General Description of assignment title: Warehouse associate
Assignment country: Afghanistan
Expected start date: 09/03/2023
Sustainable Development Goal: 12. Responsible consumption and production
Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNICEF
Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Mazar-I-Sharif
Mission and objectives
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 fulfil 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.
UNICEF has been on the ground in Afghanistan for more than 70 years with offices nationwide and a range of partners that support us in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable, especially children. As one of the longest-serving members of the international community in Afghanistan, UNICEF has a unique role to promote peace and stability for the country’s children. UNICEF continue to support the country’s transition from decades of war and natural disasters so that children, adolescents and women can access the services they need and fulfil their right to survival, development, protection and participation. UNICEF works to promote and protect the rights and wellbeing of children and women in Afghanistan. Since 1949, we have been bringing basic services, including education, health, nutrition, protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene to those who are most in need, addressing inequities in each of these areas. The UN Volunteer, serving in UNICEF Mazar-Operations, will be fully engaged in planning, sourcing, receiving and deliveries of all UNICEF procedures to fulfil its mandate.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of [Operations Manager] or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV [Warehouse Associate] will: Under the guidance and supervision of the Operations Manager, the UNV Warehouse Associate assists in the overall management of administrative services, administers, and executes processes and transactions ensuring high quality and results oriented approach. He/ She facilitates and advice on protocol matters including shipping and customs clearance, receiving and dispatches of program and office supplies, usage of trucks for in-country transportation, procurement of local supplies for Office ensuring high quality and accuracy of work in order to obtain optimum services. The UNV Warehouse Associate works in close collaboration with the operations, Programme and projects staff in the CO and zonal offices to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery. Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Operation Manager, the UNV Warehouse Associate will support in the following: • Coordination of transportation services for warehouse operations. • Checking and certifying of usage of vehicle daily log, update and maintenance of vehicle history report. • Coordinate with in-country transportations contractors a return of duly signed by consignees’ waybills after deliveries of UNICEF goods. • Administer receiving and dispatching office and Programme supplies. • Prompt reporting and investigation of cases of damage, loss or theft of warehouse stock. • Conduct supply and warehouse transactions in Vision (S.A.P.). • Plan and conduct a market survey for local supplies. • Participate in technical evaluation of local procurement to ensure provided samples of local goods meet office’s requirements. • Assisting in preparations of summary reports for Supply Chain related activities. • Assisting in preparations of payments for Supply Chain related activities. • Within your area of responsibilities interacts with Airport’s authority and other national/international authorities to obtain various clearances and authorizations. • Support the Logistics unit in maintaining of Logistics filing system. • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country. • Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc. • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers. • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
Age: 27 – 80
Nationality: Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
2 years of experience in the national and/or international level in warehousing, logistics, transport or other relevant operation is required; experience with storekeeping is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization. • Other desired/mandatory required technical knowledge. • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills. • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing. • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development. • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel. • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment. • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines. • Sound security awareness. • Have affinity with or interest in humanitarian response, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
Area(s) of expertise
Logistics and Inventory, Administration
English, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable Dari, Level: Fluent, Desirable Pashto, Level: Fluent, Desirable
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in warehousing, logistics, transport or other relevant operations.
Competencies and values
• Professionalism • Integrity • Teamwork and respect for diversity • Commitment to continuous learning Communication • Flexibility • Accountability • Communication • Empowering Others • Integrity • Planning and organizing • Self-Management
Living conditions and remarks
This is an office-based post within the UNICEF compound in Mazar-I-Sharif. As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. Entitlement; Entry lump sum: (one time payment)USD 400 Volunteer living allowance: (per month)USD 780 Exit allowance ( for each month served, paid on successful completion of the assignment): USD 50. Medical and life insurance Cigna private insurance. Leave Entitlements; • Uncertified Sick Leaves: 7 days • Certified Sick Leave: 30 days • Maternity Leave: 16 weeks • Paternity Leave: 10 days leave • Training and leaning Leave: 10 working days per consecutive 12 months
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers 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 afterwards in your assignment.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments 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 appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers 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.