Advisor: Supply Chain Management

Central African Republic
Apply by 31 July 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 1 June 2018

Job Description

Advisor Supply Chain Management, Central Africa Regional Office

Position Status : Regular

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with operations and programming leads in CPs on implementing and strengthening Supply Chain systems, processes, and policies to meet all programming needs through anticipation and identification of issues and challenges and the most appropriate solutions to address them.
  • Provide guidance on the development, strengthening and/or standardization of processes and tools for the end-to-end planning and implementation of agile supply chain systems covering logistics, procurement, warehousing, and fleet management.
  • Advise on the development and implementation of CP-level annual procurement plans and their roll-up into a regional procurement plan. Identify opportunities for procurement rationalization and/or coordination across the region for leveraging resources and negotiation power.
  • Guide CPs on maintaining sound market intelligence systems, conducting regular market assessments, and network strategically with key commercial organizations to identify new potential suppliers.
  • Ensure CP HoOps develop and implement efficient and effective fleet and driver management systems; that include: local policies and procedures; driver orientation, training and development plans; as well as fleet telematics. Oversee annual CP vehicle needs assessments and the development of rational vehicle disposal and acquisition plans.
  • Contribute to maintaining proper conditions for learning where there is the sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to small deficiencies. Strengthen documentation systems. Analyze data, evaluate systems, capture and share lessons learned and best practices, and complete internal reports.
  • Contribute to capacity strengthening initiatives for staff and partners through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and mentoring and coaching, which includes cross-departmental learning.
  • Represent CRS at regional level planning, coordination meetings and forums on supply chain management to collect and share best practices. Establish and maintain relationships with large donors, peer organizations, government counterparts, and other stakeholders and explore opportunities for economies of scale, such as bundled orders

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration or other relevant Master’s strongly preferred. Professional certification(s) in supply chain a plus.
  • Minimum of 7 years work experience, ideally with an international organization, with progressive responsibility in supply chain/logistics/procurement management within the context of international and local supply chain. Experience in relief commodity management is a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of general procurement and trading policies and regulations, international import/export legislation, and customs regulations. Understanding of Generally Accepted Commodity Accountability Principles (GACAP).
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
  • Proficient in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio) and information management systems. Experience with ERP systems highly preferred.

Personal Skills

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision
  • Strong strategic, analytical, organizational, and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Travel Required: 50% travel

Language Requirements: Proficient writing and speaking in both English and French

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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