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Consultancy Title: Nutrition Supply Chain Monitoring Specialist

Nairobi (Kenya)

To support the Ministry of Health in applying the above-mentioned tools and approaches in the field with the aim of providing visibility of RUTF to the last mile, and a learning opportunity of the process for EUM, and development of best practice which will help shape not only future EUM activities but also refine the tools and approaches to become more efficient and less costly to implement in the countries. The process, analysis of results and recommendations from this pilot will provide the foundation for an implementation and roll out of these approaches more effectively and efficient, hence an opportunity to strengthen end to end visibility and accountability for Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods. In the long term, it is expected that the adopted end user monitoring practices and standards will enable smooth adaptability and consistency across different countries Nutrition supply chains, and promote sustainability through country ownership. The engagement of the in-country monitoring and supportive supervision mechanisms/systems and how they could potentially be linked or tasked to undertake end user monitoring as part of their routine activities would be ideal as this will contribute towards a systemic approach for integration and enhancing national or government ownership. This assignment would entail intensive consultations with UNICEF nutrition and supply teams, implementing partners, governments/countries and donors with varied nutrition supply chain contexts.

LOCATION/DURATION:

Duration:  11 months

Location: Regional Office, with travel to select country offices., DSA (per diem) provided; other travel:  Travel Costs and DSA (per diem) provided for meetings, as needed and covered in accordance with UN rules and regulations.

Start Date: TBD

Reporting to: The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Supply Chain Specialist (ESARO), with a dotted line to the Regional Nutrition Specialist (Emergencies -ESARO) and Nutrition Supply Chain Specialist (Supply Division).

BACKGROUND:

In the early 2000s, a peanut paste known as Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) was piloted to treat severe acute malnutrition (SAM) with success. This approach has now proven to be revolutionary, enabling children to be treated at home rather than having to stay in treatment centers for weeks on end far away from the rest of their family. Community-based treatment for severe acute malnutrition is now available in more than 70 countries and the number of children benefiting more than tripled between 2008 and 2015.  However as of 2017 still only 25% of SAM children are being reached with this life saving treatment. As the global lead in treatment of SAM, UNICEF is working with many partners to increase the number of children with severe acute malnutrition who get treated and to reduce the numbers who experience this condition at all. continue to scale up programmes to treat SAM

The availability of affordable RUTF is key to the scale up of this life saving programme. UNICEF as the world’s largest purchaser of RUTF, has therefore made deliberate investment in expanding the producer base and focusing on programme countries as initially the market was dominated by a single qualified international supplier to UNICEF. Currently 55% of all procurement comes from programme country suppliers. In 2017, UNICEF procured 177million USD of RUTF. Therefore with such a large and increasing volume of this product on the market, a key component  of this UNICEF support to governments is also to integrate RUTF within national government  supply chain systems and ensure that the RUTF is being used in the way it is intended.

Visibility to the flow of nutrition commodities is therefore essential to the success of such programmes, and technical assistance that strengthens a government’s abilities to track and deliver products delivers more sustainable outcomes.

In June 2016, UNICEF hosted the first Nutrition Supply Chain Practitioners Exchange Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark with representation from 10 countries across Africa and South Asia, bringing together experts from procurement, supply chain, and nutrition programmes, including donors, implementing partners, Central Medical Store CEO’s and representatives from Ministries of Health who are actively involved in nutrition Supply Chain Management (SCM) space.  As both an objective and output of the forum, the participants produced 9 key recommendations to drive the global nutrition supply agenda toward improved nutrition commodity availability and end use, thereby contributing to a reduction in severe and acute malnutrition in priority countries.  Key among the recommendations is the development of a set of standard approaches and indicators to monitor the utilization of RUTF in the supply chain so that government programmes, partners, and donors have clearer visibility insight into the effectiveness of RUTF commodities reaching children with severe acute malnutrition.

As technologies, commodities, and programmes evolve, governments and  stakeholders are prioritizing interventions that will facilitate and inform supply chain decision-making ensuring that the supply chain is an enabling contributor to the reduction of severe and acute malnutrition in children.

