Consultant, Immunization Supply Chain (iSC) Improvement

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VillageReach is searching for a qualified consultant to work with VillageReach and partners to support vaccine supply chain data collection and verification, provide technical guidance to develop an immunization supply chain improvement plan, and build relationships with key stakeholders to foster an enabling environment for change.
About VillageReach: VillageReach is an international non-governmental organization, based in Seattle, WA, USA with offices in Malawi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. VillageReach develops, tests and implements innovations that uniquely address key barriers at the lower levels or “last mile” of healthcare delivery in low-resource communities including medicine availability, human resource constraints, data visibility and lack of infrastructure.
Consulting Description
VillageReach is working with UNICEF and the Pakistan Ministry of Health to improve vaccine availability by thoroughly analyzing the existing system, identifying viable solutions or changes to the existing system, and selecting the best options for the context. Modeling, a computer simulation, will be used as a tool to support data analysis needed to select the best solution(s). The modeling exercise requires trusted and valid Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) supply chain data. The consultant will act as the lead in managing the data collection and data cleaning processes as well as support the creation of an implementation plan for improvements identified through the analysis phase. The consultant will also build country-level capacity to lead and champion supply chain design implementation efforts and change management processes. The consultant must be based in Pakistan and have ability to travel domestically. The need for services in estimated at up to 40 hours per week for 3-4 months (starting in June/July) with a potential for minimal additional consulting hours for up to a year.
Primary Responsibilities:
* Act as a focal point person between in-country EPI decision makers, partners and the supply chain design technical team.
* Identify data sources, contribute to developing data collection methodology and tools, and conduct data collection.
* In close collaboration with supply chain design technical assistance and modeling team, review, verify, and validate immunization supply chain data; support data analysis as needed. This may include travel to provinces as needed to meet with provincial EPI managers.
* Maintain appropriate communication with stakeholders including regular status reporting.
* Build relationships with stakeholders and identify individuals who can build support and enthusiasm for system design changes.
The ideal consultant will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:
* Familiarity with Pakistan’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI); experience with EPI supply chain is preferred. Good understanding of Pakistan’s immunization program and its supply chain, including quantification, demand estimation, warehousing, distribution, cold chain, standard operating procedures, and monitoring and evaluation.
* Experience in supply chain data analysis, interpretation and optimization is preferred. Experience designing supply chains, using computerized modelling and monitoring supply chain performance is desired but not required.
* Experience in working with data: Experience collecting, cleaning and analyzing data. Experience and expertise using spreadsheets and databases. Ability to problem solve common data collection problems such as missing data, inaccurate data, and hesitancy amongst interviewees to share “negative results”, etc. Experience using data to inform decisions and policy changes.
* Experience in stakeholder management and relationship building: Experience working with government stakeholders. Ability to understand stakeholder interests, identify supporters, and lead diverse groups to consensus.
* Communication and interpersonal skills. Strong communication and cross-cultural management skills with experience working with ministry of health officials.
* Commitment to the mission. Passion for the mission of VillageReach, including strong commitment to global health and improving public health systems.
* Personal qualities. Energy, intelligence, diplomacy, sound practical judgment and the ability to work independently without supervision or direction.
Further Requirements
* Excellent written and verbal communication in English;
* Ability to establish and sustain professional relationships with government partners, donors, and peer organizations and VillageReach staff in overseas offices;
* Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation programs;
* Ability to work collaboratively and collegially in a small and geographically dispersed team;
* Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks, problem-solve, and work under pressure;
* Ability to travel domestically
Education Requirements
* Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree strongly preferred, preferably in public health, supply chain management, , statistics, information science, political science, sociology or related discipline
* 3-5 years of experience in planning, conducting, and managing surveys or program evaluations, including data collection, cleaning, analysis, and reporting.
* M&E experience at a research organization, NGO, foundation or government agency strongly preferred.

To Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in being a consultant to VillageReach to our online portal: Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 31, 2017. References will be requested from selected candidates.
VillageReach is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity. We believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align our values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce and providing mechanisms for all staff and the Board of Directors to engage openly around the issues of race, colonialism, identity, and culture.
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