Supply Chain Expert

  • Posted on 26 February 2021

Job Description

USP is a partner on the Cure Tuberculosis in the Kyrgyz Republic program. The goal of the project is to strengthen the Kyrgyz government’s ability to diagnose, treat, and cure people with Drug Resistant – Tuberculosis (DR-TB).

USP will support the following objectives:

- Objective 1: Improve TB detection through strengthening TB laboratory system

- Objective 2 : Improve TB drug management

USP seeks a part-time consultant on supply chain for the Kyrgyz republic to provide technical assistance to strengthen the TB medicines supply chain

Key Responsibilities

Scope of Work:

Responsibilities include:

Provide expertise in assessing policies, systems, and structures in the public and private sectors to effectively manage access to TB drugs, lab commodities, and related products

Provide technical knowledge of international standard treatment and care guidelines for TB as well as related health products

Specific activities will include:

Review the assessment report and any other relevant document documents for supply chain and update the assessment report as needed

Ensure that the procurement specifications for TB drugs include the quality assurance mechanisms

Review current practices of local procurement process (including government funded) to understand potential gaps and propose interventions

Recommend strategies to establish medicines registration system quality control feedback loop with tendering and corrective actions

Update the Standard Operating Procedure for the TB supply chain based on international best practices

Represent USP on various technical and external meetings

Support any ad-hoc requests received from the funding organizations

Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree with post-graduate qualifications directly related to supply chain management

· Minimum of 10 years of experience with end-to-end supply chain principles, practices, and processes

· Deep, credible knowledge of one or more aspects of supply chain management, including demand management and forecasting, inventory control and replenishment management, transportation, warehousing and distribution, and LMIS

· Experience with supply chains (and their systems, stakeholders, and networks) in developing countries

· Previous experience in working with stakeholders in conducting analysis and for the development of national health sector strategies.

· Experience in leading/conducting assessment, performing document review, and developing national procedures

· Experience working as a technical advisor or consultant

· Experience working in resource-constrained environments

· Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to evaluate complex situations and make clear, logical recommendations to address the challenges those situations present

· Ability to travel to the Central Asia region for short-term assignments (when allowed)

· Articulate, professional, and able to communicate effectively with key internal and external stakeholders and write lucid technical and trip reports.

· Ability to work independently, as well as with cross-cultural and cross-functional teams.

· Advanced computer competence (e.g., MS Office).

Preferred Qualifications

· Experience working in Central Asia

· Demonstrated understanding of Central Asia political and socioeconomic environments; previous work for donor-funded or national programs; ability to tailor management strategy in response to challenges and problems that arise

· Fluency in Russian is preferred

Period of Performance

April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

Please send CV, 3-References, and Hourly Rate to ATTN: Hana Keno, Senior Procurement Specialist, at GPH_Procurement@USP.org by the closing date of March 19, 2021

When submitting your application, write “Supply Chain Consultant – TB Medicines/ Kyrgyz” in the email Subject Line.

About the Organization

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries. USP’s focus on global public health extends to lower and middle-income countries with work in over 20 countries through donor-funded programs. Our programs are focused on building the capacity of regulatory authorities and manufacturers in ensuring patient access to quality-assured essential medicines by providing: 1) technical assistance to manufacturers to increase the supply of quality-assured priority medicines for malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) products; and 2) capacity-building activities to regulatory authorities to fulfill their function in ensuring the supply of quality-assured medical products.

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