Chemonics seeks a deputy country director for the Global Health Supply Chain Program Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM).
GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which USAID 1) procures and provides health commodities, 2) provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain, and 3) collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives.
GHSC-PSM connects technical solutions, experts, and proven commercial processes to promote efficient and cost-effective health supply chains worldwide.
Our goal is to ensure uninterrupted supplies of health commodities to save lives and create a healthier future for all. The GHSC-PSM project in Mozambique is responsible for the procurement and delivery of HIV, malaria, family planning, and maternal and child health commodities to 11 provincial warehouses.
The project is also responsible for delivering malaria commodities at the district and health facility levels. Currently, the project is providing technical assistance in the areas of forecasting and supply planning, governance and financing, laboratory, management information systems, procurement, strategy and planning, transportation and distribution, warehousing and inventory management, and workforce development.
The deputy country director, in coordination with the country director, provides strategic guidance and overall management and direction regarding the planning, procurement, systems strengthening, logistics, and field program management activities.
We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.
Responsibilities include :
Develop annual work plans to ensure a secure, sustainable supply chain for pharmaceuticals, laboratory supplies, and other products needed to provide treatment for people with HIV / AIDS and related infections
Produce the monthly and quarterly activity reports and technical success stories; review all regular technical reports before submission to headquarters or USAID
Ensure timely submission of all deliverables for teams under the deputy country director’s supervision
Provide technical oversight, supervision, and strategic guidance to the forecasting, supply and distribution planning, procurement, and laboratory logistics teams
Ensure that team staffing and performance are aligned with goals and plans to achieve project results
Work with the field office’s procurement director to ensure that sourcing and procurement activities support USAID and Ministry of Health objectives as well as align with GHSC-PSM project-wide objectives
Facilitate the development and execution of a long-term strategy to improve quality and timeliness of procurement activities and ensure that operational objectives are achieved
Ensure that best practices in procurement and supply management are implemented and that procurement activities comply with donor regulations (USAID Acquisition Regulation and Federal Acquisition Regulation) and guidelines
Facilitate communication and troubleshoot issues between the field office and the Global Supply Chain Team; provide timely responses to complex procurement questions from the donors and the beneficiaries
Conduct high-granularity commodities expenditure analysis, monitor the commodities budget execution, and report to the USAID mission accordingly
Work with the field office’s lab logistics director to provide technical leadership on developing and implementing plans to sustain the expansion of viral load monitoring
Support the country director in maintaining working and consultative relationships with the Ministry of Health, Central Medical Stores, Department of Central Laboratory, USAID, Center for Disease Control, and other partners
Represent GHSC-PSM in Mozambique as a technical lead in external forums, including meetings with relevant stakeholders, related to the provision of technical assistance to build the capacity of national health and supply chain systems
Master’s degree in a relevant field required
Minimum of 10 years of experience providing technical guidance and oversight in the management of health commodity supply chains
Experience as a country director or deputy director on USAID-funded projects
Thorough knowledge of international procurement principles, methods, and best practices
Experience with donor regulations (USAID Acquisition Regulation and Federal Acquisition Regulation) and procedures that govern USAID-funded procurement preferred
Extensive knowledge of and practical experience with International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) and with transport of health commodities, including temperature-sensitive products
Extensive experience procuring laboratory commodities (reagents, consumables, equipment, and maintenance) and knowledge of various contracting mechanisms, such as service-level agreements and reagent rental agreements
Experience procuring pharmaceuticals; experience procuring HIV / AIDS or malaria commodities preferred
Demonstrated ability to lead the development and monitoring of the implementation of project work plans
Demonstrated ability to monitor performance against key performance indicators
Demonstrated ability to build the capacity of staff in supply chain management
Demonstrated ability to promote the implementation of supply chain management best practices and innovations
Strong (English) writing, editing, and analytical skills; a writing sample should be submitted with the application
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
Willingness to relocate to Mozambique for a minimum of two years
Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite; advanced skills in Excel, including pivot tables, preferred
Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
Fluency in English required; proficiency in Portuguese or a commitment to learning Portuguese required