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Under the direct supervision of the Health Specialist (Immunization), the incumbent administers the immunization cold chain and logistics supply operations in support of Child Survival and Development (CSD) programme objectives. Responsible for effective planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) plan in Central African Republic (CAR), ensure deployment and maintenance of the cold chain at central and peripheral level including solar refrigerator, ensure forecasting of vaccines and injection devices for routine and SupplementaryImmunizationActivities (SIA), train health staff on vaccine and cold chain management, while also ensuring close mentoring of the implementation of Expanded Programme Immunization (EPI) interventions in the field, in support of the Country Programme.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
1. Provide rapid and relevant assistance and support to evolving immunization cold chain and logistics supply needs and situations facing children and families, including emergency situations, with a priority on achieving value for money.Support logistics/supply planning through coordination with Operations/Programme Sections. Provide technical support in preparation of appropriate documents, and input on specifications and supply and logistics arrangements, facilitating cost-effective efficient procurement, clearance, storage and distribution of supplies and equipment to project sites, in support of the country programme implementation. Assist in the Country Programme strategy planning review to recommend on supply requirements and to provide support in the preparation of Plan of Operations and Plans of Action. Assist in the implementation of supply/logistics component of the Country Programme, including systems for storage and distribution of supplies to all project sites.
2. Implement sound, accurate supply/logistics management systems, procedures and documentation as well as regular, accurate reporting to maintain the highest level of integrity, standards and accountability.Maintain effective working relations and contact with the Supply Division, Copenhagen, to confer on supply procurement and shipping policies and procedures. Advise the country office on policies and procedures impacting on offshore and local procurement and delivery. Maintain link with Copenhagen on transnational shipments, deliveries, claims and appropriateness of supplies. Act as secretary and adviser to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Establish and maintain a system of contact with customs and port/airport authorities at national ports of entry on the clearance of UNICEF supplies, in keeping with established protocol. Supervise the staff in preparation of appropriate documentation: cash and supply requisitions, purchase orders, CRC submissions etc. Participate in the preparation/compilation of the supply status reports required for donor reports, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, appeals, etc. Help to develop and communicate accurate inventory tracking, inventory aging and incoming supplies information.
3. Support UNICEF as well as Government capacity-building in order to enhance efficient, effective and timely supply delivery,Plan, design and conduct training for UNICEF's staff/consultants and counterparts in supply management, customs clearance, distribution and inventory of supplies and equipment in order to improve supply delivery. Assist in the identification of training needs and plan training activities in supply administration for UNICEF’s staff/consultants and counterparts, to improve supply delivery.
4. Conduct and monitor effective procurement, local, regional and/or offshore, with a goal to attain lowest cost without sacrificing quality as applicable.Undertake field visits to project sites and monitor inventory and supply inputs. Proposes corrective actions to improve logistical procedures. Conduct, in collaboration with Supply section, local procurement through issuance of tenders, bid adjudication and contract management. Identify and recommend potential local suppliers. Maintain data on and evaluate local supply sources' overall performance, (competitive pricing, product quality and timely delivery). Assess supply operations and control mechanisms and propose appropriate actions. Monitor progress of offshore and/or regional procurement through regular contacts with the Action Office(s). Communicate and report quality issues with respect to supplies and/or service agreements.
5. Collaboration and PartnershipCoordinate with the Programme Section on supply planning, providing technical support on procurement specifications and supply administration as well as providing advice on supply requirements in the development of the supply component of the Country Programme. Provide advice to the Country Office and Government on offshore and/or local procurement policies and procedures, delivery and utilization of UNICEF supplies and equipment; coordinate with the Supply Division, Copenhagen, on supply policy and/or activities. Team with the Programme Section and other members of the Operations Section to facilitate procurement as well as efficient customs clearance, storage and distribution of supplies and equipment. Maintain partnership and collaborative relations with UNICEF, Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts in supply and logistics activities, including distribution, and monitoring supply inputs and inventory. Undertake field visits to project sites and monitor inventory and supply inputs. Proposes corrective actions to improve logistical procedures. Conduct, in collaboration with Supply section, local procurement through issuance of tenders, bid adjudication and contract management. Identify and recommend potential local suppliers. Maintain data on and evaluate local supply sources' overall performance, (competitive pricing, product quality and timely delivery). Assess supply operations and control mechanisms and propose appropriate actions. Monitor progress of offshore and/or regional procurement through regular contacts with the Action Office(s). Communicate and report quality issues with respect to supplies and/or service agreements.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…Education:an Advanced University degree is required, additional degree/training in Logistics, Cold Chain or related areas is an asset. Work Experience: Five years of experience in logistics, cold chain or related areas; of which at least 2-4 years in developing countries. Language Proficiency: Fluency in English and French are required.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are :Applying Technical Expertise [II] Following Instructions and Procedures [II] Planning and Organizing [II]
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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
* Please note that this is a re-advertisement. Applicants who already applied for this position do not need to re-apply as their application is still under review.
* 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.
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receivingan offer.
* Please note that this is a non-family duty station.
* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.