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Procurement Officer, NO-2, FT,

How can you make a difference?

  • Supervision of the supply team
  • Preparation of the annual work plan for the Supply team; assist in determining priorities/targets and performance measurements and monitoring work progress to ensure that results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards
  • Supervise and coach team members, ensure timely performance management of staff. In collaboration with Supply Division, Regional Office and the global supply community, ensure knowledge sharing and learning is prioritized in order to continuously build capacity of individuals and the team
  • In consultation with supervisor, ensure establishment and maintenance of operational capacity to handle CO supply chains, including staffing (appropriate staffing structure, timely recruitment, clarity of roles and responsibilities) and contracting of third party services if applicable (e.g. customs clearance, warehousing, transport, distribution)
  • Supply chain service delivery and emergency response
  • In consultation with supervisor, provide input to the Country Programme Action Planning and advice on Supply requirements for the Plan of Operations and Annual Work Plans. Participate in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the supply chain operations, including establishment of performance indicators, and assessment of fit for purpose of products and services
  • Monitor and review supply spend and draft procurement strategies based on category management in order to focus on strategic, essential supplies and services that contribute to results for children, and support the establishment of long term agreements (LTAs) where relevant. Maintain highest level of integrity, ethical standards and accountability in the procurement of goods, contracting of services and construction work
  • Monitor progress of offshore and/or regional procurement and take action to ensure timely delivery of supplies entering the country. Maintain appropriate linkage with the logistics team in support of the country programme implementation. Keep stakeholders/partners informed on the progress. Implement appropriate vendor management practices e.g. supply performance reviews
  • Analyze supply dashboards, implementation rates of key performance indicators and supply information/data from various systems and conduct root cause analysis of supply chain bottlenecks and challenges, with a view to drive improvements and ensure efficient and effective supply chains for children. Generate procurement data and prepare periodic procurement reports
  • Participate in the development of an emergency supply & logistics strategy based on risk assessment analysis and Programme assumptions. Ensure an emergency supply and logistics preparedness action plan for the CO is established in line with Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCC) and implemented (establishment of relevant LTAs and frame agreements for strategic and critical supplies and services including for emergency response, prepositioning of stock, and training of staff in the country office)
  • Build strong working relations with Regional Chiefs of Supply/Regional Chief of Operations, as well as Supply Division, to align with global and regional approaches and initiatives in supply chain management.
  • Collaboration with programme and implementing partners
  • In collaboration with supervisor, develop close collaboration with programme sections through involvement in programme design, planning, and preparation for implementation of supply components as well as monitoring and evaluation. Establish accountability framework with programmes, for delivery of results for children
  • Prepare supply documentation to facilitate input to donor dialogue, and support development of supply components of proposals to donors including budgeting and use of innovative financing mechanisms for supplies, services and construction works
  • Support assessment of and collaboration with implementing partners including civil society, establishment of Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCAs), and monitoring of supply components under Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT)
  • Participate in events/meetings that build partnerships and collaborative relations with Government, UN organizations and bilateral counterparts in supply and logistics activities including harmonized and collaborative procurement.
  • Technical and advisory support to government/national systems
  • Provide input to promoting of supply chain strengthening and change management initiatives with governments and partners, to ensure efficient and effective supply chains for children
  • Provide input to capacity development initiatives in the area of supply chains for children, in close collaboration with supervisor and programme colleagues. Support supply components of health systems strengthening as might be relevant in the country context
  • Prepare relevant supply reports to facilitate advisory support to Governments/national systems in defining and determining supply solutions for children, such as use of procurement services; supply financing solutions; local market development; private sector engagement.
  • Innovation, products and markets
  • Contribute to pilots and support the actual roll-out of new products and services, in close collaboration with supervisor and Supply Division
  • Support initiatives for promote critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices on supply chain management within the organization as well as with externals to ensure effective and efficient supply chains for children
  • Further to analysis of supply spend and related procurement strategies, support initiatives to ensure local market development where relevant.

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

  • A university degree is required in Business Administration, Management, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Procurement, Contract/Commercial Law, International Development, Health or related social science field
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in supply, logistics, procurement, contracting, administration and/or other directly related technical fields is required
  • Understanding of development and humanitarian work.
  • Emergencies experience an advantage.
  • Health supply chain management experience an advantage
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Consultancy – Epidemiology and disease control specialist – Public health emergencies, East and South Africa Regional Office, Nairobi

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Desired competencies, technical background, and experience

  1. Advanced university degree in public health or applied epidemiology. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and 2 additional years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  2. At least eight years’ experience in the management of public health emergencies and vaccine preventable disease outbreaks including cross sectoral and multi-agency preparedness planning and coordination of response at national and/or international level.
  3. Ability to manage large data sets and to present information in multiple formats, including geospatial mapping tools (such as GIS) and visualization software like Power Bi, and others. Experience doing this with the UN, NGOs or government in a developing country for outbreak response is a plus.
  4. Experience in technical writing including but not limited to official public health documents for UN agencies, contributions to government health policies and guidelines and academic publications
  5. Languages: Fluency in English (verbal and written). Knowledge of another official language used in the ESA Region is not essential but desirable.
  6. Familiarity with UNICEF processes and approaches is highly desired asset

National consultant to support data collection to improve COVID-19 vaccine uptake, Nairobi, Turkana, West Pokot, Kenya

Minimum Qualifications and Competencies

  • Advanced university degree in Public Health, Behaviour Science, Social Science, Epidemiology and other relevant areas. Preferably a higher degree encompassing knowledge of epidemiology, statistics.
  • Able to promote collaboration among key stakeholders in the face of pressures and tensions among stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical skills to understand data, anticipate changing priorities and identify solution, openly sharing knowledge, insights and effective practices.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Swahili; fluency in the local language of Turkana and  assessment of evidence and/or data and research methods.

Work experiences:
• Experience conducting gender analysis or similar social and behavioural analysis with capacity to identify key barriers and bottlenecks (ex: systemic, cultural and social norms, supply, demand)
• 8 years of relevant professional work experience with clear responsibilities; experience conducting reviews of the literature; documented knowledge of research relating to gender, implementation research and maternal, newborn, child and/or adolescent health programming.
• Solid knowledge of immunology, vaccine delivery and key characteristics of COVID-19
• Prior experience in working with the government is an asset

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field
  • A minimum of ten years of professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care. Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
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