Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 29 Aug 2019
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.
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Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path.Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.
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How can you make a difference?
Under the general guidance of the UNICEF Uganda Supply & Logistics Manager and Chief Stores and Operations, NMS, and in collaboration with UNICEF Supply Division Cold Chain Technical Unit, the consultant will provide the key technical expertise in refrigeration systems to the NMS Contract Administrator for the warehouse project. The tasks are split in two phases: Pre-contract stage: support Contract Administrator to develop the detailed drawings and specifications for the cold and freezer rooms, based on PQS specifications; and Post-contract stage: support the UNICEF CO, NMS and MoH during installation processes, by providing inputs as required, supervising activities, cross checking accuracy/completeness of information provided by the Contract Administrator and reporting back to UNICEF highlighting risks or aspects that might have been overlooked and need to be addressed.
Towards achieving high immunization coverage while introducing new vaccines through equity-focused vaccination program, the need for effective immunization supply chain remains vital. Efficient supply chains equipped with reliable cold chain equipment are important in helping countries primarily to reaching children with potent lifesaving vaccines to protect them against vaccine preventable diseases and subsequently increase immunization coverage.
As countries improve their immunization coverage and expand the scope of their EPI programmes through initiatives such as introduction of new vaccines and Effective Vaccine Management, the need to more reliable and bigger size cold chain equipment becomes important.
In Uganda, the National Medical Stores (NMS) has the mandate to manage the supply chain for vaccines and other inputs for the immunization programme. The current Central Vaccine Store managed by NMS in Entebbe has significant capacity limitations, especially as new, bulkier vaccines are introduced into the Uganda immunization schedule. With the on-going construction of a new NMS central warehouse in Kajjansi (completion expected by end of 2019), there is an obvious opportunity to enhance the cold storage capacity at central level.
In this context, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) is providing financial support to Uganda via UNICEF under the Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) grant to, amongst other aspects, improve cold storage capacity. Procuring and installing a Drive in Cold Room (DICR) of approximately 1,200 cubic meters in the new NMS warehouse is one component of that support. The construction of the main warehouse structure has been contracted by National Medical Stores under a Design & Build contract modality to a local construction company. The contract includes the provision of the necessary space for the DICR to be installed. The construction company is supervised by an independent Engineering Company/Contract Administrator, also contracted by NMS and responsible for project management, quality assurance and overall coordination.
UNICEF is therefore seeking technical support, in the form of a consultancy equivalent to 6 months of full-time work to support the UNICEF CO, National Medical Stores and MoH UNEPI to streamline the procurement procedure for large size cold rooms required under this project.
To qualify asan advocate for every child you will have…
Advanced university degree from a recognized academic institution in one or more of the following areas: HVAC / Refrigeration / Electrical / Engineering, Project Management, Data Management and Analysis or related to supply and logistics operations in UNICEF program areas.
First university degree combined with relevant professional work experience and understanding of relevant functions may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.
Minimum Eight years progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in managing Cold chain equipment, vaccine management and supply management. Work experience in managing large-scale projects, working with governments, working in resource-limited settings, monitoring and evaluating supply chains, and risk management and mitigation will be an asset.
Working with People – II, Drive for results – II, Technical skills
Product knowledge on cold chain equipment, new cold chain technologies and understanding of the principles of vaccine management, knowledge and experience working with regulatory bodies such as WHO/PQS, data management analysis and reporting are essential. Knowledge of procurement processes and good distribution practice will be an asset.
Fluency in English required. French will be an advantage
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.
The competencies required for this post are….
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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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
How to apply:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=525698