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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Supply Chain
    • Logistics
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-05

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Consultancy Title: Supply Chain Consultant - National Logistics Working Group (NLWG)

Copenhagen (Denmark)

UNICEF is recruiting Supply Chain Consultant - National Logistics Working Group (NLWG).

Supply Chain Consultant - National Logistics Working Group (NLWG)

LOCATION/DURATION:      

Duration:                                    60 days

Location:                                    Remote with regional and country visits

HQ Travel:                                  Yes

Field Missions/Travel:                   Yes

Start Date:                                  August 2019

BACKGROUND

UNICEF is seeking a consultant to support capacity building interventions for the effective operations of National Logistics Working Groups (NLWGs) targeted at enhancing immunization supply chain leadership, management and coordination in countries. This consultant will work closely with UNICEF regional and country offices, WHO and ISC partners.

The Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) Initiative, launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 2010, is a process by which countries periodically evaluate the performance of their immunization supply chain and logistics systems against best-practice benchmarks to enact an improvement plan accordingly. The TechNet meeting in 2015 involving partners from the public and private sectors acknowledged that National Logistics Working Groups (NLWGs) is a promising mechanism for improving supply chain management, decision-making, and accountability at the national level. NLWGs provide oversight, guidance, visibility and accountability. NLWGs can bring innovation, mobilize resources, and advocate for stakeholder involvement.

NLWGs are defined as “leadership groups” set up to enhance visibility and coordination among partners including implementation of national immunization and health supply chain priorities. These working groups are part of the Ministry of Health/Effective Programme on Immunization (EPI)’s process to strengthen immunization and health supply chains with the objective of achieving continuous improvement in vaccine efficacy, availability and supply chain efficiency. 

UNICEF, in collaboration with GAVI ISC partners, has been leading efforts for the establishment and operationalization of national logistics working groups (NLWGs) as part of the effective programme on immunization (EPI). While some countries have recorded successes in operationalizing its NLWG as a key mechanism for decision making in health supply chain, many countries still struggle with operationalizing its NLWG as part of the health programme. The NLWG landscape analysis conducted in 2017 revealed the following key challenges comprising low interest on supply chain and logistics management, unclear understanding of the role and value of an NLWG, lack of supply chain HR capacity to operationalize NLWGs and non-systematic and unclear mode of NLWG functioning.   

This consultancy will focus on implementing the following key recommendations:

  • Advocacy to raise awareness in the establishment of NLWG
  • Reinforcing capacity and knowledge in supply chain management within the NLWG
  • Institutional integration and acknowledgment of NLWG
  • Supporting countries with NLWG operationalization to facilitate governance data visibility, country planning and capacity development for immunization and health supply chains
  • Defining and monitoring NLWG terms of reference, endorsement, operationalization and representation

MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

The purpose of this consultancy is to support and drive capacity building efforts for NLWGs as a mechanism for advocacy, coordination, planning, data visibility in immunization and health supply chains. This work will be carried out in collaboration with country focal teams, immunization supply chain partners, Ministry of Health and Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI). The consultant will be responsible for the following key responsibilities:

  • Facilitate and report on NLWG operations at country level.
  • Liaise with regional and country teams to create NLWG profiles
  • Document the role and contributions of public and private partners to NLWGs.
  • Support country teams in ISC capacity building activities within the NLWG.
  • Work with country teams on specific ISC activities through the NLWG
  • Identify linkages with the broader public health supply chain technical working groups and opportunities for integration and collaboration.

OUTPUTS

  • NLWG country profile which captures key indicators and builds on the landscape report (see link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X1730227X)
  • TechNet-21 page on NLWG updated with latest country information working with WHO team.
  • One-page brief on the role of private sector in NLWG operations.
  • Country capacity building work plan for 2 to 4 countries in need of support.
  • Progress report on NLWG capacity building interventions in 2 to 4 countries identifying opportunities, challenges and best practices.

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:

Education:

Advanced level education in public administration, policy, monitoring and evaluation, health, engineering, supply chain management, or related field

Work Experience:

  • Seven years of professional work experience in country project and programme management.
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in a developing country context in change management, networking and communications, with demonstrated proficiency in reaching consensus among governments and implementing partners.
  • Experience interfacing with ministries of health and development partners.
  • Familiarity with immunization and health supply chain programmes.
  • Experience in leadership, management and coordination interventions is an advantage.

Languages: Fluency in English. Working knowledge of another UN language is advantageous.  

Competency Profile:

1) Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

2) Core Competencies

  • Communication
  • Drive for results
  • Working with people
  • Planning and organising

    3)  Key Functional Competencies

  • Relating and Networking
  •  Persuading and influencing
  •  Analysing
  •  Applying Technical Expertise
  •  Adapting and Responding to Change

LANGUAGES:

Fluency in English. Second UN language is an advantage.

EVALUATION PROCESS:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter/application.
  2. Consultancy cost per day
  3. CV
  4. References.

Applications must be submitted through the UNICEF electronic application system by July 05, 2019.

Evaluation criteria

The evaluation procedure will focus on both technical and financial suitability. The weights of 80% and 20% shall be applied for technical and financial compliance respectively.

CONSULTANT EVALUATION CRITERIA

 

1.      TECHNICAL EVALUATION (Max. 80 points)

Max. Points Obtainable

Applicant

Technical Capacity

 

1.1

Advanced level education in public administration, policy, monitoring and evaluation, health, engineering, supply chain management, or related field

 

15

 

1.2

Seven years of professional work experience in country project and programme management.

 

15

 

1.3

At least five (5) years’ experience in a developing country context in change management, networking and communications, with demonstrated proficiency in reaching consensus among governments and implementing partners.

 

15

 

1.4

Experience interfacing with ministries of health and development partners.

 

15

 

1.5

Familiarity with immunization and health supply chain programmes.

 

10

 

1.6

Experience in leadership, management and coordination interventions is an advantage.

10

 

  Sub-Total Facilitation and Reporting

 

 

TECHNICAL EVALUATION- Total Points

 

 

2.      FINANCIAL EVALUATION (Max. 20 points)

Max. Points Obtainable

Applicant

2.1

Fee

20

 

 

 FINANCIAL PROPOSAL- Weight Combined Score

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL SCORE (Max. 100 points)

 

 

 

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