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Cold Chain Officer Fixed Term NO-B Juba South Sudan # 92606 ( Open to South Sudanese only)

Apply now Job no: 523811
Work type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: South Sudan
Categories: Health, NO-2

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Under the direct supervision of the Cold Chain Specialist P3, the Cold Chain Officer, is responsible for providing technical support and guidance to UNICEF and Ministry of Health, to ensure effective planning, forecasting, procurement, distribution and inventory management of vaccines, injection materials, and cold chain equipment for the Expanded Programme in Immunization (EPI) in South Sudan, with focus on strengthening routine immunization as one of the key strategy in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and ensuring also provision of supply for all Supplemental immunization activities .
The incumbent is also accountable for professional contribution to project design, progress reporting, commitment for expansion of Immunization coverage as well as enhancement of teamwork and capacity building in support of the achievement of planned objectives of the workplan, aligned with country programmes goals, objectives and strategy.

1. Evidence-based planning, designing, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of Immunization Supply Chain and Logistics (iSCL)/Cold Chain & Vaccine Management (CCVM) provided.
2. Rapid and relevant responses provided to evolving cold chain needs and situations, including emergency situations, with a priority on achieving value for money.
3. Technical, financial and supply documentation on iSCL/CCVM.
4. Training and capacity development of UNICEF Country Office, Government and other implementing partner on immunization Supply Chain Logistics (iSCL) systems
5. Knowledge Management on iSCL.
6. Communication, networking and collaboration with internal and external partners.

1. Evidence-based planning, designing, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of immunisation Supply Chain and Logistics (iSCL)/Cold Chain & Vaccine Management (CCVM).
-Ensures the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information on CCE/iSCL required for effective Immunization programme and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation. Drafts sound project budgets on iSCL/CCE for review by the supervisor, ensuring accuracy and appropriateness of data and coding. Drafts updated project status reports.
- Assembles and provides updated data and information on national cold chain logistics and vaccine management systems for effective immunisation programme and on financial/administrative status for monitoring, analysis and reporting.
- Analyses of the programme status and recommends appropriate adjustments as necessary. Analyses collected data and information and prepares progress reports; drafts changes in Immunization project work plans with identification of required supplies and equipment.
- Drafts sections of donor, annual and other project documentation related to iSCL/CCL&VM, ensuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action.
2. Results-based programing on iSCL/CCL&VM towards increase vaccination coverage through effective implementation follow-on.
- Enhances project efficiency and effectiveness through implementation follow-on, including monitoring UNICEF inputs, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply assistance and Immunization project status.
- Undertakes field visits to State and Counties, including health facilities for monitoring and supervision of project activities and to improve immunization coverage. Supervises and monitors the implementation of national cold chain rehabilitation and expansion plan national cold chain operational deployment plan (ODP) and cold chain management plan for routine and supplementary immunisation activities including outbreak responses. Prepares reports on the results of the field visits and progress of iSCL and CCL&VM implementation effectiveness.
- Providing technical assistance in the processes of forecasting, procuring vaccines and all equipment necessary to the safe administration of vaccines. Monitoring arrival and plan storage of cold chain equipment, vaccines and supplies for EPI. Providing vaccines arrival reports (VAR).
- Monitor status of cold chain equipment, record the related queries from UNICEF FO, states, counties and health facilities, draft the plan for cold chain technicians to address the queries. Monitor availability of relevant cold chain equipment spare parts at national vaccine store.
- Provide technical assistance to national EPI to implement the comprehensive Improvement Plan (cIP) of the iSCL in the country in light of the Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) Assessment.
3. Technical, financial and supply documentation on iSCL/CCVM.
- Monitors flow of supply and non-supply assistance to local authorities. Records supply and non-supply inventory and quarterly update on cold chain equipment, distribution and utilization.
- Ensures the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verifies that iSCL project expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the project information and database. Follows up on queries or initiate corrective action on discrepancies.
4. Training and capacity development of UNICEF Country Office, Government and other implementing partner on immunization Supply Chain Logistics (iSCL) systems
- Supports staff training/development programme to upgrade the capacity of the Country Office and counterpart staff in the programme development, implementation and management of the iSCL management.
- Conducts relevant orientation, workshop, team work facilitation and staff learning/development activities: ensures that cold chain and logistics management teams at National Vaccine stores are properly trained on the various aspect of EPI;
- Uses the appropriate training guidelines; participates in the Mid-level management training of vaccinators, cold chain managers, and mid-level managers; participates in training activities, and micro-planning workshops; participates in the training of district field assistants for community sensitization and awareness seminars.
- Design, develop, and implement the new approaches of immunisation logistics and cold chain information management systems when that is necessary;

