Chemonics International Inc., Contractor for USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) ensures uninterrupted supplies of health commodities in support of USG funded public health initiatives around the world. The project provides direct procurement and supply chain management support to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and Population and Reproductive Health. In supporting USG-funded global health activities, PSM develops and manages a wide array of services for health commodity procurement and related systems strengthening technical assistance encompassing different elements of a comprehensive supply chain.
With 100+ staff across eight offices in Zambia, this diverse and complex program sets out to strengthen the capacity of GRZ to develop sustainable systems that ensure availability and security of health commodities through (1) increased data availability and use for informed supply chain decision making, (2) improved quantification procurement planning and coordination processes, (3) provision of cost-effective, reliable international and local procurement services, (4) improved efficiency in warehousing and distribution by Medical Stores Limited, and (5) increased strategic management and planning by Ministry of Health for improved commodity security.
The project seeks to recruit for the position of:
Reporting to: Director, Task Order 1 (TO1) – (HIV/AIDS)
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- The Task Order 1 Advisor will work with the Task Order 1 Director to promote commodity security for HIV/AIDS commodities by examining data comprehensively with a health-element and to provide client engagement on health element-specific matters for USAID and MOH, translating supply chain interventions to service delivery and vice versa. Under the supervision of the TO1 director, the TO1 advisor will conduct technical activities that have a health-element specific focus, and will provide multi-disciplinary, internal support and technical advice to functional supply chain directorates within the field office. The position will report directly to the Task Order 1 Director.
Specific duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Monitor global trends, PEPFAR, and GHSC-PSM TO 1 communication around HIV activities to ensure GHSC-PSM promotes integration of this knowledge into its supply chain activities
- Provide technical guidance to functional teams within GHSC-PSM on the annual COP PEPFAR guidance documents and ensure adoption in annual work plans and alignment with project activities
- Review HIV-related commodities logistics management information system (LMIS) data to identify trends in consumption and inventory management in the public-sector supply chain
- Utilize existing information technology tools such as SMARTCARE and eLMIS and support analysis that links service statistics and commodity usage data
- Represent interests of the project and provide guidance on the supply chain impact of HIV programmatic interventions within relevant MOH technical working group (TWG) meetings, task forces, steering committees, monthly supply chain coordinating committee meetings, forecasting and supply planning meetings, and other events where HIV commodity issues are discussed
- Assist with development of PSM annual work plans, quarterly reports, annual reports, and other related communications as required by GHSC-PSM, USAID, and MOH
- Work closely with the MOH and functional GHSC-PSM teams in ensuring that the lab and pharmacy forecasting, and supply planning teams are fully equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to conduct their work
- Provide technical guidance for the transition from tenofovir lamivudine efavirenz (TLE) to tenofovir lamivudine dolutegravir (TLD).
- Work with MOH and partners in reviewing set targets against monthly commodity consumption and guide TWGs on the TLD transition process
- Provide technical assistance to ensure supply chain and clinical activities for strategic initiatives such as targeted testing and multi-month dispensing of ARVs are harmonized and monitored
- Support GHSC-PSM functional directorates by participating in the review of policies and technical validation of specifications for the procurement of HIV-related commodities, with special attention to national regulations, industry standards, and value for money
- Work closely with GHSC-PSM’s internal supply chain operations teams to maintain regular communication channels with USAID and others on forecasting data, the status of procurements, availability of stocks at facilities, and other supply chain management issues
- Represent GHSC-PSM in critical technical and policy forums, in sharing innovative PSM interventions to resolve supply challenges
- Exhibit Chemonics values and build culture of “Living our Values” within the team. Verify that USAID regulations, Chemonics policies, and quality management best practices are enforced consistently.
Minimum Education Qualifications, Experience and Competencies:
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Master’s or other advanced degree preferred
- Minimum seven (7) years of experience working in supply chain management, with preferred experience in conducting forecasting and supply planning activities for HIV-related commodities
- Experience using forecasting and supply planning tools such as pipeline, Forlab and Quantimed
- Strong analytical skills in forecasting and supply planning
- Experience working with HIV-related service delivery activities preferred
- Proven leadership and inter-personal skills and ability to build and motivate diverse and talented teams
- Experience working on USAID/PEPFAR-funded health programs strongly preferred
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English
- Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills.
Location of Assignment:
The location of assignment is Lusaka, Zambia with intermittent travel throughout the country.
How to Apply
Send electronic submissions of your CV, cover letter and the highest necessary qualifications to the email below: Please include clearly the position in the subject line of the email. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.