Author Topic: Health Specialist, Cold Chain and Logistics Job Opening at United Nations Children’s Fund - UNICEF Nigeria  (Read 836 times)


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Job Title: Health Specialist (Cold Chain & Logistics), P-3

Vacancy No:  E-VN-2012-000966

Position#:  00042115

Location: Abuja

Contract Type:  Long-term Staff (FT)

Organisations: United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF Nigeria


Under the direct supervision of the Immunisation Manager, incumbent will work with the government, NGO and other bi-lateral partners to ensure adequate logistics on vaccine security as well as the planning and implementation of Effective Vaccine Management activities as part of UNICEF Nigeria Country Programme.


1. Prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates immunisation logistics, vaccine security including effective vaccine management, vaccine forecasts and Logistic Management Systems; analyses and evaluates data to ensure achievement of objectives and takes corrective action when necessary to meet project objectives. Contributes to the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project implementation and evaluation.

2. Collects and analyses data for situation analysis regarding cold chain equipment, other aspects of vaccine security and conditions for supplemental immunization activities in the country, to be used  in interventions to vaccine preventable diseases and polio eradication; prepares relevant tables, graphs and other statistical data, reports outcome of analysis and proposes corrective action.

3. Undertakes visits to national, zonal and state vaccine cold stores assess local conditions and resources. Supports the Vaccine and Security Consultants in implementation of their work plans. Communicates with local counterpart authorities and the Community on project feasibility and effectiveness including monitoring the flow of supply, technical and financial inputs.

4. Assists government authorities in implementing the Effective Vaccine Management Plans and Logistics Management Systems. Identifies training needs and objectives for the purpose of capacity building, programme sustainability, as well as promotion and advocacy.

5. Participates in Intersectorial collaboration with other programme colleagues. Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate programme development.

6. Networks with national and international agencies on immunization, with particular emphasis on immunization logistics, vaccine security and the planning and implementation of supplemental immunization activities; participates in meetings with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and state ministries responsible for programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.

7. Supports networking and information sharing between core partners and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, for improved leveraging and resource mobilization for immunization.

8. Coordinates with the Operations/Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to the Sr. Programme Officer or Representative, as required.

9. Drafts sections on immunization as inputs to Health Section reports as required (donor, management, annual reports, etc).

10. Ensures the accurate and timely input of project information in the computerized programme system, and issues status reports for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Advanced university degree in Public Health, Health Sciences, Logistics Management   or other relevant disciplines.*

Minimum five years of relevant work experience at the national and international levels in planning, programming, implementation monitoring and evaluation of health/Immunization programmes. Professional work experience in a technical expert position related to logistics management particularly with child survival & health care. Developing country work experience. Background/familiarity with Emergency.

Fluency in English and another UN language.

*A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.

Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.

Has good leadership and supervisory skills; coordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.

Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.

Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.

Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of  individuals across organizational departments.

Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team and department-wide activities.

Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization.


If you are interested in working with the organisation and your skills and capabilities match the job profile, submit your application now.

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Deadline: 19 July 2012.

Health Specialist, Cold Chain and Logistics Job Opening