Health Specialist, Polio-Cold Chain Logistics (CCL) at United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Health Specialist, Polio-Cold Chain Logistics (CCL), P-4,Job Number: 515828Location: AbujaWork type: Fixed Term StaffSummary of Key Functions/AccountabilitiesProgram development and planningProgram management, monitoring and delivery of resultsAdvisory services and technical supportAdvocacy, networking and partnership buildingInnovation, knowledge management and capacity building.Program development and planning:Plan and provide technical support/guidance to the preparation/design and conduct/update of Situation Analysis to establish a comprehensive/updated strategic plan for development, design and management of health-related programs.Keep abreast of development trends to enhance program management, efficiency and delivery.Ensure adequate vaccine and consumables are forecasted in collaboration with NEOC Logistics group and NPHCDA’s Department of Logistics and Health Commodities, including adequacy of storage capacity to receive vaccines and consumables.Responsible for logistics/supply planning through coordination with Operations/Programme Sections.  Works with NSCS, NPHCDA and National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority Provides technical advice on specifications, supply and logistics arrangements facilitating cost-effective efficient procurement, customs clearance, inventory management and distribution of oral polio vaccine, in support of the country programme implementation.Ensure distribution plan has been developed based on approved intervention micro-plan and authorized vaccine.Work with NEOC and states to train the Ward Focal Persons and Ward Vaccine Accountability Officers on mOPV2 vaccine accountability and management, and how to use the vaccine accountability tools.Ensure 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 including vaccine accountability reporting post Supplemental Immunization Activities for polio.Follow up with implementing states to ensure availability of adequate and dedicated freezers, at state and local government area (LGA) cold stores, for storage of mOPV2 vaccines.Ensure adequate tools for vaccine accountability have been deployed.Deploy VSL facilitators to implementing LGAs to monitor and supervise vaccine management and accountabilityProvide rapid and relevant responses to evolving supply need and situations facing children and families, including emergency situations, with a priority on achieving value for money including logistics planning through coordination with operations/ programs sections and Country Programme strategy planning previews and reviewsParticipate in the Country Programme strategy planning preview and reviews to advise on supply/logistics requirements for the of Plan of Operations and Annual Work Plans. Develops Supply/Logistics component of the Country Programme, including systems for storage and distribution of polio vaccine to all sites.Program management, monitoring and delivery of results:Update situation of actual kickoff for campaign as per approved micro-plan and collect information daily from the field, regarding vaccine management and accountability (specifically number of missing vials and unopened vial wastages)Analyze independent reports from VSLs on vaccine management and accountability in the field. Recommend specific corrective actions for the next day campaign daysCoordinate, plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in health programs.Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.Conduct market research, identify and recommend potential local suppliers.  Gather and maintain data on and evaluate local supply sources' overall performance, (competitive pricing, cost-effectiveness and timely delivery,).  Monitor and assess supply operations and control mechanisms and advises on appropriate actions to take.Document and report any event or suspicion of unauthorized vaccine usage or misuse.Establish and maintain contacts with regard to vaccine procurement and shipping policies.  Interpret and advise the country office on policies and procedures impacting on offshore and local procurement and delivery.Supervise and manage effective procurement, local and/or offshore with a goal to attain lowest cost without sacrificing quality including conduct of market research, and maintaining data on and evaluation of local supply sources overall performanceEstablish and maintain a system of contact with customs and airport immigration authorities at national ports of entry on the clearance of UNICEF supplies, in keeping with established protocol.Ensure preparation of all immunization vaccines status reports required for donor reports, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, appeals, etc.Regularly create and communicate accurate inventory tracking and incoming supplies informationCommunicates and reports quality issues with respect to oral polio vaccine.Ensure that VSLs and logisticians from other partners provide oversight of the final counting of opened and unopened vials at LGA and State level and support resident VSLs to provide evidence of destruction of mOPV2 vials, obtain copy of certificate of destruction and submit to country office.Support VSLs to ensure Vaccine Accountability Reports (VAR) from implementing states is submitted to country office within 7 to 10 days of implementation of the campaignLiaise with NEOC on submission of Form A and Vaccine Utilisation Report (VUR) and analyze it before submission of VUR and copy of signed Form A to RO within 15 days of implementation. In the event of delayed submission of signed Form A from the NEOC, the CO will submit unsigned Form A.Obtain a copy of mOPV2 certificate of destruction and submit to ROWork with EOC and Department of Logistics and Health Commodities on retrieval of unused vials from State cold store to one of the national cold stores.Advisory services and technical support:Provide technical assistance to NPHCDA to design and implement an LMIS from health delivery points, through LGA(s) and Zones to the Federal level.The technical assistance will focus on both the introduction of the LMIS and the transfer of knowledge and skills to government personnel at national and lower levels of the vaccine storage and distribution system.Attend and participate in all NEOC meetings.Through leadership of the Logistics Working Group, strengthen mechanisms for supply of adequate bundled vaccines of good quality andfor monitoring, analysing & reporting of key vaccine management parameters.Work with NAFDAC to facilitate timely registration for EPI vaccines for smooth procurement processes in line with the FGN/UNICEF Memorandum of Understanding.Provide technical support to the NPHCDA to improve functionality and operationalization of the cold-chain including the zonal stores; strengthen maintenance and strengthen mechanisms for dynamic inventory for cold chain and immunization transport.4. Advocacy, networking and partnership buildingBuild and strengthen strategic partnerships with health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and/or promote cooperation and alliances to achieve program goals on children rights and social justice/equity.Coordinate with the Health Section on providing technical advice on procurement specifications of the oral polio vaccine as well as providing advice on requirements in the development of the vaccine component of the Country Programme.Collaboration and Partnership with Government including providing technical advice on procurement specifications of Oral Polio Vaccines, provision of advice to the LWG on procurement policies and procedures, customs clearance, storage and distribution and informing programs of slow moving inventory, upcoming field distributions and maximal use of transportation, warehousing, space, manpower and other resourcesProvide advice to the LWG on procurement policies and procedures, delivery and utilization of oral polio vaccine.Team with the Health Section and other members of the Operations Section to facilitate procurement as well as efficient customs clearance, storage and distribution of the oral polio vaccine.Develop and maintain partnership and collaborative relations with UNICEF, Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts in supply and logistics activities including distribution, monitoring polio vaccine inputs, and inventory.5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity buildingPromote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable health programs/projects initiatives.Keep abreast, research, benchmark and implement best and cutting edge practices in health management and information systems. Institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.Conduct assessments in cold chain and vaccine management as part of evidence generation to facilitate inputs for policy formulations & decisions. Three assessments planned are: national cold chain and EPI transport assessment, vaccine distribution assessment states & EVMA followed by developing implementation plans.Provide technical support to building capacities of vaccine security and logistics workforce at all levels, including supportive supervision to zones and states for monitoring of logistics activities for immunization service delivery in planning, implementation, monitoring, supervision and evaluation of routine immunization and Supplemental Immunisation ActivitiesEnsure that effective UNICEF and Government capacity-building efforts are provided in order to enhance efficient, effective and timely vaccine delivery though conduct through planning, design and conduct of training for UNICEF and counterpart staff in supply managementPlan, design and conduct training for UNICEF's staff/consultants and counterparts in supply management, customs clearance, distribution and inventory management of supplies and equipment in order to maximize supply delivery. Provide effective coaching to the staff/consultants as required. 

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