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Tue, 27/02/2018 - 12:15

Chemonics International seeks a Country Director for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) in Sierra Leone which will be the primary vehicle through which USAID 1) procures and provides health commodities, 2) provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain, and 3) collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. The Sierra Leone office will primarily work under the project’s President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) task order to provide commodities and supply chain technical assistance.

The Country Director will provide overall strategic direction and leadership for the GHSC-PSM project. They will manage the development of technical strategies and work plans; monitor programmatic, financial, and administrative performance; supervise the administration of standard operations and financial procedures; manage short- and long-term technical assistance; and maintain effective communication with USAID, Chemonics’ home office, public and private sector groups, and other donors
and cooperating agencies.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

1. Maintain positive working relationships with clients and partners, including USAID, Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), and local governments and entities

2. Develop and implement annual work plans and budgets that reflect USAID, Sierra Leone MoHS, and other stakeholder priorities

3. Ensure the use of appropriate management methodologies to plan, organize, and control resources to achieve project goals

4. Identify capacity gaps and oversee appropriate training for field staff

5. Manage senior-level technical, operations, and monitoring and evaluation staff

6. Develop and implement the project’s performance monitoring plan, including commodity security and logistics management indicators and project-wide performance measures

7. Oversee regular data collection and reporting and lead quarterly performance reviews to identify issues and drive evidence-based interventions

8. Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies for procurement and logistics services; assess risks on a quarterly basis and implement risk mitigation strategies

9. Ensure compliance with procurement standard operations procedures, including supplier order fulfillment, order tracker, customs clearance/freight forwarding, storage and distribution, and use of logistics management information systems

10. Coordinate with relevant stakeholders to build the capacity and capability of national systems.

Report project results to USAID, MoHS, other funders, and Chemonics’ home office; ensure timely submission of deliverables

11. Oversee the operation of project office in country in adherence to policies and procedures established by Chemonics management, including human resource management, procurement, finance, and administration

12. Oversee finances and cash flow and ensure adequate availability of project funds to complete required project work, working with the Project Management Team and the Director of finance and operations

13. Participate in the recruitment of staff for the in-country field office in consultation with the home office

14. Lead, mentor, and motivate the in-country team

15. Represent positively the project in meetings and gatherings in-country

16. Coordinate and collaborate with any other Chemonics projects that may be operating in country

17. Perform other duties as assigned.


Job Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in medicine, public health, supply chain, management or a related field required or the possession of a bachelor’s degree in the same field and an additional five years of work experience may be substituted for a graduate degree
  • Minimum ten years of experience in public health, medical supplies, and pharmaceutical supply chain program management
  • Demonstrated supply chain management experience working with PMI preferred
  • Minimum five years of experience leading development projects; experience working with U.S. government preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and implement complex USAID, CDC, international, or non-governmental organization (NGO)-funded public health project in a developing country context
  • Skilled in leading and managing high-performing teams
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with host-country officials, donors, and other key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluent written and oral English communication skills are required



The Country Director will report directly to the Managing Director.


Location and Duration of Assignment:

This is a long-term position for the life of the contract based in Freetown, Sierra Leone


The application deadline for this job posting is March 2, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Finalists will be contacted. 

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