South Sudan: Country director

Organization: Chemonics
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 04 Nov 2016

Chemonics seeks a Country Director based in Juba, South Sudan, for the USAID Global Health and Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM). A five year, multibillion dollar project, GHSC-PSM is consolidating the procurement and assistance components of the current USAID Supply Chain Management Systems program. GHSC-PSM will be the primary vehicle through which USAID procures and provides health commodities to partner countries and supports improving countries' management of the health supply chains for such commodities. In South Sudan, GHSC-PSM will support the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, President's Malaria Initiative, and Population and Reproductive Health, through three primary objectives:

  • Global commodity procurement and logistics
  • Systems strengthening technical assistance
  • Global collaboration to improve long-term availability of health commodities

The Country Director will travel intermittently throughout the country and they will report to the Managing Director. They will also provide overall strategic direction and leadership in South Sudan, manage the development of technical strategies and work plans; monitor programmatic, financial, and administrative performance; supervise the administration of standard project operating and financial procedures; manage short- and long-term technical assistance; and maintain effective communication with the client, the home office, the public and private sectors, and other donors and cooperating agencies. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain strong and positive working relationships with clients and partners including USAID and local governments
  • Develop and implement work plans and budgets that reflect the priorities of USAID, the Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders
  • Coordinate with relevant stakeholders in the provision of assistance to build the capacity and capability of national systems
  • Identify, develop, and maintain strategic alliances that will ensure the program works in close collaboration with other governments, U.S. government, and donor-supported supply chain programs
  • Strategically identify capacity gaps and arrange for appropriate training of field staff
  • Ensure the use of appropriate management methodologies to plan, organize, and control resources to achieve goals
  • Develop, update, and implement performance monitoring plans that encompass commodity, security, and logistics management indicators and include project-wide performance measures
  • Oversee regular data collection and reporting and lead quarterly reviews of performance analysis to identify issues and drive evidence-based interventions
  • Oversee finances and cash flow; ensure expenditure forecasts are prepared, reviewed, and submitted to the regional manager quarterly
  • Ensure that positive and productive working relationships and regular communication are maintained within the field office and between the field and home offices
  • Develop and implement staffing, technical assistance, and procurement plans that lead to the effective implementation of the program's strategy and work plan
  • Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies for procurement and logistics services
  • Assess risks quarterly and implement risk management/mitigation strategies
  • Ensure compliance with procurement standard operating procedures, including supplier order fulfillment, order tracking, customs clearance/freight forwarding, storage and distribution, and logistics management information systems
  • Report results of the program's work to USAID, the Ministry of Health, other funders, and the home office; ensure timely submission of all deliverables

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in health or management-related discipline
  • Minimum 12 years of experience with USAID-funded programs, preferably in public health program management, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, and/or supply chain management systems
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and implement complex USAID-funded public health programs in a developing country context
  • Ability to create efficiencies and lead operational transformation in large complex programs, preferably with experience in medical procurement, logistics, or supply chain management
  • Skilled in leading and managing high-performing teams
  • Demonstrated ability to work with cooperating partners in implementing complex programs
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills; proven diplomatic and public relations skills
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required

How to apply:

Send electronic submissions including your CV and cover letter (and references if applicable) to SouthSudanPSM@gmail.com by November 4, 2016. Please include "Country Director" in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.