and there is no expectancy of such. Interns cannot apply for posts advertised internally to UNICEF staff during the period of internship.

Eligibility Requirements for Internship with UNICEF

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g., father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office, and have no other relatives in the line of authority to which the intern will report to.
  • Be enrolled in a graduate or Ph.D programme in Supply Chain Management, Operations Research, or Logistics, or have graduated within the past two years.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Academic or professional experience in supply chain optimization, warehousing, or distribution operations strategies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of supply chain bottleneck analysis, optimization, warehouse operations, and measuring supply chain performance.
  • Developing country work experience is considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with global health supply chains is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.

Conditions of Service

  • Duration: Full-time for 6 months.
  • Location: The selected intern will be office-based.
  • Stipend: In accordance with UNICEF’s guidelines, the selected interns will be provided a monthly stipend to cover the duration of the candidate’s internship. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.
  • Insurance: Intern must have appropriate medical and accident coverage for the given duty station and provide proof of such insurance to HR along with other required documents prior to the commencement of the internship.
  • Mandatory Courses: Selected interns will be requested to complete online mandatory courses prior to the commencement of the internship.
  • Equipment: UNICEF will not provide IT equipment, nor will cover internet connectivity costs. The interns are expected to use their own equipment and have access to the internet.
  • Leave: Interns may take up to 2.5 days per month off work for any reason, including for medical reasons. The stipend will be reduced for any absence beyond this quota. The quota is cumulative over the duration of the internship, but there will be no compensation or carry-over to another appointment for unused leave days at the end of the internship.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online and submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter stating availability and motivation
  • Recent university or institution records certificate (or a reference letter from the academic supervisor confirming a strong performance should the certificate of the record not be available at this stage)
  • P11 form (The P11 can be downloaded from here: or duly completed online application profile

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

UNICEF 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.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for personnel with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions, or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterward in your assignment.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to selected candidates who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.

Application Deadline:

W. Central Africa Standard Time

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