Job vacancy: Senior laboratory commodity advisor

Job vacancy: Senior laboratory commodity advisor
Job vacancy: Senior laboratory commodity advisor


TITLE: Senior Laboratory Commodity Advisor

PROJECT: Global Health Supply Chain - Procurement and Supply Management
 
General Summary and Background

The purpose of the Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project is to ensure uninterrupted supplies 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, Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management 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.
 
At the country level, Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management 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
The Senior Laboratory Commodity Advisor is member of the TO1 team and responsible for providing technical assistance in laboratory, pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical health commodities forecasting, supply planning and procurement on behalf of the project. He/She will be the primary contact with the Global Supply Chain and the laboratory teams at home office to mitigate commodity challenges within the country and adopt procurement best practices.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

General Laboratory supply chain management
  • Lead the development of technical strategies, work plans and the provision of in-country technical assistance in quantification and supply planning, information system and in-country logistic of HIV related laboratory supplies.
  • Serve as focal person for the GHSC-PSM Cameroon Field Office to the Global Health Supply Chain, FASP and Laboratory teams on questions related to the HIV Lab commodities
  • Lead on behalf of GHSC-PSM the provision of technical assistance in the area of laboratory commodity supply chain to the MOH and in collaboration with USG teams and other relevant partners. 
The technical assistance actions include:
  • Supporting in developing/updating Standard Operating Procedures, and assessment, design/operation of the laboratory logistics system.
  • Identifying needs for laboratory logistics trainings and conduct laboratory logistics training workshops and on-the-job trainings.
  • Contributing to supervisory visit, aiming to monitor implementation of supply chain interventions, and to build local capacity in supply chain management of laboratory commodities.
  • Assisting the MoH in monitoring the implementation of equipment maintenance contracts for diagnostic equipment supported with
  • Contribute to the lab diagnostic network regionalization/optimization initiative promoted by the MoH and in collaboration with the USG team.
  • Provide leadership in the development and use of systems for tracking MOH procured shipments of laboratory supplies and their timely delivery to the final destination
  • Participate in the national supply chain coordination framework to provide contributions on issues relating to laboratory products. This in collaboration with the HIV FASP specialist to ensure more effective global support to the MoH on the supply chain of HIV products.
  • Maintain effective collaboration with local representatives of laboratory firms for better followup of reference laboratories and anticipate any delays in supply
  • Support the MoH in developing distribution plan for HIV Lab commodities to reference laboratories with the aim of ensuring uninterrupted supply.
Lab Commodity Supply Planning
  • Provide on behalf of GHSC-PSM the technical assistance to the MoH for the quantification of HIV lab commodities
  • Monitor the national pipelines for all HIV/AIDS commodities to ensure that adequate quantities of required commodities are readily available for distribution, using available tools (QAT, Pipeline, Inventory Tracking Tool, etc.)
  • Submit the quarterly supply plan in QAT on time
  • Build the capacity of the national and regional counterparts in forecasting and supply planning of lab commodities
  • Coordinate closely with the GHSC-PSM Procurement specialist and all partners to trigger rational and timely procurement of Lab related commodities and the tracking of the level of implementation of lab-related commodity funds.
Information Management and Sharing
  • Monitor reporting and aggregation of periodic logistics reports from reference laboratories
  • Perform the necessary analysis on the data collected to inform various meetings and reports (COP, 4-corners, iPOART, etc.) and alert stakeholders to risks in the lab supply chain
  • Maintain a repository of lab logistics data and other documentation that can be used by the GHSC-PSM office at any time in support of the MOH.
  • Prepare and present technical presentations as necessary.
Others
  • Conduct staff capacity building actions in the context of developing solid and long-lasting competences of other staff within the team for the sustainability of the Lab supply chain portfolio.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Country Director or his Deputy
Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Master's in Biological/Laboratory Sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, supply chain management, public health, or related field required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • At least seven years of experience HIV/AIDS commodities supply chain management
  • Proven ability to supervise and mentor technical staff
  • Proven ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience working with a range of partners and clients especially the MOH, INGO, USG to strengthen laboratory networks and access to testing.
  • A demonstrated track record in assessing laboratory quality of service delivery as part of technical assistance for laboratory systems strengthening.
  • Proven ability to take a leadership role to accomplish project goals
  • Significant experience with LMIS
  • Ability to analyze and use data and prepare a range of technical and management reports and for the improvement of laboratory programs.
  • Strong training development and presentation skills
  • Fluency in French and/ English
Working Conditions/Duration of Assignment

This is a long-term position for the life of the contract based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. This position does not attract any relocation allowances for the successful candidate.

Application Instructions: 

Please send electronic submissions of your CV, Cover Letter, and academic credentials by filling out the application using the link. USAID GHSC-PSM Senior Lab and Commodity Advisor (smartsheet.com)  

Submission of applications close on March 9, 2022, COB. No telephone inquiries please. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.
 
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