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

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


JOB DETAILS:
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.

Desired:
• 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.

Conditions:
• 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

Job application procedure
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