Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
UNICEF Supply Division - SD has increasingly engaged in contracts that involve procurement of equipment and require the provision of related services such as installation and maintenance. They are called blended contracts. SD is learning about the best way to manage this contract modality, which has potential technical and reputational risks related to implementation, alignment of expectations, capacity to deliver, contractual and financial liabilities, quality assurance.
UNICEF has several experiences with the blended contract modality, such as DRC Hospital Project, CCEOP in various countries, Cold Chain project in DRC, Ethiopia Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Ethiopia Solar Drive Direct (SDD) Project, Tajikistan Hospital Project. Despite being in the same overarching modality, these projects have adopted different approaches and all can offer lessons on the pros and cons of different implementation models, as well as how and why challenges arise.
UNICEF is interested in documenting and learning from these experiences to better inform how the organization should engage in similar complex projects to minimize risks and strengthen quality assurance mechanisms. One of the outputs of this review will include a matrix with different options of existing models of blended contracts, so as to facilitate understanding and decision-making within SD for future contracts.
Considering the level of risk and complexity of blended contracts, there is an opportunity to build on existing efforts to document lessons and better understand the implications and challenges of this procurement modality, also considering other experiences that may involve the same kinds of risks. This review, therefore, has the potential to inform future decisions on how to engage in blended contracts, what requirements and criteria for approval and engagement should be in place, and the necessary quality assurance mechanisms at SD and country level.
The specific objectives of the review are:
Education: Advanced university degree in management, social sciences, contractual law, supply and procurement, or another relevant discipline or first university degree with relevant experience
Work Experience: At least seven years of experience in leading evaluations, reviews or institutional assessments, of similar scale and level. In addition to the following:
Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Candidates with additional fluency in written and spoken French will be given preference in the recruitment process.