Senior Technical Officer, EMHS Non-profit Jobs – Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Organization: Management
Sciences for Health (MSH)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Technical
Advisor, QPPU
Job ID: 13-9355
About Us:
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is an international non-profit
health organization composed of nearly 2500 people from more than 74 nationalities
working in over 50 countries. Our mission is 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. Together with our partners, we
are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger
management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.
About USAID UHSC Project:
The Uganda Health Supply Chain (UHSC) seeks to contribute to the
Ministry of Health’s (MOH) medicines policy objective of improving the health
status of the Ugandan population by increasing the availability, accessibility,
affordability and appropriate use of essential medicines and health supplies
(EMHS), including reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH)
commodities. UHSC supports the Quantification and Procurement Planning Unit
(QPPU) that is part of the Pharmacy Department of the MoH which aims to ensure
optimum use of GoU and donor financing for pharmaceutical products by providing
a single centralized system in the MOH for projecting and quantifying national
requirements for EHMS; and coordinating contributors’ supply planning and
ensuring appropriate products in adequate quantities are supplied on a timely
Job Summary: The Senior Technical
Officer, EMHS will be seconded to the Pharmacy Department of the Ministry of
Health to support the efficient operation of the QPPU. The incumbent will be
responsible for supporting the Ministry of Health technical programs, Central
warehouses and health facilities in quantification and procurement planning of
EMHS. He/She works closely with UHSC staff, Ministry of Health Pharmacy
Department and technical programs, NMS, JMS, IPs and other stakeholders to
provide technical assistance in ensuring the harmonization and coordination of
Essential Medicines and Health Supplies (EMHS) procurement planning and
quantification as well as programmatic stock status monitoring. This technical
assistance is primarily focused on strengthening logistics systems and provide
a link between MOH and stakeholders and facilitate harmonization within the
various supply chains. The incumbent will identify and disseminate strategic
logistics information to enable effective quantification, supply planning,
funding and procurement of EMHS. He/She is responsible for conducting
quantification of national requirements, tracking commitments and the financial
and commodity gaps for EMHS.
Key Duties and
  • The incumbent will support the Pharmacy
    Department to liase with NMS, JMS, development partners and UHSC program
    staff to quantify and periodically review national requirements of
    essential medicines and health supplies
  • Support Pharmacy Department to liase with
    NMS and JMS to secure commitments of Government of Uganda and development
    partners against developed national quantifications, and continuously
    monitor the funding and commodity gap
  • Work closely with NMS, HCIVs and Hospitals
    to develop annual procurement plans for EMHS based on the facilities
    consumption and adjust the procurement plans to fit the allocated budget
    using the VEN vetting system
  • Work in liaison with NMS to consolidate
    the facilities’ annual procurement plans into a national procurement plan
    for EMHS and monitor procurements and distribution of EMHS against the
    consolidated procurement plan
  • Work closely with the central warehouses
    (NMS, JMS, UHMG, MAUL) and development partners to monitor the procurement
    pipeline and compile the MOH bi-monthly stock status reports for the 41
    indicator items
  • Standardize and further develop data
    collection methodology and tools for quantification and supply planning of
  • Prepare and submit periodic reports as
    required by the UHSC program, Pharmacy Division, Ministry of Health
    programs and development partners
  • Perform any other duties that may be
    assigned from time to time as need arises.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Management
    Sciences for Health Operations Senior Technical Officer, EMHS career placement
    should hold a Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. Professional qualifications
    in logistics and supply management or public health is an added advantage
  • Work experience in providing
    pharmaceutical management technical assistance especially in the area of
    supply chain management, quantification and procurement
  • At least four years of experience in
    quantification for essential medicines and health supplies at national
  • Demonstrated analytical skills with
    computerized packages including Microsoft office packages such as MS Excel
  • Work experience with medicines logistics/
    inventory management information systems
  • Working experience in Uganda with
    knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the Uganda public health
    system. Previous experience with USAID supported programs is an added
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with
    other stakeholders in developing creative and strategic solutions to
    achieve common goals
  • Willingness to be flexible and adapt to
    changing priorities and shifting deadlines
  • Demonstrated strong organizational, administrative,
    communications and reporting skills
  • Strong teamwork and team-building skills
  • Ability to write lucid technical reports
    and documents.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the
Management Sciences for Health in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to
Apply Online by clicking on the link below.
Deadline: 16th December,
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