Last Mile Distribution Officer
Based in Juba, South Sudan
Reports to the Supply Chain Manager
Who we are
We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from mosquito nets to HIV testing.
There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a motivated group of entrepreneurs and professionals with a diverse range of backgrounds all the way from the medical industry to the music business, all with unique skills we bring to the job.
The Health Pooled Fund 3 (HPF3) will start in August 2018 until 2023 and will be supported by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Canada, the European Union, the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
HPF will support delivery of essential primary health care, secondary health care and referral health services at the national, state, county and facility/community levels. It will be implemented in eight state hubs of South Sudan’s formerly known as: Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Unity and Lakes.
HPF’s overall goal is to reduce maternal and children under five years old mortality, ensuring universal coverage, and improving the overall health status as well as the quality of life of the South Sudanese population. Its
overarching objectives are:
- Improved health and nutrition services for the population, especially women and children;
- Improved community engagement and accountability of health services;
- Stabilisation of local health systems.
To attain these objectives, the HPF team is responsible for the following work streams:
- Management of the HPF fund, IPs and support to the HPF steering committees;
- Ensuring continuity of and support to service delivery, with a focus on improving quality;
- Management of fiduciary risk associated with use of donor funds;
- Development of and support to the implementation of a nutrition component, integrated within the health services delivery and health systems strengthening work streams; and
- Procurement of essential medicines.
- In country distribution of essential drugs
Position Start Date: approximately July 15, 2018
The Last Mile Distribution Officer will be responsible for ensuring efficiency and effectiveness of last mile delivery of all HPF3 health commodities and country consolidated distribution and forecasting of commodities. The incumbent will be required to travel to implementation sites for monitoring the project activities. This position will be based in Juba and report to the Supply Chain Manager.
- Design and implement strategies for Last Mile delivery of health commodities.
- Design and execute strategies for data collection from health facilities back to central level in Juba to aid in commodity forecasting.
- Ensure establishment of a consolidated and functioning country commodity supply chain
- Responsible for ensuring efficiency and effectiveness of last mile delivery of all health commodities, engagement with the Pharmaceutical Technical working group, directorate of pharmaceuticals and Central Medical Stores to ensure country consolidated distribution and forecasting for commodities.
- Responsible for conformity of drugs to various framework governing the importation, storage and distribution of health commodities, equipment, consumables and supplies.
- Provide important insight to the country led PSM transitioning and integration of vertical or parallel supply chains.
- Responsible for training SRs, CMS staff and government counterparts on forecasting and distribution of health commodities.
- Perform any other related duties that may be assigned by the immediate supervisor.
What are we looking for?
- Minimum 7 years of relevant experience; with minimum five years management experience in a developing country;
- Bachelors or Masters degree from a recognized university in Management, Health or a related field
- Extensive experience in management and supervision of staff
- Experience in supply chain management
- Strong problem-solving skills
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with staff, vendors, outside agencies and government officials.
- Familiarity with DFID processes and procedures
- A team player able to work with policy, management and service delivery colleagues
- Ability and willingness to work in a resource-scarce environment
- Sensitivity working with government structures in South Sudan
- Ability to work in a quickly changing political environment and ability to respond to needs as they arise
- Sound knowledge of operations within the health sector
- Previous work experience in a similarly hard to work country. Previous experience in South Sudan preferred.
- Experience of managing and mentoring large teams and drive them to achieve their full potential and the project’s outcomes;
- Proactive and flexible with the ability to multi-task
- Excellent experience of working in multicultural and diversified environments.
- Familiarity with the international donor community;
- Experience working in fragile states and/or situations of political sensitivity;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, and cultural sensitivity.
- References will be required.
Note: This is an unaccompanied Post and is contingent on funding
PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status
About the OrganizationAbout PSI:
PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations, in over 65 countries to lead healthier lives. Over 150 staff in the Washington D.C headquarters, 100 overseas expatriate staff and almost 8,000 local staff work to execute PSI’s critical and innovative programs worldwide.
