Technical director - Programs

  • Posted on 28 June 2019

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a technical director-programs based in Luanda, Angola, to support USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management project (GHSC-PSM). The technical director-program provides direct technical assistance to specifically assigned duties to fulfill the GHSC-PSM strategy aimed at improving the availability, accessibility, use, and quality of pharmaceutical supplies for all levels of Angola’s public health system. He or she plays a catalytic role at the national level to ensure that coordination and communication among the various national and provincial actors involved in pharmaceutical management improves (in particular, the National Direction for Medicines and Equipment, the National Directorate of Public Health, and Angola’s Medicines and Medical Supplies Central Warehouse [CECOMA]). The director leads a team to develop and implement supply chain policies and procedures that support improved medicine quantification, procurement, warehousing, inventory management, ordering/issuing, and distribution from CECOMA to all levels of the Angolan supply chain with specific support in the areas of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and family planning. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve on the senior management team, overseeing technical implementation and facilitating timely completion of activities and deliverables to ensure they align with the project’s work plan and budget
  • Represent GHSC-PSM in Angola as a technical lead in external forums, including meetings with relevant stakeholders, related to building the capacity of national health and supply chain systems
  • Produce monthly and quarterly activity reports and technical success stories; review all regular technical reports before submission to headquarters or USAID
  • Ensure timely submission of all deliverables for assigned teams in coordination with the country director
  • Ensure that team staffing and performance align with goals and plans to achieve project results
  • Work with the finance and operations director to ensure that sourcing and procurement activities support USAID and Ministry of Health objectives and align with GHSC-PSM objectives
  • Facilitate communication and troubleshoot issues between the field office and the Task Order technical teams at headquarters; provide timely responses to complex supply chain data management requests from donors and beneficiaries
  • Support the country director in maintaining working and consultative relationships with the Ministry of Health, Central Medical Stores, USAID, the Centers for Disease Control, and other partners
  • Collaborate with the National Essential Medicines Program, National Malaria Control Program, National Institute Against AIDS, and all 18 provincial warehouses to monitor the availability of HIV/AIDS, malaria, family planning, and other commodities; make technical recommendations that the team will help to implement to ensure their continuous availability
  • Develop and implement streamlined strategies and organizational structures to capitalize on supply chain management best practices and, in turn, ensure project teams’ cost efficiencies and increased productivity
  • Ensure movement toward integration of global supply planning benchmarks through the logistics’ technical working group’s use of the Pipeline tool
  • Develop and implement technical strategies to improve procurement, warehousing, and distribution approaches
  • Manage the technical team’s timely delivery of technical deliverables, ensuring sound technical recommendations are followed and implemented with Ministry of Health counterparts.
  • Develop and implement risk-mitigation strategies for technical assistance to national program efficacy
  • Showcase the project’s potential to improve supply chain management through reporting analysis within the national program’s use of the electronic logistics information system
  • Support the country director in developing annual work plans and scopes of work
  • Understand and implement project standard operating procedures and policies
  • Manage the performance and annual review process for technical team supervisees


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field required
  • Minimum of eight years of experience leading and overseeing technical program implementation, including health supply chain activities such as commodity management, warehousing and storage, or management information systems
  • Record of effective leadership in senior management positions and ability to create and support a culture of promoting inclusivity, learning, and delivering results
  • Proven ability to apply supply chain management best practices and innovations to donor-funded programs’ ideas
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the development and monitoring of project work plans’ implementation
  • Demonstrated ability to monitor performance against key performance indicators
  • Demonstrated ability to build the capacity of staff as a manager
  • Thorough knowledge of international procurement principles, methods, and best practices
  • Experience working with HIV/AIDS, family planning, tuberculosis, or malaria commodities preferred
  • Sound judgment, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work flexibly in a team-oriented and culturally diverse environment
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and present complex information clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite; advanced skills in Excel, including pivot tables, preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese required

Application instructions:

Please send an electronic version of your CV and cover letter with “Technical Director-Programs” in the subject line to by August 5, 2019. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

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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.

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