Health Specialist (Cold Chain), P-3, Mogadishu, Somalia #105630

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Employer: UNICEF
Job Title: Health Specialist (Cold Chain), P-3, Mogadishu, Somalia #105630
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other

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.

For every child, a champion

UNICEF Somalia played a key role in making sure that child-focused data, with attention to gender and minorities, was included in the country’s first national development plan in 30 years. We have been tackling issues such as child mortality, better access to health services, severe malnutrition, and stronger child rights. We are working with partners to address the alarming food insecurity and malnutrition levels in Somalia. We are supporting community based reintegration programs for children released from armed groups, and are working on developing a social protection policy. We are also conducting robust HACT implementation.

Join our team and help us make sure every child has a champion.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance of Chief Health and under the technical line management of the Child health and Immunization Manager, P4, the incumbent will be responsible for the following activities:

Support to program development and planning


  • Procurement, Supply Chain Planning and Management support: The Logistician will co-ordinate all procurement, supply chain planning and management for the Health Section.
  • Demand Information Management: The Logistician will develop and implement an effective, collaborative system of consumption tracking and analysis and will work with all partners to create a system that collates reliable, accurate data on demand, consumption and all stocks levels on a monthly basis. The Logistician will analyse this data to verify forecast versus actual and provide a quarterly update.
  • Supply and Distribution Planning and Management: The Logistician will co-ordinate all sales orders, purchase orders and other tasks associated with procurement for the Health Section. The Logistician will compile and manage all supply and distribution plans for all health programs, forecasting supplies and stock movements up to 18 months and confirming exact movements in quarterly reviews. The Logistician will monitor all distribution plans to mitigate against stock-outs and ensure all movements are performed in a cost-effective manner. The Logistician will work with the Logistics Team to plan and manage all inventory in the warehouse and stock in transit.


Program management, monitoring and delivery of results


  • Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in health programs.
  • Develop procurement strategies based on vaccine forecast. Ensure effective procurement of vaccine, EPI supplies and cold chain equipment and contracting of services, while maintaining the highest level of integrity, ethical standards and accountability.
  • Ensure appropriate warehousing, inventory management and in-country transport in support of the country programme implementation.
  • Ensure appropriate vendor management practices e.g. supply performance reviews are established and applied.
  • In consultation with supervisor, develop an emergency supply & logistics strategy based on risk assessment analysis and Programme assumptions. Ensure an emergency supply and logistics preparedness action plan for the CO is established and implemented (establishment of relevant LTAs and frame agreements for emergency response, prepositioning of stock, and training of staff in the country and Field offices).
  • Participate in high level emergency coordination, implementation and monitoring meetings with internal and external partners and establish close collaboration with Logistics Cluster.
  • In collaboration with supervisor, establish strong working relations with Regional office cold chain logistics /specialist, as well as Supply Division, to align with global and regional approaches and initiatives in supply chain management.


Technical and operational support to program implementation


  • In consultation with supervisor, provide input to the immunization Programme Action Planning and advice on Supply requirements for the Plan of Operations and Annual Work Plans. Ensure appropriate planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Immunization supply chain operations, including establishment of performance indicators, and assessment of fit for purpose of products and services.
  • In consultation with supervisor, ensure establishment and maintenance of operational capacity to handle CO supply chains, including staffing (clarity of roles and responsibilities) and contracting of third party services if applicable (managing cold chain services, warehousing, transport, distribution.)
  • Promote/drive immunization supply chain strengthening and change management initiatives with governments and partners, to ensure efficient and effective supply chains for children.
  • Provide input to capacity development initiatives in the area of cold chain and vaccine management in close collaboration with programme colleagues. Support supply components of health systems strengthening as might be relevant in the country context.
  • Advisory support to Governments/national systems in defining and determining supply solutions for children, such as use of procurement services; supply financing solutions; local market development; private sector engagement.


Networking and partnership building


  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity and exchange knowledge/expertise to facilitate the achievement of program goals on children rights and social justice/equity.
  • In collaboration with supervisor, develop close collaboration with programme sections through involvement in programme design, planning, and preparation for implementation of cold chain supply components as well as monitoring and evaluation. Establish accountability framework with programmes, for delivery of results for children.
  • Support assessment of and collaboration with implementing partners , institutional contractors establishment of Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCAs), contracting and monitoring of cold chain supply components under Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT).
  • Develop and maintain partnership and collaborative relations with Government, UN organizations and bilateral counterparts in immunization supply and logistics activities including harmonized and collaborative procurement.


Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building


  • Contribute to new initiatives and support the actual roll-out of new products and services, in close collaboration with Supply Division.
  • Support the roll- out and implementation of the GAVI cold chain optimization platform (CCEOP) and promote critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices in vaccine related supply chain management within the organization.
  • Analyze supply needs and related procurement strategies, in collaboration with supervisor run initiatives to ensure local market development where relevant.


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


  • Education: AdvancedUniversity Degree in Business Administration, Management, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Procurement, Contract/Commercial Law, Health or related social science field; Certification in refrigeration and air-conditioning systems in conjunction with seven (7) years of relevant work experience in managing supply chain systems in emergency / fragile Countries is a requirement
  • Work Experience:A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in supply, logistics, procurement, contracting, administration and/or other directly-related technical fields is required. Understanding of development and humanitarian work. Emergency experience in a fragile Country. Health supply chain management experience an advantage. Knowledge of developing the Health System Strengthening (HSS) and Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform (CCEOP) requests as well as implementing the CCEOP operation deployment plan (ODP). Knowledge in installation, repair and maintenance of cold chain equipment especially the solar direct drive (SDD), temperature mapping of cold rooms and forecasting for vaccines and EPI supplies is a must
  • Language Proficiency:Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset



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….

View our competency framework at

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.



* 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.

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receivingan offer.

* Please note that this is a non-family duty station.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.



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

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