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International consultant – Cold Chain Logistics Specialist – Mogadishu, Somalia

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International consultant – Cold Chain Logistics Specialist – Mogadishu, Somalia

Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Somalia
Categories: Health, P-3

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, Life

www.unicef.org/somalia

How can you make a difference?

 

  1. Provide technical support for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP) with input from relevant bodies (National COVID-19 Response Coordinating Committee, NTWG, NITAG, National Immunization Programme, National Regulatory Authority, and other relevant groups) and in line with WHO guidance and SAGE recommendations.
  1. Coordinate COVAX cold chain / logistics and in-country supply chain readiness and support the implementation of COVAX supply chain related activities in Somalia with all relevant internal and external stakeholders.
  2. Collaborate with programs in defining supply interventions to meet programmatic needs and achieve results for children, and provides technical and advisory of the supply chain, logistics and vaccine forecasting working group and through the National Immunization Logistics Working Group.
  3. Following up with logistics section of UNICEF, Ministry of Health and local health units on both Vaccine & Device Supply chain / Cold chain / In-country logistics readiness and implementation of activities
  1. Update the cold chain inventory database and analyze the key findings on status of the cold chain equipment in Somalia
  2. Develop a cold chain replacement and rehabilitation plan and provide technical advice including specifications for recommended cold chain equipment
  3. Support the development of the COVAX– CCEOP application using the analysis derived from the WHO sizing tool.
  4. Support country to forecast the vaccine needs/allocation for the priority population based on the availability of the vaccine
  5. Ensure that all supply chain challenges, and risks are promptly shared with the Management and adequate solutions are implemented.
  6. Ensure capacity building of MOH cold chain officers
  7. Technically support and oversee national CCL consultants and EPI staff at the field office levels for state level operationalization of the NDVP.
  8. Support MOHs to develop, implement and monitor activities in support of effective reverse logistics and medical waste management, as part of the NDVP.
  9. Support with additional immunization-related tasks and assignments that may be required.  

Key Deliverables:

  • Responsible for facilitating the rapid delivery of COVID-19 vaccine and associated supplies/equipment and deployment to vaccination centers / target groups.
  • Contribute to develop an implementation & monitoring framework to guide the Country Office on supply chain / cold chain and logistics matters and ensure close monitoring of the planning and the implementation phases
  • Timely submission of the COVAX – CCEOP application
  • Support the readiness on the COVID-19 vaccine deployment and the required supply chain & logistics interventions
  • Assist the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines and rapid delivery to the central vaccine store/hub
  • Assist the arrival and rapid delivery of any bundled cold-chain equipment and devices
  • Timely submission of the Vaccine Arrival Report (VAR) to the Supply Division
  • Support the modeling / conception of deployment strategy from central level to the periphery, identify and fulfill the supply chain gaps
  • Update guidance and tools (including waste collection and treatment) and support the adequate implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination strategy
  • Provide close supervision & monitoring of supply chain & logistics interventions at national and subnational levels.
  • Identify and document enabling factors, challenges and lessons learnt from the vaccine deployment activities.
  • Cold chain logistical government staff and UNICEF personnel trained on logistic aspects of COVAX.

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

  • Advanced University degree is required in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Procurement, Health or related field.
  • A minimum 5 years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in supply, logistics, procurement, contracting, administration and/or other directly related technical fields is required.
  • Experience in effective vaccine management assessment (EVMA) and vaccination campaigns is required.
  • Experience in using relevant cold chain tools i.e. SMT, WHO/UNICEF inventory tool, cold chain sizing tool or similar.
  • Experience working in the UN system agency or organization is an asset and emergency experience in Supply Chain management is an advantage.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values:

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core competencies:

  • Communication 
  • Working with People 
  • Drive for Results 

Functional competencies:

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces changes
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 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.

Remarks:

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
Deadline: E. Africa Standard Time

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