Senior Supply Chain Information Systems Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 July 2020

Job Description

The Senior Supply Chain Information Systems Advisor will provide thought leadership and technical guidance to in-country stakeholders in support of the development and implementation of a cohesive and sound national strategy for supply chain information systems in Uganda. S/he will support the development and implementation of new systems that are supported by USAID and USG implementing partners and/or the GoU, assist in the review of existing or new systems and digital innovations to assess their design and technological appropriateness in terms of user friendliness, security, data quality and data use; and formulate recommendations for information system improvements. While the SSCS project will not directly support or lead the develop/enhancement of supply chain information systems and digital tools, its mandate is to work hand in hand with the GoU and other in-country stakeholders to help ensure that systems and tools available and new ones and are meeting the country and users’ needs, complementary and cost-effective.

- The Advisor will work hand-in-hand with the MOH Division for Health Information and information technology unit and will help develop and update a cohesive strategy for health information systems in general and logistics information systems in particular - 15%
- The Senior Supply Chain Information Systems Advisor will provide technical guidance and advice for the design, piloting, and implementation of
- paper and digital technology-based logistics information systems led and implemented by the Gou and other in-country stakeholders
- other digital technology innovations that support supply chain efficiencies and performance - 20%
- The Advisor will work closely with the National Medical Store (NMS) throughout the completion of their new USAID funded ERP system (NMS+) implementation. To that end the Advisor will ensure efficient coordination with other on the SSCS project working to support NMS+ implementation in their respective capabilities - 25%
- S/he will support reviews and assessments of existing or new health information systems and other supply chain related technology tools from the GoU and other in-country stakeholders and provide recommendations to ensure that information systems are sound, cost-effective, and complementary - 20%
- S/he will provide insight on other countries’ systems and experiences in implementation and tools and how they can be leveraged for Uganda’s supply chain’s benefit - 15% .
- Contribute to project work planning, performance reviews and reporting -5%

Bachelor’s degree and masters in relevant areas e.g. Strategic Information, Information Technology, Data Science etc. Preferred: Advanced DHIS2 Academy certificate.

- At least 10 years of experience defining requirements for, developing and implementing health information systems in low- and middle income countries


- Specific experience with logistic information systems strongly desired.

- Experience supporting the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning systems a plus. Knowledge and Skills

- A solid understanding of the barriers to and enabling environment (people, processes and technologies) needed for successful health information systems

- Demonstrated experience working with key stakeholders at strategic level

- Experience analysing business processes and developing requirements for information systems

- Experience leading the development and implementation of software testing protocols

- Track record of supporting system enhancement including conducting technical reviews, gathering user feedback and analysis of systems’ strengths and weaknesses

- Sound knowledge of the various technologies available, and their pros and cons.


- Good communication skills and ability to clearly articulate messages to a variety of audiences

- Advanced competency in Microsoft Office Suite - especially, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

- Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships

- Flexible and adaptable, able to work in ambiguous situations

- Strategic and evidence-driven mindset

- Must be a team player and able to work collaboratively with and through others

- Fluent in English.

Physical Demands

Travel requirements 10 to 20%,

Keyboard use, Pulling drawers, Lifting papers <10lbs.

About the Organization

Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.


MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.

Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by

  • Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
  • Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
  • Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.



Leadership, Governance, & Management

They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:

    • the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
    • the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
    • the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.


Health Service Delivery

MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:

    • HIV & AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Maternal, newborn, and child health
    • Family planning and reproductive health
    • Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza

Human Resources for Health

MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.

Pharmaceutical Management

Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.

Health Care Financing

MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.

Health Information

MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.

MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.

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