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Unicef recruits an Immunization Specialist (Logistics)  – Juba, South Sudan

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Unicef recruits an Immunization Specialist (Logistics)  – Juba, South Sudan


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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.


How can you make a difference :

Evidence-based planning, designing, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of immunization Supply Chain and Logistics (iSCL)/Cold Chain & Vaccine Management (CCVM) :

Contribute towards the preparation of the annual forecast and the processes of procuring vaccines, devices and all equipment necessary to the safe administration of vaccines. Monitor arrival and plan storage of cold chain equipment, vaccines and supplies for EPI, Prepare and submit Vaccine Arrival Reports (VAR) timely to Supply Division. Develop cold chain equipment distribution and rehabilitation plans for State and County departments and support their implementation. Making a distribution plan for vaccines and supplies to state and reviewing and approving requests from States and Counties for vaccines, devices and other cold chain supplies.


Quality contributions are made to the development and implementation of the Immunization strategies and approaches through participation and collaboration with internal and external partners :

Collaborates with other UNICEF sectors, particularly Health, Nutrition, HIV and programme communication to ensure integration of the Immunization programme with other sectors.

Participates with UNICEF, Government, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other partners in the development of the immunization strategies and approaches.  Ensures achievement of strategic results in line with agreed Annual and Country Programme objectives and adopts corrective action to meet programme/project objectives.

Contributes to the identification of new approaches for improving programme delivery with emphasis on project management, evaluation, sustainability of intervention and community participation based on Human Rights framework and cross sector approach to programming and Community Capacity Development.


Work plan and objectives are strategically established, technical support is effectively provided, and planned results are timely delivered through exercise of strong technical leadership :

As Immunization Specialist, exercises technical leadership for, and participates in, the development of the results-based sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for administration, implementation, monitoring and follow-up of sectoral project activity, consistent with the defined project strategies and approaches. Ensures objectives and targets are timely met and achieved, through full coordination between activities, by leading and supporting a team of professional and support staff.

Meets with national and international agencies overseeing the management of programmes/projects. Participates in meetings with ministries responsible for programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements, and integration of gender mainstreaming across sectors.


Project implementation progress is monitored and evaluated for adjustment, acceleration and improvement of program delivery and sustainability :

Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes, as well as participates in periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Identifies necessary action for programme adjustments. Provides technical advice and assistance to government officials and implementing partners in the planning and management of the Immunization programme and ensure sustainability of interventions.  Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data.

Technical support is provided to government and NGOs at all stages of the programme cooperation, including capacity

building of government personnel and beneficiaries :

  • Provides technical support to government and NGOs at the national and provincial levels in the planning, development and implementation stages of the programmes/projects. Identifies training needs; plans, organizes and conducts training and orientation activities for government personnel and beneficiaries, for the purpose of capacity building, sustainability of programme/projects and promotion/expansion of coverage of services ;
  • Provides technical support to the national and state level to improve their skills in relation to preparation of monthly status report of all vaccines/accessories and cold chain equipment ;
  • Develop and implement vaccine wastage plans for improved immunization service delivery ;
  • Coordinate with states on backhauling of cold boxes and icepacks for future campaigns ;
  • Support the SMOHs in the management of the Cold Chain Stores including the dry store for other essential supplies and devices ;
  • Conducting training needs assessment at various levels on EPI stores management with emphasis on vaccine handling and support training activities at state/county, cold chain assistants and logistics assistants for SIAs and routine EPI.


The capacities of Country Office staff are strengthened through effective capacity building programme in the development, implementation and management of the Immunization Programme :

Plans and organizes a staff training/development programme to upgrade the capacity of the Country Office staff in the programme development, implementation and management of the Immunization Programme. Conducts relevant orientation, workshop, training and staff learning/development activities.


UNICEF and Government accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for the sector :

Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring UNICEF and Government partner accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, ensuring those activities are within established plans of action and programme budget allotments.  Monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.


Effective partnership and collaboration achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme coordination, information sharing and knowledge networking :

Coordinates activities and exchanges information and knowledge with other programmes to contribute to achievement of overall country programme objectives. Participates in establishing effective monitoring, knowledge database/network and reporting systems to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme information/data, and contributes to the development of communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and community participation for the Immunization Programme.

Maintains close working relationships to establish partnership and collaboration with external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate relevant data, exchange information on programme/project development and implementation. Ensures exchange of knowledge, information, experience and lessons learned.


The  most  relevant  and  strategic  information  is  provided  to  support  the  Immunization Programme by the effective implementation of the monitoring system :

In collaboration with monitoring and evaluation and program communication colleagues, conducts accurate and timely monitoring and data collection, and supports an integrated monitoring system.

Participates in major evaluation exercises, programme mid-term review, annual sector review and preview meetings. Analyses and evaluates data to ensure achievement of objectives and recommends corrective measures as appropriate.

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


All required programme reports are timely prepared in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures :

Ensures the timely preparation of annual sector status reports in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures. Participates in the preparation of all programme reports for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, and annual reports.


Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with effective coordination are provided :

Collaborates in forming emergency preparedness plan relating to the areas of responsibility. In case of emergency, participates in monitoring and assessing the nature and extent of the emergency in the assigned area. Coordinates and provides assistance to the Country Office in identifying where support is required in terms of immediate response as well as long-term strategy and plan.


Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively performed :

Performs and delivers additional duties and services assigned by the supervisor.


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

  • An advanced university degree is required in Public Health, Pediatric Health, Child Development, Child Health, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Public Administration, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Procurement or other relevant disciplines ;
  • A minimum of five years of professional 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 immunization/health supply, logistics and procurement ;
  • Developing country work experience ;
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency is required ;
  • Fluency in English is required. Another UN language is an advantage.


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 competencies required for this post are:

Core Values :

  • Commitment ;
  • Diversity and Inclusion ;
  • Integrity .

Core Competencies :

  • Communication ;
  • Working with People ;
  • Drive for Results .

Functional Competencies :

  • Building Trust ;
  • Managing Resources ;
  • Communication ;
  • Influence ;
  • Judgement  ;
  • Technical Knowledge ;
  • Team Leadership  ;
  • Planning, Setting Standards, and Monitoring Work .


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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Remarks :

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.

Advertised : E. Africa Standard Time
Applications close : E. Africa Standard Time


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