Supply Chain Workforce Strengthening Specialist

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 17 November 2019

Job Description

Summary of Role

IntraHealth is seeking a Supply Chain Workforce Strengthening Specialist to work on the USAID-funded Global Health Supply Chain project. The Specialist provides strategic leadership and technical support through a holistic organizational and human resources systems approach to improve and sustain the performance of the supply chain workforce. S/he will conduct the coordination with relevant stakeholders in the provision of assistance to build the capacity and capabilities of national systems, with a strong focus on applying private sector SCM systems approaches. Along with relevant global and national-level stakeholders, s/he will support the identification and development of effective strategies for building human resource capacity while considering the organizational, policy, systems, application of private sector SCM approaches and other context for effective capacity development. S/he will also identify short-term technical assistance needs in partnership with the Health System Strengthening team and find ways of meeting these and monitor and report on short-term technical assistance assignments.

This position is based at the project headquarters in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, with travel internationally as needed, approximately 30% of the time.

Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States at the time of application. IntraHealth will not assist in pursuing or negotiating any work visa options.

Essential Duties

  • Support countries to use a holistic systems approach to assess supply chain workforce performance gaps and identify the fundamental causes of performance challenges at organizational and individual levels.
  • Support countries to implement key workforce systems strengthening approaches (including planning, policy, management, education, retention, productivity, and performance) to address performance barriers in support of developing a resilient supply chain management (SCM) workforce using best in class private sector practices and methodology.
  • Support in-country program teams in problem-solving workforce issues and ensuring that international standards in workforce development for best in class supply chain management (SCM) are applied.
  • Provide a leading role within GHSC-HSS incorporating private sector SCM approaches across existing SCM functional areas
  • Lead and facilitate the integration of private sector SCM approaches into GHSC-PSM country planning
  • Support the implementation of country-based approaches aimed at adopting private sector SCM approaches
  • Strengthen understanding of SCM private sector approaches within GHSC-PSM (HQ and field-based teams)
  • Communicate SCM private sector approaches to USAID staff at HQ (through USAID SCM training courses), and within-country missions (through interaction with FO teams)
  • In collaboration with others, foster communication, sharing, and learning on SCM workforce topics and successes across countries. Ensure lessons learned in strengthening the supply chain management workforce are captured and disseminated broadly within the project and globally through external publication and presentation.
  • Develop, write, and review documents such as strategy papers, programmatic reports, articles and presentations, and technical briefs. Work in close consultation with other program and country-based technical advisors and staff.
  • Regularly review and stay current on international and domestic advances in private sector SCM and broader health workforce issues and make recommendations on how to apply the most up-to-date and relevant practices and key performance indicators to the project.
  • Provide updates to field staff as needed, using an array of communication approaches appropriate to specific country settings (e.g. teleconferencing, posting to portal pages or email, travel and one-on-one consultation.)
  • Responsible for managing and mentoring the Supply Workforce Strengthening Specialist position as well as identifying, orienting, deploying and managing consultants that provide short term technical assistance.


Education & Experience

  • Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Public Health, Health Policy, Organizational Development, or a related field with 6 years of relevant experience, a Master’s degree in a related field of study and 10 years of relevant experience, or a Bachelor’s degree with 14 years of relevant experience.
  • Ph.D. or Master’s Degree is strongly preferred.
  • Relevant experience required in conducting the design, development, and evaluation of systematic approaches to build the capacity of individuals within private sector or developmental logistics organizations in a wide variety of health commodities fields
  • Private sector supply chain operations experience at the tactical and strategic level strongly preferred.
  • Experience in implementing projects focused on health systems strengthening, workforce development, capacity building of local governments, and commercial supply chain management practices is preferred
  • Experience facilitating country, regional, and global coordination of planning and implementation of technical assistance activities for low- and middle-income countries is essential.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French preferred.

About the Organization

Why join IntraHealth?

At IntraHealth, we are a global team of creative, committed humanitarians on a mission. We are advocates, technologists, health workers, and communicators. Program officers, finance experts, and technical leaders. We are passionate and diverse. And we’re united in our belief that everyone everywhere should have the health care they need to thrive. That’s why we work every day to improve the performance of health workers around the world and strengthen the systems in which they work.

For almost 40 years in over 100 countries, IntraHealth has partnered with local communities to make sure health workers are present where they’re needed most, ready to do the job, connected to the technology they need, and safe to do their very best work.

Our programs are designed with a deep understanding of and appreciation for the context of human rights, gender equality and discrimination, economic empowerment, and changing populations. And the longstanding relationships we’ve built with government agencies, private-sector partners, and members of civil society make our efforts stronger and more effective.

Join us and together we can make lasting changes in global health—for all of us.

Summary of Benefits

IntraHealth International, Inc. is a great place to work and prides itself on its comprehensive benefits package. We offer competitive salaries and a dynamic inclusive work environment which supports health workers so they can improve the lives of people throughout the world.

IntraHealth International is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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