Supply Chain Advisor with the Global Health Fellows Program-II

in Fellowships, Practicum/Internships
April 22nd, 2014

Global Health Fellows Program II

Technical Advisor II: Supply Chain Advisor

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

Location: Washington, DC

Assignment: Two year fellowship

GHFP-II-P3-106

 

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. 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 addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

 

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.

 

BACKGROUND:

USAID has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of the US Government (USG) response in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The Agency has funded over $6 billion in HIV/AIDS programs in nearly 100 countries worldwide since inception of its international HIV/AIDS program in 1986. The Agency is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment ever by any nation for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease.

 

To effectively implement PEPFAR, USAID’s Supply Chain of Health (SCH) Division under the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) has established and is operating a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable supply chain to procure and distribute pharmaceuticals and other commodities needed to provide care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS and related infections. This supply chain is being provided under the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) Project as an activity under PEPFAR.

 

INTRODUCTION:

The Supply Chain Advisor will serve as a public health advisor on a sustainable supply chain to procure and distribute pharmaceuticals and other commodities needed to provide care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS and related infections, and to advise on program priorities and budgets. S/he will play an important role in ensuring that the USG’s investment in the fight against HIV/AIDS is being used effectively and efficiently. 

 

The Supply Chain Advisor will receive day to day guidance from the SCH Division Chief.

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The primary responsibilities of the Supply Chain Advisor include:

  • Serving as a subject matter expert in supply chain management issues in areas such as management storage and distribution, performance management, and healthcare waste management, and serving as point of contact for the Division in these technical areas.
  • Serving as a member of the Country Support team in SCH, which is responsible for backstopping countries and organizations on the full range of PEPFAR issues.
  • Providing technical guidance and management support to in-country USG teams (i.e., Haiti, Namibia, Rwanda, and Vietnam) and contributing to the development of new project management tools and processes to improve USG oversight of the SCMS project.
  • Supporting Contracting Officer’s Representatives to improve project and contract management for the SCMS contract and other supply chain procurements through refined tools, strategies, and processes.
  • Serving as an Activity Manager for specific projects and activities as assigned and providing technical direction, budget development and review, and project management.
  • Contributing guidance to internal technical and advisory groups (e.g., the Sustainability Technical Advisory Group).
  • Establishing and maintaining productive relationships with staff of 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.

Training and Professional Development:

  • Keeping abreast of the latest development and literature in supply chain management.
  • Deepening knowledge of the procurement and distribution of pharmaceuticals and other commodities as it relates to HIV/AIDS activities within PEPFAR.
  • Participating in interagency working groups and professional meetings in Supply Chain Management.
  • Participate in professional continuing education and skills training within the purview of GHFP-II.

 

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

 

International travel approximately 25% each year.

 

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, sociology or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in logistics, laboratory procurement, with preference in an HIV/AIDS context, with at least 2 years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
  • Experience working with USAID, PEPFAR or other USG policies and procedures desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the technical issues that arise in health commodity procurement and issues related to PEPFAR specific procurement.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across and between large organizations and cross-culturally with diverse teams.
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with light supervision.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

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

 

TO APPLY:

All applicants are required to apply for this position through GHFP-II’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghfp.net/recruitment/, 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 on April 25, 2014.

 

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