Manager – Supply Chain Finance

April 11, 2018

Job Title: Manager – Supply Chain Finance
Job Location: Africa Regional

VillageReach is an NGO that develops solutions to critical health system challenges in low-resource environments, with an emphasis on strengthening the “last mile” of healthcare delivery. VillageReach combines expertise across public health, technology, and business to bring life-saving innovation – new systems, programs and technologies – to scale and sustainability in the world’s most underserved communities. VillageReach is headquartered in Seattle, WA with offices located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique.

VillageReach seeks a Manager – Supply Chain Finance to provide costing and budgeting expertise on a number of supply chain initiatives, with a focus on transport, warehousing and management related costs. The Manager – Supply Chain Finance will play a key role in identifying public health supply chain improvement opportunities by developing and applying approaches and tools to assess and manage supply chain costs and associated budgets. The manager will work with VillageReach staff in multiple country offices, as well as with global, regional and country partners and donors. The successful candidate will be a person motivated by mission, by a highly dynamic and entrepreneurial environment, and by the understanding that his or her contribution can and will impact the success of VillageReach. Preference will be given to applicants who live and are qualified to work in one of the following locations: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania or South Africa. This position reports to the Director and Group Lead, Private Sector Engagement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
• Lead the development and implementation of a first-in-kind multi-country vaccine supply chain cost benchmarking study. Activities include, but are not limited to, benchmark scoping, study design, tool development, data collection, database management, analysis, visualization and reporting;
• Manage the supply chain cost database;
• Lead development and implementation of supply chain costing and budgeting methodologies, models and tools;
• Support supply chain costing and budgeting efforts as part of scaling current VillageReach innovations (e.g. drones for health, health hotlines, etc.) and investing in new opportunities;
• Work with Private Sector Engagement Director to enhance existing and future private sector partnerships through business case analysis.

The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.
• Personal Motivation and Drive: Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization
• Collaboration & Effective Communication: Establishes and maintains effective relations with coworkers, partners & stakeholders and external parties; works collaboratively with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives; works actively to resolve conflicts; expresses ideas and thoughts effectively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods and maintains meaningful communication with virtual coworkers and other parties to keep them informed
• Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach
• Commitment to Excellence: Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach
• Solution Orientation & Innovation: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
If relevant, the successful individual will carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; monitoring performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education & Experience:
• A Master’s degree in supply chain management, business related field, or public health finance or an equivalent combination of education and work experience is required;
• A minimum of 5 years of experience working in supply chain finance and operations with a focus on driving performance improvement; experience in global health or international development a plus;
• Experience in supply chain costing in an international environment is essential; previous experience in quantitative performance benchmarking and budgeting is a plus;
• Knowledge and interest in analysis, analytical skills (both qualitative and quantitative), and excellent computer skills are essential. Expertise in data visualization tools such as Tableau is a plus;
• Experience in identifying and recommending creative solutions to a diverse group of stakeholders;
• Strong communication and cross-cultural management skills with experience working with government officials;

Other Qualifications:
• Established cultural competency in partnering with culturally, racially and linguistically diverse groups;
• Energy, intelligence, diplomacy, sound practical judgment and the ability to work independently without supervision and under pressure with great attention to detail.
• Passion for the mission of VillageReach, including strong commitment to global health, and a belief in the role of private sector solutions to public health systems;
• Demonstrated understanding of challenges with working in rural, underserved and low-income context; experience living in and/or working in a low-income country a plus;
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and comfortable in a fast-paced technical environment;
• Eligible to work in one of the following locations: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania or South Africa;
• Native-level English; professional or bi-lingual French or Portuguese is a plus;
• Ability to travel internationally, up to 20% of the time.

Environment and Physical Demands:
VillageReach has no private offices. Employees work in a shared, open environment with task and conference rooms accessible to employees for privacy and meetings. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until April 27th at 4pm PST. To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter [plus any other desired materials] to our online portal:

VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. We believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align our values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.

Director of Supply Chain, Health System Southern Haiti

April 9, 2018

Director of Supply Chain Position in Haiti

Job Summary:

