Supply Chain Manager

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ABOUT VILLAGEREACH

VillageReach transforms health care delivery to reach everyone, so that each person has the health care needed to thrive. We develop solutions that improve equity and access to primary health care This includes making sure products are available when and where they are needed and primary health care services are delivered to the most under-reached. Radical collaboration with governments, the private sector and other partners strengthen our ability to scale and sustain these solutions. Our work increases access to quality health care for more than 46 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. VillageReach in incorporated in Washington State and has offices in Seattle (USA), Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and Mozambique.

Summary

VillageReach is supporting Malawi’s Ministry of Health to ensure equity in vaccine delivery and increase access to COVID-19 vaccines for underserved populations in Malawi. To advance this larger objective, this position will be particularly focused on optimizing and supporting last mile delivery to reach underserved populations, and increasing visibility of vaccine supply and demand.

Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

  • Coordinate with EPI program staff at the central and district levels to co-design plans and interventions, and ensure priorities and work plans are aligned
  • Working with partners, applying existing tools to review cold chain inventory gaps and develop resources (job aids, guidance) for cold chain technicians
  • Work with the MOH to support operationalization of new vaccination sites
  • Assist EPI to train health workers in vaccine handling, cold chain, data recording and waste management (including working with partners to strengthen existing standard operating procedures, develop training materials, and initiate trainings for district staff)
  • Advise on creation of dashboards that can assist in improving vaccine equity; support district health offices and district health management teams to routinely review data and adjust plans accordingly
  • Provide supply chain expertise to software development team to assist in development and deployment of OpenLMIS for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Provide supply chain expertise to modeling vendor to create a supply chain optimization model for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Participate in regular meetings with EPI and partners
  • Conduct supervision or mentorship visits with MOH EPI central and regional staff and provide technical support to EPI district-level staff
  • Train EPI staff on defined areas as required
  • Contribute to regular project monitoring and reporting

Competencies:

The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.

  • Personal Motivation and Drive:  Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization

 

  • Collaboration & Effective Communication:  Establishes and maintains effective relations with coworkers, partners & stakeholders and external parties; works collaboratively with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives; works actively to resolve conflicts; expresses ideas and thoughts effectively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods and maintains meaningful communication with virtual coworkers and other parties to keep them informed
  • Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:  Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach

 

  • Commitment to Excellence:  Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach

 

  • Solution Orientation & Innovation:  Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making

Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position will not directly supervise any VillageReach employees.

Education & Experience:

The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, pharmacy, public health, or related relevant field with 4-6 years of relevant work experience;
  • Working knowledge and hands-on experience on supply chain programs as they relate to public health or logistics in Malawi;
  • A working understanding of effective approaches to EPI supply chain management;
  • Ability to develop and carry out work plans and solve problems independently;
  • Experience working in team settings, including in an international capacity;
  • Experience working closely with government ministries on complex projects preferred;

Other Qualifications:

  • Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated understanding of challenges with working in rural, underserved and low-income context; experience living in and/or working in a low-income country a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and comfortable in a fast-paced technical environment.
  • Fluency in English is required.

Environment and Physical Demands

VillageReach has no private offices, employees work in a shared, open environment with task and conference rooms accessible to employees for privacy and meetings. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Due to the time zone differences between our Seattle office and our Country Offices and location of other global staff, US based staff are expected to be available for early morning meetings starting at 6am. In addition, our global HQ and Country office staff are expected to be available for late afternoon/evening meetings up to 6pm.

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter [plus any other desired materials] to our online portal:  http://www.villagereach.org/join-us/

 

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION:

VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. We believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align our values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.

Compensation:VillageReach has an established compensation structure that is based on the relevant market and internally transparent. We hire people into the established range based on one’s experience and education and considering internal equity. We do not inquire about salary history.

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