Immunization Cold Chain International Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund

Syria, Syria

UNICEF supports countries in achieving their national immunization goals. The achievement of these goals depends on having strong Immunization Supply Chain Management (ISCM) including cold chain systems in place that are routinely assessed and improved through the comprehensive Effective Vaccine Management Assessment. The objectives for ISCM are to achieve adequate supply of vaccines and related supplies for every immunization session without temperature damage and at the lowest possible cost per fully immunized child. In addition, waste from immunization sessions should be safely managed to mitigate damage to the environment. UNICEF Syria has invested heavily in the iSC that has ensured adequate supply of vaccines despite the complex challenging environment occasioned by years of humanitarian crisis. Currently UNICEF is working closely with the Ministry of Health and WHO to introduce tools for vaccine management, Vaccine Supply Stock Management (VSSM) tool and District Health Information System (DHIS2) and cold chain inventory (Integrated Gap Analysis (IGA), and it is critical that UNICEF provides quality technical support in key areas to effectively contribute to the strengthening of the Syria immunization supply and cold chain systems.  

Objectives Of The Assignment (Purpose Of The Assignment):
The overall objective of this consultancy is to provide technical support to the Syria Ministry of Health National Immunization program and UNICEF Immunization program to improve effective vaccine management practices, including vaccine stock visibility, in line with global best practices. Specifically, the consultancy aims at: 
  • Ensuring effective and efficient UNICEF technical support towards the conduct of the EVMA (Effective Vaccine Management Assessment) and development of national EVM improvement plan by the end of 2024
  • Development of costed 2024-2027 multiyear Cold Chain Equipment Rehabilitation Plan (CCERP) by the end of 2024 to enable mobilization of resources (financial and technical) from Gavi and other donors and
  • Improving health and immunization waste management in line with global best practices
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

Academic qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Engineering, Supply Chain or a related field. A first-level university degree with additional 2 years of required relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work experience / Technical competencies:
  • 5 years’ experience in immunization supply chain including cold chain at the national and international level is required, some of which preferably were served in a humanitarian context country.
  • Consultant must have completed at least two high-quality assignments related to Vaccine Management.  
  • Demonstrates excellent writing skills, and strong communication, in particular for the development of technical documents is essential.
  • Demonstrates experience and knowledge of the latest developments and issues related to vaccine management especially immunization cold chain system and EVMA.
Language requirement:
  • Fluency in Arabic and English (both written and verbal) is required.