Technical Advisor

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Washington, D.C., United States
Apply by 23 July 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 5 July 2018

Job Description


Under the Family Planning Access Program, JSI monitors global shipment volumes and related supply information for contraceptive implants and Subcutaneous DMPA (DMPA-SC/Sayana® Press) and uses this information to support global partners and countries in strengthening supply chains to deliver family planning (FP) products. To inform these activities, JSI receives and aggregates data from multiple supply chain actors, including, but not limited to, contraceptive manufacturers, donors/procurers (UNFPA, USAID), implementing partners, and Ministries of Health.

JSI also manages the Coordinated Supply Planning (CSP) group, a cross-organizational team that uses the data collected above and other information to anticipate future contraceptive stock imbalances at the country-level and to make recommendations to help avoid stockouts and overstocks in the medium term. CSP helps to coordinate across UNFPA and USAID to allocate limited resources to most effectively meet country needs. CSP activities implemented by JSI include, monthly stock monitoring for specific countries, country procurement funding gap analyses, input into the implants forecast, review and feedback on country orders, and other operational support to the group. In addition, JSI is a key partner supporting the pilot implementation of the Global Family Planning Visibility and Analytics Network (Global FP VAN), a shared platform to capture and use supply chain data from multiple sources and organizations to provide enhanced visibility for decision making, managed by the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC).


The Technical Advisor will support implementation of the Family Planning Access Program as needed, but specific tasks would include:

  • Donor-facing role, serving as the primary point of contact for international donors and implementing partners on DMPA-SC supply issues; confidently and succinctly respond to inquiries with sufficiently detailed and accurate supply-related information.
  • Collect data from Pfizer, UNFPA, the Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement Supply Management Project (GHSC-PSM), USAID, the Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report (PPMR), and country supply plans to maintain the DMPA-SC Order Tracking Tool;
  • Analyze and interpret data to prepare monthly DMPA-SC supply reports and quarterly presentations for the donor consortium;
  • Provide technical support to the DMPA-SC Operations Group and liaise with the DMPA-SC Access Collaborative project on country supply issues;
  • Participate in monthly CSP meetings, providing input on country stock situations and other intelligence related to supply and demand for DMPA-SC and other FP products
  • Provide feedback to countries, implementing partners, and CSP group members on country quantification results to flag areas for improvement;
  • Conduct CSP monthly supply reviews for a subset of countries and products and follow up with country contacts for additional information to inform decision making, as needed;
  • Conduct procurement funding gap analysis for a subset of countries for CSP;
  • Provide input to CSP forecasts and forecasting processes;
  • Contribute to Global FP VAN activities as needed;
  • Provide analysis for the Implants Access Program (IAP) and DMPA-SC programs as needed;
  • Represent FPAP at donor meetings and international conferences;
  • Travel for meetings and international conferences (approximately 10-15%).


  • Master’s degree in public health, business administration, public administration, supply chain management, or equivalent
  • Five years of experience in international pharmaceutical or public health supply chain management
  • One year of experience in forecasting and/or supply planning for pharmaceuticals
  • Experience in working with international donor agencies (particularly UNFPA and USAID)
  • Experience in international supply chain operations a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with clients in international organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to complete agreed work on time, on budget, and of a high quality
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Includes ability to provide succinct and accurate summaries of complex issues to a diverse group of partners as well as the ability to adapt the level of detail and technical complexity for different audiences.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of clients and partners with varied interests and qualifications
  • Proven ability to effectively work with Microsoft Excel to interpret data, use formulas, develop graphs for presentation, and identify data discrepancies
  • Strong attention to detail in written and oral communication; experience with representing information in clear and simple to understand data visualization formats
  • Demonstrated managerial and organizational skills in a fast-paced environment with flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to establish and maintain excellent relationships with team members, donors, field offices, and other cooperating agencies
  • French language proficiency preferred, but not required

About the Organization

John Snow, Inc., and our nonprofit JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., are public health management consulting and research organizations dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities in the US and around the Globe.

JSI's mission is to improve the health of underserved people and communities and to provide a place where people of passion and commitment can pursue this cause.

For over 35 years, JSI and our affiliates have provided high-quality technical and managerial assistance to public health programs worldwide. JSI has implemented projects in 106 countries, and currently operates from eight U.S. and more than 40 international offices, with more than 500 U.S.-based professionals and 1,600 host country staff.

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