Denmark: Consultancy: Technical Consultant (Oxygen Therapy) – 11.5 months

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Denmark
Closing date: 21 Jan 2018


Duration: 11.5 months

Location: Copenhagen (preferred)

Start Date: TBC

Reporting to: Product Innovation Manager, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen


In 2016, UNICEF procured $3.519 billion in supplies and services for children in 147 countries and areas. Partnerships, competition, and strategic procurement delivered price reductions for vaccines and other supplies that saved $588.2 million for governments and donors. 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. SD’s work in product innovation and markets effort enables the development of new products or the improvement of existing ones and interventions to decrease prices and ensure availability hereby ensuring value for money and the availability of fit for purpose and value for money products that can benefit children around the world.

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 inconsistent or low oxygen system functional capacity.

The Oxygen Therapy Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is a strategic collaboration between UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) to increase access to and utilization of safe and appropriate oxygen system products in resource-limited settings. The 3 outputs of this project are:

  • Interagency technical specifications and guidance for procurement of oxygen system products and components;
  • Updated UNICEF catalogue with specifications, technical guidance, and new procurement mechanisms to include a more robust and appropriate selection of oxygen system products;
  • Functioning prototype of an oxygen therapy decision-assist tool developed to provide strategic and technical support for oxygen system selection and upgrades at all levels of the health care system.
  • UNICEF Supply Division is seeking a consultant who will be responsible for producing detailed technical guidance for the appropriate use and maintenance of products essential to the delivery of life-saving oxygen, in consultation with key stakeholders in the oxygen space.


    The objective of this full-time consultancy is to develop technical guidance for products essential for delivering oxygen, and provide technical expertise to the wider oxygen project to ensure technical excellence is maintained throughout all project outputs including UNICEF catalogue updates and the tool prototype.


    The Technical Consultant will work with the Oxygen Therapy Programme Coordinator and key stakeholders in the oxygen space, not least WHO and BMGF, as well as UNICEF country offices, to provide technical input to the oxygen therapy project as follows:

    Development, publication and promotion of Technical Guidance (60% time allocation)

  • Reviewing all published literature and evidence related to twelve selected priority products (tier 1) for oxygen delivery products
  • Product specifications completed and fully harmonized with WHO and in consultation with UNICEF’s Technical Review Group (TRG)
  • Detailed technical guidance for all ‘tier 1′ oxygen products produced and harmonized with WHO and in consultation with UNICEF’s Technical Review Group and Advisory Committee
  • Specifications and technical guidance published online and promoted through country offices
  • Updating UNICEF catalogue (25% time allocation)

  • Transfer specifications into standard template format
  • Draft list of invitees
  • Technical evaluation
  • Finalize technical report for tender including updating technical cards
  • Technical input into oxygen planning tool (15% time allocation)

  • Assist in the translation of tool business requirements into detailed functional requirements

    The consultant will be responsible, for ensuring the following deliverables are achieved.

  • Development, publication and promotion of harmonized interagency oxygen delivery system product specifications and technical guidance (in collaboration with WHO and Programme Coordinator) – (Mar 2018 to Jan 2019)
  • Finalize technical specifications (already drafted) for the twelve selected priority products based on Technical Review Group feedback and results of industry consultation
  • Create table of contents for Technical Guidance document
  • Create format/layout for specifications and Technical Guidance (in collaboration with UNICEF and WHO communications)
  • Create Technical Guidance document and incorporate stakeholder feedback
  • Draft of product specifications and Technical Guidance complete for technical editing
  • Ensure correct technical editing of documentation and obtain WHO sign-off of texts
  • Ensure correct layout and obtain WHO sign-off for layout
  • Coordinate translation of necessary information
  • Create a publication and dissemination plan
  • UNICEF catalogue updated for procurement of oxygen components (in collaboration with Programme Coordinator) – (Jul 2018 to Feb 2019), including fully updated:
  • Technical specifications in standard tender format (currently twelve products) specifications)
  • List of invitees for tender
  • Technical evaluation
  • Technical cards
  • Business requirements for oxygen system planning tool (in collaboration with Programme Coordinator) – (May 2018 to Sep 2018)
  • Draft of oxygen system planning tool business and functional requirements (specifications and capabilities)


  • University degree in engineering, biomedical engineering or related discipline, and/or public health. Advanced degree (Masters/PhD) preferred.
  • Work Experience:

