Senior Manager, Supply Chain - Health Systems & Immunisation Strengthening

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 November 2019

Job Description

Position title:

Senior Manager, Supply Chain - Health Systems & Immunisation Strengthening

Location:

Geneva

Purpose of the position:

Support the development and implementation of Gavi’s direct financial support to countries in one or more regions.

Department:

Country Programmes

Team:

Health Systems & Immunisation Strengthening (HSIS)

Reports to:

Senior Specialist, Health Systems & Immunisation Strengthening

N° of positions supervised

0-1

Career step level:

4

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. Gavi uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunisation of nearly 700 million children and the prevention of more than 10 million future deaths.

BACKGROUND

Health System Strengthening (HSS) support is intended to help countries to introduce new vaccines and make sustainable improvements in immunisation coverage and equity with a focus to reach zero dose communities.

Recent investments in immunisation programmes worldwide have the potential to substantially decrease illness and death associated with an increased number of preventable diseases. However, as immunisation services expand to include new vaccines and strive to reach larger, more remote or marginalised populations, programmatic constraints of health systems increase. For example, ineffective and inefficient immunisation supply chains and health information systems, insufficient development and retention of the health workforce and constrained capacities for programme and services management are among the challenges faced by countries. Such limitations hamper the ability of countries and the international community to achieve shared objectives for increasing the coverage and equity of immunisation as called for in Gavi’s strategy. The HSIS team plays a critical role in identifying and addressing these health systems bottlenecks through catalytic tailored and targeted HSS investments.

Gavi spends more than US$ 1 billion on vaccines every year. Excellent supply chains are a critical part of Gavi’s goal to help countries increase the effectiveness and efficiency of immunisation delivery as an integrated part of health systems. The alliance immunisation supply chain strategy provides an end-to-end perspective of the supply chain. It focuses particularly on the country level, from the arrival of vaccine doses at the port of entry or the national storage facility to immunisation sessions at the health clinic. We support the countries to improve the 5 fundamentals, namely continuous improvement and planning, data for management and cold chain equipment’s.

As Gavi moves towards the new strategic period (2021-25), the focus of HSIS investments will be to reach zero dose communities, support countries to introduce vaccines and move countries towards financial and programmatic sustainability.

KEY FUNCTIONS AND DELIVERABLES

Work with colleagues in the Secretariat and Alliance partners to:

  • Act as the primary focal point for supply chain at the Gavi Secretariat;
  • Support and help coordinate implementation of Gavi’s immunisation supply chain (SC) strategy in close coordination with Alliance partners;
  • Ensure that Alliance efforts are coordinated in relation to the effective and efficient implementation of the Cold Chain Equipment Optimisation Platform (CCEOP);
  • Support countries and Secretariat country teams to ensure that Gavi supply chain investments through HSS/CCEOP and other cash support is strategically targeted towards building sustainable immunisation supply chain that improve the coverage and equity of immunisation;
  • Monitor performance of SC investments (HSS grants, SFA, CCEOP etc.), conduct portfolio analyses and support learning and adaptation as required;
  • Help represent the Gavi Secretariat and Alliance in major supply chain fora.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Secretariat Supply Chain focal point

  • Support the implementation of the Secretariat’s immunisation supply chain strategy;
  • Engage with partners at regional and country level to ensure technical support for supply chain is strategic, aligned and well-performing;
  • Engage partners at global and regional level to monitor and analyse design and performance of SC investments, and ensure provision of adequate support to each country including through the Partners’ Engagement Framework;
  • Conduct portfolio analysis of SC investments in countries to understand trends, progress and challenges to inform future SC investments;
  • Participate in the immunisation Supply chain steering committee deliberations including the Priority Working Groups, and face-to-face meetings;
  • Oversee the CCEOP and Intelligence Maintenance and Procurement Tool (IMPT) mechanism in accordance with Gavi Secretariat review procedures and processes;
  • Build capacity of Secretariat country teams and in-country partners to plan strategic SC investments, including through the development of programmatic guidance and capacity-building exercises;
  • Support Senior Country Managers (SCMs) in selected countries to analyse supply chain bottlenecks and design of evidence-based supply chain interventions and investments;
  • Support supply chain innovation and new ways of working in focus countries and capture/codify lessons learned/best practices;
  • Work closely with private sector to identify key partners that could respond to country needs;
  • Contribute to other efforts to strengthen HSIS investments and Gavi processes and policies as required;
  • Prepare briefings, content and speaking points on supply chain for meetings with donors and other interested parties, and produce presentations for various events;
  • Represent HSIS unit as needed in Secretariat and Alliance SC technical and policy discussions;
  • Represent Gavi Secretariat in key technical forums such as TechNet and other technical conferences such as Global Supply Chain Health Summit and Health and Humanitarian Logistics meetings.

Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not limited only to the tasks listed and may include other duties as assigned.

Academic:

  • Advanced university degree (master’s) in administration/management backed-up by a bachelor’s in supply chain operations management or in operations management;
  • A degree in public/community health or health systems is an asset;
  • Certification from a recognised professional body such as The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) or others is desirable.

Work experience:

  • Minimum of 8 years of professional experience in managing supply chain projects, as well as providing technical assistance to countries in supply chain related functions such as cold chain, system redesign, capacity building etc.;
  • Experience with conducting/participating to effective vaccine management (EVM) assessment, comprehensive multi-year plan for immunisation (cMYPs) and Expanded Programme for immunisation (EPI) reviews is desirable;
  • Direct field experience in developing countries is preferred;
  • Proven experience in coordinating development partners’ forums or multiagency technical working groups;
  • Work experience in an international non-government organisation; and development organisation;
  • Demonstrable experience in project management, managing partnerships and multi-stakeholder task forces, as well as organisation of meetings and events;
  • Proven expertise working in diverse, multi-partner environments in order to deliver results;
  • Experience working in broader health systems strengthening work would be an asset.

Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not exhaustive of the job responsibilities; other duties may be assigned consistently with the department needs.

Skills/Competencies:

  • Excellent conceptual and analytical problem-solving skills (e.g., to analyse supply chain, health systems bottlenecks);
  • Ability to think strategically and flexibly to see the broader picture;
  • Analytical and very comfortable with data;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
  • Aptitude to plan, organise and prioritise work effectively;
  • Adaptability to changing business needs;
  • Expertise in health project supply chain management including immunisation logistics;
  • Good knowledge of in-country supply chain systems and procedures is preferred;
  • Experience in vaccines and stock management including cold chain equipment (pre-qualification) and distribution management is desirable;
  • Excellent representational and communication skills, including to communicate complex technical information and build knowledge and capacity of others;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues in a global, multicultural context
  • Influencing skills and ability to advance priorities in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment;
  • Ability to work autonomously, while also integrating and collaborating effectively in a fast-moving team.

Languages:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English are required;
  • French is highly desired;
  • Portuguese is an asset.

Contacts:

  • Gavi Secretariat;
  • WHO;
  • UNICEF;
  • Gavi-eligible countries;
  • The Global Fund;
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • The World Bank;
  • Other partners and stakeholders as required.

Gavi is committed to diversity within its workforce and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

If you wish to apply, please visit our Careers webpage and apply by clicking on “Senior Manager, Supply Chain - Health Systems & Immunisation Strengthening”. Deadline for applications is 2 December 2019.

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About the Organization

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. Gavi uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunisation of nearly 700 million children and the prevention of more than 10 million future deaths.

More information

SM, Supply Chain - HSIS.pdf

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