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International Consultant - Oxygen eco-system assessment and strategy development, Garowe, Somalia - 66 days


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: garowe
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Ebola
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-25

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To conduct a deep dive assessment of the Oxygen ecosystem in the state, including active stakeholders and existing capacity, to identify gaps on production, map programmatic and resource needs with the aim for replication elsewhere (in other states) and to build a subnational strategy that can guide the scaling of oxygen supply, availability and use both in the pandemic response as well as for long term health service needs, including for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). This work requires a comprehensive data collection, analysis and informing the policy environment (strategy). The consultant will be embedded with the UNICEF Garowe Field office, whilst working closely with UNICEF’s global oxygen technical team, the Puntland and Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders like WHO.

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.     

How can you make a difference?

Scope of Work:

  • Develop an assessment protocol that outlines assessment methodology, key data sources/informants and resource need
  • Acquire and or develop necessary data collection tools, adopted from global instruments.
  • Coordinate data collection from facilities requiring oxygen in Somalia, especially in Puntland and Somaliland
  • Verify data acquired through different mechanisms and share with UNICEF country and global teams for quantification and supply planning for Oxygen supply systems
  • Map programmes and partners (Govt; UN, INGOs and private sector) that are working on or are key to be engaged in the planning and implementation of oxygen system.
  • Coordinate efforts in Puntland, engaging with national stakeholders as required, on Oxygen assessment, planning and development of Oxygen strategy through setting up a Puntland taskforce and organizing meetings/workshops
  • Support drafting an oxygen strategy for Puntland with input from UNICEF Somalia and the UNICEF global oxygen team
  • Support a series of reviews of the strategy based on inputs from various stakeholders to produce a final version.
  • Finalize the instruments used for replication elsewhere in Somalia.




    Conduct an assessment to understand national or subnational Oxygen ecosystem

    National or subnational existing Oxygen ecosystem mapped

    15 days

    Collect data (facility level and national/subnational level) to quantify and cost multi-year oxygen supply need

    National of subnational Oxygen estimated need and cost generated through OSPT (Data collection is key deliverable)

    15 days 

    Develop oxygen road map through series of consultations and inputs from HQ, RO and CO team as well as key stakeholders

    Final copy of national or subnational Oxygen roadmap/strategy

    36 days

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

  • Masters in relevant health care field with experience in monitoring and evaluation 
  • At least 8 years of relevant work experience. Biomedical engineering with experience in oxygen systems is strongly desired, and broader public health experience will be considered.  
  • Exposure and experience with medical equipment supply system and maintenance works is required
  • Experience in working with a diverse set of stakeholders including government, UN, implementing partners is required
  • Previous experience in working and supporting at policy level around assessment planning, medical equipment optimization  
  • Previous consulting experience supporting Ministries of Health are preferred  
  • Experience in Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) programming is an asset. 
  • Computer literacy, MS Office Suite required 
  • Proven ability to analyze data and write reports that are of high quality. 
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) essential to liaise with a wide variety of people, good attention to detail.
  • Familiarity and experience of working with UNICEF and LMICs is considered an asset  
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential  
  • Fluency in Somali language is considered an asset   

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Core competencies:

  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (III)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (III)
  • Innovates and embraces change (III)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (III)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (III)
  • Works collaboratively with others (III)
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people (II) 

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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