Country Director - Burundi

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Job Description

Chemonics seeks a country director to provide overall strategic direction and leadership for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement Supply Management project in Burundi. The director will manage the development of technical strategies and work plans; monitor programmatic, financial, and administrative performance; supervise the administration of standard operations and financial procedures; manage short- and long-term technical specialists; and maintain effective communication with USAID, Chemonics’ home office, public and private sector stakeholders, and other donors and cooperating agencies. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

• Maintain strong and positive working relationships with clients and partners including USAID and local government counterparts including the Central Medical Store (CAMEBU), National Malaria Control Program (PNILP), National HIV/AIDS Program (PNLS), and National Program for Reproductive Health (PNSR)

• Ensure that positive and productive working relationships and regular communication are maintained within the field office and between the field and home offices

• Develop and implement annual work plans and budgets that reflect the priorities of USAID, the Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders

• Develop and implement staffing, technical assistance, and procurement plans that lead to the effective implementation of the project’s strategy and work plan

• Identify, develop, and maintain strategic alliances that will ensure the project works in close collaboration with other U.S. government and donor-supported supply chain programs

• Strategically identify capacity gaps and arrange for appropriate training of field staff

• Ensure the use of appropriate management methodologies to plan, organize, and control resources to achieve goals

• Develop, update, and implement performance monitoring plan that encompasses commodity security and logistics management indicators and includes 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

• Manage the operations of the office in adherence with policies and procedures in project management, including human resources management, procurement, finance, and administration

• Oversee finances and cash flow; ensure expenditure forecasts are prepared, reviewed, and submitted on a regular basis

• Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies for procurement and logistics services; assess risks quarterly and implement risk management/mitigation strategies

• 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 in the provision of assistance to build the capacity and capability of national systems

• Report results of project work to USAID, the Ministry of Health, other donors, and the home office; ensure the timely submission of all deliverables

• Maintain good knowledge and understanding of all office rules and procedures as set forth in the field office policy manual and other manuals

• Manage field-office staff to ensure smooth team performance


• Advanced degree in health, supply chain, logistics, or management-related discipline

  • Minimum eight years of experience in public health program management, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, or supply chain management systems

• Long-term international experience working on public health program management, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, or supply chain management

• Experience working in HIV/AIDS, malaria, or population and reproductive health programming

• Experience working in challenging, low-resource operating environments required

• Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

• Demonstrated ability to manage and implement complex USAID public health programs or projects in a developing country context

• Ability to create efficiencies and lead operational transformation in large complex public health programs, preferably with experience in medical procurement, logistics, or supply chain management

• Skilled in building the capacity of team members and local government counterparts

• Demonstrated experience identifying, obtaining buy-in, and implementing innovative solutions to complex problems

• Ability to work with cooperating partners in implementing complex programs

• Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills; proven diplomatic and public relations skills

• Fluency in writing and speaking English and French required

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV to by February 26, 2020. No telephone inquiries please. Only finalists will be contacted.

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.

Chemonics International is a leading international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. with more than 40 years of experience implementing programs around the world.

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