Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 26 Jul 2018
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The UNICEF Programme in Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the triple threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.
In response to the combination these threats involve the Programme supports national efforts to improve service delivery in the key areas of: child health and nutrition and HIV and AIDS, quality basic education, water, sanitation and hygiene education, child protection and social policy, advocacy and communication.
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Purpose of theConsultancy
The overall goal of this consultancy is to assess the performance and utilisation of Logistimo and Routine Temperature Monitoring (RTMs) Devices and to make policy recommendations
The consultancy will be based in Lusaka with field visits to selected districts.
40 working days
Chief, Health & Nutrition, UNICEF
Background of the Consultancy
Findings from the Effective Vaccine Management Assessment conducted in 2015, noted significant improvements in the majority of critical indicators with the exception of those related to vaccine management. Challenges included un-updated records, unexplained stock adjustments, irregular stock counts, inconsistences in temperature and vaccine vial monitors (VVM) monitoring and absence of essential information on vaccine records.[i]
In response to this, the ministry introduced in 2015 and 2017, a web-based vaccine management tool (Logistimo) and a wireless temperature monitoring system for cold chain equipment (CCE) – Routine Temperature Monitoring (RTMs) Devices (model Fridge-Tag 3) respectively. Logistimo is currently being used for real time stock visibility and to monitor stock movement of vaccines, whereas Fridge-tag3 transmits data and provides real-time temperature alerts through audio alarms (also visible on the LCD display of the device) and SMS (text messages). Fridge –tag3 is capable of data integration with Logistimo and currently utilizing the Logistimo platform.
Logistimo is operational at National, all Provincial and District Vaccine Stores and selected Health Facilities.). Fridge –tag3 is being piloted in 23 selected Health Facilities in two Districts (Livingstone and Mambwe) only and at the two district vaccine stores.
It is envisioned that further roll out of Logistimo to all health facilities will improve efficiencies in the immunisation supply chain by ensuring the availability of vaccines and safe injection materials.
The effective use of Logistimo will:
In addition, the country envisions a full roll out of the RTMs noting that it is essential to administer potent vaccine in order to trigger an immune response that will protect the vaccinated client. Vaccines are sensitive biological products that can be damaged to varying extents by exposure to freezing temperatures, to heat and to light; once vaccine potency is lost, it cannot be regained. In order to maintain vaccine quality, it is essential to monitor the temperature of vaccines throughout the supply chain. Effective monitoring and record-keeping achieves the following objectives:
Well-maintained records can be used to assess the quality of the vaccine supply chain, monitor the performance of cold chain equipment over time and demonstrate compliance with good storage and distribution practices.[ii]
The CCEOP Application is expected to be the platform that will facilitate expansion of the use of RTMs.
[i] Joint Appraisal Report 2017 – Zambia
[ii] WHO Vaccine Management Handbook Module VMH-E2-01.1
Logistimo has been implemented for almost two years with nationwide roll out at national, provincial and district levels. However, it is operational in only 35 out of more than 3000 Health facilities country- wide. On the other hand RTMs have only been introduced in two districts and 23 Health facilities nation wide.
Following the roll out to lower levels, there has not been an assessment of the performance and utilisation of the two systems. The Ministry of Health and partners determined during the 2017 Joint Appraisal to undertake an assessment of Logistimo and RTMs in order to make an informed decision concerning policy guidance of Logistimo and RTMs for full roll out to health facility level; and to support development of a business case for further roll-out.
In order to do this objectively, it was proposed that assessment of both systems is undertaken by an independent assessor. UNICEF was assigned the lead role in the process and funded under the 2018 Gavi TCA support[i].
An external consultant is therefore required for this work.
[i] 2018 TCA submission – Zambia
The overall goal of this consultancy is to assess the performance and utilisation of Logistimo and RTMs at the various levels where it has been rolled out and to make policy recommendations.
Description of the assignment (Scope of work) / SPECIFIC TASKS
An international consultant will be responsible for the assignments as stipulated below:
The consultant, in liaison with MoH, and EPI partners will undertake finalisation of the field questionnaires, conduct training of interviewers, collate and analyse data. The consultant shall make interpretation of results, draw conclusions and make recommendations for policy guidance. The final deliverable will be an assessment report and policy recommendations to the MoH.
The consultant will use both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The assignment will include key informant interviews, desk review of key documents, workshops, field visits with field assessment team; and finalisation and submission of policy recommendations report
Ethical aspects of the research are paramount. Qualitative or quantitative data collection from human subjects and communities require their informed consent and should therefore be covered in detail in the technical proposals. UNICEF has a set of ethical principles regarding research which must be upheld.
The research team/consultants will come into contact with children, families, caregivers and community members and therefore should take precautions to protect the rights and well- being of any children and other participating subjects.
Conduct desk review
Report review of supply chain and vaccine management and key background data collection
Develop assignment road map
Report with detailed work plan / road map for Logistimo & RTMs assessment
Develop and finalize questionnaires
Report with Data collection tools shared
Conduct key informant interviews
Report with Qualitative data on Logistimo and RTMs submitted
Participate in constituting and training of field assessment teams
Report of training of Field assessment teams with list of trainees
Supervise the field work
Report field supervision available
Conduct data analysis and interpretation
Report with Qualitative and quantitative data on Logistimo and RTMs submitted
Produce final draft report and submit to relevant for review
Final draft report
Debrief MoH and Partners, and submit draft finalized report
Produce FINAL report
Final report with key elements indicated in the objective submitted reviewed and cleared by UNICEF& MoH
The consultant will produce the following progress and final reports and submit to the Chief, Health & Nutrition section. All reports will be written in English.
Name of report
Detailed work plan / road map for Logistimo & RTMs assessment
Field assessment teams training report
Final Logistimo & RTMs assessment draft report
Final Logistimo & RTMs assessment report and policy recommendations
The Chief, Health & Nutrition is responsible for managing the consultancy. However, the focal point person for day-day monitoring and supervision will be provided by the EPI Officer. The consultant will hold weekly updates with the section chief and report on consultancy progress through meetings and when off site through electronic channels such as emails and skype.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Individual must have:
Master`s Degree (or equivalent) in Public Health, Epidemiology, Supply Chain Management, Logistics or related field with developed statistics and analytical skills.
Fluency in English required (fluency local languages- added advantage)
POLICY BOTH PARTIES SHOULD BE AWARE OF
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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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.
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=514603