Individual Consultancy: Strengthening Supply Chain TA, Monitoring And Governance In Mozambique


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Purpose and Objective:

UNICEF Mozambique is in the process of identifying a consultant to support the National Logistic Working Group (NLWG) in strengthening the monitoring and evaluation processes for immunization supply chain and funding strategies for in Mozambique. Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) is an iterative process designed to support improvement planning for immunization supply chains in countries. With increasing need for the ISC governance in countries, WHO, UNICEF and partners are leading efforts to build local capacity to own, lead and monitor the Immunization Supply Chain (ISC) process with a country-driven long-term technical assistance (TA) delivery system. In line with this objective, countries and regions will work with local governance system e.g. NLWG, partners to implement the ISC justifying a data-driven monitoring and control system to ensure effective TA planning, delivery and M&E of TA across the ISC functions – EVM, Cold Chain equipment, Data for management, system re design and capacity development/professionalization including  database for the application of funding opportunities in the supply chain.  The engagement with the local partners and institutions to build local capacity is critical for EVM governance and effective application of EVM training tools and resources available in several languages.

This work will build on key strategies, plans and lessons learned at global, regional and country levels in alignment with Mozambique EPI c-MYP, GAVI strategy and ISC strategy.  The initial phase of this work led to the development of the option paper –  Technical assistance delivery framework for health supply chain: a joint partner efforts to improve access to vaccines, medicines and health technologies   which defines the TA delivery framework,  possible models and six new TA approaches and also mapping potential funding opportunities available globally . The next phase is its implementation in regions and countries with ISC as an entry point working with local partners and institutions. This activity is critical to the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccines through the national vaccine deployment plan (NDVPs).

The consultancy will achieve the following objectives to support ISC governance within the ministries of health and immunization programme:

  • Strengthen local capacity for ISC monitoring, governance and technical assistance across the key fundamentals through the NLWG to enhance continuous improvement
  • Increase the drive for engagement of local partners in immunization and its associated supply chain
  • Build country capacity to apply for potential funding opportunities to support ISC.

This position will capacity build the lead of. Effective Vaccine Management Plan by the National Logistic Working Group and should be progressively phased out over the consultancy period.

 

Methodology and Technical Approach:

The consultant will be home based with possible presential meeting and work session with institutional stakeholder and partners. Regular bi-weekly remote meeting will be organized to provide updates. The consultant will use his/her own office equipment. As most of the work will be done remotely, the consultant must have high internet connectivity and must be available/reachable online throughout the consultancy.

The consultant will work under the supervision and guidance of Health manager and closely work with Immunization and Supply & Logistics specialist, UNICEF Country Office Mozambique. UNICEF will be responsible for the management of contract, assess consultant’s work, and evaluate performance based on deliverables.  The consultant is expected to provide proof of insurance coverage prior to commencing the contract.

 Activities and Tasks:

1. Activities: – Improve the ISC monitoring system for technical assistance and activities through the NLWG, EPI and partners covering strengthen EVM, Cold Chain equipment, Data for management, system in terms of design and capacity development/professionalization leveraging current initiatives

Tasks: – 1) Improving the EVMIP and dashboard to enhance effective ISC TA monitoring within the NLWG and provide recommendations 2) Bi-weekly update of dashboard using feedback from technical working groups, country meetings and reports. 3)Build capacity of the MoH EPI logistics Manager on iSC Monitoring System through use and updating of EMV tracker and dashboard

2. Activities: – Support actions to increase local partners in ISC improvement in Mozambique aligned to TA needs, EPI work plan and COVID-19 deployment plan

Tasks: – 1) Map all available partners, current and potential roles (capacities), including new ones; 2) Recommend and finalized the criteria to onboard local partners to strengthen the capacity for ISC 3) Recommend the areas in ISC for cost-benefit analysis exercises

3 Activities: – Building on existing systems and existing gap analysis, develop a system for NLWG to map, implement and track TA support and TA funding opportunities for supply chain improvement

Tasks: – 1) Identify and map the funding opportunities for the country to leverage on for its activities including new ones; 2) Create a database for the application of funding opportunities

4  Activities: – Attend relevant NLWG and ISC meetings and provide updates

Tasks: – 1) Participate in the NLWG meetings and relevant in-country meetings 2) Work with the NLWG leadership to improve the governance system as required 3) flag any issue.

Deliverables and Payments:

Deliverable 1:

Monthly Progress report of the 3 first months that includes overall status of the consultancy, Key activities conducted with the NLWG and government and progress on recommendations to improve EVMIP & dashboard

Monthly progress report should be submitted electronically to the Immunization and Supply & Logistics Specialists with copy to the section head.

Duration (Estimated # of days or months): 4 days per month / 12 days total

Timeline/ Deadline: 7 days after completion of the month

Estimated Workload: 20% of the 4 months consultancy

Schedule of payment: 1/3 on submission of progress report M1 – M2 – M3

Deliverable 2:

Map all available and potential new  partners and provide recommendation to set the criteria to on boarding local partners to strengthen the capacity for ISC.

Duration (Estimated # of days or months): 15 days

Timeline/ Deadline: by end of the consultancy

Estimated Workload: 25% of the 4 months consultancy

Schedule of payment: On submission and approval of report

Deliverable 3:

Design a system, identify and map the TA funding opportunities for the country to leverage on for its activities including new ones and create a database for the application of funding opportunities

Duration (Estimated # of days or months): 21 days

Timeline/ Deadline: by end of the consultancy

Estimated Workload: 35% of the 4 months consultancy

Schedule of payment: On submission and approval of report

Deliverable 4:

Final report which shall incorporate recommendation to improve EVMIP & dashboard, system design and mapping of TA funding opportunity, mapping available local partners to strengthen the capacity for ISC.

Duration (Estimated # of days or months): 12 days

Timeline/ Deadline: by end of the consultancy

Estimated Workload: 20% of the 4 months consultancy

Schedule of payment: On submission and approval of report

The monthly report should be submitted after 7 day of the preceding month

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Academic qualifications:

Advanced university degree in one or more of the following areas: Public Health, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, logistics management, Cold Chain management or related area. *

First university degree combined with additional two years relevant professional work experience and understanding of relevant functions may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.

Work experience:

A minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience at national and international levels in health systems strengthening, supply management, vaccines programming including cold chain and vaccine management. Work experience managing large-scale projects, working with governments, working in resource-limited settings, monitoring and evaluating supply chains, risk management will be an asset.

Specific knowledge, competencies, and skills required:

Understanding of the principles of vaccine management, knowledge and experience with data collection, data management analysis and reporting are essential. Product knowledge on cold chain equipment, new cold chain technologies, procurement processes and good distribution practices could be beneficial.

Language skills:

Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement. Working knowledge of Portuguese will be an asset

Download File Annex 3 – Template – Strengthening Supply Chain TA, Monitoring and Governance in Mozambique.docx

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

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.

Remarks:

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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Advertised: 21 Jun 2021 South Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 04 Jul 2021 South Africa Standard Time