Health Impact and Donors:
PSI has a unique focus on measurable health impact much like successful corporations measure profitability. Measuring the results of PSI’s health interventions isn’t as simple as counting lives saved. PSI employs an entire team of researchers to continuously evaluate PSI performance against evidence-based objectives and verifiable indicators. Such strict measurement of PSI performance is what sets the organization apart from others in the field and feeds into the design of innovative, targeted and cost-effective interventions.
By utilizing the DALY (Disability Adjusted Life Year) system, PSI estimates that in 2009 alone, its programs directly prevented more than 156,000 HIV infections, 2.6 million unintended pregnancies, almost 150,000 deaths from malaria and diarrhea and 19 million malaria episodes. In addition, roughly 25,000 patients were treated for TB.
With a focus on decentralized management and local experts, innovative programs and successful benchmarking, PSI is proud of its long term commitment to serve those most in need. PSI is supported by several major donors including: governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands; the Global Fund, various United Nations agencies, private foundations, corporations and individuals.
Areas of PSI focus:
PSI has HIV programs in over 60 countries around the world. Interventions, which include social marketing of HIV products and services and targeted HIV communications, are based upon a commitment to produce measurable health impact and an emphasis upon rigorous research and evaluation. Although condom social marketing and targeted communications remain the cornerstones of PSI's work to address the HIV pandemic, country programs also implement an increasingly comprehensive range of interventions in response to the changing needs of specific country contexts and populations. PSI is increasingly implementing innovations such as male circumcision services and targeted communications for concurrent sexual partnerships and injection drug use interventions.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable and preventable illness, yet it remains a major cause of death worldwide. It is one of the biggest killers of women of reproductive age and the most common cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS. PSI provides a variety of innovative TB and TB/HIV-related services, engaging private providers in diagnosis and treatment and integrating HIV counseling and testing with TB services. It also creates innovative behavior change communications campaigns to increase awareness of TB and TB/HIV and to promote healthy behaviors.
Vulnerable children are one of PSI’s most important target groups. According to the WHO, nearly 10 million children under the age of five die each year – more than 1,000 every hour. Tragically, about two-thirds of child deaths are preventable through practical, low-cost interventions. PSI works to improve child survival by helping developing countries address water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia and HIV with prevention and treatment education and products. PSI’s child survival programs improve the health and save the lives of children under five in more than 30 countries.
In over 30 countries throughout the world PSI empowers women and couples to lead healthier lives by providing access to innovative family planning and maternal health products and services. Every year, there are more than 60 million unintended pregnancies and more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes. In 2008 alone, PSI prevented an estimated 3.1 million unintended pregnancies and 15,000 maternal deaths, and enabled millions of couples to plan their families.
Over the past three decades, PSI has expanded the contraceptive methods in its portfolio from male condoms and oral contraceptives to include injectable contraceptives, intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD), emergency contraception pills, implants, female condoms, voluntary sterilization, and fertility awareness methods such as the Standard Days Method using Cyclebeads®. PSI’s RH platform has also grown to address maternal mortality through the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage and sepsis, and the prevention of unsafe abortion.
Access to clean water is a challenge in almost all of the countries PSI operates in. Increasing awareness of water borne diseases and accessibility to treated water are a core part of PSI’s efforts across its health areas.
PSI and its many partners are working together to promote the Safe Water System, a water quality intervention that employs proven, easy-to-use and inexpensive solutions such as household water treatment appropriate for the developing world. Household water treatment and safe storage ensures that each sip of water is safe to drink. Household water treatment can be adopted quickly, inexpensively, at national scale in both development and emergency situations, making an immediate difference on the lives of those who rely on transporting to and storing water in their homes.
PSI provides malaria control support to national Ministries of Health in over 30 countries worldwide. PSI tailors its malaria control programs to the unique environment in each country and the needs outlined by the Ministry of Health to achieve the Abuja Targets and MDGs. PSI’s malaria control programs include delivery of insecticide treated mosquito nets, pre-packaged malaria treatment, behavior change communications and operational research.