You will plan, manage, and provide technical and operational oversight of all supply chain activities — including procurement, logistics, transportation, customs clearance and warehousing – to ensure effective and efficient delivery of medications and supplies to our health programs in Southern Haiti. Your knowledge and experience will allow you to anticipate and manage supply chain needs and challenges, and introduce improvement solutions, as you apply the principles of stewardship, integrity, transparency, cost-effectiveness and accountability.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with direct reports and programming leads to strengthen the pipeline and supply chain management plan. Manage the determination of procurement and logistics service requirements, desired specifications and delivery schedules, and how sourcing strategies are defined, ensuring proper coordination and communication.
  • Ensure accountability and transparency of all supply chain operations in compliance with donor regulations, and international and local standards and requirements.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports. Monitor and assess performance to ensure adequate capacity for successful support of high quality programming.
  • Lead design and implementation of a strategic sourcing and procurement process to identify, assess, select and contract suppliers that will deliver the maximum value for money to the organization. In close coordination with the procurement team oversee relationships with key suppliers and assess supplier performance.
  • Manage logistical infrastructure, storage facilities and transportation resources. Oversee application of systems and procedures for inventory and commodity transportation, warehousing, and distribution, as well as for vehicle management to ensure proper handling and safeguarding of assets. Ensure related safety and security protocols are implemented.
  • Work with leadership team to identify an effective inventory and forecasting software system
  • Oversee inventory control and the management of comprehensive goods tracking and record keeping systems throughout the whole supply chain cycle, from time of request until time of delivery. Ensure timely preparation and submission of various reports.
  • Create and maintain the proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for the sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to small deficiencies. Provide capacity strengthening guidance, which includes cross-departmental learning.
  • Serve as the primary representative hospital in relevant commodity related meetings..

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain or other relevant degree required. Master’s Degree in Supply Chain, other relevant Master’s strongly, or equivalent experience strongly preferred. Professional certification(s) in supply chain a plus.
  • Minimum of 5 year’s work experience in supply chain/logistics/procurement management with progressive responsibilities, preferably with relief supply chain management.
  • Knowledge of and experience with various public donors’ regulations. Understanding of the Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR), WHO regulations and Generally Accepted Commodity Accountability Principles (GACAP).
  • Knowledge of national and international import/export legislation and common customs regulations.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Manage medical supplies and related expenses in order to meet budget and financial goals
  • Work with finance to produce reliable inputs for financial reporting systems as well as in the assistance of physical inventories and improvement of internal controls

Required/Desired Foreign Language

  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English and French (and/or Haitian Creole)

Please send resumes to Robin Joyner






Logistics Assistant at World Health Organization (WHO), Abuja, Nigeria.

March 22, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO) is an organization whose goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.

WHO seeks to employ a Logistics Assistant for the EPI programme. The objective of the EPI programme is to support national authorities to provide high quality immunization services that will contribute to (a) the reduction of mortality, morbidity and disability from vaccine preventable diseases through the optimum use of available and new vaccines and (b) the strengthening of national health systems as well as efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals

 The Logistics Assistant will:

  • Maintain an up to date record of all EPI fixed assets and attractive items.
  • Supervise physical verification of fixed assets and generate collated quarterly reports from zonal logistics assistants.
  • Provide guidance on handling of non-functional equipment and assist with arrangements for proper disposal.
  • Generate annual fixed assets movement cards based on the WHO e-manual
  • Liaise regularly with zonal and state offices to monitor operations activities and report on vehicle, staff movement, facilities maintenance and security related matters from zones.

The Logistics Officer will work under the overall supervision of the Operations Officer and the functional guidance of the Technical Officer for Operations.

Please click here for details and apply by April 2, 2018

Quantification and supply planning specialist GHSCO, Angola

March 19, 2018

Chemonics seeks a quantification and supply planning specialist for the ongoing USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC- PSM) project in Angola. GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which USAID provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the health commodities supply chain and collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives.

The quantification and supply planning specialist will forecast and quantify GHSC-PSM Angola activities, including training, reporting, reviewing existing protocols, developing and implementing new tools and protocols, and monitoring and evaluating improvement of related processes. The project will continue to spearhead quantification and forecasting working groups and supply planning for HIV/AIDs, reproductive health, and malaria national programs to improve needs-based forecasting using best practice methodology and Quantimed software. GHSC-PSM’s continued coordination of regular meetings and ensuring that representatives of the technical working group support forecasting efforts are paramount for assuring commodity requirements are accurately and consistently updated. These forecasts will then be used to inform supply planning and coordination with the Ministry of Health and partners. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Please click here for job description and apply by April 27, 2018


Vacancies at Malaria Consortium, Nigeria.

March 15, 2018

Established in 2003, Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable populations. We have increasingly found our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with similar public health interventions for greater impact and have therefore expanded our remit to include child health and neglected tropical disease interventions.

Malaria Consortium is recruiting for the following positions:

Logistics Officer 

Senior Procurement

Supply Chain Specialist 

Please click the job title for more details and apply.

Supply Chain Manager Global Fund at CRS, Brazzaville/DRC

March 13, 2018

Catholic Relief Services is a humanitarian aid organization which helps the poor and vulnerable overseas by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies.

The supply chain manager will plan, manage, and provide technical and operational oversight of all supply chain activities — including procurement, logistics, transportation, and warehousing – to ensure effective and efficient delivery of goods to the poor and vulnerable. Be able to anticipate and manage supply chain needs and challenges, and introduce improvement solutions, while applying the principles of stewardship, integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Please see job description here and apply

Supply Chain Officer – Sourcing and Compliance at PIH, Boston

March 6, 2018

The Supply Chain Officer will have responsibilities across all functional areas of supply chain, including sourcing, planning and ordering, logistics, and systems. The Supply Chain Officer will manage the sourcing and compliance function within the supply chain team, which includes managing vendor relationships and contracts, working with clinical and program teams to manage global product formularies, and supporting the development team in identifying partnership needs.

