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Work type: Programme Coordinator (Oxygen Therapy)
Organizational Unit: Consultancy
Location: Copenhagen
Duration: 11.5 months with possibility of extension
Start Date: Tbc
Reporting to: Chief, Innovation, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen
Travel
: Paid for by UNICEF. Expect ~4 trips to programme countries plus travel to ~2 conferences.
Deadline: 2nd July 23:55 CET

BACKGROUND:
In 2015, UNICEF, in collaboration with governments and partners, procured a record $3.428 billion in supplies and services for children, including $1.755 billion procured on behalf of 102 governments. Much of UNICEF Supply Division’s (SD) work focuses on working with suppliers and a range of partners to ensure the availability of life-saving products.

Despite the evidence that improved oxygen systems save lives, the availability of oxygen supplies remains limited in regions of the world where they are most needed.  In low and middle income country settings, poor oxygen system planning often results in an inconsistent or low, oxygen system functional capacity.

The oxygen therapy project, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is a strategic collaboration between UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) to access to and utilization of safe and appropriate oxygen system products in resource limited settings.

UNICEF Supply Division is seeking a consultant in the position of “Programme Coordinator (Oxygen Therapy)” to manage and drive the entire oxygen therapy project from its beginning to deliverables. The project will develop and promote interagency technical specifications and guidance, tender agreements, and an interagency software tool to enable more efficient and informed selection, procurement, installation, and maintenance of technologies to supply or monitor oxygen critical to health interventions and that lead to safe and appropriate use of oxygen according to WHO guidance.

OBJECTIVE:
The objective of this full-time consultancy is to project manage the oxygen therapy project, driving the success of the project and ensuring all deliverables as outlined below are delivered in a timely manner.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:
The Programme Coordinator will manage and drive the oxygen therapy project, primarily coordinating the development of an online tool for oxygen system planning. This oxygen planning tool will utilize interagency technical specifications and an updated UNICEF catalogue, outputs which are also part of this project brief. The programme coordinator will have responsibility for ensuring the project has a sharp scope, proper planning, communication, and implementation, and achieves timely results. In addition, the person will be responsible for technical and financial monitoring, donor reporting and communications.

The Programme Coordinator will proactively collaborate with all key stakeholders in the oxygen space, not least WHO and BMGF, as well as UNICEF country offices, and drive the oxygen therapy project to achieve results as follows:

Project Management (40% time allocation)
• Ensure that the project has and maintains a sharp scope
• Ensure proper planning and implementation and drive through obstacles to achieve timely results
• Convene advisory committee of technical experts (manage meetings)
• Coordinate kick-off meeting and regular project team calls
• Data collection for annual reporting to US Fund for reporting to donor
• Activities scheduled and completed per project timeline
• Coordinate end-year consolidation of lessons learned, with input from UNICEF SD’s Evaluation Manager

Specifications published (10% time allocation)
• Coordinate drafting and publication of WHO/UNICEF interagency oxygen delivery system product specifications

Catalogue updated (10% time allocation)
• Support Technical Officer in coordinating all activities related to updating UNICEF catalogue
• Coordinate with relevant programs/initiatives to advocate for use of the updated catalogue

Manage scoping and development of oxygen planning tool (40% time allocation)
• Coordinate draft and implementation of systematic user needs questionnaires for oxygen systems
• Coordinate needs definition and functional analysis for an interagency oxygen planning software tool (oxygen system upgrade planning and management e-platform)
• Coordinate the translation of tool business requirements into technical specifications
• Engage and contract developers for development of oxygen planning tool prototype
• Oversee the developers of the oxygen planning tool prototype
• Collaborate with country offices to coordinate field trials of oxygen planning tool prototype

KEY DELIVERABLES:
The consultant will be responsible, through highly skilled and effective project management, for ensuring the following deliverables are achieved.
1. Publication of tier one interagency oxygen delivery system product specifications (in collaboration with WHO and Technical Officer)
a) Prioritized list of tier 1,2,3 products approved and interagency specifications for tier 1 products completed
b) Updated product specifications and guidance published online and promoted through country offices
2. UNICEF catalogue updated for procurement of oxygen components (in collaboration with Technical Officer)
a) Updated UNICEF catalogue
3. Interagency software tool (oxygen system upgrade planning and management e-platform (OSUPME)
a) Systematic user needs questionnaire to define tool
b) Tool interface mock-up version
c) Contracting of developer to develop tool
d) Functioning prototype
e) Plan and execute in-country field trials of tool
f) Create full specifications for a first release version of tool

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Education:
• Masters Degree in Public Health, Biomedical Engineering, medical degree or another relevant discipline
• An undergraduate university degree combined with additional years of relevant work experience will be considered in lieu of a master’s degree if the candidate can demonstrate high level of experience with related projects

Work Experience:
• Minimum five years of relevant, progressively responsible, professional experience is required
• Experience with focus on health technologies, medical devices, particularly oxygen delivery systems is considered a strong asset
• Experience of software, tool and app development or working with developers is considered a strong asset
• Project management, donor relations and/or partnership management experience is considered a strong asset
• Experience working in field locations is considered an asset

Technical Knowledge:
• Understanding of technologies in areas of oxygen and global health
• Proven experience in managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders
• Knowledge of MS Office Suite
• Knowledge of the environment in which UNICEF operates
• Knowledge of regulatory requirements and/or UN procurement processes is an asset

Language:
• Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.
• Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.

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

Core Competencies
• Excellent communicator of verbal and written concepts to an international audiences.
• Able to quickly understand instructions, to proactively seek clarification when needed.
• Able to work well in a team environment.

Functional Competencies
• Able to work independently and problem solving oriented.
• Able to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.
• Demonstrated communication and relationship building skills.
• Proven capacity to work with collaborative teams across different locations and with different technical skills.

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.

Integrity
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.

Commitment
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 at a daily rate in US Dollars. Financial quote should be inclusive of service fees, and living expenses. Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC)
3. Examples of previous, relevant projects and work experience
4. Proposed methodology/approach to managing the project

Applications are to be submitted via this link: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/  (Ref no. 505323) by 02 July 23:55 CET

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

UNICEF considers best value for money as a criteria for evaluating potential candidates.  As a general principle, the fees payable to a consultant or individual contractor follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee.  Please note that consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance.

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

Applicant x
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION    (max. 80 points)
Overall Response (20 points) 20
Understanding of tasks, objectives and completeness and coherence of response 10
Overall match between the TOR requirements and proposal 10
Technical Capacity (50 points) 50
Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience 10
Education (as outlined in ToR) 8
Expertise (broken down) as: 22
Experience with focus on health technologies, medical devices, particularly oxygen delivery systems
Experience of software, tool and app development or working with developers
Project management, donor relations and/or partnership management experience
Experience working in field locations
Willing to locate to Copenhagen 5
References 5

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION – Total Points 80

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL     (max. 20 points)
Daily rate 15
Other costs 5
Total estimated cost of contract
FINANCIAL PROPOSAL – Weight Combined Score

TOTAL SCORE   (max. 100 points)

 

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