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Cold Chain and Logistics Officer (Polio), (NO-2), Fixed Term appointment, Kabul, Afghanistan #92860 (Open to Afghanistan nationals only) (557431)


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kabul
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Logistics
    • Transport and Distribution
    • Supply Chain
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-04

The Cold Chain and Logistics Officer (Polio), (NO-2) is accountable for professional technical contribution to project design, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration of Polio immunization activities (especially cold chain and logistics related), including data analysis, programme support, delivery, progress reporting, and commitment for expansion of immunization coverage, as well as enhancement of teamwork and capacity building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with country programme goals, objectives and strategy.

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 

The Cold Chain and Logistics Officer (Polio), (NO-2) is accountable for professional technical contribution to project design, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration of Polio immunization activities (especially cold chain and logistics related), including data analysis, programme support, delivery, progress reporting, and commitment for expansion of immunization coverage, as well as enhancement of teamwork and capacity building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with country programme goals, objectives and strategy.

How can you make a difference?

1. Accurate, complete and up-to-date programme/project management information is available for effective budget preparation, programme/project design, implementation, management and evaluation.

  •  Ensures the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective polio immunization programme and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation. Drafts sound Immunization programme budgets for review by the supervisor, ensuring accuracy and appropriateness of data and coding. Drafts updated project status reports.
  • Assembles and provides updated data and information on polio immunization programme and on financial/administrative status for monitoring, analysis and analysis.  Analyses the programme status and recommends appropriate adjustments as necessary.

2. Project efficiency, effectiveness and vaccination coverage are enhanced through effective implementation and follow-up.

  • Enhances project efficiency and effectiveness through implementation follow-on, including monitoring UNICEF inputs, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply assistance and Immunization project status.
  • Undertakes field visits to districts and sub-districts for monitoring and supervision of project activities and to improve immunization coverage. Supervises the implementation of the routine EPI activities and the work of the Polio Officer, district field assistants, etc. as required.
  • Prepares reports on the results of the field visits and progress of vaccination coverage.

3. Progress reports and project work plans are timely prepared, and effective technical support is provided in the drafting of donor, annual and other reports/project documentation related to EPI.

  • Analyses collected data and information and prepare progress reports, drafts changes in Immunization project work plans and in identification of required supplies and equipment. Drafts sections of donor, annual and other project documentation related to EPI, ensuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action

4. Appropriateness and completeness of financial and supply documentation as well as adherence to established allotments are ensured.

  • Monitors flow of supply and non-supply assistance to local authorities. Records supply and non-supply inventory and quarterly update on cold chain equipment, distribution and utilization.
  • Ensures the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation especially with vaccine operations during polio campaigns in Afghanistan.

5. The capacities of polio field workers are strengthened through effective capacity building activities in the development, implementation and management of vaccine and cold chain management.

  •  Supports a staff training/development programme to upgrade the capacity of the Country Office staff in the programme development, implementation and management of the Immunization Programme.
  • Conducts relevant orientation, workshop, team work facilitation and staff learning/development activities: ensures that vaccination teams (acceleration) are properly trained on the various aspect of polio and  EPI; uses the appropriate training guidelines; participates in the Mid-level management training of vaccinators, cold chain managers, mid-level managers; participates in training activities and micro-planning workshops; participates in the training of district field assistants for community sensitization and awareness seminars.

6. Effective communication, networking and collaboration are achieved with internal and external partners.

  • Ensures the effective communication, networking and working relationships are developed and maintained.
  • Collaborates with Operations staff to implement internal controls systems and resolve day-to-day issues or discrepancies in financial or supply management.
  • Work with local partners to exchange detail information on polio vaccine management as well as movement and distribution of supplies.
  • Arranges field visits to project sites for government and other partner, providing necessary information for briefing on the project. Participates in the study of the project status and evaluation as required.
  • Collaborates with members of the development community, including NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the exchange of information relating to polio vaccine and cold chain management. 

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

  • A first level university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, Family Health, Child Development, Nursing, or a field relevant to international development assistance in Immunization and Child Survival & Health Care.
  • A minimum of [2] years of relevant professional experience in experience in the field of implementation of immunization programs
  • Experience with coordinating Cold chain logistics programs in humanitarian/emergency contexts
  • Experience in coordinating capacity building activities for health care providers in the field of immunization.
  • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization or field work experience in Afghanistan.
  • Training and experience in public health, pharmacy, or Immunization/health care 
  • Experience in knowledge management.
  • Training and experience in social welfare, or Immunization/health care.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

i)  Core Values (Required)

  • Commitment  
  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Integrity 

ii)  Core Competencies (Required)              

  •   Communication [ I] 
  •   Working with People [ I]      
  •   Drive for Results [ I]   

  iii)  Functional Competencies (Required) 

  •   Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I]
  •   Analyzing [ I] 
  •  Applying Technical Expertise [ I]
  •   Learning and Researching [ I] 
  •   Planning and Organizing [ I]

 iv)  Technical Knowledge [1] [ I]                  

  a) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)I]

Knowledge of the latest theories, technology and practices in:

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Child and Maternal Health
  • Public Health                                           
  • Behavior Change Communication
  • Environmental Health                                
  • Health Education
  • Educational Interventions in Health Care

General knowledge of:

  • Methodology of programme/project management
  •  Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for Immunization programmes
  •  Knowledge of global Immunization issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current methods and approaches.
  • Policies and strategy to address Immunization issues, including those relating to emergency, conflicts, disasters, and recovery.
  •  Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.
  •  Financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
  • Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming.
  • Mid-Term Strategic Plan
  • UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
  • UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers and agency-wide programmes impacting on Immunization results
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the use of corporate office computer system applications and software, including LAN, email, word processing, spreadsheet, database, telecommunications.

 b) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [ I]

  • Professional technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas: Health, Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, Nursing, Family Health, Immunization, Social Work, Behavior Change, or a discipline relevant to international development assistance in Immunization.   
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced [ I]

  • National Government development plans and policies
  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN security operations and guidelines.

[1]                Reference to UNICEF and/or UN in terms of technical knowledge requirements (a and b above) are applicable only to those who are or have been the staff members of UNICEF or the UN common system.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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