Country director

  • Posted on 16 September 2019

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a country director to support the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Global Health and Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. GHSC-PSM is a five-year USAID-funded project with the objective of ensuring an uninterrupted supply of health commodities to more than 50 countries around the world to prevent suffering, save lives, and create a brighter future for families across the globe. In Ethiopia, GHSC-PSM procures commodities and provides technical assistance for the improvement of HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health, and family planning supply chains. The country director is responsible for providing overall strategic direction and leadership for the GHSC-PSM project in Ethiopia. The country director will manage the development of technical strategies and work plans; monitor programmatic, financial, and administrative performance; supervise the administration of standard project operating and financial procedures; manage short- and long-term technical assistance; and maintain effective communication with the client, the home office, the public and private sectors, and other donors and cooperating agencies. This position will be based out of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and will involve intermittent travel throughout the country. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement annual work plans and budgets that reflect the priorities of USAID, the Ministry of Health, and other key stakeholders
  • Ensure the use of appropriate management methodologies to plan, organize, and control resources to achieve goals
  • Develop, implement, and review appropriate staffing, technical assistance, and procurement plans that lead to the effective implementation of the project’s strategy and work plan
  • Develop, update, and implement a performance monitoring plan that encompasses commodity security and logistics management indicators, including project-wide performance measures
  • Oversee regular data collection and reporting and lead quarterly reviews of performance analysis to identify issues and drive evidence-based interventions
  • Assess risks quarterly and implement risk management/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 provide technical assistance to build the capacity and capability of national systems
  • Report project results to USAID, Ministry of Health, other donors, and the home office; ensure timely submission of all deliverables
  • Oversee project financial management; ensure expenditure forecasts are prepared, reviewed, and submitted to the project management unit director quarterly; track spending against multiple project funding streams and manage overall cost-share structure between four USAID task orders and other funding sources
  • Manage office operations in compliance with Chemonics and project policies and procedures in project management, including human resource management, procurement, finance, and administration
  • Maintain good knowledge and understanding of all office rules and procedures as set forth in the field office policy manual and other Chemonics standard operating procedures
  • Strategically identify capacity gaps and arrange for appropriate training of field staff

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in medicine, public health, supply chain, logistics, project management, or a related field, or a bachelor’s degree in the same fields plus an additional five years of work experience beyond the 10 required below
  • Minimum 10 years of experience with USAID-funded programs, preferably in public health and/or supply chain management
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and implement complex USAID-funded public health programs or projects in a middle- to low-income country context
  • Demonstrated ability to apply supply chain management best practices and innovations to donor-funded programs
  • Experience working in complex environments with limited resources
  • Ability to create efficiencies and lead operational transformation in large complex programs, preferably with experience in medical procurement, logistics, or supply chain management
  • Skilled in leading and managing teams to generate high-quality results
  • Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate with government partners to implement complex programs
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; proven diplomatic and public relations skills
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required

Application instructions:

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and “Country Director” in the subject line to PSMEthiopiaRecruit@chemonics.com by September 27, 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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