LHSS Supply Chain Consultant

  • Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 25 November 2020

Job Description

Background

The USAID Local Health System Sustainability Project (LHSS) project helps low- and middle-income countries transition to sustainable, self-financed health systems as a means to support universal health coverage. Led by Abt Associates, the five-year, $209 million project works with partner countries and local stakeholders to reduce financial barriers to care and treatment, ensure equitable access to essential health services for all people, and improve the quality of health services.

As part of this work, LHSS will support the Commodity Security and Logistics Division (CSL) in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) at USAID in its strategic efforts to support countries with decentralized supply chains, and to understand barriers and drivers to effective procurement and distribution of family planning commodities. LHSS will conduct an applied politicial economy analysis (PEA) in a country that receives support from CSL to identify political economy factors (formal and informal) that contribute to or constitute a barrier to decentralizing supply chains for family planning (FP) commodities, and to make actionable recommendations to improve the effectiveness of CSL’s procurement support and technical assistance to that country.

Aim of the Consultancy

LHSS is seeking an experienced consultant with an understanding of commodity supply chain systems in LMICs, ideally with some experience in political economy and stakeholder analysis, to work closely with LHSS technical staff to conduct the applied PEA in a priority PRH country (country TBD). The consultant will be responsible for finalizing tools for the PEA, mapping stakeholders in the supply chain system, overseeing local consultant(s) who will conduct the interviews, analyzing the findings, and producing the final report and recommendations.

The consultant will work with the LHSS technical staff and in-country consultant(s) to undertake the following key tasks:

· Conduct initial supply chain system and stakeholder mapping for family planning commodities in one country (3 days)

· Refine drafts of PEA interview tools, including customization for different types of stakeholders as needed (3 days)

· Train and oversee in-country consultants to conduct PEA interviews (6 days)

· Compile and analyze results and prepare draft of key findings (10 days)

· Validate findings with key stakeholders (5 days)

· Document final findings, together with actionable recommendations (3 days)

The consultant will be expected with work in close consultation with LHSS staff and will report to the activity lead.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public health, management or other relevant field with at least 10 years of work experience in global health

· Managerial and/or technical experience in supply chain management and systems strengthening in developing countries, particularly in the area of health commodities

· Understanding of decentralized supply chain systems in LMIC context

· Familiarity with governance and thinking and working politically (specifically political economy analysis) preferred

· Strong attention to detail, with demonstrated ability to independently produce high quality work, on-time and in a cost-effective manner

· Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing

· Strong cross-culture communication and sensitivity skills

· Collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

· Ability to engage remotely with LHSS staff and in-country consultants

· Language proficiency in English required, second language skills in French preferred

· Proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Key Deliverables:

· Final PEA stakeholder mapping and interview tools

· Compiled PEA results

· Report on PEA findings with actionable recommendations

Level of Effort and Period of Performance:

The anticipated period of performance for this assignment is January 2021 – August 2021, with a total LOE of up to 30 days.

RFP provided upon request.

How to Apply:

To apply, submit your CV and an application letter/email message that provides details of your relevant qualifications and the country you’re based in to LHSSCore@abtassoc.com by December 6, 2020. Please specify “Supply Chain Consultancy” in the email subject line.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development.

Specific areas we work in include:

  • Health
  • Education and workforce development
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Housing and communities
  • Survey and data collection


Abt is a mission-driven company with a staff of 2,600. Our focus is on using evidence and cutting-edge methods to improve the lives and economic well-being of people worldwide.

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