- Company: VillageReach
- Location: Kenya
- State: Nairobi
- Job type: Full-Time
- Job category: Procurement Jobs in Kenya
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 58 million people in Africa. VillageReach in incorporated in Washington State and has offices in Seattle (USA), Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and Mozambique.
The Senior Manager, Supply Chain will be a key technical lead supporting Lwala Community Alliance and the Migori County Team advocating for investments in supply chain for community health. This role will provide technical leadership on implementation of community health supply chain improvement activities including the roll out of data collection tools and a logistics information management system while also providing mentorship and on-going training support needs to the county health team and at the facility and community health level on supply chain management.
This role will be part of the Supply Chain Global Technical Team and will be based in Migori County, Kenya. A successful candidate will have relevant experience implementing supply chain improvement activities at the county and community levels.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
- Supply Chain Advocacy (10%) : In consultation with VillageReach supply chain global technical team and Lwala, support the County HPTU in developing a clear advocacy strategy for amplifying supply chain needs and planning considerations for CHWs in county level SCTWGs. Advocate for increased funding support for community health needs and for inclusion of community health commodity requirements within the county forecasts. Develop and collaborate with other community health organizations at the county level to enhance alignment and leverage on existing investments in community health supply chain.
- Technical (60%) : Working together with the VillageReach Digital solutions team, conduct assessments to document existing digital solutions in use within Migori County and develop a strategy and roadmap for implementation of digital solutions for community health. Support the county health team with implementation of data collection tools to aid in forecasting and quantification for community health needs. Support the development of a roadmap for implementation of the logistics management information system. Provide capacity building and mentorship on supply chain management for CHWs/CHW Supervisors. Provide technical leadership for the day to day implementation of all supply chain improvement activities in the areas of supply chain assessments, supply chain system design, warehousing and inventory management, transportation and distribution, forecasting and supply planning and supply chain performance management.
- Business Development (10%) : Working together with the VillageReach Supply Chain team, conduct business development activities, including identifying, cultivating and securing funding opportunities for VillageReach, develop and contribute to request for proposals or other funding opportunities for the continued growth and expansion on the program.
- Stakeholder Engagement (10%) : Engage with the National and County HPTUs, the Community Health department, Migori County MoH team and other supply chain and community health partners at the county level and identify opportunities for collaboration and or leveraging their existing investments to strengthen community health supply chain.
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
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 :
Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; monitoring performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Education & Experience :
- Bachelor’s or graduate degree or equivalent in pharmacy, supply chain management, public health, international development, business or related field.
- Minimum 10 years’ work experience working in supply chains within public or private sector.
- Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical, management expertise for complex programs in resource-constrained countries;
- Demonstrated experience interacting with government agencies, host country governments and counterparts, and international donor agencies; excellent networking and partnership building skills
- Excellent planning and prioritization skills as well as creative problem-solving and analytical skills;
- Experience working within global health supply chain will be an added advantage.
- Experience working with government partners at the county level
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of supply chain systems and data flow at the community level
- Understanding of the challenges with commodity availability at the community level
- Experience providing consulting services, specifically supporting the implementation of changes to Ministry of Health processes, systems
- Experience working with geographically distributed teams
- Readiness to travel in-country 30-40% of the time to supervise project activities at the county level
Other Qualifications :
- Comply with VillageReach’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
- Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups.
- Eligibility to work in Kenya and excellent understanding of country health system
- 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 and Swahili with professional proficiency in writing and speaking
- Consulting skills to design engagements and manage complex stakeholder environments
- Collaboration skills to develop and manage relationships with clients (TA providers) and key stakeholders
- Communications skills to present convincingly to senior government officials, TA partners and conference audiences
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 USA 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 Regional Africa based staff and Country office staff are expected to be available for late afternoon/evening meetings up to 6pm.