Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor

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Scope of Work

Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor

The Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management

Background
The Global Health Supply Chain (GHSC) – Procurement and Supply Management (PSM) project will be the primary vehicle through which USAID will 1) procure and provide health commodities, 2) provide technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain, and 3) collaborate with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. There are three main task orders for the project: HIV/AIDS, President’s Malaria Initiative, and Population and Reproductive Health.

Purpose
The Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor oversees implementation of capacity building and technical assistance initiatives for MOH staff to ultimately strengthen the overall pharmaceutical supply chain in Rwanda. S/he will provide also technical assistance for pharmaceutical regulation, as well as for pharmacovigilance, rational medicines use and antimicrobial resistance as required. S/he will provide pharmaceutical management care and services at central and district levels, which includes but not limited to HIV, malaria, family planning and maternal child health. S/he will also oversee enhancements and continued momentum to institutionalize the electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS) to improve data visibility and decision making with regards to supply chain management. Along with regulatory, pharmaceutical services and eLMIS interventions, the Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor will also identify, develop, and implement new mechanisms for strengthening skills sets in technical areas including but not limited to, warehousing and distribution, forecasting and quantification, and procurement systems.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • In coordination with the Technical Director, develop strategic direction for project-supported health system strengthening and supply chain management technical assistance.
  • Oversee the client-facing presentation of the project’s technical approaches, methodologies, and overall management and performance.
  • Participate and attend key technical meetings and working groups with USAID, partners, other donors, and the MOH, liaising with partners and stakeholders at the central, zonal and district levels.
  • Excellent critical thinking, analysis, meeting facilitation, verbal and written communication, interpersonal interactions and organizational skills.
  • Lead the design and implementation of technical assistance and capacity building initiatives that improve the ability of MOH personnel, including the Logistics Management Office (LMO) staff, to better manage the supply and distribution of priority health commodities. This includes supporting the LMO’s efforts to continue to build the capacity of District Pharmacies (DPs) and SDPs.
  • Lead the design and implementation of technical assistance and capacity building initiatives that improve the ability of MOH to implement the new pharmaceutical regulation and services initiatives.
  • Ensure the development and/or adaptation of tools, guidelines and Standards Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all assigned areas of interventions. Coordinate with other GHSC-PSM staff in the development and update of other materials as needed.
  • Organize and coordinate training programs focused on improving Supply Chain Performance for key supply chain functional areas such Forecasting and Supply Planning, Procurement, Inventory control, Transportation and Distribution, Management Information System and the Rational Medicines Use, Pharmacovigilance, and any other identified areas of intervention that will require interaction and coordination with various partners or organizations.
  • Conduct mentoring visits to DPs in coordination with MOH personnel to conduct on-the-job capacity building and to assess the success of technical interventions.
  • Document and publish success, and innovations in collaboration with relevant stakeholders as part of Project Performance achievements on regular basis.
  • Assist the Technical Director and Country Director in the development and implementation of annual work plans, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans, and other reporting requirements as requested and required.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Technical Director.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications Required

  • Advanced professional degree in health, public health, pharmaceutical sciences, or related field, or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Significant experience in pharmaceutical management and rational medicines use as well as capacity building in pharmaceutical management.
  • Experience within the health sector with understanding of HIV, malaria, family planning, maternal child health and community case management for child survival issues.
  • Long-term working resident experience in Rwanda with strong understanding of the Rwanda public health and pharmaceutical sector.
  • Experience in conducting assessments, developing key recommendations and interventions.
  • Previous experience in the development and delivery of training programs is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with a diverse staff, clients and consultants.
  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Proficiency in English including reading, writing and speaking skills with the ability to conduct business.
  • Demonstrated intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite Applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Availability to travel within Rwanda as needed.
  • Strong logistics and organizational experience.
  • Level of Effort and Location

This long-term position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda, with intermittent travel throughout the country.

Supervision
The Senior Health System Strengthening Advisor will report to the Technical Director.

Application Process
Application should include an application letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae, copy of academic qualifications, three professional references, telephone contact and email address, by October 19th at 12 noon.

Please apply to:

The Country Director, GHSC-PSM Project, Rwanda

E-mail your application on: psmrwanda.recruitment@gmail.com and mention “Senior Health System Strengthening Advisor Application” as subject of your email. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and no phone calls will be accepted in relation to the subject.

Done at Kigali on October 5, 2017
GHSC-PSM Project Country Director
Source: Rwanda Jobs