The purpose of the Global Health Supply Chain (GHSC) program Procurement and Supply Management (PSM) project is to ensure the uninterrupted supply of health commodities in support of USG-funded public health initiatives around the world.
The project provides direct procurement and supply chain management support to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and Population and Reproductive Health. In supporting USG-funded global health activities, PSM will develop and manage a wide array of services for health commodity procurement and related systems strengthening technical assistance encompassing different elements of a comprehensive supply chain.
Position: HIV Supply Chain Advisor
At the country level, GHSC-PSM supports country strategies and priorities that fall under the following three project objectives:
- Global Commodity Procurement and Logistics
- Systems Strengthening Technical Assistance
- Global Collaboration to Improve Long-Term Availability of Health Commodities.
Summary of Responsibilities
The HIV Supply Chain Advisor will work alongside both the GHSC-PSM project and the Ministry of Health (MOH) through the Department of HIV/AIDS (DHA) to strengthen HIV-related supply chain management activities. The position will represent the project and provide technical assistance to MOH, support the use of data to monitor and evaluate Malawi’s HIV-related commodity supply chain, and will work to improve data management practices to ensure accountability, transparency, and availability of commodities. This position will also serve as HIV Task Order 1 (TO1) focal point for the project and will ensure that PEPFAR and GHSC-PSM HIV-related guidance are fully integrated in project activities.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide technical support forecasting and quantification of HIV/AIDS commodities, including supply planning by working with DHA and other in-country partners
- Participate in the MOH/DHA quarterly integrated HIV/TB district-based supervision exercises.
- Support DHA in strengthening the HIV program logistics management information system including advocacy for the use of data collected through the different systems.
- Work with GHSC-PSM’s Regional Commodity Logistics Officers and MOH district HIV coordinators to regularly report on stock status of commodities, as well as health facility performance as relates to HIV commodities.
- Work with relevant stakeholders to facilitate transition of clients from NVP based regimes to TLD and DTG 10mg as per updated ART guidelines.
- Provide supply chain technical support for the implementation of multi-month dispensing (MMD) of ARVs to identified clients.
- Work with DHA to enhance coordination between supply chain and clinical partners to improve HIV stock management at site level and facilitate adoption and support implementation of Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP), TB Preventive Therapy (TPT) and Decentralized Drug Distribution (DDD)
- Represent interests of the project and provide guidance on the supply chain impact of HIV programmatic interventions within relevant MOH technical working group (TWG) meetings, task forces, steering committees, monthly supply chain coordinating committee meetings, forecasting and supply planning meetings, and other events where HIV commodity issues are discussed
- Monitorglobal trends, PEPFAR, and GHSC-PSM TO1 communication around HIV activities to ensure GHSC-PSM promotes integration of this knowledge into its supply chain activities
- Prepare regular and ad hoc stock HIV commodities logistics reports including FLARE, TLD shelf life monitoring and other reports.
- Coordinate with and support the MOH DHA in setting VMMC targets, confirming budgets, establishing funding gaps, and supporting national VMMC quantification.
- Provide technical assistance to USG VMMC IPs, liaising closely with the IPs to ensure sufficient availability of VMMC commodities.
- Coordinate and provide technical support to the IPs in forecasting and supply planning for their required VMMC commodities; prepare and share VMMC supply plans with USAID for funding decisions.
- Works closely and in coordination with the PSM director of the project to in the areas of technical assistance to DHA, pipeline monitoring, and procurement of commodities.
- Perform other duties as required and assigned in support of the HIV program in Malawi.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a Pharmacy, Public Health or other relevant area; advanced degree preferred
- Minimum Seven years of experience working in the health system of developing countries, including Four years in supply chain management, performance monitoring and logistics data management at the national level.
- Previous experience in HIV commodity management and familiarity with product lines such ARVs, condom products, VMMC kits and related commodities desirable
- Experience conducting capacity building, on-the-job mentoring and continuous process improvement programs preferred.
- Previous donor-funded field experience (e.g., Global Fund, USAID, DFID, WHO, World Bank, etc.) desired (including long-term overseas positions or extended short-term engagements), preferably in Malawi, or Southern Africa.
- Demonstrated ability to achieve results in dynamic and high-pressure environments.
- Ability to communicate effectively in a cross-cultural environment with multiple stakeholders and partners.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Access, Word, and Excel and familiarity with database and spread sheet queries, formulae, and graphical presentation data.
- Fluency in English and excellent report-writing skills required.
- Proven leadership and organizational skills.
- Demonstrates leadership, versatility, and integrity.
Location and Supervision
This long-term position will be based out of Lilongwe, Malawi and the HIV Supply Chain Advisor will report to the Country Director during the assignment.
How to Apply
An Application letter, a full detailed Curriculum Vitae or Resume with three traceable referees should be sent to:Email: [email protected]
Please indicate the subject line for the position being applied for. Applications are due by 21st November, 2020.