Recrutement de 01 Sustainability Market Research Manager

Localité : Danemark / Copenhague
Domaine : Transport et Logistique
Niveau : Non precise
Entreprise recruteur : UNICEF

Recrutement de 01 Sustainability Market Research Manager

Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Copenhagen
Level: P-4
Location: Denmark
Categories: Supply Management

Sustainability Market Research Manager P4, Fixed-Term
Markets and Supplier Financing Centre
UNICEF Supply Division - Copenhagen, Denmark

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.

For every child

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Strategic office context:

UNICEF Supply Division has embarked on a major ambition not only to reduce its own carbon footprint, together with the whole organization, but as the UN’s major procurement agency and as Supply Division procures the majority of programme, partner and country goods and services it also has a duty to ensure it has the knowledge required to effect change in sustainability actions throughout Supply Division’s own supply chain and supplier networks. This post will lead on market research to develop strategies and tactics, to identify bottlenecks and actions, as well as coordinating and communicating within the Division and more broadly.

Through the Markets and Supplier Financing Centre (MSFC), UNICEF Supply Division seeks to positively influence market dynamics such that goods and services are fit for purpose, accessible, available, affordable, sustainable, produced by a competitive and diversified supply base, and to encourage market innovation of essential commodities to meet the changing needs of children in the SDG era.

While MSFC will coordinate the efforts of influencing markets across UNICEF Supply Division’s different procurement centres and units, with each procurement centre playing a critical role in identifying and defining the sustainable public procurement approaches required, MSFC will assist and facilitate this body of work with strategy design/review, market research, analysis, supplier financing, market communication, partnerships leverage, and promoting market information transparency.

Purpose for the job:

Under the general guidance of the Chief MSFC, the Sustainability Market Research Manager is required to work with colleagues from across UNICEF Supply Division and the broader supply community, to drive market influencing strategy for sustainability (across environmental, social and economic dimensions), support its design, and strengthen strategic procurement efforts, through planning, project management, target setting, and market communications efforts internal and external. The Manager needs to be a credible source of market information and intelligence and market influencing strategies to be able to impact the decision-making process of senior staff in the organization. In order to plan, review, design and strengthen market influencing strategies for sustainability, the Manager needs to be comfortable with leading and supporting strategy development. The Manager will be expected to have a deep understanding of sustainable development in order to define, lead and interpret market research; identify, understand and manage trade-offs in decision making; and discern which interventions can positively influence markets and supplier behavior towards a lower carbon footprint while ensuring that other priorities such as market diversification are positively supported. Given the degree of collaboration, the Manager will serve as one of Supply Division’s key interlocutors with other sustainability, market research and market shaping partners.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

GHG assessment, market landscape, tailored recommendations: direct, instruct and manage consultants for high quality work, generating value for money, in terms of high-quality assessment and actionable recommendations.
Strategy Development: building, consulting and aligning the short and mid-term strategy (2025 and 2030) for prioritization, action and resources to drive the sustainability agenda forward along the various identified pathways.
Market Capacity Scanning: continuously scanning the marketplace for outsourcing and insourcing opportunities to leverage skills and capacities in parallel with Planning and Setting Targets.
Planning and Setting Targets: in conjunction with the strategy development, building, consulting and aligning on short, medium and long-term targets and KPIs for SD as a whole, as well as for specific product and market categories (linked to procurement centres) over time, taking recommendations from the GHG assessment and near and longer-term opportunities.
Network Relationship Management: building on prior work, ensure networks are developed and maintained, within SD; country and regional offices especially through the supply community to share best practice and support their work; and to other parts of UNICEF to identify synergies and maximize the value of the different UNICEF actors to SD in this area. At a minimum avoid potential duplication. Organize and structure regular meetings, internal webinars and other opportunities for cross-fertilization of work; support the work of country and regional offices. This will also involve some touchpoints with the broader UN for sharing best practice.
Market Communications: curating information from various sources, identifying market advocacy opportunities, and driving environmental change through external communications activities, ideally building on strategic market communications tools e.g., dashboards, market notes, position papers.
Internal Communications: bringing multiple strands of information together in an easily digestible manner, working with procurement centres to identify progress stories, generating momentum and action through knowledge management.
Any other duties as requested by the supervisor
Impact of Results:
The incumbent will be expected to drive forward, coordinate and undertake Supply Division’s Sustainability strategy through management of carbon footprint analysis, systems thinking, market research and analysis, resource needs, planning tools and designing frameworks to achieve improved market conditions over time for existing and future sustainable strategic supplies and services for children. The incumbent will do so through strong technical skills, planning and organizing skills and by applying strong skills in communicating actions and networking.


Clear actionable and achievable targets are agreed through Supply Division’s sustainability strategy to end of OMP and beyond to 2030.
Supply Division’s emissions through its supplies and supplier networks are progressively reduced through action, advocacy, market signals and timelines, and sustainable procurement approaches with suppliers.
Supply Division’s procurement centres are supported to take action through solid market research, analysis, business intelligence and insights towards sustainability pathways and options for sustainable procurement in particular market and product categories.
Supply Division and its partners, including suppliers, are incentivized to provide affordable access to essential goods and services (whether new or existing) with a reduced footprint and improved social and economic outcomes such as improved local markets.
Country and regional offices, particularly through the supply community, are supported to take sustainability actions and drive change in local and regional markets where appropriate and feasible.
Approaches and actions are supported with market communications options and approaches, webinars and other tools, to share and disseminate best practice and transparency of market information.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

A completed Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree) in Business, Management, Economics, Sustainable Development, or relevant applied sciences is required.

*A completed first University degree (Bachelor’s Degree) may be accepted in lieu of a master’s degree in conjunction with two additional relevant years of work experience.

Work experience:
Minimum of eight (8) years relevant professional work experience including at least three (3) at the international level is required.

Experience in the following areas in the private or public sectors is required:

Deep knowledge of sustainability, particularly in respect of scope 3 emissions and sustainable procurement.
Developing and implementing strategy, fostering change, and managing complex matrix-based management.
Commercial activities and economic drivers in developing and industrialized countries.
Worldwide strategic procurement, contract negotiations and administration, combined with broader economic knowledge.
Market knowledge relating to health, nutrition, WASH, education and/or products and services used in resource-poor settings.
Experience in the following areas in the private or public sectors is preferred:

Market research and action on sustainability in different industries.
Partnerships for actions in sustainable development.
Leading, planning and organizing multi-stakeholder briefings and meetings.
Language requirements:

Fluency in English is required – strong verbal and written communicator
Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values.

The core competencies required for this post are: Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1); Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2); Works Collaboratively with others (2); Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2); Innovates and Embraces Change (2); Thinks and Acts Strategically (2); Drives to achieve impactful results (2); Manages ambiguity and complexity (2).

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework.

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Priority will be given to all the eligible candidates participating in UNICEF’s Mobility Exercise and Staff on Abolished post.

Advertised: 22 May 2023 Romance Daylight Time
Deadline: 19 Jun 2023 Romance Daylight Time

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