The role will also include managing, auditing, and improving global supply chain funding and regulatory compliance and the design of supply chain plans for new restricted funding projects. Responsibilities also include building the capacity of our international supply chain and pharmacy teams, implementing systems and processes, and managing junior staff. The Officer will also provide support to other functional areas within supply chain as needed. They must be comfortable representing the supply chain team both internally and externally to donors, vendors, and other partners with importance to the organization, and will support and contribute to broader organizational projects, including proposal development, grant reporting, budget creation, and systems design.

Please see job description here 

Supply Chain Management Consultancy at UMMS, Liberia

February 27, 2018

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is seeking a Medical Supply Chain Management Consultant to support a health systems strengthening project entitled, “Sustained Strengthening of Public Health Laboratory, Transfusion Services, and Health Care Worker Infection Control Practices for Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.”

The focus of this consultancy is to provide support to the MOH and NPHIL to fill-in the existing gap in laboratory, blood safety and IPC supply chain management by preparing a SWOT analysis with specific recommendations for sustainability following the ISO-15189 standards. Recommendations should include, but are not limited to, a plan for integration into the national MOH SCMU, a mechanism for centralized coordination with partners, national-level yearly forecasting tools (including forecasts) for supplies and reagents for MOH-selected tests, as well as preventive maintenance schedules for lab, blood safety and IPC support equipment, given the existing capacity in country.

Key activities include:
1.      Review National SCM policy and sustainability framework
2.      Develop laboratory, blood safety and IPC quantification tools
3.      Conduct national-level yearly reagents and supplies quantification for MOH/NPHIL-selected IDSR and blood safety tests
4.      Develop a national equipment preventive maintenance and service plan for laboratory and blood safety equipment
5.      Deliver SCM training of trainers with a focus on laboratory, blood safety and IPC

The SCM Consultant will report directly to the project Program Director and the PI or designee.  The engagement will span an 18 month period and will involve approximately 180 days of total effort, including 120 days in Liberia.

Please contact to request a copy of the full TOR before March 15, 2018.  Applications are due by March 30, 2018.

Supply Chain Manager at ACF, Nigeria

February 23, 2018

Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organization committed to saving the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger.

The supply chain manager will be responsible for the Supply Chain Management of all procurement activities whilst ensuring full compliance with Action Against Hunger and donor procedures. The successful candidate will:

  • Ensure Logistics Supply Chain, review and prepare all documentation during the procurement process, and manage the Supply team.
  • Negotiate supplier framework agreements and contracts.
  • Ensure quality & quantity control of deliveries
  • Compile and submit timely reports

Please click here for job description and apply by March 7, 2018

Pharmacy Advisor at IRC, New York

February 22, 2018

Background/IRC Summary:  Health programs represent the largest single sector within which IRC currently operates, constituting approximately 45% of the international budget and with activities in 22 countries. IRC health programs worldwide provide drugs, medical and surgical equipment, and disposables to health facilities managed by the Ministry of Health or nongovernmental organizations.  IRC is also engaged in direct provision of health care to beneficiaries where needed.  Thus, procurement and rationale use of drugs, medical equipment, instruments and disposables are necessary and high cost activities for IRC health programs.

IRC Health Unit contributes to the effectiveness and comprehensiveness of IRC health programs through technical support, staff development, and institutional learning.  IRC Global Supply Chain provides operational support for pharmaceutical supply chain needs of IRC country programs, including comprehensive support for international procurement and guidelines for local procurement of pharmaceuticals.  The two units work together to ensure that pharmaceuticals for IRC health programs are selected in accordance with the essential drug lists, good quality products are procured in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost, pharmaceuticals are stored and distributed appropriately, stock out and wastage are minimized, and pharmaceuticals are used rationally by the providers and patients.

Job Overview/Summary: The Pharmacy Advisor will act as focal point for all drug management issues except procurement, and provide drug management related technical assistance to country health programs, including training of relevant staff.

Job Requirements:

Education: Degree in Pharmacy; Master in Public Health and/or training in pharmaceutical supply chain is a plus
Work Experience: At least five years’ experience in drug management/medical logistics/ pharmaceutical supply chain, with progressive increase in responsibilities
Field Experience: At least one year field experience in humanitarian setting
Team work: Able to work with remote and multi-disciplinary teams
Communication Skills: Excellence in writing and presentation
Training Skills: Able to transfer technical knowledge and skills
Language Skills:  English proficiency is a must; French and/or Arabic a big plus
Travel Requirement: 30 – 40% of the time

Please click here for job description.