The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – For 70 years, UNICEF has
been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to
promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s
largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF
supports child health and
nutrition, good water and sanitation,
quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of
children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded
entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses,
foundations and governments.
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about
making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading
children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:
Job Title: Shipping Assistant
Job Number: 497972
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Maintain contact with Customs, Immigration Officials and Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. Follow-up on supply clearance documentations to
facilitate timely customs clearance of supplies and equipment in keeping
with established protocol.
- Prepares all Customs Declaration, note verbal, letters of concession
and any other letters relevant to customs release of UNICEF’s shipment;
obtain MOFA/Custom’s approval in timely manner to avoid accrual of
- Respond to queries from Supply Division/Programme Sections/Field
Offices on all Off-shore related issues. Maintains records relating to
all Offshore PGMs and shipping documentation in such a manner which
would enhance retrieval of information pertaining thereto; Prepares
monitoring reports on activities relating to Note Verbal and agent
- Constantly advise Section Chief on latest developments in the fields
of duty exemption and clearance of UNICEF and Procurement Services
Supplies, tariff fluctuations at National Aviation Handling Company
(NAHCO) and Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Physically
attend to clearance of high value perishable items like vaccines and
ensure quick delivery and safe storage.
- Scrutinizes invoices from the freight forwarders and certifies
against established tariff rates. Requests CRQs from the relevant
programme section with appropriate budget. Drafts and make copies of all
payment requests for distribution to Finance and maintains relevant
- Liaisons with Field Offices and Oshodi warehouse, Lagos for
recommended transport required for distribution of supplies to the
projects and draft memo for the designated freight forwarder.
Normally office based but the job demands frequent visits to
MOFA/Customs/Airport to submit documents and obtain timely
concessions/exemptions from Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Customs
IMPACT AND CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR
(a) Describe the type of decisions regularly made and the impact of those decisions.
Incumbent exercises strong vigilance and judgment and may be required
to take decisions relating to handling of documents to avoid them
getting into unauthorized hands or third party.
(b) Describe the type of recommendations regularly made and why these are important.
Based on routine dealings and experience, incumbent recommends or
suggests actions for expediting exemptions and timely clearance of
supplies to avoid accrual of demurrage at the ports of entries.
(c) Describe the most damaging error(s) that could be made in the work and the consequences they would have.
The most damaging error is to let shipping documents fall into
unauthorized and wrong hands. Also, delay in obtaining
concessions/exemptions could entail demurrage costs at ports leading to
undue additional charges and serious damage or loss of shipments,
directly affecting programme implementation and organization’s
credibility. Inappropriate record keeping can cause delay in retrieving
information fast and accurately for decision making taking decisions
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES required to perform the duties of the post
Completion of Secondary School. University degree or its equivalent
in Business Administration, Supply & Logistics Management or related
field is desirable.
Five (5) years experience progressively in shipping, clearing and
forwarding. Experience and strong updated knowledge in government
shipping and clearing regulations is required.
Fluency in English language is required. Knowledge of a second UN working language will be an asset.
- Drive for Results [I]
- Communication [I]
- Planning and Organizing [I]
- Planning and Organizing [I]
- Following instructions and Procedures [I]
- Analyzing [I]
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should Click Here to Apply
Closing Date 5 Aug 2016 W. Central Africa Standard Time