USAID/Bangladesh has requested the assistance of the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) program, implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), to address supply chain management issues related to reproductive health commodities, specifically supporting the government of Bangladesh and other key national stakeholders to improve procurement of reproductive health commodities in the country, to strengthen the distribution systems and management information systems in place, and to build local capacity to strengthen health systems.
The Senior Program Associate will be responsible for providing technical assistance and support to the Directorate General of Family Planning to set up a system for centralized national forecasting, quantification and procurement planning for reproductive health related commodities required to support the national Family Planning Program. He/she shall be responsible for analyzing and managing the supply side of contraceptives and other major reproductive health commodities. The Senior Program Associate will develop quarterly quantification reports of commodity needs, including analysis of future supply and demand to inform the DGFP procurement strategy.
The Senior Program Associate assists USAID/Bangladesh and DGFP for the development and management of a national contraceptive management information system in collaboration with key partners. The Senior Program Associate will be the focal person for up to date information and news on international and local supply markets, and will work with in-country teams and external experts to track and predict future changes; he/she will assess what impact these might have on national procurement activities. He or she also acts as the Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Program Associate of the SPS Bangladesh program.
- Monitor in-country pipelines and stock status at the Central Warehouse (CWH), Regional Warehouses (RWH), Upazila Stores, Service Delivery Points (SDP) so as to avoid stock outs and overstocks at all levels of the DGFP supply chain, in collaboration with DGFP, CWH and field staff
- In collaboration with the DGFP, SMC, World Bank, UNFPA and other partners, develop and implement a system for national forecasting and quantification of reproductive health related commodities.
- Facilitate the development of an annual forecast and quantification of requirements and quarterly reviews to ensure conformity of the forecasts with national targets and capacities, using available tools and methodologies
- Monitor the national pipelines for all reproductive health related commodities to ensure that adequate quantities of required commodities are readily available for distribution, using available tools.
- Coordinate with partners and stakeholders to discuss implications of procurement and delivery plans.
- Map resources for reproductive health commodities and participate in identifying funding and product gaps and work closely with the SPS Country Directors to advocate for the mobilization of resources necessary to fill identified gaps.
- Maintain a comprehensive database for contraceptives and other reproductive health related drug registrations and track pending registrations and method/product recommendations. Report on implications for procurement decisions.
- Coordinate closely with all partners and other stakeholders to ensure rational and timely procurement of reproductive health related commodities.
- Provide training to key partners and stakeholders on quantification and forecasting, as requested.
- Perform other tasks as required.
- MIS and/or M&E specialist with post-graduate qualification in public health, public administration, logistics or equivalent. Qualifications or training in Pharmacy, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology or equivalent required.
- Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with appropriate methods and tools for data analysis and reporting for decision making.
- Knowledge of and/or experience in family planning and reproductive health interventions and public health management issues and long-term working experience in Bangladesh preferred.
- Experience with management information systems, including LMIS and national HMIS preferred.
- At least three (3) years of work experience in pharmaceutical/public health supplies management with relevant experience in procurement and distribution in developing countries.
- English fluency required including speaking, writing, and reading; additional proficiency in Bangla and/or other Bangladeshi language a plus.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a team-oriented, culturally diverse environment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, communication skills, training experience, ability to identify and resolve policy and operational constraints.
- Demonstrated computer skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite preferred.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently.
- Willingness and ability to travel within Bangladesh.
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