Consultancy: Information Management Specialist, Immunization Section, Programme Group, Multiple/Office based at UNICEF Regional Offices

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Consultancy Title: Information Management Specialist (IMS)

Section/Division/Duty Station: Immunization Section, Health/PG, Multiple/Office based at UNICEF Regional Offices (ROSA, MENA, WCARO, EAPRO, ECARO)

Duration: 15 September 2021 – 29 August 2022 (11.5 months)

About UNICEF

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

BACKGROUND

In 2020, UNICEF procured 1.9 billion doses of vaccines for 102 countries, enough to reach 45 percent of the world's children under five years of age. This incredible milestone calls for equally effective stock management at all levels of supply chain and ideally at service delivery points to ensure children, especially those in under-served, urban poor, conflict-affected and hard-to-reach areas, have access to life-saving vaccines, when needed.

A well-functioning supply chain is essential for the success of the immunization programmes with effective stock management at its heart. However, an analysis of global data indicated that most low and middle-income countries performed below the minimum standard for adequate vaccine stock management[1]. Recent data by WHO and UNICEF show that each year at least one-third of countries experience one or more vaccine stock-outs lasting for at least one month or more[2].

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent massive global vaccination drive bring stock management to a new level of urgency and offer a unique opportunity to ensure quality and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and strengthen and enhance the routine immunization (RI) stock management practices.

Against this backdrop, UNICEF, WHO and Gavi launched a joint initiative under Thrive360 to strengthen stock management capacities, encourage feedback loops, leverage existing systems, and integrate data sources in one platform. The aim is to enable National Logistics Working Groups (NLWGs) and other partners to have relevant, reliable, and updated information for data-driven planning and decision-making in one place.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the regional immunization/supply and logistics/cold chain specialist/manager and in close coordination with the Immunization Specialist - Data Analytics, the incumbent will support the collection, review, quality assurance, analysis and visualization of vaccine stock data from respective country offices. The IMS will:

  1. Support the regional office in the collection, quality-assurance, analysis, feedback and presentation of COVID-19 and routine vaccine stock and consumption data. This include mapping dataflows, driving smart demand for data use and continuous feedback to country offices.
  2. Ensure Vaccine Management Specialists in country offices have the necessary tools and capacity to effectively support NLWGs and EOCs in data-driven planning and decision making.
  3. Support countries to review data quality, draw recommendations, develop improvement plans and track progress on monthly basis.
  4. In consultation with country office focal points, develop a comprehensive plan with attainable targets to expand stock and consumption data collection to all countries in the region. The plan should include a bottleneck analysis, identify key obstacle preventing countries from reporting and outline the specific support required by each country. At least 90% of the countries in region should report stock data with 10 months of consultancy.
  5. Support countries need assessments and the deployment/expansion of context-centered vaccine inventory systems in all levels of the immunization supply chain (especially at secondary and lowest distribution stores).
  6. Support VM specialists or other country focal points in strengthening vaccine monitoring mechanisms by facilitating cross-learning and experience sharing.
  7. Support the integration of iDash and Thrive360 and its deployment in country offices as a single source of relevant iSC data (Vaccine stock and consumption tracking, EVM and maturity model assessments, eJR, RI coverages, COVID-19, UCC, trends and country profiles among others)[3].
  8. Map or where the work is already ongoing, collaborate with T4D or relevant team on the status of current in-country digital solutions (eLMIS, HMIS, SBCC) including the availability of track and trace policies, verification solutions.
  9. In collaboration with T4D or relevant team, provide technical support to country offices to strengthen eLMIS/DHIS2 expansion and ensure country systems are TSS compliant and follow minimum interoperability standards.
  10. Organize capacity development workshops and provide remote on-the-job training to country office focal points.
  11. Conduct in-depth data analysis to identify areas with higher number of un/under immunized/zero-dose children for targeted technical assistance (conflict affected, hard-to-reach, urban poor etc).
  12. Produce infographics, presentations and other visual information products to strengthen data-driven planning and decision making at regional offices, across partners and country offices.
  13. Develop strong partnerships/networks with relevant stakeholders (GAVI, WHO, MoPHs, national EPI agencies, UNICEF country and field offices, donors and other relevant stakeholders). This includes the regular exchange of information and cross-validation of data.
  14. Any other relevant activities in consultation and discussion with the supervisor(s) without deviating from the scope of this consultancy.

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

  • An Advanced University Degree (Masters) in one or more of the following areas: Data analytics, Statistics, M&E, Information Technologies, Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Public Health or other relevant fields.
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in information management, M&E, Statistics, Immunization logistics and Supply Chain management in a country office is required.
  • Experience working in the UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Familiarity with emergency response is an asset.
  • Fluency in English and the language of the duty station /deployment is required.

Requirements****:

  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) or resume
  • Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
    • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Please indicate two preferred locations; choose between the following UNICEF Regional Offices: ROSA, MENA, WCARO, EAPRO, ECARO

Please note:

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6323754/#CR6

[2] Vaccine stockouts around the world: Are essential vaccines always available when needed? (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6323754/#CR7)

[3] EVM – Effective Vaccine Management. eJR – electronic Joint UNICEF and WHO reporting Form. RI – Routine Immunization. UCC – Ultra Cold Chain.

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