To offer programs, partners, and donors better insight into whether RUTF commodities are not only reaching the intended end users (children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM), but also being used by these beneficiaries, UNICEF initiated a project in August 2017 to;

  1. review and document existing end-user monitoring tools, practices and indicators
  2. profile potential EUM standards and approaches appropriate for different country contexts
  3. facilitate internal and external stakeholders consultations in weighing considerations (advantages/limitations, resource needs) of different approaches, to guide a way forward for defining common norms and standards for RUTF end-user monitoring
  4. Define pre-conditions required to and for the use of the guidance tool at country level.
  5. recommend approach(es)/tool(s) for EUM of RUTF develop a protocol to guide future piloting of the tool in selected countries

 

Following the successful dissemination of the final report of this project, in May 2018, selected countries within the region have expressed interest through The Regional Office (ESARO) in applying the tools and tracking the recommended minimum indicators to achieve maximum visibility and impact of RUTF to the last mile.

PURPOSE:

To support the Ministry of Health in applying the above-mentioned tools and approaches in the field with the aim of providing visibility of RUTF to the last mile, and a learning opportunity of the process for EUM, and development of best practice which will help shape not only future EUM activities but also  refine the tools and approaches to become more efficient and less costly to implement in the countries.

The process, analysis of results and recommendations from this pilot will provide the foundation for an implementation and roll out of these approaches more effectively and efficient, hence an opportunity to strengthen end to end visibility and accountability for Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods. In the long term, it is expected that the adopted end user monitoring practices and standards will enable smooth adaptability and consistency across different countries Nutrition supply chains, and promote sustainability through country ownership. The engagement of the in-country monitoring and supportive supervision mechanisms/systems and how they could potentially be linked or tasked to undertake end user monitoring as part of their routine activities would be ideal as this will contribute towards a systemic approach for integration and enhancing national or government ownership.

This assignment would entail intensive consultations with UNICEF nutrition and supply teams, implementing partners, governments/countries and donors with varied nutrition supply chain contexts.

OBJECTIVE:

The East and Southern African Regional Office(ESARO), in collaboration with UNICEF Supply Division (SD) wishes to engage a consultant to be based in the regional office in Nairobi- Kenya, to support   governments and country offices to meet the following objectives:

  1. Contribute through technical input, the strengthening of the overall In-Country Visibility for RUTF:  Support the tracking of RUTF at the last mile, and recommend the optimal indicators that would inform the best practices for EUM in the countries.

  2. Advance RUTF End-User Monitoring in ESAR:  Identify opportunities to increase the effectiveness of the existing nutrition supply chain by supporting select countries to apply the newly developed RUTF End User Monitoring tool, document lessons learned on process, and develop a case study for future reference for other countries to apply.

  3. Strengthen local/national capacity by supporting the institutionalization of the EUM activity within the MOH structure to ensure sustainability and government ownership of the process beyond the pilot.

  4. Identify and document potential enablers and bottlenecks for the implementation of the tools in the field and recommend ways to mitigate.

KEY EXPECTED RESULTS:

 

  1. Stakeholder engagement – UNICEF government, partners and other relevant players’ engagement and commitment TO institutionalizing EUM for RUTF in select countries
  2. Capacity development of key MoH staff involved in the delivery of nutrition programme such as Community Health Workers, Nurses and store keepers on the rationale and application of EUM for nutrition commodities including data collection, analysis reporting and Programme orientation
  3. Evaluation matrix for EUM of nutrition commodities developed in consultation with the key stakeholders in select countries Lessons learned and best practice documented of the End user monitoring for nutrition commodities project including a case study of the process of application in-country.
  4. Monitoring time table developed for National counterparts at the country level to ensure a scheduled plan and approach for Monitoring.

 DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

 1. General

  1. Work with Regional Office to prepare workplan in terms of the sequence of which countries to support in the application of EUM for nutrition commodities (Kenya, Ethiopia and Malawi)
  2. Where possible, align EUM tools for RUTF with other commodities that the Regional Office and select countries may identify to ensure visibility to the end user and increase optimization and efficiencies.
  3. Support the Regional and Country Office on project management and issue resolution in the select CO during the application phase.

2. In-Country

 

  1. Landscape the existing in-country visibility tools for RUTF and other health commodities, analyze applicability for pilot of EUM and support the country in selecting relevant indicators that align to existing systems and ease of data collection.

  2. Build local capacity to carry the next phase of the roll out forward.

  3. Document processes and best practice for application of EUM for nutrition commodities in the different CO

3. End User

  1. Disseminate new RUTF EUM tool to the Regional Office and select Country Offices.
  2. Develop a project plan for the EUM application in the select CO with clear timelines, activities, owners, and milestones.
  3. Plan and facilitate stakeholder mobilization in-country to ensure support to the EUM application, organizing and facilitating (through the RO/CO support) a stakeholder conference to establish a buy-in from key stakeholders.
  4. Support the Country Office in training of data collectors for the tool application. Also  Work with the UNICEF nutrition and supply colleagues in country and their Government counterparts to develop end-of-project evaluation criteria that will enable the government to determine effectiveness of the tool, and make decisions on roll out.
  5. Explore and document any other areas within supply chain that could require strengthening, based on the outcomes of the EUM findings and share with UNICEF and government counterparts.
  6. Document lessons learned and prepare a Case Study of exercise.

