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Health Procurement and Supply Chain Systems Senior Advisor

The Health Procurement and Supply Chain Systems Senior Advisor (Senior Advisor) will coordinate across US Government (USG) agencies to manage all activities to strengthen and support the health commodities sector.

S/he is an essential senior advisor to the Health Team and the Zambian Government (GRZ) and plays a key role within the broader USG country team, providing strategic and technical expertise relevant to USAID programs, and guiding the USG’s overall approach and strategy for supply chain issues.

The Senior Advisor, in collaboration with the Supply Chain Management Advisor, advises USG agency heads on matters of commodity supply including equipment, procurement planning, pipeline management and commodity distribution.

The Senior Advisor provides interface with senior officials in the GRZ, such as with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health, to resolve issues and ensure efficiencies in the supply chain system.

The Senior Advisor is also a key interlocutor for the USG with the GRZ on supply chain matters, and will work closely and collaboratively with key stakeholders in the supply chain system, offering technical guidance as needed and appropriate and providing transparency and coordination for US support to the supply chain system and electronic commodity management system.

In addition, the Senior Advisor will work closely with key donor partners in the health and supply chain sector, including Department for International Development (DFID), European Union, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, World Bank and the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB, as well as other stakeholders.

The ultimate goal of the Senior Advisor’s work is to support the USG strategic plan for the pharmaceutical sector.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field including pharmacy, logistics and supply chain management, leadership and strategic management, business administration, public health, or related degree;
  • Minimum ten (10) years’ progressively responsible professional experience working in the health or international development field, with 3-5 years’ experience in an International or resource challenged setting, preferably Zambia or a similar developing country;
  • Five (5) years’ experience with management of activities for laboratory, pharmaceutical and public health supply chain; including designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating activities in the delivery of supply chain and pharmaceutical management programs;
  • Relevant experience in Strategic Planning, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, as well as experience working with priority health programs (HIV, TB or malaria), as well as supply chain and pharmaceutical management systems specific to HIV, TB and/or malaria;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with multiple partners at different levels, including host country government counterparts, NGO representatives, other collaborating partners/bilateral donors, the US Embassy and other USG partners, and implementing partners;
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to facilitate agreement among various partners to promote resolution of issues impeding successful implementation of a high-quality national programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and provide leadership in a team environment, coordinate well with others and provide leadership in the areas of his/her competencies;
  • Ability to develop effective and collaborative managerial relationships with USG technical colleagues and implementing partners;
  • Diplomacy, tact, cultural sensitivity and team participation skills are required, in order to establish and maintain effective working relationships within USAID, and with the public and private sectors;
  • Excellent organizational skills in order to multitask and stay organized in a complex, frequently changing environment;
  • Demonstrated advanced analytical skills and problem solving, as well as the ability to effectively manage stress and conflict;
  • Demonstrated ability in strategic thinking and decision-making as well as technical analysis required;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentation skills; Written and spoken fluency in English;
  • Ability to obtain medical clearance to live and work in Zambia; US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required.

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