Technical Advisor I: Supply Chain Advisor
Public Health Institute - Washington, DC

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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

GHFP II-P2-055

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.

LINTRODUCTION:
The Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for the Agency and has primary responsibility for the Agencys 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 Agencys 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;

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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 Officers 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 Advisors own interests.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:
Masters 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 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 http://www.ghfp.net/docs/2012_Benefits_Booklet_GHFP.pdf

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