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UNICEF seeks to recruit a consultant a procurement services, Nairobi, Kenya

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UNICEF seeks to recruit a consultant a procurement services, Nairobi, Kenya


Job no : 517997
Work type : Consultancy
Location : Kenya
Categories : Supply/Logistics

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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.


Duration and location

Duration : Six to eight weeks 

Location Kenya 

Expected start date : January 2019 

Reporting to: Supply and Logistics Manager, UNICEF Kenya



Procurement Services (PS) is a very relevant component of UNICEF Kenya Country Office (KCO) programmatic activities, implemented in partnership with the Government of Kenya (GoK).

Overall, in 2017 UNICEF KCO programmatic Supply throughput (goods) reached approximately US$19 million. PS on the contrary reached almost US$32 million in the same year. This shows UNICEF KCO’s extended added value to our partners through PS, representing more than 40% of the value of our actual programmatic supplies inputs.

To date, PS has been delivered to the GoK, and the Ministry of Health (MoH) in particular, at the National level. The CO has started working to develop PS at the County level, following the devolution of all Health-related services (except for Immunisation) to the newly established 47 counties in 2013, as per the 2010 Constitution. The devolution process has however experienced serious challenges, exposing the need for PS and extended Technical Assistance (TA) support to Counties, given the capacity gaps observed in all different sectors and areas of expertise, including Procurement and Supply Chain Management (PSCM).

To support the devolved government structure specifically in PSCM, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between UNICEF and the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) in late 2014, a partnership aiming to strengthen our collaboration to guarantee effective PSCM support to the MoH and the newly created 47 counties.

Following the Government’s request for an Engagement Forum on Immunization Funding and Financing (EF), to bring together relevant stakeholders in government (MOH, Treasury, Council of Governors), Development Partners (World Bank, UNICEF etc.) and CSOs (CHAI, JSI, APHC and many others), UNICEF assisted the MoH in outlining the EF, funded the inauguration meeting and drafting the technical documents. However, since the inauguration meeting in February, progress has stalled and it seems the MoH has prioritised otherwise.

Universal Health Coverage and the Kenya Health Financing Strategy are important ambitions for the GoK, and it could potentially address the issues around long term financial sustainability for immunization and the Gavi transition. While there is a good opportunity to ensure domestic funding for immunization through KHFS, there is also a risk that immunization is adequately included, as we fail to address the long-term funding challenges.


Rationale for the assignment

There is a need to further explore PS opportunities within the Health sector based on the Government needs, as well as others such as Nutrition, Water and Sanitation, or even Education. PS interventions could be seen as, not only an operational support, but also as a catalyst to better understand capacity gaps within our government partners in order to put in place relevant interventions to overcome the previous.

In order to identify such potential for systems strengthening, a scoping assignment will discuss in detail the ongoing challenges, while identifying underlying opportunities, with all relevant development sectors, being them the government of Kenya (at national and county level), all relevant ministries, as well as donors and even the private sector.



Under the supervision of the S&L Manager, and with the support of the Chief of Health and UNICEF Supply Division, the consultant’s duties and responsibilities will include : 

  • Map the currently existing Supply Chain environment, exploring gaps and new PS opportunities, both from an operational and systems strengthening perspective, within the Health and other sectors, based on Government needs, at both national and county level, engaging with all relevant partners, including but not limited to: all relevant ministries (national and county) and government entities, bilateral donors (USAID, DFID, JAICA, Others), other UN agencies (WHO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, WFO, Others), International Funding Institutions (World Bank, African Development Bank) and the private sector ;
  • Collect and document all the information gathered from all previous meetings, discussions and exchanges, and present them to the following forums: i. all relevant UNICEF sections and Senior Management in draft format for their comments and remarks; ii. a final presentation incorporating all UNICEF comments to the MoH and the Council of Governors (at a minimum), in order to receive their inputs and assure full alignment from both the national Government and its 47 Counties ;
  • Based on the above, together with other important developments and issues to be considered, develop a final report including key recommendations, as Kenya CO prepares itself to produce its Procurement Services Strategy for the next four years 2019-2022. 


Qualification requirements :

Education : Master Degree in Business and Administration, Supply Chain Management, Public Health, Development or Public Finance, Economics or any other relevant discipline related to health supply chains financing. 

Work Experience : Minimum ten years relevant work experience in health supply chain management, with special emphasis on health systems strengthening with development partners and governments.

Previous experience in health fiscal space analysis, health/immunization financing, setting up financial solutions for health (including trust funds etc) will be an advantage. 

Competencies : The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following competencies, considered to be necessary to this consultancy:


Core Competencies

  • Excellent communicator of verbal and written concepts to a government and international audience ;
  • Able to quickly understand instructions, to proactively seek clarification when needed ;
  • Able to work well in a team environment.

Functional Competencies

  • Works independently and problem-solving oriented ;
  • Works in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships ;
  • Demonstrated communication and relationship-building skills ;
  • Proven capacity to work with and lead collaborative teams across different locations and with different technical skills ;
  • Strong analytical skills that can lead to strategic conclusions and translated into a written document.


UNICEF core values

Diversity and Inclusion

Treats all people with dignity and respect; shows respect and sensitivity towards gender, cultural and religious differences; challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace; encourages diversity wherever possible.


Maintains high ethical standards; takes clear ethical stands; keeps promises; immediately addresses untrustworthy or dishonest behaviour; resists pressure in decision-making from internal and external sources; does not abuse power or authority.


Demonstrates commitment to UNICEF’s mission and to the wider UN system; demonstrates the values of UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours; seeks out new challenges, assignments and responsibilities; promotes UNICEF’s cause. 


Evaluation process :

Qualified candidates are requested to submit :

  1. Cover letter/application ;
  2. Financial quote for the consultancy at a daily rate in US Dollars ;
  3. CV ;
  4. Examples of previous, relevant work ;
  5. References.

Please indicate your availability and daily rate to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.

Successful applicants will be invited to a telephone interview and will be evaluated by the following criteria :

Applicant x
Overall Response (20 points)
Understanding of tasks, objectives and completeness and coherence of response
Overall match between the TOR requirements consultant’s competencies.
Technical Capacity (50 points)
Relevance of consultant’s experience with similar projects and as per required qualifications
Quality of previous work
FINANCIAL PROPOSAL  (max. 30 points)
Daily rate
Economy Air Ticket
Total estimated cost of contract (proposed contract fee only)
FINANCIAL PROPOSAL – Weight Combined Score


Applications close : E. Africa Standard Time

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