Country director

  • Posted on 25 June 2019

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a country director for the USAID Global Health and Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project in Malawi. The country director will provide overall strategic direction and will be responsible for overall performance of the project. This is a long-term position based in Lilongwe, Malawi. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain and lead strong, collaborative, and positive working relationships with clients and partners, including USAID and local governments
  • Provide overall leadership, strategic planning, management, and technical direction to project staff, consultants, and subcontractors
  • Develop and implement annual work plans and budgets that reflect the priorities of USAID, the Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders
  • Engage and collaborate with relevant local stakeholders to build the capacity and sustainability of national systems
  • Ensure the use of appropriate management methodologies to plan, organize, and supervise resources to achieve goals
  • Oversee regular data collection and reporting and lead quarterly reviews of performance to identify issues and drive evidence-based interventions
  • Assess risks quarterly; develop and implement risk mitigation strategies for procurement and logistics services
  • 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
  • Coordinate with relevant stakeholders to assist in building the capacity and capability of national systems, strategically identify capacity gaps, and arrange for appropriate training of field staff
  • Report results of the project’s work to USAID, Ministry of Health, other funders, and the home office and ensure timely submission of all deliverables
  • Support the growth of new business efforts by supporting and notifying the home office of new business opportunities


  • Advanced degree in health, supply chain, or management-related discipline
  • Minimum of eight years of experience in project management, public health programs, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, and/or supply chain management systems
  • Prior experience in a senior management position, such as chief of party or deputy chief of party for a USAID-funded program
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and implement USAID-funded public health projects in a developing country context, preferably Malawi
  • Skilled in leading and managing high-performing teams
  • Demonstrated ability to work with cooperating partners in implementing complex programs
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required

Application instructions:

Please submit an electronic version of your CV and cover letter to with “Country Director” in the subject line by July 8, 2019. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

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About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

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