Health Commodity Procurement Specialist Non-profit Careers – Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Principal
Technical Advisor – Supply Chain Management
About US:
Management Sciences
for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven
approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and
communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater
health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and
action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150
countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to
improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services.
Job Summary:   The Health Commodities Procurement Specialist
will lead the development of health commodities procurement strategies (e.g.,
coordinated or pooled procurement) and champion approaches such as private
sector engagement that foster cost-efficiencies, enhance local ownership, and
solidify financial sustainability of the supply chain. S/he will work with and
directly support the Pharmacy Department and local entities such as JMS, NMS,
and the medical bureaus.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Health Commodities
Procurement 40%
development and implementation of SSCS health commodities procurement
strategies to enhance supply chain cost-efficiencies
feasibility studies and develop concepts with national key stakeholders using a
participatory approach
where possible and lead SSCS funded pilots including analysis of results and
development of recommendation for scale up
elaboration of scale up costs plans and their implementation, where in SSCS
Private Sector
Engagement 30%
will champion private sector engagement
and conduct an assessment of the private-sector interest, willingness, and
capacity to participate in alternate options to improve public-sector
pharmaceutical procurement.
Build on
the outcomes of the assessment and other source of information and forums that
will be available (including the innovation lab and CLA forum)
private sector engagement that can foster cost-efficiencies and enhance local
ownership in the area of health procurement.
Procurement Process
Design and Implementation 20%
will drive health procurement innovations, new approaches and/or expansion of
existing small-scale initiatives
a set of opportunities of novel health commodity procurement approaches/systems
(i.e. coordinated or pooled procurement, prime vendor approach) relevant to the
Ugandan context building on evidence, best practices and lessons learned from
other countries and within Uganda
documented and data driven rational to demonstrate innovations’ value add to
mobilize interest and support from key national stakeholders
a life of project high level plan that will provide comprehensive vision of
implementation across several years and grounds for adequate planning. S/he
will update and refine the multi-year plan based on USAID and key national
stakeholders’ priorities and, on an annual basis, will revise the plan as
necessary based on evolving priorities, outcomes of pilots and progress on
implementation of innovations’ scale up.
Team Management 5%
to project work planning, performance reviews, and reporting.
Strategy 5%
to the development and update of a 10-year national road map for supply chain
to ensure health commodities procurement strategies/new approaches and private
sector role are adequately factored in as important drivers to solidify
financial sustainability of the supply chain in Uganda and its Journey to

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
applicant for the Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Health Commodity
Procurement Specialist job must hold a Master’s degree in public health or its
equivalent, formal training in pharmaceutical supply chain and/or procurement.
minimum of seven years of experience working in pharmaceutical supply chain
including 5 on procurement systems and approaches.
experience working in the health or supply chain private sector a plus
and track records of designing and implementing novel health commodities
procurement approaches
conceptualizing strategies and translating them into implementation plan
and track records of successfully engaging and mobilizing stakeholders
leading the design and implementation of pilots
conducting feasibility studies and other types of assessment
record of using data to monitor performance and for decision making
and track records of engaging and working with the private sector and setting
up concrete and tangible partnerships
communication skills, both written and verbal and ability to clearly articulate
messages to a variety of audiences
and innovative mindset
Ability to
plan and organize
to meet deadlines and produce deliverables on time
analytical skills
interpersonal skills
in English
How to Apply:
All candidates who
wish to join Management Sciences for Health in the aforementioned capacity at
the link below.
Deadline: 15th June 2020
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