Consultancy: Health supply chain specialist, Beirut, 70 days

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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.

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The purpose of this assignment is to support the Ministry of Public Health-Lebanon to conduct a detailed assessment of its public health supply chain. The assessment will be focusing on identifying bottlenecks besetting the system, find solutions to address the bottlenecks and capture all these in a coherent plan of action that will include a theory of change, a performance monitoring plan with indicators, partners’ resources and responsibility, allocation and timelines for planned actions that will serve as the Ministry of Public Health guiding framework for the way forward.

How can you make a difference?

Scope of Work: The assessment will comprehensively cover the national public supply chain at national level, which spans from the central warehouses located in the capital Beirut to district level facilities at Qadaa physician offices and vaccine distribution centers (29) till the service delivery level at around 800 health outlets covering all the Lebanese territories.

The main activities that need to be implemented:

• Analyze and map the Supply Chain work processes from supply-requisitioning, distribution planning through procurement to in-country delivery, warehousing, and final distribution to partners with focus on the distribution planning, in-country logistics systems and in-country warehousing and hand-over to partners.

• Conduct strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis for key components of the Supply and logistics chain, with particular emphasis on pharmaceuticals drugs, vaccines, and medical supplies. Assess Ministry of Public Health technical (logistics) capacity, storage, and distribution capability.

• Identify supply and logistics chain solutions (from sourcing to distribution to beneficiary), conduct cost benefit analysis and risk analysis for feasible solutions and make recommendations in terms of immediate, medium term and strategic solutions.

• Develop an implementation plan and identify resources required for effective implementation.

Methods: Develop the methodology for assessment and analysis of the supply chain function in the context of the country programmes, including stakeholder mapping.

The methodology for the assessment will be developed by the selected expert as part of the stretch assignment. The assessment is to include but not limited to the following:

• Desk review of relevant documents to understand background and context of the assignment.

• Conduct field visits to MoPH offices, central warehouses, Qadaa physician offices and a sample of service delivery points in Lebanon.

• Conduct field work/data collection.

• Conduct data analysis.

• Conduct interactive meetings with stakeholders: relevant UNICEF sections including UNICEF Supply & Logistics section; other UN agencies involved in medication and medical supply procurement (mainly WHO, UNFPA); local and international NGOs involved in procuring medications and medical supplies logistics service providers and selected number of key implementing partners

• Provide a clear framework for understanding and measuring current supply chain performance including in areas of:

1. Leadership, Governance and Accountabilities

2. Programme strategy and objectives alignment

3. Planning (definition of need, budgeting, and planning)

4. Procurement (including quality assurance)

5. Logistics and Delivery (delivery and clearance, warehousing, inventory management, distribution and resupply, utilization by the beneficiary)

6. Monitoring and Evaluation

7. Performance management

8. Organization and People management

9. Data flow

10. Financial flow

• Leverage global and Industry benchmark and standards.

• Make appropriate recommendations to develop capacity, strengthen the system and to create a foundation for further improvement.

• Identify the technical capacity gaps and develop a capacity development strategy which includes opportunities for optimizing processes and supply chain systems strengthening at all levels (enabling environment, organisation and individual), and including potential training needs.

• Suggest a coordination mechanism to accelerate implementation of the strategy, including mechanisms for monitoring and reporting progress.

Tasks/Milestone 1: Desk review, stakeholder interviews and consultative meetings.


Inception report and presentation, which shall include scope, methodology, summary of preliminary desk review, proposed field visits, list of key informant interviews, implementation work-plan and timetable.

Timeline: 7 days

Tasks/Milestone 2: Health supply chain assessment including field work and data collection.


Report of the supply chain assessment with details on findings/results including the current status of the supply chain function within government agency/ministry and concrete recommendations for further improvement/strengthening addressing all levels (enabling environment, organisation and individual).

Timeline: 20 days

Tasks/Milestone 3: Analysis of the assessment findings.


Draft report with key findings and recommendations and present key findings and recommendations.

Timeline: 10 days

Tasks/Milestone 4: Development of capacity development strategy.


Draft capacity development strategy and implementation plan including a suggested co-ordination mechanism and a monitoring and evaluation framework.

Timeline: 15 days

Tasks/Milestone 5: Development of final consultancy report.


Final report, which shall include all points specified in scope of work including:

• Implementation plan for priority areas of intervention.

• Power Point summary of the proposed capacity development strategy to be presented to Management.

Timeline: 18 days

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

Master's degree in Supply Chain Management or Business Administration Management.

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

• Advanced university degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Management, International Economics, Engineering, Accountancy, Public Administration, Contract/Commercial Law, International Development, Procurement, or areas related to supply chain/logistics operations or UNICEF programme areas.

• First university degree combined with demonstrated professional work experience and understanding of relevant functions may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree, preferably combined with credited courses or certifications from relevant bodies in supply chain management, procurement, contracting or logistics.

• Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international level in supply chain/logistics management. Experience in conducting an assessment, survey, study and analysis of comprehensive information concerning supply chain processes will be an advantage.

• Competencies: Ability to work effectively in a team, good planning and organizing skills, and be results driven staff.

• Fluency in English is required, and knowledge of Arabic is of added value.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

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

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.


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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

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