Supply Chain Associate

Country
Liberia
City
Monrovia
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Country Teams

Overview

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.

 

CHAI Liberia Overview

 

In 2006, CHAI was the first international NGO to help Liberia’s government rebuild after a decade-long civil war in Liberia had killed an estimated 270,000 people, decimated the nations’ health infrastructure and hindered the country’s ability to deliver vital health and social services. The partnership between Liberia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and CHAI evolved from being HIV specific to addressing key healthcare challenges ranging from supply chain management, health workforce, and health financing, across various vertical programs including HIV, Maternal and Neonatal Health and Malaria. To date, the CHAI Liberia office has since helped the government achieve a nine-fold increase in HIV care and treatment and more than doubled access to a basic package of health care services.

 

Commencing in January 2018, CHAI Liberia will be initiating a Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) program to address some of the country’s more significant challenges. Liberia has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, and it has nearly doubled over the last two decades. The percentage of women using modern contraceptives remains low and women continue to have an unmet need for family planning. To address these challenges, CHAI will partner with the Liberian MOH’s Family Health Division (FHD) at the national level and with deeper engagement in seven target counties (Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Grand Kru, Rivercess, River Gee, Montserrado and Sinoe).

 

The Supply Chain Associate will be responsible to provide support in improving and strengthening the supply chain for family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) commodities, including LARC and MVA equipment, at the national, community, facility, and county-level. The Associate will undertake the necessary assessments in the seven priorities counties to determine opportunities for supply chain strengthening and contribute to the design and implementation of sustainable supply chain systems, and may work to introduce new commodities as indicated by needs assessments. S/he will work closely with the Supply Chain Management Unit within the MoH and the National other members of the CHAI Liberia SRH Team. S/he will also collaborate regularly with CHAI’s Global SRH Team, Global Markets Team, as well as external partners, the MOH, County Health Teams, and individual health facilities. The Associate will report directly to CHAI Liberia’s Deputy Country Director. The Associate will be based in Monrovia and undertake travel to target counties when necessary.

Responsibilities

  • Provide FP/RH commodity and supply chain technical assistance, including but not limited to forecasting supply needs, inventory monitoring and management, and strategy development to meet supply chain needs at the national, county, facility, and community level
  • Lead the development of assessment tools and conduct facility-level assessments to determine availability of commodities (including MVA equipment), supply chain processes, documentation and associated costs
  • Develop detailed implementation plan for supply chain recommendations based on gap analyses and support the implementation process to increase availability of commodities and equipment
  • Develop systems for routine MVA equipment monitoring, replenishment and maintenance at health facilities
  • Understand the current partner landscape in RH/FP commodities procurement and management; cultivate strong positive relationships within the MOH, and with external partners and other stakeholders to effectively coordinate the relevant supply chain activities
  • Represent CHAI at relevant technical working groups and meetings
  • Evaluate current use of LMIS at county- and district-level and provide recommendations for improvement and strengthening of the system and relevant data demand; also assess the use of consumption reporting at the facility-level, and develop and implement recommendations accordingly
  • Expand contraceptives distribution channels for Community Health Assistants
  • Develop a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of the FP/RH commodities
  • Build capacity of central and county staff in supply chain management for contraceptives, which may include facilitating workshops and providing on-the-job training
  • Any other tasks as requested by CHAI Liberia senior management

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and at least 4 years of professional experience in supply chain and logistics management, or Master’s degree and at least 2 years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge of supply chain functions such as forecasting, warehousing, distribution, transportation, procurement, logistics management, and their relevance to overall health systems strengthening
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, planning, and implementing supply chain interventions with verifiable results
  • Experience with or in-depth understanding of last-mile delivery of healthcare commodities
  • Experience with Logistics Management and Information Systems
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills; intermediate/advanced proficiency with MS Excel
  • Strong organization and coordination skills with ability to juggle various moving parts
  • Highly motivated individual with ability to work independently in a fast-pace environment
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to take diplomatic and tactful approach even under high-pressure conditions; experience working in governments preferred
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity
  • Prior experience in West Africa or other low-resource settings required
  • Prior experience in SRH/FP strongly preferred

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