Associate, Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Strengthening (Temporary)

from Clinton Health Access Initiative
Closing date: 08 Jul 2018

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:

The team in Sierra Leone has recently been engaged by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to support the health sector's recovery after the devastating Ebola crisis. The MoHS is taking this opportunity to think strategically and ambitiously about their plans for the future and have asked CHAI to support these efforts, with a particular focus on strengthening the supply chain for drugs and medical supplies.

The Supply Chain team provides support to the Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies and the caretaker environment currently supporting the largest public medical supply chain for the Free Healthcare Initiative (FHCI) in the absence of a national supply chain authority with this mandate. FHCI provides children under 5, pregnant women, and lactating mothers with access to free health care in an effort to target Sierra Leone's high child and maternal mortality rate. Our team works to ensure that a well-functioning system delivers the right drugs, in the right quantity, at the right time to health facilities so that health workers in turn can deliver the highest quality care to patients. The team will support the Directorate of Drugs & Medical Supplies (DDMS), the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), and various national health programs to optimise the supply chain.

Please note that this position is based in Freetown and funded through September 2018, with the possibility of extension contingent on funding approval.

  • Support DDMS on the planning and execution of annual national quantification for FHCI commodities by providing both organizational support and acting as a technical advisor
  • Support DDMS in improvement of warehouse usage and storage management including through review of storage management guidelines, design and implementation of good storage practice training for central and district stores, and identifying key activities to improve warehouse management and organisation at central level
  • Assist in planning, formation, and implementation of a supportive supervision team to improve the ability of DDMs to understand inventory levels and the challenges faced by district teams in warehouse management and data gathering from PHUs
  • Engage with DDMS, Pharmacy Board, and other stakeholders to support planning for and management of the destruction of expired products including through:
    • provision of recommendations on destruction of expired products at district and central level and
    • support in drafting/revising national policy on management and destruction of expired products
  • Provide support on prioritisation of drugs for procurement as requested by DDMS and advise on best practice based on global guidelines and consultation with health workers in-country
  • Liaise with CHAI program teams to improve coordination between CHAI programs towards successful execution of quarterly integrated distributions
  • Collaborate with other Supply Chain Strengthening team members to contribute to CHAI's effrts to improve Logistics Management Information Systems (LMIS) functionality, provide secretariat support to the SC TWG, and support transition of the FHC supply chain to NMSA ownership
  • Perform other tasks as necessary

CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a track record of delivering quality results with limited resources. The individual must be able to function independently and flexibly in a swift manner. CHAI hires exceptional individuals who can drive work plans to completion and meet milestones with little daily supervision

  • Excellent analytical and relationship management skills
  • Minimum qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy; 2-4 years of work experience.
  • Experience in pharmaceutical supply chain management, procurement, or distribution
  • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity and work in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
  • Ability to handle multiple work streams simultaneously and work independently
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly
  • Detail-oriented with strong organization skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint and Word
  • Fluency in English required; Fluency in Krio a plus


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Global health industry experience
  • Experience living and/or working in developing countries
  • Experience working on procurement and supply chain management (ideally in resource-limited settings)
  • Master's degree in Pharmacy or other relevant field


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