Cold Chain Supply Consultant, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

City: Sarajevo

Office: UNICEF Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

Closing date: Monday, 13 September 2021

Vacancy extension: Cold Chain and Supply Consultant, part time, 2 days per week, 10 months (September 2021-June 2022), UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina

Job no: 543859

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Bosnia & Herzegovina Division/Equivalent: CEE/CIS

School/Unit: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Department/Office: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Categories: Expanded Programme Immunization

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, Immunization

UNICEF BiH is implementing with USAID funding a two-year programme on ‚Strengthening Social and Health Protection in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Bosnia and Herzegovina‘ (April 2021 - April 2023). The overall objective is to strengthen education, health and social protection systems in selected locations to adequately respond to COVID-19 and enhance overall recovery and resilience, with a focus on children, youth and families. The main focus of the Health component is the procurement of cold chain equipment, support with the establishment of digital immunization data collection and cold chain temperature monitoring as well as support for various risk communication activities relating to COVID-19 vaccination.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of the consultancy is to provide technical support to UNICEF BiH and government partners with vaccine cold chain inventory, procurement, temperature monitoring systems and technical assessments of vaccine logistics and distribution in the entities of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) and Republika Srpska (RS) as well as District Brcko (DB).

Under the direct supervision of the UNICEF Health Specialist, the consultant will work closely with the Governments in both entities, FBiH and RS, and DB, as well as the Ministry of Civil Affairs (Department for Health) to conduct the following tasks:

Support the government partners to develop the implementation plans and needs for cold chain, including centralized temperature monitoring systems, for COVID-19 vaccines and routine immunization programmes;
Complete the USAID Environmental Review Checklist and Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan for the procurement of cold chain equipment;
Act as a liaison between the government partners and UNICEF Supply Division (SD) on all cold chain procurement aspects, including conducting and supporting the technical screenings required by UNICEF SD, equipment specification development, import procedures, documentation, safe disposal practices according to the international standards and any other aspects of procurement of the cold chain equipment and the arrival in the country;
Support the government partners in identifying gaps and needs for capacity building of health staff on vaccine cold chain management, monitoring and maintenance at the entity and DB levels;
Lead the installation of the equipment, supervising the laboratories conducting the mapping and certification of the equipment, monitoring of the use and identifying training needs in the cold chain;
Lead the negotiation of the Effective Vaccine Management assessments in the entities and BD;
Provide technical advice and support to the Immunization teams to strengthen routine immunization and COVID-19 supply chain as needed;
Support the data collection and reporting on the indicators for the programme;
Support the development of work plans as per the requirements of the programme;
Other technical support relating to cold chain equipment and supply chain management as required and identified as a need by a partner or the UNICEF Health Specialist.

Duration: part-time, home-based, 2 days per week, 10 months (Sep 2021-June 2022)

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

University degree in one of the following fields is required: public health/nutrition planning and management, MNCH, pediatric health, family health, health policy and/or management, epidemiology, engineering, or another relevant technical field

At least 5 years of experience in vaccine logistics, cold chain, supply chain

Knowledge of the latest development in the field of temperature monitoring systems and/or cold chain equipment management.

Experience in conducting health supply chain assessments, Effective Vaccine Management assessments would be an added value.

Fluency in English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies:

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)

Works Collaboratively with others (1)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)

Innovates and Embraces Change (1)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)

Drive to achieve impactful results (1)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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.

Remarks:

Please submit your application along with lump sum financial offer for this consultancy stated in BAM or USD.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

For further details please contact Human Resources at UNICEF Office in Sarajevo, Ms. Marina Kadic mkadic@unicef.org

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.

Advertised: Aug 16 2021 Singapore Standard Time Application close: Sep 13 2021 Singapore Standard Time

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1630862564862