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USAID is supporting the Government of the DRC (GDRC) as the country develops and implements a new five-year strategic plan for strengthening the commodity supply chain and distribution system. In line with the development objectives and goals of the USAID/DRC Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), USAID will contribute to building national capacity to meet the supply chain challenges and create conditions for improving the health status of the population and reduce maternal and child mortality. INTRODUCTION:
The Senior Supply Chain Management Advisor (Senior Advisor) will be based in Kinshasa, DRC and will serve as a member of the Health Office within USAID/DRC.
The Health Office’s SCM responsibilities can be classified as internal and external. Internally, the Mission needs to manage the ordering, delivery, clearance and distribution processes for the commodities that it procures directly. Externally, the Mission has to implement a robust and comprehensive approach to supporting the GDRC on SCM, coordinating closely with the GDRC system and with other donors. Critical to this work will be ensuring the start up and effective coordination of USAID-funded technical assistance activities, both central and mission-managed.
This position is a key part of USAID’s efforts to improve its internal approaches to managing commodities and its external support for the GDRC’s supply chain strategic plan. The Senior Advisor is expected to play a pivotal role in providing technical expertise to USAID and to the GDRC’s efforts to strengthen the supply chain. S/he will receive technical guidance from the Health Office Director who will serve as his/her USAID point of contact. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Senior Supply Chain Management Advisor
will be responsible for:
- Serving as primary technical point of contact for USAID’s working relationships with GDRC entities and other donors involved in supply chain and pharmaceutical management, providing technical leadership inthe coordination of supply chain strengthening and participating in national discussions related to supply chain strengthening;
- Serving as a technical advisor regarding USAID’s investments in strengthening the GDRC supply chain and commodities distribution system;
- Providing technical advice in the following areas:
- Reviewing current internal processes related to health commodity ordering and tracking and making recommendations for improvement.
- Analyzing and monitoring program progress and informing the Mission health office or senior management of any recommendations that needs to be discussed with implementing partners, other donors, or GDRC officials.
- Developing and supporting the implementation of the Mission’s road map to strengthen capacity in supply chain management and commodities distribution, in the context of the decentralization reform.
- Working with GHSC, the National Essential Medicines Procurement Program (Programme National d’Approvisionnement en Médicaments Essentiels (PNAM)) and priority health programs (including malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, reproductive health) to quantify and order the commodities required for each province.
- Working with the GHSC headquarters and in-country staff, mission staff, and implementing partners to coordinate, monitor and report on the quantification, order and delivery, loss or leakage, and over stock and expiry of health commodities for USAID-supported provinces and health zones.
- Reviewing and recommending appropriate USAID internal controls for proper tracking of health commodities from arrival in-country to final destination.
- Monitoring and tracking the process to obtain exoneration and customs clearance for incoming health commodity shipments.
- As needed, preparing position papers for USAID senior management regarding policy dialogue with the DRC authorities and other stakeholders on supply chain strengthening efforts.
- Providing monthly reports on progress achieved in implementing USAID’s commodity procurement and distribution management activities.
- Building technical capacity of the team by providing trainings, coaching and mentoring.
- Supporting the management of Global Health Supply Chain activities.
- Providing mentorship and professional support to a team of Foreign Service Nationals and Foreign Service Officers through training, technical presentations, knowledge management and sharing of best practices on supply chain management.
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE:
- Identifying opportunities for capacity development in the area of procurement and SCM for Mission staff.
- Disseminating best practices in procurement and supply chain management among the Mission’s staff.
- Providing expert strategic leadership and guidance to the Mission SCM team and implementing partners related to technical assistance for GDRC entities (e.g. PNAM, priority health programs), donor programs, and donor coordination groups.
- Keeping abreast of literature and latest developments in the field of international supply chain management.
- Deepening knowledge of international supply chain management of health commodities.
- Participating in interagency and intra-agency working groups as appropriate to the scope of work.
International and domestic travel approximately 20%. US citizenship or US permanent residency required
- Master’s degree or higher in public health, pharmaceutical studies, economics, business administration, international development or a related field.
- Minimum fifteen (15) years’ experience in pharmaceutical supply chain and logistics management, with at least five (5) years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
- Prior experience with major supply chain organizations and/or health system support donors.
- Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, as well as working in close collaboration with donor groups, government agencies, NGOs and implementing partners on population and health programs.
- Knowledge of the principles, concepts, techniques and best practices in program management, evaluation, reporting and budgeting.
- Understanding of health systems in francophone Africa, specifically related to development challenges and opportunities.
- Demonstrated expertise in program planning, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting is highly desirable.
- Experience leading/coaching/mentoring teams to achieve goals and improve performance.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both in speaking and writing, with government technical officers, donors and counterparts.
- Ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks and competing priorities.
- Certification in supply chain management desirable but not required.
- Fluency in English and French required.
- Ability to travel internationally.
Required Skills Required Experience