Logistician End Use Checker Consultant – UN Children’s Fund

UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from individual national consultants for provision ofemergency Logistical support in implementation of the integrated management of acute malnutrition (IMAM) program

Background

Zimbabwe is currently experiencing severe drought resulting from below average rainfall in two consecutive seasons (2014/2015 and 2015/2016). The El Niño weather phenomenon of 2015-2016 has negatively impacted the agricultural season resulting in a protracted food and nutrition insecurity situation. Diminished labor opportunities in agriculture and related industries are further eroding income, rendering food prohibitively expensive among poorer households and promoting negative coping strategies. The limited livelihood options, unfavorable geo-political environment and poor food production have further exacerbated the situation. Latest results of the lean season rapid assessment (ZIMVAC May 2016) project the rural food security insecurity during the peak hunger period (January to March 2017) to reach 42% (4.1 million people), the highest prevalence estimated since 2009. In May, Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) was 4.4%, a decline from 5.7% observed in the January ZimVAC rapid assessment. Indications from the May assessment were that there is a progressive increase in the proportion of food insecure households as the consumption year nears the peak hunger period. Some districts still recorded GAM rates surpassing the global thresholds of 5% (WHO cut-off point for emergency response), with a further 7 districts surpassing the emergency threshold of 2% for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). In correlation to the overall food insecurity situation, the assessment of January, 2016 projected that there would be an overall increase in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) caseload compared to 2015 data. The Government of Zimbabwe has since declared a state of Drought Disaster, as the rapid ZimVAC assessment revealed that the number of food insecure people had almost doubled from 1.5 million in July 2015 to 2.8 million in February 2016.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been supporting the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) to roll out Community Management of Acute Malnutrition programmes since 2006 and has been gradually increasing the number of facilities treating SAM under the routine programme. The national case load of the children with SAM would be more than 32,258 including the additional case load of 15 highly food insecure districts. Currently, more than 80 per cent of rural health facilities across the country are providing treatment to children with SAM. With support from Food for Peace under USAID, 240 metric tons of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) has been made available for the treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition during the emergency period. The Emergency Nutrition Coordination working group of Nutrition Technical Working Group (NTWG) will be used for smooth coordination with partners and ensure regular exchange of information. The existing government supplies and information management systems will be utilized as much as possible for progressive ownership and sustainability of the program. Partners will access supplies through the government channel unless the situation compels to do otherwise.

Purpose

It is with this background that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Zimbabwe Country Office, is seeking to hire a qualified Logistician-End Use Checker Specialist Consultant to provide logistics support to the 15 targeted districts. The main objective of the assignment is to support the emergency response in the 15 selected vulnerable districts by strengthening and facilitating expansion of supply and logistics using the rapid SMS system for program monitoring, supporting SMART survey.

Objective (s)

Broadly, the project seeks to provide critical lifesaving nutrition treatment care to children under five; with severe acute malnutrition in the 15 most drought affected districts of Zimbabwe. The consultant is expected to accomplish the following;

  • Coordination with national, provincial and districts authorities to strengthen supply logistics system
  • Assist in the timely quantification, forecasting and procurement of RUTF supplies for facility-based management of severe acute malnutrition
  • Ensure proper storage of RUTF commodities are done according to warehouse management organization and stock-keeping procedures, inventory management and record-keeping of stocks
  • Assist with the planning and forecasting of supplies for the Nutrition programme
  • Strengthening monitoring of RUTF supplies using Rapid SMS system for weekly reporting.
  • Support and build capacity of the Nutrition team and other partners to implement a regular logistics monitoring process

    Methodology & Expected Output

    Under supervision of Nutrition Manager, UNICEF and in close collaboration with National Nutrition Department Logistics Officer and Emergency Preparedness Manager as well as the provincial and district health authorities and partnering NGOs, the Logistician consultant will provide logistics support for the IMAM program. The methodologies applied to this consultancy will include but not limited to:

  • Provide logistical and technical support in quantification of supplies, support the distribution planning, and ensure availability of nutrition supplies
  • Support logistics for the Nutrition SMART Surveys for the 15 targeted districts

Major Tasks

Task: Write an inception report and implementation plan with monthly activities. Together with Gvt and Other partners support the receiving and clearance at ports of entry, Allocation of distribution and monitoring of all supplies and logistics for the Nutrition programme

Deliverable: Inception report showing work plan for the assignment period with monthly targets and milestones clearly identified and December 2016 monthly report

Task: Ensure proper storage of RUTF commodities are done according to warehouse management organization and stock-keeping procedures, inventory management and record-keeping of stocks.

Deliverable: Monthly activity report highlighting progress and follow-up action taken on identified gaps

Task: Strengthening monitoring of RUTF supplies using Rapid SMS system for weekly and monthly reporting. Coordination with national, provincial and districts authorities to strengthen supply logistics system

Deliverable: Monthly Activity Report

Task: Assist in the timely quantification, forecasting and procurement of RUTF supplies for facility-based management of severe acute malnutrition.

Deliverable: March 2017 Monthly Report and end of consultancy report

All deliverables should meet the expected quality as assessed by the Supervisor of the consultancy assignment.

Timeframe

The consultancy will begin 1 December 2016 and end on 30 March 2017

Consultancy Requirements

Education and work experience

  • Degree in Logistics/supplies or its equivalent.
  • At least two years of progressively responsible professional work experience on supply and logistics management
  • Knowledge and experience of Nutrition programming an added advantage
  • Able to work within various teams and be able to contribute to the overall success of that team
  • Able to demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach to work.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English required.

Supervision

The Nutrition Manager will be supervising the Logistician Consultant.

HOW TO APPLY:

Application Procedure

If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, a Technical and all-inclusive financial proposal detailing professional fees, travel related costs (for an estimated 5 field travel days per month) to email address: hararevacancies@unicef.org by 16 November 2016. To quote “Logistician Consultant” as the email subject heading.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.