Country director | South Sudan | 2021

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 22 April 2021

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a country director (based in Juba, South Sudan) to support the USAID Global Health and Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which USAID 1) procures and provides health commodities, 2) provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain, and 3) collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. GHSC-PSM connects technical solutions, experts, and proven commercial processes to promote efficient and cost-effective health supply chains worldwide. Our goal is to ensure uninterrupted supplies of health commodities to save lives and to create a healthier future for all.

The GHSC-PSM project in South Sudan provides technical assistance in the areas of forecasting and supply planning, management information systems, strategy and planning, procurement, and transportation and distribution.

The country director is responsible for providing overall strategic direction and leadership for the GHSC-PSM project in South Sudan. 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. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain strong and positive working relationships with clients and partners including USAID and local governments
  • Develop and implement work plans and budgets that reflect the priorities of USAID, the Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders
  • Coordinate with relevant stakeholders in the provision of assistance to build the capacity of national systems
  • Identify, develop, and maintain strategic alliances that will ensure the program works in close collaboration with other governments, 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 plans that encompass 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
  • Oversee finances and cash flow; approve project office expenditures and ensure project office finances are in compliance with Chemonics and USAID rules and regulations
  • 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 staffing, technical assistance, and procurement plans that lead to the effective implementation of the project’s strategy and work plan
  • Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies for procurement and logistics services. Assess risks 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
  • Report results of the project’s work to USAID, the Ministry of Health, other funders, and the home office. Ensure timely submission of all deliverables

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in public health, supply chain or management-related discipline
  • Minimum 10 years of work experience, preferably in public health program management, pharmaceuticals, and medical supplies, and/or supply chain management systems
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and implement complex USAID-funded public health programs or projects in a developing country context
  • 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 high-performing teams
  • Demonstrated ability to work with cooperating partners in implementing complex programs
  • Experience working in challenging, low-resource operating environments required
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills; proven diplomatic and public relations skills
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required

Location of Assignment:

This is a long-term position for the life of the contract based in Juba, South Sudan, with intermittent local and international travel as needed.

Application Instructions:

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and “Country Director” in the subject line to PSMSouthSudanRecruitment@ghsc-psm.org by May 7, 2021 . No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

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About the Organization

Founded in 1975, Chemonics is an international development consulting firm. In more than 70 countries around the globe, our network of 5,000 specialists share a simple belief: that the challenges we face today are best solved through the right partnerships — sharing knowledge, expertise, and experience to deliver results. As part of our culture and values, Chemonics is proud to be named a “Best Place to Work” in the Human Rights campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index. Where Chemonics works, development works. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit us at www.chemonics.com.

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