Coordinator for COVID 19 Vaccines Supply Management

at Chemonics International Inc
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted October 7, 2021
Category Health Care / Medical
Logistics
Transport
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB

Description

Vacancy Announcement

Chemonics International seeks experienced professionals for the USAID-funded Global Health Supply Chain - Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. GHSC-PSM Ethiopia will serve as the primary vehicle through which USAID will procure and furnish health commodities, provide technical assistance to improve the country’s management of the supply chain, and collaborate with key international stakeholders to support global and local health initiatives.

The Coordinator for COVID 19 Vaccines Supply Management will be responsible for providing technical support on the effective design and implementation of vaccines supply management and safety monitoring guides and tools. In addition, the coordinator will be responsible in coordinating different stakeholders at national and subnational levels including making sure that all government employees involved in this issue are well trained on implementation tools.

Coordinator for COVID 19 Vaccines Supply Management

The Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management Ethiopia

Background

The purpose of the Global Health Supply Chain– Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Program is to ensure uninterrupted supplies of health commodities in support of United States Government (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), President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and Population and Reproductive Health. In supporting USG-funded global health activities, GHSC-PSM 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, GHSC-PSM supports country strategies and priorities that fall under the following three project objectives:

  • Global Commodity Procurement and Logistics
  • Systems Strengthening Technical Assistance
  • Global and local collaboration to improve availability of health commodities

Purpose

The Coordinator for COVID 19 Vaccines Supply Management will be responsible for providing technical support on the effective design and implementation of vaccines supply management and safety monitoring guides and tools. In addition, the coordinator will be responsible in coordinating different stakeholders at national and subnational levels including making sure that all government employees involved in this issue are well trained on implementation tools.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The coordinator is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Attend and coordinate meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Health and Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA) and Ethiopian Pharmaceuticals and Supply Agency (EPSA) and Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs), USAID, GHSC-PSM and other implementing partners; with the aim of creating resource leverage, obtaining up-to-date information and on time problem solving.
  • Review existing regulatory documentation on cold chain storage, distribution, and records, capacity, investment plans, and limitations.
  • Conduct in-country and virtual interviews for detailed information on the current logistical situation of COVID-19 vaccination logistics.
  • Prepare a complete report with the results of the rapid assessment to be carried out for the capacity and storage conditions of vaccines. The report should include, but is not limited to, storage and distribution capacity calculations, process and recording of logistics information and temperatures, as well as recommendations for actions to be implemented, in the short and medium term, with a specific schedule, responsible and expected results.
  • Provide support in technical decisions and discussions around strengthening the capacity and visibility of information systems, for logistics management, inventories and temperatures.
  • Provide support in technical decisions for the logistics of inputs for mass vaccination campaigns.
  • Provide support on capacity building interventions at different levels of the health systems to ensure safe management of the different COVID 19 vaccines types across the supply chain
  • Provide TA on tracking proper storage, inventory levels, and stockout risk analysis to make timely supply chain decisions.
  • Support EPSA and MOH in developing both vaccines deployment and distribution plan
  • Engage MOH vaccines team on improving COVID 19 vaccines pharmacovigilance surveillance systems and processes for safe use of these vaccines
  • Provide regular performance updates on weekly, monthly and quarterly basis

Level of Effort and Location

  • The position will work six days in a week be based at MOH and EPSA three days for each in a week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Supervision

  • The Coordinator will technically report to MOH, EPSA and administratively to GHSC-PSM HSS Director.

Number of Position One

Duration of assignment October 25, 2021 to September 30, 2022

Job Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in pharmacy, supply chain or related fields; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience in COVID 19 pandemic response from supply chain perspectives, safety monitoring and cold chain management; USAID experience preferred.
  • Significant experience in the country’s public health supply chain management and regulatory systems its regulations.
  • Proven experience in providing technical assistance to public health supply chain strengthening activities as well as drug safety monitoring
  • Proven experience in cold chain processes, storage and distribution with pharmaceuticals and/or vaccines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with partners in implementing complex programs.
  • Skilled in actively working in high-performing teams and independently deliver expected result
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Fluency in English required.
  • Has certificate of completion in COVID 19 vaccines supply management
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Availability to travel within the country, conduct field activities and provide remote technical assistance.

 

Applying Instructions

To apply, please use the following link to submit your application: PSMEthiopiaRecruit@ghsc-psm.org  Please specify the position title as the subject line in your application through and submit . No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted. Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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