National Consultant for the Development of IT tool to generate Supply Chain Documentation job at United Nations Children’s Fund.

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Vacancy title:
National Consultant for the Development of IT tool to generate Supply Chain Documentation

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

United Nations Children's Fund.

Deadline of this Job:
21 July 2022  

Duty Station:
Within Uganda , Kampala , East Africa

Date Posted: Friday, July 15, 2022 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

In the above context, it is apparent that the standard supply chain documentation generated from UNICEF ERP system to support the release and distribution of supplies is not suitable/sufficient for situations where distribution is required down to the last mile. As a result, manual documentation must be prepared, typically in emergency situations, which is highly time-consuming and creates a dangerous bottleneck for actual emergency response With this background, and as endorsed by the Uganda CO Innovations Governance Committee, UNICEF Uganda Office would like to develop a tool which facilitates the immediate and automated generation of all necessary supply chain documentation following a distribution request, irrespective of the number of delivery points, source of supply and whether the consignees are in the ERP system or not.

Key Application Features
• Stand alone, i.e., not integrated with ERP or any other UNICEF or Government system
• Maintenance (update of master data, changes to waybill design, troubleshooting) should be feasible with very limited ICT knowledge
• No specific restrictions on platform/software to be used, but must be compatible with standard MS Windows operating system and MS Office applications
• Must include a simple user interface for Waybill and TOR/Cost Estimate generation
• All reports should allow for export to Excel
• All output documents to have a unique identifier
• Develop a customized tool that can generate automated waybills
• The tool will use the following inputs:
• Excel-based distribution plan containing product description, quantity, and recipient (consignee)
• Pre-defined rules for unique identification of waybills
• Pre-loaded master tables for possible delivery points (consignees) in Uganda
• Users can access waybills issued historically, for amendment or reprinting of waybills
• Users can produce pre-agreed reports
• Develop a customized tool that can generate Transport Order Requests or Cost Estimates for transport
• The tool will include master tables (with relatively stable data) for:
• District names and distances to central delivery locations
• List of likely Last Mile Delivery points
• Truck capacity
• Transport LTA holders
• LTA transport rates
• For each TOR, the user will enter manually (with dropdown menus) other variables, such as: pick up location, truck type, selected transporter, number of trucks, primary district, number of drop-offs, etc
• Maintenance of master data tables should be easy for the layman
• TORs or Cost Estimates to be uniquely identified following pre-agreed numbering logic
• TORs and Cost Estimates can be retrieved for amendment or reprinting
• Users can produce reports and analytics
• Develop reporting functionality with Report samples
• User Testing and feedback adjustments/ Changes
• Development of training/maintenance materials
• Ad-hoc Support for 3 months (Optional)
• Desired competencies, technical background and experience
• Proficiency in MS Office applications, including building automated solutions in MS Excel and MS Access
• Ability to be a self-starter and to work with minimum supervision
• Experience in a multi-cultural and gender sensitive work environment
• Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to work with a team as well as independently. Ability to interface, collaborate with technical staff and designers.
• Prior background and work experience in UN environment desirable.
• Understanding of the differences between multiple delivery platforms, such as mobile vs desktop, and optimizing output to match the specific platform. Familiarity with event-driven programming in Python or similar language.
• Capacity in deploying and maintaining software remotely on a Linux or UNIX-like server.
• Knowledge of environment and understanding of the constraints of working in a developing-world environment. This should include experience developing low-bandwidth applications in challenging work environments.
• Ability to align technical goals with organizational strategic goals – that always will mean prioritizing organization’s mission over any technology.

• Experience in developing Web applications using Python, Django, jQuery, Open-Source frameworks with either PostgreSQL.
• Experience in front end development technologies using HTML5, CSS, JavaScript/JQuery, JavaScript frameworks like Angular.js or React.
• Experience in developing and consuming web services (SOAP, REST),
• Experience in Setting up and Deploying cloud-based applications using Docker.
• Working knowledge and experience Software development lifecycle, and methodologies (Agile).
• Integration with diverse applications using integration frameworks, web services and APIs, search engine like Elasticsearch
• Experience working in projects having integration with Cloud providers and products (Amazon, Azure, Rackspace etc.). Familiarity with basic system administration functions.
• Experience on MongoDB / Redis and Celery a plus.
• Experience with open-source projects a plus
• Experienced in developing software as part of a distributed team using Git or Subversion, especially in an open-source environment.
• Experience with Django web application framework or similar web application platform.

• The UNICEF Uganda ICT Manager will supervise the development of the solution, in coordination with the Supply & Logistics Manager as the business owner
• The consultancy will not include any other benefits such as DSA, travel costs or UNICEF transport
• The consultant will work from own premises, and be available for regular meetings with UNICEF team in UNICEF Kampala office
• Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays.
• Consultants are not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 60

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree

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