Senior Governance Consultant – The Verification and Traceability Initiative (VTI) and the TRVST (SCSC)– 120 days Remote, with some travels – UNICEF Canada – null

How can you make a difference? Worldwide COVID-19 vaccine distribution has demonstrated the presence and ongoing risk of counterfeit vaccines, representing significant risks to the public health response and financial loss. The need for product quality verification and traceability extends beyond COVID-19 vaccines to all health products. Falsified vaccines and medicines cost low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) $30 billion/year and over $200 billion globally. Investments in verification and traceability can protect beneficiaries from counterfeit health products while strengthening digitally enabled supply chains for all public health use cases.UNICEF together with other key stakeholders, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, UNICEF, USAID, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, the regulatory authorities of Rwanda and Nigeria, and the World Bank, established the Verification and Traceability Initiative (VTI). Vital Wave Inc. has been contracted as the Project Management Unit (PMU) to support the VTI. The VTI is a partnership that seeks to provide access to trusted health product data, and tools and resources, for medicines verification and traceability, through the establishment of a global digital repository (TRVST) of trusted health product information (pronounced “trust”). By doing so, it aims to accelerate the country’s efforts to build health product verification and traceability capabilities.UNICEF plays a vital role globally as the largest procurer of vaccines in the world; and also procures medicines, hygiene, health products, and other essential supplies. At the regional and local levels, UNICEF contributes to response and recovery measures by providing health system strengthening support to national and regional governments, including efforts to optimize the digital health ecosystem. In this context, the VTI requested UNICEF to operate and manage the TRVST, in collaboration with the VTI membership. UNICEF executes its responsibilities in this regard through its Supply Division in Copenhagen.The VTI has adopted a governance structure for the TRVST during its “incubation period” suited to an early sprint phase, but the VTI Steering Committee has identified a need to evolve to a more mature governance structure for the TRVST which reflects VTI and key stakeholder needs and expectations. As the organization with responsibility for operating and managing the TRVST, UNICEF is seeking the expert advice of a senior governance consultant to support the review of the governance on behalf of the VTI Steering Committee.Key functions, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks With facilitation provided by the PMU, draft and finalize deliverables that consider the perspectives of the VTI Steering Committee and other key stakeholders identified by the Steering Committee to fully understand the governance needs of the VTI for the TRVST, including, but not limited to, considerations of data governance.Review the current governance structure of the VTI for the TRVST; and review similar governance structures to provide insights and learning, i.e. Global Family Planning Visibility, EMVO.With facilitation provided by the PMU, work with VTI Steering Committee and other key stakeholders identified by the Steering Committee, develop proposals for a revised governance structure that reflects the expectations of the VTI key stakeholders and meets the expected growth and ambitions of the VTI for the TRVST.Attend meetings of the VTI governance bodies.Draft relevant governance documentation.Provide ad hoc governance advice as and when requested, by the PMU, Steering committee Members, and key Stakeholders.In the spirit of partnership, act as an honest broker for the key stakeholders of the VTI in the context of governance matters.Undertake a ‘Hyper care’ supporting role during the initial implementation of the chosen future-state governance, guiding and advising the VTI Steering Committee members on their roles, contributions, and methods to ensure the ongoing viability of the selected governance approach. This shall include a follow-up Quality Assurance task two-three months after the stabilization of the VTI governance process to guide and advise on fine-tuning and enhancements as appropriate. Impact of Results1. The timely and quality expert analysis leads to actionable recommendations that efficiently and effectively resolve governance questions in relation to the maintenance of the TRVST and thereby lead to effective solutions to complex supply chain issues, removing barriers in order to prevent falsification and diversion of COVID-19 vaccines, routine immunizations, ART for HIV, anti-malarial therapeutics and potentially other medicines with a medium to the long-term vision of end-to-end commodity traceability.2. The highest level of integrity, standards, and accountability is maintained by implementing sound, accurate governance advice in accordance with UNICEF procedures.3. Effective collaboration with UNICEF and other key stakeholders maintains coordination, communication, and networking, which reinforces strong working relationshipsWork Assignment Overview and outputs Review of the current governance structure of the VTI during the “incubation period” through desk reviews, and interviews, building on the VTI governance options discussion paper already developed for the VTI Steering Committee – Output : PowerPoint to VTI steering committeeMethodology for review, based on interviews and Steering Committee input, aligned with the expectations of the VTI key stakeholders and the projected growth and ambitions of the VTI for the TRVST- Output: Methodology ReportProposal for a governance structure, building on the VTI Steering Committee-endorsed VTI Project Charter, and in the VTI governance options discussion paper. The proposal must demonstrate alignment with the expectations of the VTI key stakeholders and the projected growth and ambitions of the VTI for the TRVST – Output: Proposal.Key governance documentation, based on decisions of the VTI Steering Committee – Output: Reference Document.Ad hoc governance advice as and when requested. To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… A minimum of ten (10) years’ professional experience is required as a lawyer practicing in a relevant field (including as in-house counsel, a law firm, a government and/or an international organization’s legal office) or as a governance specialist within a public private partnership, international organization or corporate). Prior experience in the UN system or with public-private partnerships is desirable.Relatable experience of data-sharing agreements, including within a variety of regulatory regimes is desirable.Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in one of the UN languages is desirable. A post-graduate university law degree, business administration or corporate governance is required; a first-level university degree in law, business administration or corporate governance in combination with one additional year of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.Qualified candidates are requested to submit:1. Cover letter/application outlining relevant experience of the role2. Financial quote including both a daily and monthly rate in US Dollars including all taxes. UNICEF considers best value for money in its evaluation3. At least 3 Reference contacts who may be contactedFor every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). To view our competency framework, please visit here. UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

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