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.
The project seeks to recruit for the position of:
Reporting to: Forecasting, Supply Planning and Procurement Director
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
The Program Procurement Manager will lead a team of commodity procurement specialists to meet project objectives focused on ensuring on-time availability of key laboratory and pharmaceutical commodities through cost-effective and reliable local and international procurement.
- Promote commodity availability in-country through Decentralised Procurement (DCP) initiative – overseeing commodities procured directly from the field office and promoting adherence to on-time delivery
- Promote commodity availability in-country through Global Supply Chain procured commodities, closely coordinating with the home office to ensure smooth importation process for these commodities
- Conduct commodity expenditure analysis and monitor the commodities budget execution to ensure compliance with PEPFAR and USAID pipeline guidance using the Commodity Financial Analysis Tool and ARTMIS reports
- Develop and implement plans to sustain the expansion of the viral load monitoring through strategic initiatives such as reagent rental and ensure communication with all internal and external stakeholders for all issues related to the expansion of the viral load testing capacity;
- Ensure that best practices in procurement and supplier management are implemented and those procurement activities comply with aid donor regulations (USAID and FAR) and guidelines
- Ensure that SOPs for critical procurement activities are developed and adhered to by the procurement team
- Supervise program procurement specialists, including development/amendment of roles and responsibilities; design and monitor professional development plans, and conduct annual performance appraisals with supervisees
- Maintain close coordination and communication between the DCP home office manager and field office procurement team
- Work closely with the Forecasting and Supply Planning (FASP) team to ensure alignment between procurement and FASP team regarding accuracy of unit costs in pipeline, budget monitoring and procurement shipment statuses
- Develop and manage team annual work plans and budgets based on project resources available and intended annual and life of project targets set according to USG priorities;
- Exhibit Chemonics values and build a culture of “Living our Values” within the team;
- Verify that USAID regulations, Chemonics policies, and quality management best practices are enforced consistently
- Carry out additional responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time in consultation with the supervisor of record.
Minimum Education Qualifications, Experience and Competencies:
- Bachelor’s degree in procurement; Master’s or other advanced degree preferred
- Minimum five (5) years of experience working in health commodity procurement management for both Pharmaceutical and Laboratory commodity procurement experience highly desired
- Thorough knowledge of USAID procurement regulatory requirements (FAR, AIDAR) required; experience working on USAID-funded health programs strongly preferred
- Must be a paid-up member of the Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply (ZIPS)
- Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills
- Written and spoken English proficiency
- Strong leadership and motivational ability.
- Location of Assignment:
- The location of the assignment is Lusaka, Zambia with intermittent travel throughout the country.
Method of Application
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.