GHFP Supply Chain Advisor two-year fellowship available. Apply by December 7th

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November 13th, 2012

Global Health Fellows Program II

Technical Advisor I: Supply Chain Advisor

Supply Chain for Health Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

Location: Washington, DC

Assignment: Two year fellowship

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with CDC Development Solutions and Management Systems International. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by developing and increasing the capacity of health professionals with tailored development opportunities. This is accomplished through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels, and performance management and professional development activities aimed to enhance the technical and leadership skills of fellows.


The Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA)is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for the Agency and has primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV/AIDS programs. OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and support to field programs in HIV and AIDS. It provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs. This entails ensuring the technical integrity of Agency and Mission strategies; providing global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; managing numerous research and field support programs; and monitoring and reporting on the impact of the Agency’s HIV/AIDS program.

The Supply Chain for Health (SCH) Division provides strategic and technical leadership on supply chain issues to ensure adequate quantity and quality of essential commodities for people affected by HIV/AIDS and related infections. The Division is responsible for managing a sustainable central procurement and supply chain for HIV commodities. This includes procuring and distributing pharmaceuticals and other commodities needed to provide care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS and related infections; providing technical support and leadership to the field in strengthening partner country capacity to ensure a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable supply chain system; providing technical assistance to support country and regional supply chain programs; coordinating with other US Government Agencies, international organizations, and donors to provide global leadership on supply chain issues; providing rapid response in emergency situations and potential stock-outs; managing the HIV/AIDS Working Capital Fund (WCF); maintaining the Agency Anti-retro viral (ARVs) and Rapid Test Kit (RTKs) approval lists; and administering the “restricted commodities” approval of pharmaceuticals and “clearance” authority on source-origin waivers under ADS 310 and 312 for the Agency;


The Supply Chain Advisor will work as a member of OHA/SCH. The primary responsibilities of the Supply Chain Advisor include:

  • Serving as the principal advisor in OHA/SCH for the monitoring and evaluation of tracking supply chain performance, including the measurement of partner country supply chain capacities
  • Assisting the Contracting Officer’s Representatives with monitoring and evaluation of contractor performance
  • Serving as the principal liaison with other Global Health operating units on supply chain monitoring and evaluation initiatives
  • Collaborating on operations research regarding supply chain performance, including activities related to return on investment, and, best supply chain practices
  • Working with supply chain activity managers, as needed, on issues related to performance management
  • Coordinating activities and information and prioritizing outcomes to meet the needs of OHA/SCH and implementing partners
  • Liaising with USAID Missions, other USAID offices and other US Government agencies to ascertain commodity procurement needs and issues
  • Serving as backstop for procurement issues raised by PEPFAR focus countries and other countries worldwide. Providing relevant feedback to countries in a timely manner
  • Providing input on technical activities; reviewing and approving work plans and contract management reviews
  • Establishing and maintaining close working relationships with the staff of the relevant USAID operating units, implementing partners, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies involved with HIV/AIDS activities

Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on (a) organizational and programming need and/or (b) the Technical Advisor’s own interests.


  • Master’s degree in public health, supply chain management, or a related field
  • 0 – 7 years’ experience in public health or supply chain management with or without experience in an international or resource challenged setting
  • Demonstrated ability in strategic planning and program management and implementation, especially within a developing country or resource challenged context
  • Demonstrated ability with the information management issues related to PEPFAR supply chain systems
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation of international public health programs
  • Demonstrated ability with financial, human resource and organizational management issues related to PEPFAR supply chain systems
  • One to seven years’ experience with USAID and PEPFAR policies and procedures, especially as related to Country Operational Plans (COPs), Program Results submissions and similar documents. Experience in working in resource challenged settings preferred
  • Demonstrated ability with the technical health issues in supply chain issues especially related to PEPFAR specific supply chains
  • Experience with international health organizations’ operations (e.g., WHO, UNAIDS)
  • High level of judgment, maturity, ingenuity and originality to develop strategies, and to analyze, develop, monitor, and evaluate program implementation
  • Ability to work independently with light supervision
  • Ability to recognize areas of weakness and willingness to learn
  • Willingness to travel extensively to developing countries
  • Ability to work within diverse teams
  • Strong interpersonal communication and excellent oral presentation and writing skills
  • US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required


Salary will be based on commensurate experience and earnings history. The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including professional development programs 


All applicants are required to apply for this position through GHFP-II’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to store your CV, profile and bio data form in our database. A separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time December 7, 2012.