Consultancy: Consultant, Vaccine Management Specialist, Deployment to Multiple Countries/UNICEF Country Offices - Health Section, PG, NYHQ - Req # 544361
Job no: 544361
Contract type: Consultancy
Location: United States
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Consultancy Title: Vaccine Management Specialist (VMS)
Section/Division/Duty Station: UNICEF country offices
Duration: 1 October 2021 – 15 September 2022 (11.5 months)
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. 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.
Timely and equitable immunization services are amongst the most cost-effective development interventions with sustained and long-term health and economic dividends for nations. And effective end-to-end vaccine stock management is at its core, ensuring life-saving vaccines are always available up to the last mile, coverage goals are met, and no child is left behind.
However, each year at least one-third of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) experience one or more vaccine stock outs lasting for one month or more. By reviewing annual government reported supply chain indicators over the last ten years, LMICs have seen an increase in the number of stock outs of at least one routine antigen from 30% in 2010 to 45% in 2019.
Sub-optimal stock management not only increases the operational and opportunity costs of vaccination but can also play a significant role in broadening inequities and stagnating demand, specifically affecting under-served, urban poor, insecure and hard-to-reach populations. UNICEF and WHO Joint Reporting Form (JRF) analysis indicate 46% of developing countries has witnessed service interruptions due to stock outs in 2019, an increase from 30% in 2014.
To proactively address stock management (COVID-19 and RI) challenges and ensure relevant national and subnational authorities (NLWG/EOC/National EPI agency) have adequate capacity to received, store, distribute and monitor the upcoming major surge in COVID-19 vaccines, UNICEF would like to deploy vaccine management (VM) specialists at national and select field offices.
Potential technical experts are advised to indicate at least three countries of their preference to provide support on the following scope of work.
How can you make a difference?
Under the overall supervision of chief of health, the VM specialist will be accountable for the following key deliverables.
- Ensure issues in vaccine management are identified and actively addressed at local level.
- Support revalidation of Supply Chain and Waste Management section of country National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP) for COVID-19.
- Support NLWG/EOCs to effectively manage the arrivals, storage, temperature monitoring and control during storage and distribution and redistribution, vaccine accountability, disposal and waste management for COVID-19 and routine vaccines.
- Plan, receive, store, deploy and monitor COVID-19 related logistics (UCC equipment, shippers) including waste management as per manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Facilitate NLWG/EOC access to up-to-date stock management data including on forecast/actual quantities, stock-on-hand, consumption rates, expiry dates, open and closed vial wastage, critical operational challenges and data use for action.
- Lead the development of monthly vaccine accountability reports at national and subnational levels, including stock receipts, distribution, utilization, and wastage rates.
- Support the deployment or where exist the strengthening of vaccine inventory tools to automate data collection on vaccine arrivals, dispatch and closed vial wastage. Develop/adopt relevant SOPs and guidelines
- Support vaccine forecasting, data triangulation of stock, consumption, and coverage at all levels of the supply chain, considering data use barriers and mitigation strategies.
- Support countries with targeted assessment and monitoring of iSC performance, especially with stock management, per EVM2.0 guidelines and iterative development and implementation of improvement plans within a cycle of continuous improvement.
- Update CCE inventories on quarterly basis. Document and follow-up UCC maintenance and waste management plans.
- Support the integration and deployment of Thrive360 and iDash as well as vaccine verification systems.
- Organize capacity development events and devise on-the-job training plans for key partners.
- The VM Specialist will be deployed to a UNICEF country or field office and could be seated within the national EPI agency, National Logistics working group or emergency operation centre.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- A university degree (Advanced degree is an advantage), preferably in relevant field (e.g., business planning, supply chain management, economics, international development studies, medicine, procurement, logistics, or other quantitative degree). Applicable work experience can substitute in cases where university degree is not aligned to a relevant field.
- At least (8) years of experience in international public health programme management including at least three (3) years in immunization, with experience in low- and middle-income countries, preferably in the areas of:
- Logistics management systems
- Supply chain bottleneck and root cause analysis
- Familiarity with inventory policies, allocation, ordering and distribution strategies and other supply chain operations
- Health systems strengthening
- Assessing and measuring supply chain performance
- Experience interfacing with national ministries of health an advantage.
- Proven experience in strategic negotiations and planning in multi-stakeholder settings
- Experience in writing complex strategic proposals, developing multi-year operational plans
- Experience in training, planning and delivery of technical assistance
- Effective presenter including ability to adapt the message and visual aids for multiple audiences to deliver concise, impactful presentations
- Knowledge of supply chain management and operations
- Excellent analysis skills
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
- Proven track record in interfacing with national ministries of health a distinct advantage.
- Fluency in written and spoken in English and the official UN language of the duty stations is required. Knowledge of local languages is an added value.
- Proficiency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word
- Familiarity with ODK, U-Report, RapidPro and field data collection is an asset
- Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) or resume
- Upload copy of academic credentials
- Financial proposal that will include:
- your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above
- travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
- Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
- Indicate your availability
- Candidates must be willing to be deployed to any country where UNICEF operates as per the programme needs and evolving programme priorities
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process
- Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
- At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
- Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
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. View our competency framework here.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, 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.
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