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For every child, strengthen immunization programs
To reduce disease burden of pneumonia, diarrhea and cervical cancer the Government of Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu recognizes the importance of expanding their immunization programs with the addition of three new vaccines: human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and rotavirus (RV) vaccine and using the introduction of these vaccines to strengthen immunization programs, health systems and regional cooperation.
Samoacomprises 10 islands, of which the largest two are Upolu and Savaii, and is located in the Polynesian part of the Pacific Ocean. Samoa has a population of approximately 195,000 people, of which approximately 46 per cent are 19 years or younger. Samoa is classified as a lower-middle-income country. Overseas development aid funded an estimated 40 per cent of government expenditure as of 2014. Samoa is vulnerable to natural disasters such as cyclones, flooding and earthquakes, all of which climate change exacerbates. A total of 70 per cent of Samoa’s population is located in low-lying coastal areas, which are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters.
Tuvaluis in the western Pacific, and is one of the Pacific’s smallest States, made up of nine small islands, including the main island and capital, Funafuti. Prior to achieving independence from the United Kingdom in 1978, Tuvalu was known as the Ellice Islands, and separated from the Gilbert Islands after a referendum in 1975. The most recent World Bank data (2016) estimated the total population at 11,000.Â
Tongais a Polynesian Kingdom comprised of over 170 islands, 36 of which are inhabited. The total area of the islands amounts to 747km2, spread over an area of around 700,000 km2 in the Pacific Ocean. Tonga is made up of four main island groups: Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai, and Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou. The capital is Nuku’alofa. The total population is estimated at 107,000. Most of Tonga’s population live in rural areas compared to urban areas. There is a significant trend of outward migration from Tonga, particularly to New Zealand, the US and Australia with more Tongans estimated to be living abroad than in the country.
Vanuatuis a republic comprising 83 islands and atolls (63 of which are inhabited) in the Melanesian region of the Pacific. The total land area is 12,281 km2. The total population of Vanuatu is estimated at 270,000. The capital, Port Vila, is located on the most populous island (Efate). The geography of Vanuatu creates significant barriers to the realization of children’s and women’s rights. Children and women living in rural areas and on outer islands generally experience worse outcomes and access to basic services than those in urban areas.
UNICEF will provide technical assistance to the National Immunization Programme in each country (Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) to increase capacity of technicians to maintain cold chain equipment. UNICEF Pacific is seeking a consultant to provide technical support to manage the cold chain maintenance and logistics system and to build national capacity (national technicians and both national and subnational managers responsible for cold chain maintenance) in minor repair and logistics
How can you make a difference?
The deliverables and results from this consultancy will be used by theMoHto effectively manage cold chain and logistic systems and carry out periodic maintenance and repair of cold chain equipment ensuring children receive potent vaccines. The MoH will also be in a position to determine gaps in capacity for future strengthening.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Advanced university degree from a recognized academic institution in one or more of the following areas is preferred: Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Public Health, Data Management and Analysis, Economics or areas related to supply and logistics operations in UNICEF program areas.
First university degree or technical certification in refrigeration engineering
Demonstrated professional work experience and understanding of relevant functions may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.
Minimum 5 years progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in vaccines programming including cold chain and vaccine management.
Experience in supply management, equipment performance monitoring or equipment inventory management, and analysis including experience with data management will be an asset
Basic computer skills, and ability to balance and reconcile figures and transcribe accurately
Able to work effectively with people internal and external parties
Communicates clearly and concisely
Product knowledge on cold chain equipment, new cold chain technologies and understanding of the principles of vaccine management, knowledge and experience with data collection, data management analysis and reporting are essential.
Knowledge of procurement processes and good distribution practice could be beneficial.
Fluency in written and spoken English is required
Applicants must submit: (i) a cover letter including: a narrative explaining why they are qualified for this consultancy and dates of availability; (ii) financial offer (professional fees and living allowance); (iii) scan of highest degree. (iv) examples of previous work relevant to the consultancy.
Detailed Terms of Reference Attached:Consultant cold chain maintenance technician for samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and vanuatu.pdf
For every Child, you demonstrate…
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.
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.
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.
How to apply
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following linkhttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=531611