MIS Advisor

Arlington, Virginia, United States
Apply by 21 May 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 17 April 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a MIS Advisor to join the dynamic team of the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM). GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which USAID procures health commodities, provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of supply chains, and collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. GHSC - PSM is a multi-billion dollar USAID funded objective and the largest project in the history of the agency. The project consolidates the previous procurement and assistance components of two former USAID programs and is the primary vehicle through which USAID will procure lifesaving commodities to partner countries. Supporting key global health initiatives in HIV/AIDS, malaria, reproductive health, maternal and child health and Zika, the project encompasses three primary objectives: global commodity procurement and logistics; systems strengthening to support in-country supply chain management; and collaboration via strategic engagement to improve long-term global supply of health commodities. The MIS Advisor position requires performance in the areas of software delivery, technical capacity, and project management. The MIS Advisor leads the cross-functional team in the evolution and delivery of the project’s portfolio of supply chain solutions. The MIS Advisor is primarily focused on logistics information management systems (LMIS) selection, implementation and management as well as inventory management, quantification and forecasting tools. He/she is responsible for providing technical support to country teams, coordination of data collection activities in support of operational research, sector assessments and evaluations, and the organization of national and provincial workshops and trainings. The individual will play a lead role in evaluating systems and identifying gaps in functionality. The successful candidate will be able to provide examples of self-motivation in the workplace and will hold excellent communication skills along with the ability to create and effectively present a product vision for internal and external stakeholders. Expertise in other systems used in country similar to District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) is required. Chemonics hires will work within a dynamic team environment surrounded by thought leaders with expertise in global health and supply chain best practices. We are looking for individuals who seek opportunities to grow their career while contributing valuable inputs within an employee owned organization. The key goals for the position include:
  • Providing project management support for MIS and system strengthening.
  • Developing and supporting the MIS system options to be maintained by the PSM project.
  • Promoting standards across MIS systems to support interoperability of systems.
  • Coordinating with the global MIS team for system integration to increase supply chain data visibility.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Lead and manage technical assistance for MIS system strengthening to support the GHSC-PSM country programs.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of GHSC-PSM portfolio of software solutions to strengthen availability of information to support decision making. This includes the following areas:
    • Requirements documents and functional specifications
    • System(s) development
    • System(s) implementation
    • Interface with legacy systems
  • Development and implementation of training program to improve use and analysis of available data.
  • Any other technical areas relevant to management information systems
  • Provide technical oversight to vendor supported activities to ensure delivery of high-quality product, in accordance with the specifications; ensure user compliance to specifications and recommendations.
  • Provide on the ground monitoring and document progress towards achieving project’s/country results using performance indicators. Develop and manage user trainings, update and maintain all technical project related documentations.
  • With direction from project Directors/country Directors/Managers, liaise with the USAID mission to share information and ensure that the mission, collaborative agencies and other donor organizations are routinely informed about MIS activities.
  • Identify new technologies, functionality, hardware to continuously refine PSM strategy and solution portfolio to promote sustainability and inter-operability.
  • Support and promoting standards for IT systems supported by PSM in order to encourage inter-operability among relevant systems including the global PSM MIS.
  • Assist with the development of project/country work plans and with monitoring progress against the work plan deliverables, and with reporting requirements.
  • Assist in identifying opportunities and coordinating projects work with other partners on medicines management issues or other relevant areas.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree along with at least 8 years of technically relevant work experience in management information systems required; alternatively, a Master’s Degree plus 6 years of experience; JD plus five years of experience; Ph.D. plus four years; or 10 total years or more of related work experience in the above areas may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Relevant information technology certifications related to MIS and/or systems strengthening activities along with a baseline understanding of best practices in project management preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Supply Chain Management, logistics systems, data warehousing, business intelligence, and data visualization considerations preferred.
  • Knowledge of contract management, intellectual property, USAID guidelines, and Malaria Systems Strengthening strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in developing countries or low-resource settings implementing information technology solutions preferred.
  • History of actively participating alongside a large high-performing team of IT professionals to suggest and implement workable solutions.
  • Ability to work with cooperating partners in implementing complex programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills; proven diplomatic and public relations skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks.
  • Experience working in developing countries preferred.
  • Willingness to work overseas for up to 4-8 weeks per year and to consider long-term overseas assignments preferred yet not required for this opening.
Application Instructions Apply through our Career Center at https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk05/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=CHEMONICS&cws=1 by May 21, 2018. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted. 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. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

Chemonics International is a global consulting firm promoting economic growth and higher living standards in developing countries. Our experience in 135 countries has taught us to value solutions that are multi-disciplinary, that incorporate diverse voices and local needs, and that integrate strategies and innovations from many sectors. Our fundamental goal is to achieve substantial and lasting impact - to make a difference in people's lives.

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