Drug Logistics Advisor Job Vacancy

Job Title: Drug Logistics Advisor

Overall Responsibilities
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia and Cambridge, Massachusetts US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

MSH is seeking candidates for a potential program in Uganda that will aim to improve access to healthcare for the vulnerable communities in the Acholi sub-region of the country. This will be accomplished by implementing a component of DFID Uganda’s Post Conflict Development Programme (PCDP) in Northern Uganda. The component comprises four outputs: improved availability of essential medicines in both Government of Uganda (GoU) and Private Not-for-Profit (PNFP) health facilities; reduction and targeted removal of user fees at the point of delivery in PNFP providers; improved independent and GoU monitoring and analysis of the quality of PNFP provision; and evidence-based advocacy to increase the effectiveness of ongoing GoU support for PNFP facilities. The following position is subject to project award.

The Drug Logistics Advisor (DGA) together with the Chief of Party will design and implement a program that will improve the availability of essential medicines in public and private health facilities in the Acholi Region in Uganda. S/he is responsible to ensure that health centers have a reliable and consistent supply of essential medications and health supplies without interruption. This position will work in coordination with senior technical team of the program, the MOH, the donor and other local agencies to make sure that all logistic activities occur within the national framework for pharmaceutical logistics. The DGA will be responsible for training health center staff in logistics improvements; a specific focus will be to capacitate local government on how to supervise, monitor and support health centers in logistics improvement.

•Minimum, undergraduate degree in pharmacy, management or public health, related Social Science postgraduate degree preferable.
•Extensive experience in managing pharmaceuticals and commodities
•Experience in training staff at all levels in pharmaceutical logistics
•Experience with DFID or other foreign donor project
•Experience and full understanding of project management disciplines, consistent with results-based management principles, including business process management, and development of appropriate performance measurement and monitoring systems.
•Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability in producing lucid technical and/or business reports.
•Proven ability to function independently and within multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team contexts (leadership and non-leadership positions).
•Demonstrated skills in general purpose software such as MSWord , Excel, Powerpoint, Access, etc.
•Ability and willingness to travel within Uganda
•Demonstrated success as a technical advisor in a public health and/or international development project, preferably in Uganda and/or East Africa.
•Fluency in English required; additional local languages helpful.

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