Commodities/Supply Chain Specialist USAID Project Jobs – Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB)



Job Title:      Commodities/Supply Chain

Organization: Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda


About US:

The Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB), a leading Christian
organization coordinating 302 Member Health facilities all over Uganda is
implementing a five-year Local Service Delivery (HIV/AIDS) Activity supported
by USAID to be implemented in three USAID regions of Uganda (Gulu, Mbarara,
Jinja). The project will support private not-for-profit (PNFP) sites to address
gaps through optimization of high yielding HIV Testing and Counseling Services
approaches, improved retention and viral suppression, provision of HIV/TB care
and treatment, scale up services to reach men and key populations, strengthen
the PNFP institutional capacity and quality for sustainable service delivery
and contribute to Uganda’s efforts in reaching and maintaining epidemic


Job Summary:  The Commodities/Supply Chain Specialist will
provide technical oversight to ensure appropriate levels of health commodities
and supplies are available at all LSDA supported PNFP facilities/sites. The
Health Commodities Specialist will build the capacity of pharmaceutical and
commodity management staff within LSDA supported Health facilities/sites to
monitor the supply chain and address improvement processes. The staff will
Provide TA in ensuring sites link to HIV and lab commodities and adequately
manage their supply chain.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Develop and implement strategies to ensure
appropriate levels of health commodities and supplies at the facilities/sites.

Provide technical assistance to the development
of drug supply management, including the recording and reporting of healthcare
providers, providers’ supervisors, supply managers and pharmacists.

Adopt integrated approaches to increase
effective recording, reporting, logistics, supplies management, storage and
waste management at all levels.

Coordinate with relevant health commodity
storage and distribution bodies to ensure that the procurement process for
health commodities and supplies operates smoothly, and that all parties receive
the necessary information in a timely manner.

Support refinement and management of the procurement
process conducted for health commodities, and support supervision of storage
and distribution at facilities

Build capacity to monitor the medicine stock and
usage levels and prepare regular reports on the stock status and forecast usage
scenarios for the entire project.

Build capacity to prepare and submit medicine
rationing reports if stock position is forecast to be insufficient for
projected usage.

Support pharmaceutical and commodity management
staff at target service delivery facilities in the application of
pharmaceutical standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure the effective
ordering, storage, distribution, and use of pharmaceuticals and commodities in
support of the supplies delivery program.

Collaborate with staff at the regional project
offices to ensure that a management information system is established according
to adopted SOPs, and that the system of reporting functions properly.

Analyze the existing supply chain data and
identify, design and implement interventions to improve supply chain processes
and procedures including the following areas:

Transportation and distribution

Warehouse management

Inventory management


Logistics management information systems

Monitoring and evaluation

Supply chain implications of product selection


Resource mobilization and donor coordination

Identify and analyze the constraints to improve
health commodity availability in the policy, regulatory and health systems

Identify opportunities for supply chain innovation,
including the introduction of best practices.

Work collaboratively with project team and
headquarters staff to assure proper commodities reporting and compliance.

Other relevant tasks as assigned.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

The applicant must hold a Postgraduate degree in
pharmacy, public health or relevant field First degree in Pharmacy. A
minimum of five years of experience in commodities management on large
donor-funded international projects.

A working knowledge and prior experience with
USAID awards.

Demonstrated expertise in HIV commodities

Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability
to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with
regional/district, representatives from pharmacies, and other supply chain
stakeholders such as MoH, JMS, NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector.

Fluency in English in both oral and written

Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Excel and

Ability to travel within the country.

Willingness to support UPMB’s mission.


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested persons who wish to
apply hand-deliver an application letter with a detailed CV naming at least two
referees, to:


Executive Director

Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau

Plot 877 Balintuma Road Mengo

P.O. Box 4127



E-mail: upmbadmin@upmb.co.ug


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