Procurement specialist, malaria, GHSC-PSM

from Chemonics
Closing date: 15 Oct 2019

Chemonics seeks a Procurement Specialist, Malaria on the Global Supply Chain team in support of the Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which USAID: 1) procures and provides health commodities; 2) provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain; and, 3) collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. The project encompasses three primary objectives: global commodity procurement and logistics; systems strengthening to support in-country supply chain management; and collaboration via strategic engagement to improve long-term global supply of health commodities. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

The Procurement Specialist receives requisition orders (ROs) from country offices and other clients, ensures contract compliance for procurement and supplier contracts, and obtains sign off from clients on finalized ROs. The Procurement Specialist also is responsible for completing the necessary sourcing events (including drafting and issuing RFXs, confirming products specifications, completing procurement requirements evaluation, and drafting the subcontracts for execution with vendors). The Specialist will create purchase orders (POs) and coordinate with suppliers, Quality Assurance team, and Deliver/Return team to ensure proper shipment of orders. In this role, candidates with prior procurement experience and strategic/analytical skills would be highly preferred.

Responsibilities include:

  • Obtain country office and/or USAID mission approval for Requisition Orders

  • Together with the Forecast and Plan team, determine whether requested products can be procured by internal distribution order (DO), supplier purchase order, or whether competitive sourcing is required

  • Organize Source Selection Evaluation Board (SSEB) for each sourcing project

  • Create RFXs (RFIs, RFPs, RFQs) leveraging evaluation criteria to gather requirements, determine evaluation criteria weighting, and develop technical questions

  • Conduct eRFX (RFI, RFP, RFQ) events using ARTMIS e-sourcing platform

  • Monitor the tender submission process for formatting, completeness, consistency, and compliance

  • Evaluate RFX responses leveraging standardized scoring methodologies

  • Make supplier award recommendations to supervisors

  • Ensure the completeness and accuracy of contracts, including monitoring all related liabilities and third-party contracts

  • Assist in the management of data related to the tendering process

  • Provide proactive and courteous customer service communication both verbal and written formats

  • Follow up on inquiries in a timely fashion

  • Continuously work to improve and broaden health commodity product knowledge

  • Liaise with Quality Assurance team and Lab Specialist team to ensure that requested health products meet appropriate quality standards and are in line with the (USAID) guidelines

  • Liaise with Deliver/Return (Freight Team) to ensure all proper waivers and documentation are prepared to pick up and ship goods to destination

  • Stay abreast of and communicates any changes in contractual requirements


  • Minimum 3 years of procurement, supply chain, and/or technically relevant work experience required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Solid understanding of USAID and other Federal Acquisition Rules

  • CIPS, CPSM, or other relevant procurement certification preferred

  • Experience living or working in developing countries preferred

  • Technical product knowledge of one or more GHSC-PSM product areas

  • Experience living or working in developing countries preferred

  • Willingness to work overseas for up to 4-8 weeks per year and to consider long-term overseas assignments

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, and lead presentations, training courses, and effective meetings

  • Strong knowledge of MS Office applications

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Demonstrated independent thinking, judgment, and respect for others

  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility and integrity

  • Fluency in English required; secondary language fluency desired

How to apply:

Application instructions:

Apply through our Career Center at by October 15, 2019. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply