Uganda: Consultancy- Logistic Specialist (11 Months) – Ugandan Nationals Only

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 23 May 2018

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Under the supervision of the Health Specialist, the consultant will provide technical assistance to support the National Medical Stores (NMS) to streamline the Supply Chain Management system of the iCCM and other life- saving commodities including nutrition supplies.

Purpose of the assignment

Supply chain management remains a key challenge in Uganda health systems. The key challenges identified are delays in procurement, dispatch and distribution of the life-saving commodities to end users. Since September 2015, all the iCCM commodities procured by UNICEF have been warehoused and distributed through the National Medical Stores (NMS) to the districts up to the last mile (health facilities). NMS takes full responsibility of for the warehousing and distribution. The streamlining of the iCCM supply chain system through the NMS has had several teething challenges, including delays in delivering supplies up to the VHT level in some cases and failure to deliver supplies to some health facilities. However, these constraints are being addressed. UNICEF and other partners are keen to support NMS to ensure that availability of these life-saving commodities is increased to at least 80% in line with the Health Sector Development Plan target. In addition to this, NMS will need some support when the nutrition supplies are eventually integrated into the national pipeline.

With funding from DFID, UNICEF in partnership with WHO and Malaria Consortium, will support implementation of a 5-year programme to strengthen Uganda’s response to Malaria. The overall goal of the programme is to contribute to the reduction in morbidity and mortality due to malaria and other common childhood illnesses in Karamoja and Mid-Northern regions of Uganda.

It is against this background that UNICEF is seeking to engage a logistics specialist to support the NMS to streamline the iCCM commodity management system, support the distribution of the life-saving commodities as well as the nutrition supplies. The Support to nutrition supplies will only be possible after the nutrition supplies are integrated into the national pipeline.

Furthermore, UNICEF seeks to engage the Logistics officer to support the reporting function through the DHIS2 system for all the commodities mentioned above. There will be need to focus on community reporting from the VHTs who should report only four times a year through the DHIS2.

Key Tasks:

  • Provide logistics technical support to the iCCM commodity/ Other Lifesaving commodities and nutrition supply chain management
  • Support NMS to work closely with the MOH to develop evidence based bi-monthly distribution plans for iCCM/ other life-saving commodities and nutrition supplies based on Average Monthly Consumptions (AMCs) and set minimum and maximum stock levels for iCCM/life-saving commodities for timely action on a regular basis.
  • Support NMS to coordinate the commodity distribution to the various districts and health facilities as per the NMS delivery schedules.
  • Provide oversight and support to the last mile delivery to Health facilities and distribution of commodities to the Village Health Teams implementing the iCCM programme in each district.
  • Support review of each of the districts, health facilities and VHT supply management capacity; identify bottlenecks and possible solutions to ensure proper supply chain management of the iCCM commodities provided through UNICEF and NMS using designed tools.
  • Ensure commodity delivery reports are compiled and shared with the MOH, UNICEF and the donor.
  • Document and recommend innovative approaches on how to improve the iCCM/lifesaving commodity and nutrition supplies chain management system to health facilities and to the VHT level.
  • Ensure improved reporting through the HMIS
  • Ensure health facility monthly (which include life-saving and nutrition) and quarterly VHT iCCM commodity reports are compiled and entered into the DHIS2 in a timely manner in each of the districts
  • To qualify asan advocate for every child you will have…

  • Qualifications – Bachelor’s degree in health sciences, public health or a related subject
  • Five years of progressively professional work experience in Logistics planning, operations and management.
  • Thorough knowledge of medical logistics management in Uganda
  • Expertise in health systems strengthening and use of technology for health systems
  • Strong analytical and communication (oral and written) skills
  • Knowledge of NMS’s mandate in the drug procurement, supply and delivery system
  • Complete proficiency in English and another UN working language as an asset
  • Computer proficiency, including use of relevant use of software and other applications e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, internal databases, internet navigation etc.
  • Ability to work in the field and under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The technical competencies required for this post are….

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    http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

    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:

    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

    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 link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=512834

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