Supply Chain System Design Analysis

UN Children's Fund, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th February, 2019

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.


To effectively contribute to achieving intended programmatic (e.g. National Health Strategies and Comprehensive Multi-Year Plan cMYP) and investments (e.g. the Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform CCEOP, Health Systems Strengthening, HSS etc.) goals of timely delivery of the right quantity of vaccines (and other public health commodities) to the most number of children in Sierra Leone, the vaccine and other public health commodities supply chains are being aimed at being fit for purpose, efficient and resilient.

To contribute to this, the Ministry of Health (with direct leadership of the Expanded Programme on Immunization, EPI and Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies, DDMS), with the support of the UNICEF Country Office and other partners is prioritizing a system design analysis of the vaccine and other commodities storage, distribution and network design between the national stores, districts, health facilities and beyond.

The first phase of the supply chain analysis and design in Sierra Leone held in June 2018 and culminated in a four-day facilitation of system design concept and modelling introduction and overview of integration using advocacy materials adapted to the Sierra Leone concept and other country case studies including Mozambique, Pakistan and Zanzibar.

Stakeholders from all levels of the supply chain (national, districts and health facilities) and partners also used this time to map out existing supply chains (including product and data flows), conduct initial bottleneck analysis (including strengths and weaknesses of the current supply chains), define characteristics of a high performing supply chain, agree on a vision, set priorities and identify indicators for the immunization supply chain. Using this information and through practical and engaging sessions; stakeholders outlined alternative supply chain scenarios that they were interested in analyzing further (including modelling, qualitative analysis and those for ‘action’) including data requirements and sources. They further prioritized these scenarios based on the priorities they had earlier set for their immunization supply chain. Annex B1 contains a detailed report of Phase 1 of the supply chain analysis and design.

The system design concept and modeling introduction workshop was therefore a significant milestone in the Sierra Leone supply chain space towards achieving country’s strategic and programmatic goals. Therefore, using the knowledge gained during the meeting, extensive deliberations by decision-makers and stakeholders from EPI and DDMS as well as supply chain partners including UNICEF, WHO, eHealth, CHAI etc., led to a joint agreement to jointly invest in the next step of the system design engagement- supply chain system design (quantitative and qualitative) analysis. This was reflected by the decision to hold the system design analysis results sharing workshop in November, 2018. This TOR covers Phase 2 of the supply chain analysis and design.

How can you make a difference?

Using metrics/indicators including public health commodities availability, supply chain reach, demographic indicators (including estimated and actual population served), equity, risk and cost etc. (as appropriate), the specific objectives include the following:


  • To develop data collection tools for data collection and analyses of the quantitative and qualitative scenarios determined by stakeholders during Phase One of the Supply Chain Analysis and Design as well as the scenarios that that will recommend the most optimized immunization supply chain system
  • To develop and share (with all stakeholders) a qualitative and quantitative analysis plan based on complete outlook of the available data and potential outputs from administering the data tools above
  • To lead quantitative and qualitative data collection for conducting the system design analysis
  • To develop a baseline model of the current supply chains (for immunization and other public health commodities) including all storage levels and locations, distribution means and methods, network between these, population served, types and volumes of products moved, supply chain human resources etc.


  • Based on the baseline model, to analyze the most optimized (across all levels) storage, distribution and number of human resources (etc.) required for managing the immunization supply chain
  • To analyze all the prioritized scenarios identified by stakeholders during the Phase 1 in-country facilitation (see Annex B1, Page 7
  • To analyze the qualitative scenarios identified by stakeholders during the Phase 1 in-country facilitation (see Annex B1, Page 7) and those identified to be necessary to aid implementation decision of model outputs

Programmatic linkages and results sharing

  • Ensure all system design analysis establishes sufficient linkages with (and potentially inform) on-going and planned supply chain investments including HSS, CCEOP etc.
  • Ensure that system design analyses are linked to MoH programme and supply chain objectives as detailed in country strategic documents
  • Facilitate an in-country results sharing meeting where the results of system design analyses are shared with stakeholders for their review and inputs

Business case and Implementation Roadmap for post-Phase 2 activities

  • Develop a system design ‘business case’ based on the merits (or otherwise) of implementing the results of the system design analyses (with stakeholder feedbacks incorporated)
  • Develop a costed implementation plan (and next steps) based on stakeholders’ inputs from the facilitation meetings, including risk analysis and mitigation plans, partner landscape, outline of short-, mid- and long-term actions and key performance indicators.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Medicine, Pharmacy or social science with supply chain management background and experience.
  • At least eight years of experience in supply chain analysis with experience of using modelling tools to conduct diagnostics, improvement planning; experience in logistics, supply chain system strengthening, chain management or related areas; of which at least 3-4 years is in developing countries
  • Fluency in English is required.

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.


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