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Supply & Logistics Specialist – Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-Out, Nairobi

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Supply & Logistics Specialist – COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out, Nairobi

Organization: UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Kenya

City: Nairobi

Office: UNICEF Nairobi, Kenya

Closing date: Friday, 1 April 2022


Description of assignment title: Supply & Logistics Specialist – COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out

Assignment country: Kenya

Expected start date: 06/15/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 3. Good health and well-being

Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNICEF

Type: Onsite

Duration: 10 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Nairobi


Mission and objectives

UNICEF, also known as the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. The agency is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world, with a presence in 192 countries and territories. UNICEF’s activities include providing immunizations and disease prevention, administering treatment for children and mothers with HIV, enhancing childhood and maternal nutrition, improving sanitation, promoting education, and providing emergency relief in response to disasters.


UNICEF East and Southern Africa (ESA) Reginal office have the oversight role and responsibility for 21 countries with multiple challenges and complexity levels. The complexities include the fact that the countries in region have different income levels from middle to low income countries, from sessional to chronic emergencies as well as from man-made emergency to natural disasters. In addition to level 3 emergency due to Global COVID-19 pandemic, countries in ESA region are also dealing with other level 2 emergency i.e Southern Madagascar due to drought and level 3 emergencies i.e Northern Ethiopia due to conflict. Countries in the various emergency levels require additional supports from the regional office. UNICEF ESA regional office has prioritized below key strategic intervention areas for 2022-2025 for the region: a) Supply the work of Governments of ESA countries to increase the COVAX roll out. b) Supply countries demand planning and forecasting to ensure effectiveness to avoid wastage; improve sourcing of PPEs, syringes to match the planning of COVID -19 vaccines. c) Support the strengthening of the Government capacity building efforts to improve the Governments supply systems for effectiveness. d) Undertaking capacity gap analysis of the bottlenecks to efficient distribution of COVID vaccines in the ESA countries. The Supply Section at UNICEF ESARO is seeking donor support for the funding of a volunteer position for 2022 to provide critical support for the accelerated implementation of the COVID-19 Vaccine roll out in the ESA countries. The volunteer will support the Supply Section’s ability to ensure positive results for children in the ESAR ensuring the procurement of quality critical supplies, logistics for both regular and emergency countries.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Chief of Supply and Procurement, the VOLUNTEER will undertake among others the following tasks: a) Support country offices (COs) in COVID-19 vaccine procurement processes, including demand forecasting/planning and monitoring of vaccine(s) procured through the CO-VAX facility; b) In close collaboration with Health sections and other UN agencies, and based on the identified need, support COs to strengthen the supply and cold chain Management lo-gistics for the effective deployment of COVID-19 vaccines. c) Liaise with UNICEF Health section and Supply Division to support the vaccine logistics teams at COs and in Ministries of Healths (MOHs) to streamline Planning, ordering, ar-rival of vaccine, storage, distribution and consumables (e.g. reverse logistics supplies, AD syringes, safety boxes, finger markers etc.) through international or national pro-curement and shipment mechanisms. d) Support Governments MOHS to enhance capacity for proper storage and stock moni-toring/Management of vaccines and consumables. e) In collaboration with the COs, support the engagement with MoH to apply appropriate logistical strategies (e.g. pre-positioning) to ensure vaccines equity especially in hard to reach locations. f) Support UNICEF work in technical working groups on logistics and follow up on action points related to Supply and Logistics on Vaccines and cold chain Management g) Undertake travel to National, County and Sub County level EPI facilities to monitor vaccines as and when required. h) Provide frequent and regular updates/reports to the COVAX coordination team on all aspects of COVID-19 Vaccines Logistics and Supply and contribute updates for situa-tion reports. i) Support COVAX response review assessment teams with information pertaining to Supply and Logistics cold chain aspects of the response. j) Conduct Covid-19 supplies end user monitoring in collaboration with Governments MOHs; including monitoring and tracking the expiry of vaccines in countries to avoid wastage.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Government of Japan, therefore only Japanese nationals are eligible to apply.


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Donor priorities


Required experience

3 years of experience in supply, logistics, procurement, contracting, administration and/or other directly related technical fields is required. Understanding of development and humanitarian work. Emergency experience an advantage. Health supply chain management experience an advantage. Relevant experience, in coordination, customer-oriented approach to clients, experience working with multiple stakeholders, team players and ability to work in a multicultural environment. Health supply chain management experience an advantage.

Area(s) of expertise

Procurement and contracting, Logistics and Inventory, Administration

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Management, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Procurement, Contract/Commercial Law, International Development, Health or related social science field.

Competencies and values

Accountability Adaptability and Flexibility Client Orientation Commitment and Motivation Commitment to Continuous Learning Communication Ethics and Values Integrity Planning and Organizing Professionalism Respect for Diversity Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The Republic of Kenya is an equatorial nation on the coast of East Africa, neighboring Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. Kenya has two levels of Government; National Government and 47 sub-national Governments called Counties. Kenya is a multi-party state with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Kenya’s population of more than 40 million is growing at an annual rate of 2.2%. The country’s GNP per capita estimated at purchasing power parity (PPP) is $975, and the GNP is growing at an average rate of 0.1% annually. More than 26% of Kenya’s people live below the international poverty line of $1 per day. Kenya’s main food crops are “maize, wheat, pulses, roots and tubers.” (FAO). Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services, health facilities, public transport, telecommunication and banking services and educational facilities are readily available. The city is widely connected through its main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and the smaller Wilson Airport. Air transport is also available to many up-country destinations. The city is home to some 3,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP. The socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in is diverse and prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment is modest. The topographic and climatic features of the assignment location is highland cool and warm tropical climate.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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