Job Title: Advisor II– Health Supply Chain Management
Location: Baltimore, MD/Remote Telecommuting
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. In FY20, CRS’ activities in over 100 countries assisted local partners in reaching more than 140 million project participants. CRS and its partners served over 90 million people within the health sector through over 150 projects implemented in 44 countries. These projects address one or more of the following service areas: emergency health services, child health, child protection, early childhood development, health systems strengthening, malaria, nutrition, safe motherhood, tuberculosis, and HIV.
The position holder will be part of the STAR Health team in GSCM. You will a dvise Regions and CRS’ Country Programs (CPs) on the implementation of CRS’ health products SCM, including but not limited to ensuring CP-level alignment to WHO, donors’, CRS’ and relevant governments’ standards, regulations, policies, and procedures on the management of health products logistics. You will also develop guidance and procedures to support the Region in the design of health SCM operations with proposal development or review, , including quantification and budgeting, in establishing cyclical SCM planning, in-country logistics planning optimization, and performance management. In addition, the Health SCM Advisor will collaborate with the System and Performance unit of the GSCM on the development of digital health solution and serve as an SME for the health SCM solution development the CRS relevant technical assistance, partner support initiative and the last-mile data visibility project.
Foster and support the deployment of SCM policies / procedures as follows:
- With the support of KML, serve as the SME to develop the technical components required on the policies and procedures related Health supply chain grants.
- Serve as SME/technical or deployment advisor on all relevant policy / procedure roll outs
Cultivate Heath SCM innovation and transformation as follows:
- In collaboration with the S&P team, identify metrics to measure the performance of the health supply chains grants. Work with GSCM and Regional Advisors to build the capacity of CP, regional and global staff to use these metrics for decision-making.
Serve as the SME to support in collaboration with the S&P team, initiatives in the digital health deployment in SCM, including but not limited to developing initiatives to improve LMIS data quality in Regions and CPs with Health SCM:
- Support the organization of the HMIS/LMIS comparison exercises across different grants. And identify appropriate interventions to address the identified weaknesses.
Promote the professionalization and excellence of field-level Health SCM Teams including the strengthening of local partners
- Advanced degree in supply chain, public health, or related discipline. Additional SCM Certification is highly desired.
- At least five (5) years of international health products warehousing, transportation, and logistics experience in a large corporate or government organization or the humanitarian sector, including experience living and working overseas.
- Relevant hands-on experience in managing or advising on the transportation, storage, and distribution of health products, particularly in developing countries with specific expertise in assessing policies, systems, and structures in public and/or private health sector relevant for managing effective and efficient access to pharmaceuticals, lab commodities, and other health products, particularly for malaria.
- Proven understanding of AIDS, TB, and malaria medical products market dynamics and existing global supply challenges and international health products procurement and supply management practices, applicable national and international laws, and recognized standards.
- Experience in quantification and forecasting, distribution planning of health product needs, and managing large complex electronic data sets in public health programs.
- Experience in business development, project design, and proposal development in the Health Supply chain, including technical writing.
- Experience in using an electronic LMIS system and familiarity with national systems like DHIS2.
- Experience in implementation of Global Funds grants at national or international level.
- Familiarity with national disease programs and Ministries of Health in priority countries.
- Experience in people centric supply chain design and optimizing public health supply chain investments
- Experience in Health Product Market shaping
- Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
- Experience designing and delivering professional learning initiatives and associated job tools and resources through formal and nonformal methods is highly desirable.
- Experience in organizational KML; capturing, documenting, and best practices in learning.
- Proficient in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio) and information management systems. Experience with ERP systems is highly preferred.
Fluency in English with strong oral and written communication skills and strong analytical skills.
Professional proficiency in French highly desired. Working ability in Spanish and Arabic is a plus.
Travel Required: 30% travel (depending on COVID-19 Requirements for Safe Travel)
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
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