  • Minimum five years of relevant, progressively responsible, professional experience is required
  • Specialist knowledge of medical equipment, medical devices, and biomedical engineering is required
  • Hands-on working experience in medical device development, procurement, evaluation, commercialization, or scaling environment, particularly oxygen delivery systems is considered a strong asset
  • Experience in producing detailed technical guidance for use of medical devices is considered a strong asset
  • Technical Knowledge/Skills:

  • High level of technical writing expertise
  • High level of analytical skills
  • Understanding of technologies in areas of oxygen delivery systems
  • Knowledge of UN procurement processes is an asset
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite
  • Knowledge of the environment in which UNICEF operates (i.e., global health sector)
  • 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 audience.
  • 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.

    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.


    Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  • Cover letter/application
  • Financial quote at a daily rate in US Dollars and estimate of total cost of contract. Financial quote should be inclusive of service fees, and living expenses.
  • Examples of previous, relevant projects and work experience
  • Please be informed that all applications to UNICEF are handled via UNICEF’s online recruiting system. You can apply to the above consultancy by creating your profile and application at our website: Requisition no: 510067.

    The applications should be submitted online through the UNICEF website.

    Applications must be received by 21 January 2018.

    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 evaluated by the following criteria:

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    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 organisation.

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    1. Legal Status

    The individual engaged by UNICEF under this contract as a consultant or individual contractor (the “Contractor”) is engaged in a personal capacity and not as representative of a Government or of any other entity external to the United Nations. The Contractor is neither a “staff member” under the Staff Regulations of the United Nations and UNICEF policies and procedures nor an “official” for the purpose of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, 1946 (“the Convention”). The Contractor may, however, be afforded the status of “Expert on Mission” in the sense of Section 22 of Article VI of the Convention and if the Contractor is required by UNICEF to travel in order to fulfill the requirements of this contract, the Contractor may be issued a United Nations Certificate in accordance with Section 26 of Article VII of the Convention.

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    The Contractor shall complete the assignment set out in the Terms of Reference for this contract with due diligence, efficiency and economy, in accordance with generally accepted professional techniques and practices.

    The Contractor must respect the impartiality and independence of UNICEF and the United Nations and in connection with this contract shall neither seek nor accept instructions from anyone other than UNICEF. During the term of this contract the Contractor must refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on UNICEF or the United Nations and must not engage in any activity that is incompatible with the administrative instructions and policies and procedures of UNICEF. The Contractor must exercise the utmost discretion in all matters relating to this contract.

    In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, the Contractor (a) will conduct him- or herself in a manner consistent with the Standards of Conduct in the International Civil Service; and (b) will comply with the administrative instructions and policies and procedures of UNICEF relating to fraud and corruption; information disclosure; use of electronic communication assets; discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority; and the requirements set forth in the Secretary General’s Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.

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  • UNICEF will pay for travel in economy class via the most direct and economical route, provided however that in exceptional circumstances, such as for medical reasons, travel in business class may be approved by UNICEF on a case-by-case basis.
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    The Contractor is fully responsible for arranging, at his or her own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the term of this contract as he or she considers appropriate taking into account, among other things, the requirements of paragraph 5 above. The Contractor is not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to UNICEF and United Nations staff members. The responsibility of UNICEF and the United Nations is limited solely to the payment of compensation under the conditions described in paragraph 7 below.

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    If the Contractor is travelling with UNICEF’s prior approval and at UNICEF’s expense in order to perform his or her obligations under this contract, or is performing his or her obligations under this contract in a UNICEF or United Nations office with UNICEF’s approval, the Contractor (or his or her dependents as appropriate), shall be entitled to compensation from UNICEF in the event of death, injury or illness attributable to the fact that the Contractor was travelling with UNICEF’s prior approval and at UNICEF’s expenses in order to perform his or her obligations under this contract, or was performing his or her obligations under this contract in a UNICEF or United Nations office with UNICEF’s approval. Such compensation will be paid through a third party insurance provider retained by UNICEF and shall be capped at the amounts set out in the Administrative Instruction on Consultants and Individual Contractors. Under no circumstances will UNICEF be liable for any other or greater payments to the Contractor (or his or her dependents as appropriate).

    8. Arbitration

  • Any dispute arising out of or, in connection with, this contract shall be resolved through amicable negotiation between the parties.
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