Project Management Specialist (Health – Supply Chain)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)



General Statement of Purpose of the Contract
The USAID Project Management Specialist – Supply Chain (the “Specialist”) serves as an advisor and provides strategic, technical, analytical, and management support on health logistics and supply chain management. S/he will serve as a Contracting Officer’s Representative/Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) and/or Activity Manager supporting health logistics and supply chain activities. The Specialist provides senior-level technical guidance to Health Office staff and leaders, the broader USAID Mission, implementing partners (IPs), the host government, and represents USAID with the interagency, in technical working groups, and other fora.

The Specialist is a key member of Health Office, Health Systems Strengthening (HSS)Team.
The incumbent reports to the designated Team Leader and has no formal supervisory responsibility.

Statement of Duties to be performed.
Program Management
• Serves as a COR/AOR and/or Activity Manager for health logistics and supply chain programs/projects/activities awarded through the Health Office, providing financial and programmatic oversight to ensure contracts and grants achieve anticipated results, and are linked to and enhance attainment of the Health Office, Mission, and USG objectives.
• Conducts site visits as required in order to monitor progress, and to provide technical and programmatic recommendations to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and judicious use of U.S. Government (USG) funding.
Technical Guidance and Leadership
• Stay abreast of state-of-the-art knowledge, programming and best practices related to supply chain management and utilize this information to improve host country supply chain management.
• Coordinate exchanges and sharing of best practices among USAID, USG and other stakeholders to strengthen health logistics and supply chain systems improvement.
• Provide technical guidance and leadership to the host country government in coordinating health supply chain systems support, supply planning, forecasting, quantification and programming.
• Guide USAID and host country government on strategic decisions and policy formulation to strengthen supply chain management, including transparency and accountability.
• Provide technical guidance and coordination to Health Office colleagues to ensure development of key systems that effectively integrate across the entire health portfolio.
• Provide guidance to Health Office colleagues to monitor the achievement of milestones of IPs supporting health logistics and supply chain system implementation.
• Support host country efforts to ensure health supply chain systems fully integrate with key commodity management and information systems that will allow end to end data visibility.
Representation and Reporting
• Represents the Health Office, Mission, and USG at national and/or international technical and programmatic meetings, within various working groups, and in consultations with other social sector donors, government officials, and IPs.
• Represents supply chain issues in interagency discussions involving senior leadership from USAID, CDC, other interagency partners, the PEPFAR Coordination Office and the U.S. Embassy.
• Represents supply chain issues to senior host country officials to ensure strong coordination and accountability by all relevant actors in the supply chain system.
• Provides technical and strategic leadership in the preparation of key annual and mid-term planning reporting documents including the Country Operational Plan, Operational Plan, Congressional Budget Justifications, Quarterly, Semi-Annual and Annual Progress Reports.
• Prepare ad hoc reports as required for the Mission, USAID/Washington, Office of Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), donor coordination groups, and others.
• Drafts talking points and/or speeches for the Office Chief, Mission Director, Ambassador and others, as required, and prepares briefing papers, presentations, and coordinates site preparations for VIP site visits.
• Coordinate with USG agencies in on HIV and related commodities management to guide and oversee procurement via the current USG supply chain mechanism. This includes forecasting, quantification, and procurement of commodities, such as antiretroviral and anti-tuberculosis medicines, male circumcision kits, devices and supplies, and HIV test kits, as needed for the implementation of the overall health portfolio and to ensure adequate stock monitoring at site and above-site levels.
• Participate in workshops, special committees, and other fora as a technical advisor on logistics and supply chain management

Supervisory Relationship
Works under the general supervision of the designated Team Lead. The supervisor makes assignments in terms of overall objectives and resources available. Completed work is reviewed in terms of achievement of program/project/activity goals, effectiveness in meeting host-country and USAID objectives, and integration with other initiatives in the Health Office and Mission portfolio. Some technical direction may come from other professionals in the Office; in general, however, the Specialist will be expected to exercise considerable autonomy and best judgment in discharging the duties of the assignment.

Supervision Control
Continued supervision of other Mission staff is not contemplated.

Apply for job

To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your cover/motivation letter where ( you saw this job posting.

Job Location