 KEY DELIVERABLES:

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Deliverable

Expected Time (tentative)

1

-          Inception Report to validate the methodology and approach be used for the application of the tool

-          Summary of Target Countries (Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia) in terms of where they are in the EUM for nutrition commodities process??

First Month

2

-          EUM for nutrition commodities stakeholder engagement guide, agenda, and country plan in Country (Ethiopia, Malawi and Kenya)

Second Month

3

-          EUM for nutrition commodities project plan

-          Upstream roll-out project plan in Ethiopia, Malawi and Kenya

Third Month

4

-          Project status update

Fourth Month

5

-          Draft EUM for nutrition commodities project evaluation criteria

Fifth Month

6

-          In-country visibility project plan

Sixth Month

7

-          Project status update

Seventh Month

8

-          In-country visibility landscape report and user needs analysis

Eight Month

9

-          Outline for EUM Case Study and Lessons Learned

Ninth Month

10

-          Project status update

Tenth Month

11

-          EUM Case Study and Lessons Learned

Eleventh Month

12

-          Summary report linking upstream visibility, in-country visibility, and EUM

Final Deliverable

 

-          Work plan for each country on next EUM activity with reporting guides and template

Final Deliverable

 

REPORTING AND LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:

All reports and deliverables shall be required in English.  Drafts will be shared with sufficient time for multiple cycles of review, feedback, and modification to meet the agreed upon project plan.

The Report shall be delivered electronically in WORD format along with a summary in POWERPOINT format.  Presentations or summaries requested for external meetings will be provided electronically in POWERPOINT format.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Advanced University degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the nutrition supply chain domain, 8 years of experience in lieu of an advanced university degree
  • Project management skills including results-driven task prioritization
  • Experience with logistics management information systems at all levels of a supply chain, including experience with end-user monitoring and general M&E experience.
  • International and developing country work experience especially within the Eastern and Southern African region(ESAR).

Competencies:

  1. Core Values

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Integrity
  2. Core Competencies

    • Communication
    • Drive for Results
  3. Key Functional Competencies

  • Analyzing
  • Planning and Organizing

Technical Knowledge:

Demonstrated knowledge in the field of nutrition supply chains

Knowledge of Logistics Management Information Systems, their applicability for nutrition supply chains, and linkages to End User Monitoring

Excellent research and analysis skills

Excellent writing and presentation skills

Language:

Fluency in English (French, Swahili and other languages within the Eastern and Southern Africa Region) will be an added advantage.

Project Management

Payments will follow the approval of key deliverables itemized above and according to the following estimation of work days.

EVALUATION PROCESS:

Desk Review of qualified candidates, based on:

  1. Financial quote at a daily rate in US Dollars excluding all taxes
  2. CV/Resume
  3. Two References
  4. P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/supply/files/UN_Personal_History_Form.doc).

UNICEF considers best value for money as a criteria for evaluating potential candidates.  As a general principle, the fees payable to a consultant or individual contractor follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee. 

Successful applicants were evaluated by the following criteria:

 

Applicant

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION   (max. 85 points)

 

Technical Capacity (60 points)

 

At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the nutrition supply chain domain, including strong monitoring and evaluation(M&E) experience. 8 years of experience in lieu of an advanced university degree

 20

International and developing country work experience

15

Knowledge and experience in assessing and implementing supply chain activities , End user monitoring and general M&E tools and systems.

 20

Analysis and Executive Communications (20 points)

 

Knowledge and experience in presenting executive level presentations of analysis and recommendations

15 

Demonstrated excellent research and analysis skills

15

Similar Projects (5 points)

 

Customer references for similar projects

 10

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION - Total Points

 

 

 

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL     (max. 15 points)

 

Fee

 

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL - Weight Combined Score

 

 

 

TOTAL SCORE   (max. 100 points)

 

PAYMENT TERMS:

Payment will be aligned to deliverables as agreed when contracted.  All deliverables to be approved prior to payment.

RENUMERATION:

Payment commensurate with experience.  Travel costs and DSA for duty travel will be covered in accordance with UN rules and regulations.  No other remunerations apply.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Supply Chain
    • Logistics
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-12

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