Thursday, April 17, 2014

Supply Chain State Programs Advisor - John Snow India (Apply by: 26 April 2014)

Job Description

Job Title: Supply Chain State Programs Advisor

Location: New Delhi, India

Posting Date: 13 April 2014

Deadline Date: 26 April 2014

Starting Date: 02 June 2014


The USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, through its subcontractor John Snow India Private, LTD, is seeking to fill the position of Supply Chain State Programs Advisor, to be located in New Delhi.

The USAID | DELIVER PROJECT (the Project), a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project, improves supply chain systems for wide range of health commodities, including contraceptives and condoms, essential medicines, and select commodities for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria and other infectious diseases. Implemented by John Snow Inc. via its subcontractor John Snow India Private, LTD (JSIPL), the Project designs, strengthens, and, upon request, operates safe, sustainable, and reliable supply chain systems that provide a range of affordable, quality essential health commodities, including pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and supplies, to clients in country programs.

In India, on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), the Project provides technical assistance in support of the supply chain for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health + Adolescent (RMNCH+A) commodities as part of ongoing support to the implementation of the RMNCH+A strategy. These supplies are managed by the National Health Mission (NHM) and Department of AIDS Control (DAC) at national level and through their respective State institutions—State Health Mission and State AIDS Control Societies (SACS). The Project also supports the supply chains for other essential medicine program areas, HIV/AIDS, and other health commodities as required. Project implementation is focused in the following six priority States: Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, and Uttarkhand.


The Supply Chain State Programs Advisor will be responsible for directing the Project’s day-to-day work supporting the RMNCH+A commodity supply chains in USAID-priority States. This position will work closely with, oversee, and manage an assigned sub-set of Supply Chain Advisors based in assigned priority States and will support the State-based Supply Chain Advisors as they work with MOHFW and the National Health Mission and other stakeholders to ensure commodity security. The Supply Chain State Programs Advisor will report to the Senior Supply Chain State Programs Manager in New Delhi.

Specific tasks include:

For States assigned to this advisor—

1. Guide workplan activity implementation in support of strengthening RMNCH+A commodity supply chains in assigned States as assigned, in collaboration with State and other stakeholders.
2. Guide the work of assigned Project Supply Chain (SC) Advisors located at the State level as they consult with stakeholders to expand the capacity of existing supply chain structures, standard operating procedures, and processes, such as: forecasting, procurement, warehousing, transportation, applicable management information systems, ordering, inventory management, etc.
3. Provide guidance and direct input into State Project Implementation Plans (developed by NHMs and SACSs) to include priority supply chain interventions.
4. Guide the work of assigned Project SC Advisors located at the State level in the design and implementation of supply chain performance monitoring, including the routine collection, analysis, and presentation of data.
5. Guide the work of assigned Project SC Advisors located at the State level when developing training curricula and in training.
6. Guide the work of assigned Project SC Advisors located at the State level in the establishment of routine coordination mechanisms between key stakeholders to facilitate information sharing and to monitor and assure the availability of RMNCH+A commodities.
7. When required, contributed to the design and implementation of any M&E activities required by assigned State governments to support the continuous improvement of supply chains.
8. Collaborate with other JSI project personnel to harmonize health sector supply chains.
9. Work closely with the Project staff in New Delhi and with assigned Project SC Advisors located at the State to manage relationships with key stakeholders.
10. Work with Short-Term Technical Assistance providers to provide required TA for activities and also facilitate transfer of skills to appropriate local staff.
11. Other appropriate duties as assigned.

Management tasks:

1. Under the direction of this position’s supervisor, the Supply Chain State Programs Manager, directly supervise the State-based team that is responsible for planning and implementing activities.
2. Work closely with Project Management Team (PMT) to ensure that all aspects of program strategy, design, planning, implementation, and monitoring are technically sound and uphold the standards of good supply chain management.
3. Work closely with Project PMT and supervised Project SC Advisors to guide operational aspects of the Project in assigned States and ensure that implementation proceeds according to plan and within budget.
4. In conjunction with the Project PMT, support human resources activities including staff recruitment, performance monitoring and review, team building for assigned State-based advisors etc.
5. In conjunction with the Supply Chain State Programs Manager, manage (schedule, prepare for and facilitate, as needed) periodic program reviews (technical and financial as needed) in assigned States.
6. Write routine monthly, quarterly, and annual reports for submission to program funders and stakeholders.


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

1. An advanced clinical degree or a Masters Degree in Public Health, Pharmacy, Supply Chain Management or Business Administration.
2. 5 years of professional experience working in supply chain management, preferably in a health care setting.
3. 3 years experience managing public health programs or projects in India with specific experience in reproductive health, maternal and child health, immunization and/or HIV/AIDS programs.
4. 3 years experience managing staff, workplans, and implementation activities at a national level.
5. Demonstrated ability to monitor, supervise, and train in health service programs and to strengthen the capacity of other program managers to undertake these tasks.
6. Good knowledge of donor supported projects preferably USAID and host government regulated work environments.
7. Strong consulting, facilitation, stakeholder management and client and vendor relations management skills.
8. Team player with a flexible and adaptable approach to work and a positive attitude.
9. Ability to contribute to capacity-building efforts and work with colleagues in diverse cultures.
10. Strong interpersonal communication, presentation, and facilitation skills.
11. Excellent organizational and time management skills and strong attention to detail.
12. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
13. Strong technical and business writing skills in English.
14. Ability and willingness to live in Delhi.
15. Ability and willingness to travel to and within assigned States up to 30% (up to 50% at times).

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online by  26 April 2014.

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