National Consultancy: Vaccine Management and Logistics Consultant (On-site, 260 Days) At United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)


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.

For every child, vaccination

Ethiopia is situated in the Horn of Africa and is the second most populous country on the continent with an estimated population of 115 million. It borders six African countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan, and covers 1,104,300 square kilometers. Approximately 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas. Ethiopia represents a melting pot of ancient cultures with Middle Eastern and African cultures evident in the religious, ethnic, and language composition of its people.

Over the past two years, children and their families across Ethiopia faced multiple and complex emergencies, such as the conflict in the northern Ethiopia and the drought, which resulted in millions of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. UNICEF has programmes in Child Protection, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Social Policy, and Education and serves over 15 million children in Ethiopia. Join UNICEF Ethiopia to contribute to improving the lives of children and women.

How can you make a difference? 

Scope of Work:

The consultant will work closely with national and regional Emergency operation center (EOC), the Cold Chain and Vaccine Management -technical working group, EPSS hub manager and regional health bureaus and authorities of the national immunization Programme to accomplish the following:

  • Develop/review the outbreak response SIAs supply and logistics plan.
  • Establish cold chain functionality and failure report tracking method and coordinate the maintenance activities.
  • Develop/review the distribution plan, route, transport and organize the distribution of the nOPV2 outbreak response supply and logistics.
  • Develop/review reverse logistic plan, route, transport and organize the nOPV2 vaccine retrieval from risk response/outbreak regions.
  • Provide training to SIA facilitators at National, regional and sub regional levels on nOPV2 vaccine management
  • Support country team to plan the vaccine requirement of nOPV2 vaccines for outbreak/risk response campaigns.
  • Support in receiving the nOPV2 shipment, coordinate to get the clearance of shipment at the airport and coordinate to keep the received vials safe and at the recommended temperature at all levels during this transit process.
  • Support the centra team in record keeping of nOPV2 vaccine and regularly support team to monitor VVM and expiry of vaccine.
  • Support central vaccine management team in the management of nOPV2 during the outbreak SIA’s.
  • Support nOPV2 reverse logistics with accountability for each and every nOPV2 vial received/distributed.
  • Support to quantify the required supplies for the outbreak/risk response and support to procure the required supplies as per the UNICEF policy.
  • Participate in central/region/ district command post daily coordination meetings and report daily performance to central outbreak response team/command post/
  • Organize central level reverse logistics for used and unused nOPV2 vials from previous campaigns.
  • Support central level team to organize the destruction and disposal of used nOPV2 from previous campaign.
  • At the central level work with Cold Chain and Vaccine Management team at the hub level and document and report on all vaccine and logistics management and retrieval and destruction of used and unused nOPV2 delivered for the SIAs from previous campaigns.

 ToR Vaccine Management Consultant.pdf

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


  • A first level University degree in the following relevant field is required: business planning, supply chain management, economics, international development studies, medicine, procurement, logistics, or other quantitative degree.
  • An advance university degree in relevant field is an asset.


  • At least 5 years of professional work experience at national and decentralized levels in outbreaks response, routine immunization, public health, and other relevant programs is required.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant working experience in vaccine and cold chain management and experience in immunization supplies, or health sector at national level is required.
  • Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance to governments on the implementation of outbreak responses (polio) and for routine immunization activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing vaccine and reverse logistics for nOPV2 released for outbreak responses.
  • Demonstrated experience in reverse logistics for nOPV2 released for previous outbreak responses.
  • Familiarity with the UN system and Polio Eradication efforts is desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Effective presenter including ability to adapt the message and visual aids for multiple audiences to deliver concise, impactful presentations.
  • Knowledge of supply chain management and operations.
  • Excellent analysis skills.
  • Proven track record in interfacing with national ministries of health a distinct advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values:

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability

UNICEF Competencies:

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit  here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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