District Vaccine Store (DVS) Construction Consultant, Maseru, Lesotho (6 months)
Application deadline 3 months ago: Thursday 10 Aug 2023 at 21:55 UTCOpen application form
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Purpose of Activity/Assignment:
The Effective Vaccine Management Assessment (EVMA) conducted in 2018 highlighted good infrastructure across all the three levels of supply chain: National, District and Health facility. The scores for Criterion 8 of the EVMA “Buildings, equipment and transport” attained were 80%, 89% and 83% respectively. Although the national performance was commendable, there were 6 out of the 10 districts that presented challenges related to infrastructure, including: Maseru, Mohale’s Hoek, Qacha’s Nek, Thaba-tseka, Quthing and Mafeteng.
Maseru district serves the largest population in the country with the highest number of public and private health facilities. Based on the cold chain capacity requirements for Maseru, there is a dire need for proper cold chain with a walk-in room. The other five districts are in the highlands where there are challenges such as snow in winter leading to power cuts and making the districts vaccine store inaccessible by road. The scores were based on availability of adequate space for storage of equipment and supplies, offices space for the store manager, availability of generators etc. This situation has become even more challenging due to the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, augmenting the need for additional space. The Government of Lesotho is completed the construction of the Maseru District Vaccine Store (DVS), however there remains an urgent need to rehabilitate/construct the other vaccine stores in the remaining nine districts to ensure adequate supplies and vaccines are safely stored to respond to emerging needs brought about by the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in addition to routine immunization.
UNICEF Lesotho in collaboration with the Ministry of Health’s Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) and Estate Department teams, as well as District Health Management Teams (DHMT) will undertake the construction of district vaccine stores in nine districts. It is against this background that UNICEF will require expertise of national civil engineer or architect to coordinate and oversee all the rehabilitation and construction related activities in Lesotho.
Scope of Work:
Under the direct supervision of the Chief Child Survival and Development and in consultation with the Ministry of
Health (MoH) Expanded Immunization Programme and Estate Department Teams, the DVS construction manager will
plan/develop construction project, oversee, follow-up, site monitoring and reporting of the rehabilitation and
construction works on behalf of UNICEF, which will be implemented by UNICEF subcontracted companies.
Additionally, he/she will supervise and provide guidance to the site engineers in the nine districts (except Maseru).
Specific tasks are as follows:
- Monitor and manage work of rehabilitation and construction of permanent DVS (timeline, quality, cost) in
nine different areas.
- In coordination with CSD/Immunization team, Supply Section and MoH’s EPI and Estate Department teams,
support on preparing and approving required technical project assessments, Bills of Quantities (BoQs) and technical specifications.
- Participate in visits to evaluate sites for potential construction projects in terms of suitability for construction,
costs and timelines.
Provide oversight to (1.) the architectural company and (2) lead the procurement process for construction companies to undertake the work.5. Ensure that all the payments and financial dues of contractors are managed and processed.
Ensure that construction and rehabilitation projects are designed, developed and implemented according to the governments and organization polices and guidelines.
Ensure that effective quality control systems are in place and designing and construction companies, that are
contracted by UNICEF, work in compliance with technical specifications and quality standards.
Visit each site on a regular basis to monitor progress and ensure time and budget schedules have been met.
Prepare progress, final and handover project reports and maintain the required records.
Coordinate all the technical work with the related stakeholders including EPI, Estate Department and DHMT,
as well as contracted construction companies.
Compile, update, and report relevant projects data using appropriate tools.
Submit progress/final reports to direct supervisor and Supply Section, as well as Ministry of Health as
Work Assignment Overview/ Expected Deliverable and payment Schedule:
Expected Deliverables and Payment Schedule
#****Deliverable****Duration (estimated # of working days)****Timeline/
Schedule of payment1.Provide oversight to
(1) architectural company and
(2) lead the procurement process for construction companies to undertake the work
(3) Monthly site visit
1.1 Technical project assessments 2.1 Site visit reports 2.2 Designing and construction contracts 2.3 Monthly report, including # evaluation site visitsAugust20%2.Supervise and manage work of rehabilitation and construction of permanent DVS (timeline, quality, cost) in nine different areas.
Monthly site visit
Monthly report on progress of construction, including 2 site visits for each site and participation in the monthly technical meetings with contractors and project counterparts per siteSeptember15%3.Supervise and manage work of rehabilitation and construction of permanent DVS (timeline, quality, cost) in nine different areas.
Monthly site visits
Monthly report on construction progress, including 2 site visits for each site and participation in the monthly technical meetings with contractors and project counterparts per site.October15%4.Supervise and manage work of rehabilitation and construction of permanent DVS (timeline, quality, cost) in nine different areas.
Regular site visits
Monthly report, including 2 site visits for each site and participation in the monthly technical meetings with contractors and project counterparts per site.November15%5.Supervise and manage work of rehabilitation and construction of permanent DVS (timeline, quality, cost) in nine different areas.
Regular site visits
Monthly report on level of construction, including 2 site visits for each site and participation in the monthly technical meetings with contractors and project counterparts per site.December15%6.Supervise and manage work of rehabilitation and construction of permanent DVS (timeline, quality, cost) in nine different areas.
Regular site visits
Final report, including 2 site visits for each site and participation in the monthly technical meetings with contractors and project counterparts per site.January20%TOTAL 6 months 100%
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Minimum Qualifications required:
- University Degree in civil engineering or architecture.
- A Minimum of 2 years' experience in civil work projects including construction projects and finishing works.
- Preferred experience as project manager.
- Fluency in English is required;fluency in Sesotho is an advantage and/or communication specialist
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How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit an online application through the Talent Management System (TMS) that consists as a minimum of the following:
-TMS Profile/ Curriculum Vitae
-Financial proposal must be ‘all inclusive’ of all expenses related to the assignment
- Copies/Portfolio of previous work done Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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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. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.