Strategic Sourcing Lead, Essential Medicines, GSC-PSM

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 13 January 2021

Job Description

Chemonics seeks an Essential Medicines Strategic Sourcing Lead in support of the $9.5B USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement Supply Management program based in Arlington, VA. The Strategic Sourcing Lead leads assessment of market trends, suppliers and products with the goal of improving sourcing strategies and supplier management for products procured and delivered by the Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. The primary focus will be procurement of essential medicines, tuberculosis preventive treatments and other products for HIV/AIDS programs. The Strategic Sourcing Lead reports to the Strategy Director within the Global Supply Chain (GSC) Strategy Team. The Lead will work closely with the project’s integrated supply chain managers, planning teams, procurement teams, country offices, and others. The Lead will help ensure strategic direction and priorities for the supply of essential medicines, TPT and other items, including through sourcing events and contract-related negotiations. The Lead will also collaborate actively within the cross-market GSC Strategy Team and with other functional units within GSC, including planning analysts, procurement specialists, quality assurance staff, and deliver/return staff, among others. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) procures and provides health commodities for countries receiving U.S. government foreign assistance. GHSC-PSM also provides technical assistance to improve the efficiency, reach, and sustainability of in-country supply chains and is supported with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, USAID’s family planning and reproductive health program, and USAID’s maternal and child health program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identify, analyze, and make recommendations to sourcing strategy development, using historical procurement data, market research and analytics, quality assurance inputs, supplier and partner intelligence, and client input
  • Lead or oversee strategic sourcing processes across categories of suppliers, with a focus on the approved formulary of essential medicines for HIV/AIDS programs, as well as TPT and voluntary male circumcision kits. Engage existing and new wholesalers and manufacturers, to negotiate best value, pricing, and other relevant terms in contracts
  • Lead collaboration or act as liaison for GHSC-PSM headquarters and field office functional teams and USAID stakeholders to collect critical market and supply chain inputs and assess commodity sourcing opportunities and risks
  • Enhance supplier relationships through contributions to continuous improvement of post-award supplier processes, including scorecards and periodic business reviews, in collaboration with supplier relationship management staff and others
  • Provide technical guidance and expertise for technical working groups. Provide project management support as needed
  • Monitor and report status and results of strategic sourcing to GHSC-PSM leadership and USAID
  • Support responses to ad hoc data requests from the client
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum 8 years’ work experience in supply chain, health programs, or health products/ medical supplies procurement, pharmaceutical procurement preferred
  • Project management experience in a technically relevant field required
  • Experience with conducting qualitative and quantitative research and using data analytical tools, including Excel
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working in a cross-collaborative and cross-cultural environment
  • Experience liaising with suppliers, clients and/or partners in analytic, strategy development and performance management activities preferred
  • Familiarity with commercial and/or government procurement practices preferred
  • Familiarity with USAID beneficiary countries or other resource constrained countries a plus
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility and integrity
  • Foreign language proficiency a plus

Application Instructions:

Apply through our Career Center at . This position will be opened until filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.
(Posted January 2021)

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.

COVID-19 Recruitment Information

Chemonics International is monitoring COVID-19 activity around the world. The health and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance to us, and we continue to hire for all open roles with interviewing and on-boarding done virtually. Our new hires and current staff working from our Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, and London offices will temporarily work from home until it is safe to return to our offices.

About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

Chemonics International is a leading international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. with more than 40 years of experience implementing programs around the world.

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