Immunization Supply Chain Specialist, (P-4), TA, (364 Days) #118781- Kathmandu- Nepal, ROSA

  • Contract
  • Nepal

UNICEF Global


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, results

Every year, at least one-third of low and middle-income countries (LMICs) experience vaccine stock-outs lasting for a 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 per cent in 2010 to 45 per cent in 2019. Sub-optimal vaccine management not only increases the operational and opportunity costs of vaccination but can also play a significant role in broadening inequities and stagnating demand, predominantly affecting under-served, urban poor, insecure and hard-to-reach populations. The Specialist will build capacity and support national authorities in South Asia in planning, storage, distribution, temperature tracking, monitoring, accountability and waste management of COVID-19 vaccines and relevant commodities.

How can you make a difference?

Working under the Senior Health Specialist, the Immunization Supply Chain Specialist will and in close collaboration with the Programme Group (PG) Immunization Supply Chain Team.

  • Strengthen routine stock management practices and track monthly reporting rates at central, secondary and third level stores by  establishing a system of stock record, issue voucher, receipt voucher; b) stock monitoring system, c) capacity building of key staffs on stock keeping and recording as per Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) SOPs, d) prepare monthly vaccine status and accountability reports and share with supply and logistics workstreams and key stakeholders, and e) documenting best practices and lessons learnt.
  • In collaboration with partners, establish/strengthen a data collection system to facilitate analysis and sharing of COVID-19 and RI vaccine stock, consumption, and expiry data, closed vial wastage and critical operational challenges up to third level stores with regional office focal point.
  • Facilitate implementation of other EPI-SC activities like EVM assessment and improvement plan and support countries in improvement plan development.
  • Complete country cold chain equipment inventory (CCEI) using either Excel/Access based tool and develop as per global standards, pilot CCEI data collection template, and orient MOH staffs on the CCEI data collection tool and how to collect cold chain equipment data.
  • Support countries to Plan the timely and equitable distribution of vaccines with active temperature monitoring in transit and on arrival at receiving stores.
  • Support regular review of supply chain performance at the national and sub-national level, ensuring course correction and triangulating with service delivery data.
  • Develop a costed supportive supervision workplan that include the number of government supervisors and frequency of visits, expected and actual results and ensure the allocated funds enable monitoring up to Sep 2022.

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

  • Advanced University Degree in business administration, logistics management, supply chain or closely related area.

  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience in health programming, including extensive experience in immunization supply chain, vaccine, and cold chain management at national and international level.

  • Familiarity with Effective Vaccine Management tools and UNICEF vaccine / equipment procurement modalities is highly desirable.
  • Is proficient in computer applications, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint software. Expertise in cold chain equipment inventory, VLMIS and RTMDS.
  • Experience of working with national governments and partners is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

he UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.

“UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

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