5. Knowledge Management on iSCL.
Compiles iSCL/CCL&VM section of Immunization project implementation training and orientation materials, and shares useful and appropriate information to promote knowledge sharing with donors and media.

6. Communication, networking and collaboration with internal and external partners.
- Ensures effective communication, networking and working relationships.
- Teams with local government counterparts to exchange detail information on iSCL/CCL&VM project implementation and status as well as movement and distribution of supplies. Provides technical support in the planning of County EPI micro-plan. Recommends courses of action to supervisor, as necessary.
- Arranges field visits to project sites for government and other partner, providing necessary information for briefing on the project. Participates in the study of the project status and evaluation.
- Collaborates with members of the development community, including NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the exchange of information relating to Immunization sector.


- The scope of the job duties range from methodical data collection, analysis, reporting to effective monitoring and analysis of project implementation and management, with limited technical decisions on project implementation, evaluation which will impact on project efficiency and delivery. The nature of the job is mostly contributory technical work requiring substantive technical analysis and core knowledge of the functional area. The work makes substantial contribution to the achievement of planned objectives of the project teams and the Section at the solid professional quality level. The supervisor guides and oversees the work process, progress and end-results.
- Duties include the review of appropriateness and completeness of financial and supply documentation as well as adherence to established allotments.
- Technical expertise is required to analyse data and background information in direct support of the Situational Analysis and updates.
- The job requires professional judgement to interpret and apply guidelines correctly; If necessary, recommend deviations from guidelines to programme/project officers, as appropriate.

1. Education
University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Pharmacy, Medicine, Health, Public Health, Family Health, Child Development, or a field relevant to international development assistance in Immunization and Child Survival & Health Care.
Background/familiarity with Emergency

2. Work Experience

Two years of relevant professional work experience in health logistics, especially immunization Supply Chain Logistics (iSCL) systems including vaccines and cold chain, logistics, purchasing, contracting, administration and/or other related fields.
Work experience in emergency contexts will be required.
Capacity development experience will be an asset
Good computer skills including internet navigation will be required.

3. Language Proficiency
Fluency in English. Knowledge of the local language (South Sudanese) is an asset.
4. Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to the UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.)
i) Core Values (Required)
• Commitment
• Diversity and Inclusion
• Integrity

ii) Core Competencies (Required)
• Communication [ I ]
• Working with People [ I ]
• Drive for Results [ I ]

iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
• Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]
• Analysing [ I]
• Applying Technical Expertise [ I ]
• Learning and Researching [ I ]
• Planning and Organizing [ I ]

iv) Technical Knowledge [ I ]
a) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [ I ]
Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in:
• Health Promotion and Disease Prevention • Child and Maternal Health
• Public Health • Behaviour Change Communication
• Environmental Health • Health Education
• Educational Interventions in Health Care

General knowledge of:
• Methodology of programme/project management
• Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for Immunization programmes
• Knowledge of global Immunization issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current methods and approaches.
• Policies and strategy to address Immunization issues, including those relating to emergency, conflicts, disasters, and recovery.
• Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.
• Financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
• Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming.
• Mid-Term Strategic Plan
• UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
• UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on Immunization results
• Knowledge and proficiency in the use of corporate office computer system applications and software, including LAN, email, word processing, spreadsheet, database, telecommunications.
b) Specific Technical Knowledge Required 
(Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.)
• Professional technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas: Health, Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, Nursing, Family Health, Immunization, Social Work, Behaviour Change, or a discipline relevant to international development assistance in Immunization.
• Gender and diversity awareness

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) 
• National Government development plans and policies
• Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
• UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
• UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
• UN security operations and guidelines.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.



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.

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