Market Assessment Consultant
Duration: 3 months
*Location:* Home-based (with potential visits to Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria or as directed)
*Start Date:* 15th April 2016
*Reporting to:* Logistics Manager (Emergency Preparedness), ECU, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen.
*Travel arrangements:* Will be managed via UNICEF-SD.
As part of Phase 2 of the DFID Preparedness project, participating agencies (UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR and OCHA) are tasked with investigating and establishing, where appropriate "*sustainable local or sub-regional supply, logistics or services systems in 80% of the focus countries."* This is to ensure that agencies have "access to the required level of relief items, supplies, support equipment and logistics services to respond effectively to needs for the identified risks/scenarios in the programme countries."
In support of this exercise, each agency plans to undertake a review of its current supply chain for Goods and Services, undertaking a gap analysis to identify where there are issues, thus ensuring that there is a robust supply chain in place (at least identify where major weaknesses currently lie), such that:
"All agencies' agreed preparedness actions are fully implemented at 85% in terms of relief items, supplies, support equipment and logistics services in the project countries."
In support of this activity, the need for a market analysis to be undertaken in the target countries (Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria or as directed) is seen as a critical activity in order to guide future preparedness planning.
Purpose of the Assignment:
Under the supervision of the Logistics Manager (Emergency Preparedness), Director's office (ECU), UNICEF Supply Division, the consultant will support in conducting the Market Analysis in the selected countries (Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria or as directed) and commodities (as per the provided specifications attached) and as listed below:
Stage 1 – Base line Survey
In coordination with the four participating agencies, conduct a Baseline Analysis to determine the level of preparedness measures currently in place (at CO, RO and HQ levels) and whether the existing LTAs (Local and SD/+other HQs) can help participating agencies in timely emergency response as per the identified relief items.
To identify existing gaps based on baseline analysis and recommend where most work is required per CO. Generate a timeline with activities and KPIs for the identified gaps to be presented to the working group.
Present the results from stage 1 and issue an output report to the working group.
Stage 2 – Research & Market Analysis
Develop Strategy for Market Analysis of key relief items identified.
Using existing market analysis per CO, undertake market analysis activities and generate market analysis report.
Consultant to engage directly with the identified contact persons/or focal person per country during market analysis and report back results to the group.
Engage with working group to ensure applicability of the Market analysis outcome across all agencies.
Results of analysis to working group (market analysis report per CO) and priorities for stage 3 proposed.
Stage 3 – Review of Analysis & recommendation of the necessary supply strategies
Based on market analysis, develop/recommend relevant strategies such as;
Purchase local goods or recommend establishment of LTAs that can be used to supply needs at a short notice.
Purchase international goods and store in COs.
Purchase international goods and store in selected staging areas (or ROs).
Identify the relevant information for the LTAs that have requirements for physical/virtual stocks and guaranteed capacity to supply within a short notice.
- Recommended strategies report to the working group and priorities for stage 4 proposed.
Stage 4 – Reporting
Report to Working Group with outputs and outcomes achieved against KPI established as parts of stages 1-3, and prepare the presentation for two regional workshops.
Feed into the ROI analysis using the baseline information received during stage 1 and comparing it with the expected response times in the LTAs in place /or prepositioned relief items.
Undertake a review of the processes, such that the approaches proposed enable the use of LTAs proposed/existing for the key 4 relief items by other COs/ROs/HQs.
KEY DELIVERABLES (in stages):
Report on the Baseline Survey for listed countries (to be accomplished by start of Week2)
Market Analysis on selected commodities for identified ESARO countries (Week2-3 for Burundi situation), reporting follows.
Market Analysis on selected commodities for identified WCARO countries (Week (7-9) for Nigeria situation), reporting follows.
Proposal of the priorities for stage 3 (week 4 for Burundi situation)
Proposal of the priorities for stage 3 (week 8 for Nigeria situation)
Identify relevant information for the establishment of necessary supply relationships and items (Week 4 for Burundi situation and week 10 for Nigeria situation)
Presentation of the final report to the working group. (Week 6 for Burundi situation and week 11 for Nigeria situation)
Preparations for the Regional Workshops (in Kampala in May (by week 6) and Douala in September (by week 12)).
University degree in relevant field (marketing, business administration, economics)
Minimum 5-10 years' work experience with the supply and procurement in humanitarian organizations, preferably also in the field.
Excellent administrative and communication skills. Able to deal with people on all levels.
Good knowledge of UNICEF (or WFP, UNHCR and OCHA) personnel policies, rules and procedures. Work experience in other UN agencies/ international organization is an advantage. Working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of the second official UN language is desirable.
Excellent written and spoken English written and spoken. Good command of French and Spanish desirable.
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following competencies that are considered to be necessary to this consultancy:
Excellent communicator of analysis concepts both verbally and in writing to suppliers and agencies.
Able to quickly understand instructions, to proactively seek clarification when needed.
Able to work well in a remote environment and with minimum supervision as most of the times he or she will be working from home and must ensure all deliverables are achieved.
Works independently and is problem-solving oriented;
Works in a multi-cultural environment and establishes harmonious and effective working relationships;
Demonstrates communication and relationship-building skills;
Proven capacity to work across different locations utilizing technical skills within supply chain management and Market assessment;
Microsoft suites – Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint;
Detail-originated and analytical approach to problem solving;
Good analytical ability to compile, maintain and analyse data;
Prepare reports and draw initial conclusion in support of work carried out by another officer;
Skills in developing sources for data collection;
Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural background;
Ability to work from the affected regions through a remote systems and reporting to Copenhagen-SD.
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.
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.
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.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.
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Successful applicants will be invited to a telephone interview, and will be evaluated by the following criteria:
Overall Response (30 points)
Understanding of tasks, objectives and completeness and coherence of response
Overall match between the TOR requirements and consultant's competencies
Technical Capacity (50 points)
Relevance of consultant's experience with similar projects and as per required qualifications
FINANCIAL PROPOSAL *(max. 20 points)*
Deliverables rates (per stage) in USD
Total estimated cost of contract (proposed contract fee only in USD)
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- Service incurred death, injury or illness
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Qualified candidates are requested to submit:
- Cover letter/application.
- A technical proposal showing understanding of tasks and a match between the TOR outputs and the consultant's competencies (Max 900 words).
- Financial quote for the consultancy in rate per deliverables (in stages 1 to 4) in US Dollars. Each stage is a deliverable.
- Examples of previous, relevant work.
- P 11 form (which can be downloaded from the UNICEF website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html).
Applications may be submitted on UNICEF’s external employment site at: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/, where applicants can log in to the Talent Management system or search by "Market Assessment Consultant" or vacancy number "494347".
Queries can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with subject line "Market Assessment Consultant, DFID project II." Applications must be received in the system by: 30 March 2016. Please indicate your availability and rate per deliverable in USD to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a rate per deliverable in USD will not be considered.
Travel costs and DSA will be covered in accordance with UN rules and regulations. No other remunerations apply. 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.
Applications should be submitted before close of business on 30 March 2016.
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: Copenhagen
- Grade: Mid/Senior
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Closing Date: 2016-03-30