International Consultancy - Vaccin Management system

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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.

For every child a champion,

To proactively address stock management (COVID-19 and RI) challenges and ensure relevant national and subnational authorities (NLWG/EOC/National EPI agency) have adequate capacity to received, store, distribute and monitor the upcoming major surge in COVID-19 vaccines, UNICEF would like to deploy vaccine management (VM) specialists at national and select field offices.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall supervision of chief of health and direct supervision of the Cold Chain Specialist, the VM specialist will be accountable for the following key deliverables.

  1. Ensure issues in vaccine management are identified and actively addressed at local level.

  2. Support revalidation of Supply Chain and Waste Management section of country National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP) for COVID-19.

  3. Support NLWG/EOCs to effectively manage the arrivals, storage, temperature monitoring and control during storage and distribution and redistribution, vaccine accountability, disposal and waste management for COVID-19 and routine vaccines.

  4. Plan, receive, store, deploy and monitor COVID-19 related logistics (UCC equipment, shippers) including waste management as per manufacturer’s guidelines.

  5. Facilitate NLWG/EOC access to up-to-date stock management data including on forecast/actual quantities, stock-on-hand, consumption rates, expiry dates, open and closed vial wastage, critical operational challenges and data use for action.

  6. Lead the development of monthly vaccine accountability reports at national and subnational levels, including stock receipts, distribution, utilization, and wastage rates.

  7. Support the deployment or where exist the strengthening of vaccine inventory tools to automate data collection on vaccine arrivals, dispatch and closed vial wastage. Develop/adopt relevant SOPs and guidelines

  8. Support vaccine forecasting, data triangulation of stock, consumption, and coverage at all levels of the supply chain, considering data use barriers and mitigation strategies.

  9. Support countries with targeted assessment and monitoring of iSC performance, especially with stock management, per EVM2.0 guidelines and iterative development and implementation of improvement plans within a cycle of continuous improvement.

  10. Update CCE inventories on quarterly basis. Document and follow-up UCC maintenance and waste management plans.

  11. Support the integration and deployment of Thrive360 and iDash as well as vaccine verification systems.

  12. Organize capacity development events and devise on-the-job training plans for key partners.

The VM Specialist will be deployed to a UNICEF country or field office and could be seated within the national EPI agency, National Logistics working group or emergency operation centre.

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

The Consultant should have the following skills:

  • University degree is required (Advanced degree an advantage), preferably in relevant field (e.g., business planning, supply chain management, economics, international development studies, medicine, procurement, logistics, or other quantitative degree). Applicable work experience can substitute in cases where university degree is not aligned to a relevant field.
  • At least (8) years of experience in international public health programme management including at least three (3) years in immunization, with experience in low- and middle-income countries, preferably in the areas of: Logistics management systems; Supply chain bottleneck and root cause analysis; Familiarity with inventory policies, allocation, ordering and distribution strategies and other supply chain operations; Health systems strengthening; Assessing and measuring supply chain performance; Experience interfacing with national ministries of health an advantage.

Technical Knowledge and Skills:

• Proven experience in strategic negotiations and planning in multi-stakeholder settings

• Experience in writing complex strategic proposals, developing multi-year operational plans...


CO Validated components of the 2021 annual report (i) Assessments of progress for all active outcomes and outputs; and (ii) End Year Summary Narrative, submitted electronically within the agreed UNICEF deadline.

Timing and Duration

This consultancy duration is for 11,5 months from 01 December 2021 to 15 November 2022.

Selection Process

Candidates should provide a cover letter, their CV, and an all-inclusive financial proposal with relevant breakdown (fee, travel, accommodation, etc. as relevant). The applications will be assessed by a panel taking into consideration the a) technical qualifications and suitability of the candidate, and b) the financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the technically qualified applicant with the most competitive financial proposal. References from prior assignments will be sought and reviewed prior to the issuance of any contract.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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.


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.

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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