Senior Associate, Supply Chain and Financing JOB

Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative

Closing date: 11 Jul 2018

Clinton Health Access Initiative Overview:

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

Program Background:

In 2007, CHAI signed an MOU with the government of Uganda to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and strengthen health systems. Since then, CHAI has worked hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health to increase access to lifesaving pediatric HIV treatment; coordinate with private sector suppliers to lower costs and expand access to malaria drugs; improve HIV diagnostic testing capacity at national and facility level; introduce a new severe malaria drug which will save thousands of lives annually; and many other initiatives. Currently, CHAI Uganda supports the Ministry of Health in multiple areas including HIV, malaria, childhood illnesses, Immunization, laboratory systems and drug logistics.

CHAI Uganda’s HIV program partners with the Ministry of Health to strengthen management systems through strategic planning and execution, increase access to optimal medicines and technologies, facilitate the development and scale up of resilient health service delivery models and information systems as well as identify sustainable financing mechanisms for the HIV/AIDS response in the country.

Position Description:

The Senior Associate – Supply Chain and Financing will provide technical support to Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Medical Stores to ensure access to medicines for people affected by HIV and other infectious diseases. In close collaboration with the MOH and other development and NGO partners, s/he will support efforts to optimize Uganda’s HIV drug product mix, identify and mitigate supply chain bottlenecks, and improve the drug quantification and forecasting process. The Senior Associate will also support the Ministry of Health to strengthen the drug management systems at facilities. In addition to this, s/he will provide technical support to the Uganda AIDS Commission for the design and implementation of mechanisms/strategies for sustainable domestic financing of the HIV/AIDS response in Uganda.

S/he will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks, from quantitative analysis, and leading stakeholder meetings to gaining consensus on proposed recommendations. The Senior Associate must become quickly well-versed with the costs, efficacy and side effects of diverse drug regimens and formulations and must be able to navigate politics and build relationships at every level.

  • Support national quantifications efforts, including pipeline planning, commodity gap analyses, and continuous monitoring of the funding for HIV Commodities and associated lab commodities
  • Identify supply chain bottlenecks through comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis, including field research and developing contingency mechanisms
  • Provide Ministry of Health Pharmacy Division and National Medical Stores with applied analytics support for decision making, including scenario modeling, cost-benefit analyses, and any other quantitative support required
  • Support the preparation of key reports to the Ministry of Health, National Medical Stores and development partners and other key stakeholders in the health commodities supply chain.
  • Coordinate information sharing and joint supply planning between the 4 major warehouses in Uganda
  • Work with Ministry of Health Pharmacy Division, Warehouses, Implementing Partners and National Drug Authority to introduce and roll out more optimal ARV medicines and technologies
  • Coordinate trainings and Continuous Medical Educations on new/more optimal formulations and updated guidelines
  • Work with Ministry of Health Pharmacy Division and National Medical Stores to improve Logistics coordination amongst lower level facilities, Implementing partners and District Health Teams.
  • Support Uganda AIDS Commission to develop and implement domestic resource mobilization strategies and track resources for the HIV/AIDS response
  • Perform any other duties assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree in a health related field such as Pharmacy, Medicine or Business studies
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in health commodities management, public health, business, management consulting, finance or a related field
  • Advanced proficiency in computer packages such as MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent analytical (qualitative and quantitative) and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Practical project management experience
  • Experience in complex problem solving and stakeholder relationship management

Advantages:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Economics, Business or related field
  • Experience working in Africa and/or developing countries
  • Experience with Quantimed

Key Competences:

  • Guides subset of program development across related project areas
  • Advises on effectiveness of program, systems or procedures
  • Recommends initiatives and priorities within a defined program area
  • Flexible in achieving work objectives as necessary
  • Able to work independently with minimal oversight
  • Coordinates and establishes credibility with internal and department head level external stakeholders

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