Cold Chain Temperature Monitoring and Management Consultant

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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 25 Sep 2015

BACKGROUND

There is evidence that many incidents of vaccine freezing remain undetected and can result in potency loss of vaccines. With the knowledge that 70% of the value of vaccines now being procured by UNICEF represent freeze-sensitive vaccines, more stringent temperature monitoring is required given the value at risk. But there is limited guidance to countries to help them selected he right technology to use; the systems requirements for temperature monitoring; and what training is required to ensure cold chain managers understand how to operate the technology and use the information to mitigate the risks of potency loss of vaccines from temperature excursions in the cold chain.

UNICEF is leading a work stream to strengthen the management and monitoring of temperatures at all levels of the immunization cold chain to safeguard vaccine potency and reduce expensive losses of vaccines from temperature damage. Having functioning temperature monitoring systems in place is not only a fundamental WHO recommendation, but a necessity to improve the overall performance of the cold chain system. Without continuous temperature monitoring there is no ability to detect whether vaccines are being compromised by freezing temperatures that damage the potency of most new vaccines. Continuous temperature monitoring is a fundamental tool to manage cold chain equipment, it’s maintenance, it’s regular calibration, or simply to manage/identify equipment that may require repair or replacement since they are no longer able to maintain the correct temperature ranges. While some progress has been made in the last few years, data from the EVM global analysis shows that many national vaccine warehouses store on average, and at any given time, about US$7 million worth of vaccines. Yet, many are not equipped with remote temperature monitoring systems that can help to safeguard multi-million vaccine investments. In response to this issue, the Hub will curate a comprehensive technical assistance package that will ensure that innovative temperature monitoring solutions are implemented in countries[1].

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PURPOSE

The purpose of the consultancy is to support the development of a technical guidance package and provide technical support on temperature monitoring to Regional Offices (ROs) and countries.

The consultant will in particular:

(a) Finalize the temperature monitoring technical assistance package

Based on input and feedback received at TechNet 2015 in Bangkok – evolve and finalize the technical assistance package for temperature management and monitoring. This work will involve close interactions with other technical partners (PATH, CHAI, VR,) to ensure a solid peer-review process.

(b) Host the technical assistance materials on TechNet

Organize a resource page on TechNet for temperature management and monitoring and host all relevant materials.

Develop a virtual training session with TA partners about the TA package.

(c) Develop a global dashboard for temperature management

Develop a global dashboard of the status of the adoption of the minimum temperature monitoring standards as outlined in the EVM SOPs. Analyze the data and publish a “state of the world” summary on TechNet.

(d) Support the WHO & UNICEF immunization supply chain Hub in evolving the cEVM process

The consultant will engage with ongoing EVM processes at country level to identify opportunities to strengthen temperature monitoring and management during the assessment and improvement planning.

The consultant will also review EVM improvement plans of the last two years to analyze for the regional offices country specific opportunities to follow up on implementation status of the recommendations.

(e) Implement Temperature Monitoring & Management Systems

On the request of regional and country offices and aligned with global guidance[2]the consultant will support countries in the implementation of 30 DTR and central temperature management systems. This support will involve the following activities:

· Support an evidence based decision-making process during the planning and preparing process and engage with stakeholders about the different options to design a temperature monitoring system;

· Based on input of national stakeholders support country to develop a temperature monitoring implementation and deployment plan (including whole-lifecycle management of devices, alarm reporting system triggering user & managerial response, data-driven system performance management) if necessary include provision for a 'learning' phase or pilot introduction;

· Develop and support deployment of a training and SOPs to ensure adoption and sustained use of the system by health workers and managers;

· Develop and implement a monitoring & evaluation (M&E) framework to gather evidence and measure progress during and post-implementation;

· Where applicable, plan and coordinate integration of temperature data generated through 30DTR with national e-Health management information systems.

· Summarize key findings and adopt TA package documents if necessary.

(f) Documentation of the process & lessons learned

[1] Resources include UNICEF 30DTR guidance and planning site: https://sites.google.com/site/vaccines30dtr/overview and UNICEF Cold Chain Country Support Package: http://www.unicef.org/supply/index_68367.html

[2] How to monitor temperatures in the vaccine supply chain (WHO/IVB/15.04). http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/183583/1/WHO_IVB_15.04_eng.pdf

DURATION

Start date: 9 November 2015

End date:31 July 2016

Location

Location will vary depending on the nature of the task. Some assignments can be completed off-site, some will require working at UNICEF NYHQ.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Competencies

· Strong analytical, oral & written communication skills evidenced in having developed a technical training guide

· Proven track record of implementing technical work at country level in project management

· Effective presenter including ability to adapt the message and visual aids for multiple audiences to deliver concise, impactful presentations

· Effective facilitator with proven ability to engage and train a group of individuals

· Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Work experience

· At least 8 years of Senior level experience working at global and country level

Technical skills and knowledge

· Educational background in Supply Chain Management, public Health, Systems Analysis or related field (university degree preferred; advanced training may be considered in combination with relevant work experience).

· Proficiency in temperature monitoring and management

· Proficiency in WHO PQS equipment for temperature management

· Proficiency in the development of technical SOPs

· Experience with implementing temperature monitoring devices

· Familiarity with WHO-recommended vaccine management practices

· Proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word and PowerPoint

How to apply:

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are requested to send their submissions to < pdconsultants@unicef.org >with subject line: “Cold Chain Temperature Monitoring and Management Consultant” by 25 September 2015, 5:00pm EST.

Applications must include:

· Cover letter,

· CV, and

· P-11 form (http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc)

· Indicate where you heard about this advertisement

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

NOTE: Files should not exceed 5.0MB limit

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