Operating in a challenging and dynamic environment and in close cooperation with the US Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Department of Defense (DOD), US Peace Corps, and the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), USAID / Zambia has one of the largest Mission programs in Africa.
The country is a focus, priority, pilot or emphasis country for nearly every US health initiative, as well as a number of international and multilateral initiatives.
With the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) contributing nearly $306 million each year, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) contributing $25 million and other health activities a further $25 million, the USAID / Zambia portion of the health and HIV / AIDS program is extremely robust.
The overall USAID / Zambia program is implemented by over 100 staff assigned to five technical offices, bolstered by four support offices.
The Health Team, comprised of 18 staff, supports a multifaceted program addressing maternal and child health (MCH), reproductive health / family planning (RH / FP), infectious diseases (HIV / AIDS, TB and malaria), health systems strengthening and human resources issues.
Three approaches guide the overall program of improving health status of Zambians : Strengthening Health Systems and Accountability, Improving Health Service Delivery, and Improving Community Health Practices.
Success is measured by achieving progress towards an AIDS free generation, making strategic investments in women, saving mothers and ending preventable childhood death.
The Health Team works closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Medical Stores Limited (MSL), and other cooperating partners (donors) and ministries in support of the National Health Strategic Plan and the National HIV / TB / STI Council (NAC) as it manages implementation of the National HIV / AIDS Strategic Framework.
The Health Team also collaborates with the multisectoral HIV / AIDS, Education, Economic Growth and Democracy and Governance teams to implement integrated health programs across multiple sectors.
A key objective of the US Mission in Zambia is to support the GRZ in achieving Millennium Development Goals and other health objectives by reducing maternal and child mortality through an integrated package of primary health care services, supporting voluntary use of family planning, supporting treatment expansion for and prevention of HIV / AIDS, improving access to TB treatment services, increasing maternal and child survival, and preventing and treating malaria.
To respond to these objectives, the USAID / Zambia’s Health Team manages and receives funding contributing to multiple presidential initiatives and priority health interventions, including the PEPFAR, PMI and Feed the Future.
It is a Global Health Initiative (GHI) country and focuses on systems strengthening, maternal and neonatal and child health, governance and management capacity.
Availability and access to priority health commodities and strengthening the pharmaceutical sector are integral to the United States Government (USG), USG programs, and the GRZ for achieving these objectives.
The Health Procurement and Supply Chain Advisor will be based in Lusaka Zambia.
In line with the USAID / Zambia strategy and results framework for the supply chain and commodity sector, USAID will strengthen and expand supply chain support to improve efficiencies working in partnership with the MOH and MSL.
As part of the Supply Chain Strengthening Team on the Health Systems Strengthening Division, the Health Procurement and Supply Chain Systems Advisor (Advisor) will coordinate across USG agencies to strengthen and support the health commodities sector.
S / he is an essential advisor to the Health Team and GRZ, providing technical expertise relevant to USAID programs, and helping to guide the USG’s overall approach and strategy for supply chain issues.
The Advisor, in collaboration with the Senior Supply Chain Advisor, advises USAID and other USG agencies on matters of commodity supply including equipment, procurement planning, pipeline management and commodity distribution.
The Advisor provides interface with senior officials in the GRZ, such as within the MOH or MSL, to resolve issues and ensure efficiencies in the supply chain system.
The Advisor will work closely and collaboratively with key stakeholders in the supply chain system, offering technical guidance as needed and appropriate and providing transparency and coordination for US support to the supply chain system and electronic commodity management system.
In addition, the Advisor will work closely with key donor partners in the health and supply chain sector, including Department for International Development (DFID), European Union, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, World Bank and the Global Fund for HIV / AIDS, Malaria and TB, as well as other stakeholders.
The ultimate goal of the Advisor’s work is to support the USG strategic plan for the pharmaceutical sector. Anticipated results include :
Strengthened public sector medical / supply and commodity procurement capacity
Improved use of medicines and more effective pharmaceutical services
Strengthened GRZ strategic planning and management capacity
Improved availability of commodities including equipment at facility level
Improved logistics management information systems
The Advisor will focus on technical guidance to USAID and its partners, the broader US Mission in Zambia and to the GRZ on priority supply chain and health commodity issues.
Commodity supply, including equipment, procurement planning and pipeline planning are critical components of the Zambian health system, rendering the position critical to the success of USG health assistance provided to Zambia through USAID, CDC, State Department, DOD and Peace Corps.
S / he will receive technical guidance from the Supply Chain Advisor, and general guidance from the Deputy Health Office Chief who will serve as his / her point of contact.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities :
The Health Procurement and Supply Chain Advisor will be responsible for
TECHNICAL GUIDANCE AND ADVOCACY IN HEALTH COMMODITY AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND HEALTH SYSTEMS
g., TB Control programs, Laboratory Unit and RH and MCH unit).
provide technical input for the development of Performance Monitoring Plans; review and make recommendations for the implementing partners’ annual work plans and budgets.
MULTIAGENCY COORDINATION AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS IN SUPPLY CHAIN AND HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING
Coordinating and / or supporting commodity procurement, technical assistance for systems reform, and other related support with other donor agencies through the cooperating partner’s forum and / or SWAP.
Minimum Qualification Requirements Master’s degree with 5+ years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of relevant experience in a relevant field including pharmacy, logistics and supply chain management, leadership and strategic management, business administration, public health, or related degree.
Progressively responsible and extensive professional experience working in the health or international development field, with three (3) years’ experience in an International or resource challenged setting, preferably Zambia or a similar developing country.
job duties / responsibilities specifically related to SOW requirements.
Experience with management of activities for laboratory, pharmaceutical and public health supply chain; including designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating activities in the delivery of supply chain and pharmaceutical management programs.
Relevant experience in the following areas :
o Design and project management of programs to build national systems capacity required.
o Procurement and supply chain management, or other relevant pharmacy or health commodities logistics sector.
o Working with priority health programs (HIV, TB or malaria), as well as supply chain and pharmaceutical management systems specific to HIV, TB and / or malaria.
Thorough knowledge in :
o Technical and programmatic approaches in public health sector procurement and supply management required, including all aspects of supply chain and its role in health sector programming.
o Procurement and supply management as it relates to and interacts with health systems strengthening approaches is required.
This includes knowledge of procurement planning, pipeline monitoring, quantification, forecasting, warehousing, distribution, information management, district capacity-building, and commodity procurement practice.
o Concepts, principles, techniques, and practices of health policies and programs in sub-Saharan African countries.
o Priority health program areas, in particular managing commodities i.e., laboratory reagents, lab equipment, quality control programs, MC kits, HIV test kits, nutrition commodities and TB commodities.
o Zambia’s economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics, and the history of development assistance, in particular as it relates to health programs in Zambia, including current trends and directions.
o In-depth understanding of HIV / AIDS issues affecting less-developed countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as an exceptional ability to translate knowledge into practice for resource limited settings.
o In-depth understanding of the issues affecting US Government HIV / AIDS programs, both bilateral and multilateral, as well as recognized internal decision-making structures / processes.