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Senior Supply Chain Advisor

Senior Supply Chain Advisor

# of Openings 
1
Job Locations 
US-VA-Arlington
Category 
Global Health
Type 
Regular Full-Time

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Overview

CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

                             

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

 

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH)/ Commodity Security and Logistics (CSL)

Title: Senior Supply Chain Advisor

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

INTRODUCTION

The Senior Supply Chain Advisor is a critically important position within the Commodities Security and Logistics Division (CSL) of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) in the Bureau for Global Health (GH) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The CSL Division plays a pivotal role in providing program oversight, policy guidance, and management for Agency programs to provide contraceptives and, as required, other public health commodities used by health programs; and for the Agency’s program of global technical leadership and in-country technical support to improve the performance of in-country supply chains for family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) and other health programs.

 

The Senior Supply Chain Advisor will serve as a senior technical expert in supply chain management and provide technical leadership for continuous improvement in USAID’s global supply chain for FP/RH commodities and to advance high-performing, self-sufficient country supply chains in low and middle-income countries. Work is performed primarily in headquarters, while the Advisor is expected to make periodic trips to support global health programs in developing countries worldwide.

 

This position supports the U. S. Government’s foreign assistance priorities in global health. These call for dedicated attention to ensuring that patients can obtain and use essential health commodities when and where they need them. The Senior Advisor will support the PRH Office’s strategic objective to advance and support voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide, and thereby contribute to the global Family Planning 2020 goal of enabling an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s 69 lowest-income countries to access modern contraception by 2020, and to the Agency’s goal to meet at least 75% of the unmet need for family planning with modern contraceptives by 2030.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

USAID has been the leading bilateral donor in international family planning for more than 40 years – both in terms of financial resources and technical leadership. The PRH Office prioritizes five technical focal areas in order to achieve its strategic objective, including human resources for health, method mix, total market approach, social and behavior change (SBC) and supply chain systems. The supply chain systems focal area is led by the CSL Division. Working with other PRH divisions, USAID offices, and external stakeholders and partners including Ministries of Health, UNFPA, other donors and multilateral agencies, and NGOs, CSL’s mission is to ensure the long-term availability of a range of high-quality FP/RH commodities and other essential health supplies for clients through public and private services. CSL invests in three areas to support its mission:   (1) the procurement, storage, and transport of contraceptives and, as required, other public health commodities used by health programs in low- and middle-income countries, (2) technical assistance to improve the performance and sustainability of in-country supply chains for FP/RH and other health programs, and (3) global technical leadership in these areas.

 

Responsibilities

The Senior Supply Chain Advisor will serve as a senior technical expert in supply chain management. Interventions include strategic design, rigorous monitoring and evaluation through data analysis, application of innovations, and strategic use of resources to ensure the best use of investments to reach desired outcomes. This entails working with USAID Missions, and other donors and partners to improve public and private supply chain systems in developing countries worldwide. The Advisor will be expected to advise on complex and precedent-setting issues, develop consensus for ideas, and move them forward through collaborative networks and consultative decision-making often with multiple health programs (FP/RH, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and maternal and child health) to further CSL, PRH, and Agency goals.

  • Maintain knowledge of the current literature and research to advise USAID and partners for improving health supply chains in low and middle-income countries. Identify and promote best/good practices, and advise on needed research and development for tools and approaches to address persistent challenges in supply chain management for FP/RH program.

  • Provide support to USAID project managers on project performance through monitoring and evaluation of technical interventions.

  • Provide support to select USAID Missions to ensure Division, Office and Bureau objectives are met.

  • Provide senior technical advice for coordination with other organizations (e.g., USG agencies, donors, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, multi-agency coalitions, contraceptive manufacturers, and professional organizations) in approaches and programs with respect to supply chain improvements for FP/RH commodity availability.

  • Attend conferences and meetings for the purpose of professional interchange, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with professional colleagues and institutions.

  • Serve on one or more GH country teams as a resource for implementation planning for Mission health programs, program reviews, and program coordination with external partners.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Unless otherwise noted, all are required qualifications.

 

  • Master’s degree or higher in supply chain management, industrial engineering, business administration, or other relevant field, or at least ten years supply chain management experience in lieu of Master’s degree.
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more areas of specialization such as transport, warehousing, inventory management.
  • Demonstrated capability in supply chain analyses such as network/transport optimization, balanced scorecard creation, and inventory simulation, and a facility to apply these in developing country environments.
  • At least seven years supply chain management experience in public and/or private sectors. Must include experience working to improve supply chains in low- or middle-income countries or other resource-limited settings.
  • Strong analytical skills, with an ability to think logically; derive strategic, executive insights from detailed analysis; use mature, discerning judgment; and promote positive change.
  • Experience in strategic planning and project management, from design through to implementation.
  • Proven ability as an entrepreneurial, self-motivated problem-solver, able to work independently, contribute to and lead teams, and establish effective relationships among a wide range of partners.
  • Strong emotional intelligence, with the ability to listen well and communicate complex concepts to executives as well as entry-level staff.
  • Diplomacy and ease working within an international community and in diverse cultural settings.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Willingness to travel 20-30% internationally.
  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Ability to obtain U.S. Government Secret clearance.

 

The following are preferred:

  • Experience implementing standardized process improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma, and ISO QMS.
  • Experience using tools such as ERP supply chain modules, DSS systems, and statistical packages.
  • Demonstrated understanding and exposure to data management concepts such as master data management, relational databases, SQL queries, structured/unstructured data, etc.
  • Experience with business intelligence tools such as MicroStrategy and Tableau.
  • APICS CSCP certification, PMP certification, or other relevant industry certification.
  • Experience in supply chain management for pharmaceutical and/or medical devices.
  • Experience with U.S. Government- or other donor-funded projects.
  • Experience with Francophone countries.
  • Mastery of a second language of a USAID Family Planning Priority Country, particularly French.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

 

This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

Social Solutions International and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com

Social Solutions and CAMRIS are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.