Head of Supply Chain- Nigeria Country Office

Head of Supply Chain – Nigeria Country Office TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Operations Team LOCATION: Nigeria GRADE:  TBC POST TYPE: International or National

Child Safeguarding: 

Level 3:  the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.



Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. We work together, with our partners from civil societies and government, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in 17 States in Nigeria with current staffing at approximately 560 and current expenditure of approximately $50 million next year. The post holder provides overall leadership and management of the Supply Chain department across the country including support across all field offices.

The purpose of this position is to develop and implement supply chain strategy and manage its delivery. The incumbent assume responsibility for internal and external coordination and collaboration, ensuring value for money approach across the supply chain functions, providing technical guidance to various functions (e.g. procurement, fleet, assets and warehouse, capacity building etc.). A key part of this role to provide strategic and timely advice to the Senior Management Team. The incumbent plays crucial role as the custodian of global and country Supply Chain policies and procedure and identify necessary changes or customization while reviewing the policy annually.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Reports to:  Deputy Country Director for Programme Operations.

Technical Line: Regional Head of Supply Chain

Staff directly reporting to this post: 1 Procurement Manager, 1 Logistics Manager, 1 Humanitarian Supply Chain Manager  


  • Ensure effective Supply Chain operations from receiving requests to delivery to end user; develop and/or update country specific SOPs and implement Global Supply Chain policies and procedures in effort to ensure Save the Children and Donors' minimum standards are met.
  • Ensure that the level of Supply Chain performance indicators is satisfactory, timely, appropriate, cost effective, achieving Value for Money (VfM), on budget; contextual to local & International markets, infrastructure, nature of the Save the Children programmes.
  • Building capacity among the Supply Chain team through on-the-job training and effective leadership.
  • Manage and/or support Supply Chain staff including ensuring appropriate team structures, clear division of responsibilities, clear objectives and management of tasks.
  • Lead the Supply Chain change management aspect in support of the Supply Chain Transformation.
  • Accountable in ensuring all standard reporting are timely and accurate including KPI management.
  • Proactively provide advice and support to Senior Management Team, Budget Holders and Programme Managers on Supply Chain issues, and collaborate with relevant staff/team on budget proposal development, technical aspects of the programme, and implementation mechanisms as required.
  • Provide training, capacity building and mentoring on Supply Chain as required across the programme and operations including building partner organisations at country level, including the Procurement Policy and Manual.
  • Collaborate and represent the organisation with external agencies including INGO, UN and partner organisations.
  • The post-holder will comply and advocate relevant compliance with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures such as Child Safeguarding, Safety and Security, Code of Conduct, Anti-Fraud and Anti Bribery.
  • The post holder will ensure that all contractors and vendors comply with Save the Children Safeguarding Policy in all services provided to and on behalf of Save the Children 


BEHAVIOURS (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.


  • 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.
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others.
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters.
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength.
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.



  • Master's degree in either Business/Public Administration, Economics, Supply Chain Management or any other relevant discipline is essential. In addition, professional License/Certification in Supply Chain/Logistics would be an advantage.
  • 8 years of relevant work experience at a managerial level. 
  • Experience in working in a high security alert context will be an advantage.
  • Significant prior INGO experience in Supply Chain & operational management, within a complex/large scale country programme and in emergency response/humanitarian environments. 
  • Substantial experience in all technical areas of Supply Chain operations including procurement, transport, distribution, warehousing and stock management, fleet management and asset management.
  • Experience in developing and implementing a complex international Supply Chain operations strategy to support different types of programmes and coordinating resources to meet the programme objectives.
  • Experience of working in remote field bases with limited infrastructure
  • Proven track-record in managing and supervising others in Supply Chain, including training, capacity building & mentoring.
  • Ability to synthesize and analyse complex information, and make clear, informed decisions.
  • Experience of advising and supporting others at all levels with supply chain aspects of a programme, including strategic thinking, planning & donor relations.
  • Ability to build positive & productive relationships quickly with a wide range of stakeholders, both internally and externally.
  • Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities.
  • Strong communication (written and spoken), and interpersonal skills in English with experience in managing multicultural teams.
  • Must have experience in managing international procurement and medical supply chain.


  • Extensive experience in Procurement
  • Extensive experience in training of Supply Chain topics




  1. Delivering Results

Takes personal responsibility and holds others accountable for delivering our ambitious goals for children, continually improving their own performance or that of the team/ organisation. Level required: Leading Edge

  1. Problem Solving & Decision Making

Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation. Level required: Leading Edge.

  1. Applying Technical & Professional Expertise

Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside the organisation. Level required: Accomplished.

  1. Working Effectively with Others

Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead, when to follow, and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working. Level required: Accomplished.


Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities 

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

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 Protection Policy and organizational Code of Conduct.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted



5 Mar 2024

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