The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project seeks a country director (based in Niamey, Niger) to support the GHSC-PSM project in Niger. 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 to create a healthier future for all.
The country director is responsible for providing overall strategic direction and leadership for the GHSC-PSM project in Niger. The country director will manage the development of technical strategies and work plans; monitor programmatic, financial, and administrative performance; supervise the administration of standard project operating and financial procedures; manage short and long-term technical assistance; and maintain effective communication with the USAID Mission in Niger, the Chemonics home office in Washington, D.C., and other donors and cooperating agencies. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.
- Lead and supervise monthly last mile distribution of Malaria pharmaceuticals and long-lasting insecticide treated nets
- Apply hands-on, detail-oriented technical management to last mile distribution to ensure compliance with established standard operating procedures and transparent and effective accounting for commodities
- Lead collection and analysis of data from all available sources to allocate sufficient quantities to health facilities, including use of the project’s Integrated Call Center to collect data and calculate consumption and optimal quantity allocation
- Effectively communicate with USAID and the Government of Niger to articulate the project’s vision for last mile distribution, align expectations of all stakeholders with effective implementation and project resources, and diplomatically address feedback on project activities
- Develop and implement annual work plans and budgets that reflect the priorities of USAID, the Ministry of Health, and other key stakeholders
- Ensure the use of appropriate management methodologies to plan, organize and control resources to achieve goals
- Develop, implement, and review appropriate staffing, technical assistance, and procurement plans that lead to the effective implementation of the project’s strategy and work plan
- Supervise office operations in adherence with policies and USAID regulations, including HR management, procurement, finance, and administration
- Develop, update, and implement performance monitoring plan that encompasses commodity security and logistics management indicators and includes project-wide performance measures
- Oversee regular data collection and reporting and lead quarterly reviews of performance analysis to identify issues and drive evidence-based interventions
- Assess risks quarterly and implement risk management/mitigation strategies for procurement and logistics services
- Ensure compliance with procurement standard operating procedures, including supplier order fulfillment, order tracking, customs clearance/freight forwarding, storage and distribution, and logistics management information systems
- Coordinate with relevant stakeholders in the provision of assistance to build the capacity and capability of national systems
- Report results of the projects’ work to USAID, Ministry of Health, other donors, and the home office; ensure timely submission of high-quality deliverables
- Perform other duties and tasks as designated by supervisor and/or project leadership
- Advanced degree in medicine, public health, supply chain, logistics, project management, or a related field, or a bachelor’s degree in the same fields plus an additional 5 years of work experience beyond the 8 required below
- Minimum 8 years of experience in public health program management, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, and/or supply chain management systems
- Prior experience serving as a member of the senior leadership team (Country Director, Deputy Country Director, or technical component leader) on USAID-funded pharmaceutical supply chain projects or similar experience at Home Office level combined with STTA missions
- Experience working in challenging, low-resource operating environments required
- Experience implementing last mile distribution or supply chain logistics activities strongly preferred
- Ability to create efficiencies and lead operational transformation in large complex programs preferably with experience in medical procurement, logistics, or supply chain management
- Skilled in leading and managing high-performing teams; ability to build capacity of team members and local government counterparts
- Proven ability to work collaboratively with host-country officials, donors, and other key stakeholders
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills; proven diplomatic and public relations skills
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
- Fluency in French required
- Working proficiency in English required; fluency preferred
Applicants should please email their application through Smartsheet (link here) no later than COB Friday, July 30, 2021. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.
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