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  • Posted on: 25 June, 2013 Deadline: 9 July, 2013
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  • John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a US based international Public Health consulting firm and manages two (2) projects/contracts through its integrated office in Abuja, Nigeria.
    Through the Partnership for Supply Chain Management consortium; JSI implements the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project for the US Government as part of the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The purpose is to establish and operate a safe, secure, reliable and sustainable supply chain management system to procure pharmaceuticals and other products needed for the care and treatment of persons with H IV/AI DS and related infections.
    JSI implements the USAID I DELIVER Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a global technical assistance project aimed at increasing the availability of essential health supplies through procurement services and assistance designed to strengthen health commodity supply chains in developing countries.
    To support the implementation of the health supply chain project in Nigeria, JSI is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

    Warehouse Advisor

     

    Background:
     
    The Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) was established to enable the unprecedented scale-up of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs in the developing world. SCMS procures and distributes essential medicines and health supplies as well as works to strengthen existing supply chains in the field, and facilitates collaboration and the exchange of information among key donors and other service providers. SCMS funded by the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and managed by the US Agency for International Development has identified the need for a Warehousing Advisor to provide technical expertise in the area of Federal and State health commodity warehousing infrastructure and as well as personnel resource development.
    SCMS is seeking a Warehouse Advisor (WA) to work collaboratively with a Short Term Technical Assistance Warehousing expert and in concert with SCMS Nigeria work plan and activities in Nigeria. The WA will be also directly responsible to follow-up on tasks & activities when the STTA is not in-country and any other activities deemed necessary by JSI fSCMS Nigeria Office. The WA will be part of the Systems Strengthening Team and responsible for activities under the SCMS workplan as well as other activities within the integrated office set-up.

    Specific task to be performed are as detailed below:
    A.            Technical Support to The Food & Drug Services, FMOH
    B.            Technical Support to Central & State Warehousing Personnel

    A: Technical Support to the Food & Drug Services, FMOH 
    To serve as the technical lead and support to the Food & Drugs Department of the Federal Ministry of Health on matters pertaining to best warehousing practices and warehousing
    policies.
     
    I. To support the Food & Drugs Services Department on matters pertaining to development and implementation of standard policies and practices in Warehousing of Health Commodities. 
    II. Support the development of a standard Warehousing Strategy that will be piloted at the Federal level and cascaded down to State central Medical Stores. 
    III. Work in collaboration with the Resource Development department of SCMS to develop job aids and support Organizational development of the ministry staff on Warehousing practices.
    IV. Develop a standard warehousing checklist to ensure compliance of best warehousing practices at all Federal Medical Stores.
    V. Support the staff of SCMS and STTA in the review of the organization design to ensure that the up-skilling of the FMOH team will not create unnecessary duplication of roles throughout the organization.
    VI. Participate in job descriptions review to allow alignment of the newly acquired skills, ensuring what has been learnt is put into practice.
    VI. Participate in job descriptions review to allow alignment of the newly acquired skills, ensuring what has been learnt is put into practice.
    VII. In collaboration with the M&E team and the warehouse expert, participate in the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation plan needs.
    VIII. Participate in the development of a Retention plan to manage the risk associated with the trained staff leaving once skills transfer has taken place.

    B: Technical Support to Central & State Warehousing Personnel
    To serve as technical lead and support to State Central Medical Stores in matters pertaining to best warehousing practices and warehousing policies.
     
    I. To provide technical support to State Medical Store personnel on organizational development and resource development on best warehousing practices.
    II. Participate in the delivery of trainings as the need arises, to Federal and State Warehousing personnel.

    Qualifications
    SCMS is seeking to recruit a Warehousing Advisor with the following expertise:

    Knowledge and/or experience in warehousing constructions and landscaping.
    Knowledge and /or experience in the availability and costs of warehousing equipment and tools required for such refurbishments, including the use of racking and climate control installations, including cold rooms.
    Experience in the management! maintenance of a Warehousing facility.
    Work experience in the public health programs or projects in Nigeria or similar developing country context.
    Demonstrated ability to supervise and conduct training.
    Knowledge of the Nigerian public health sector.
    Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
    Excellent technical writing and oral presentation skills highly desired.
    A proven ability to work as part of a team and to be self-managing.
    Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    Ability and willingness to travel in the field.

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    Logistics Advisor HIV/AIDS

     

    The Logistics Advisor (Abuja) will provide hands-on support to health facilities under the HIV/AIDS supply chain unification. The advisor will also provide technical assistance to the State Ministry of Health (SMOH) in assigned states,
    PEPFAR implementing partners, Global Fund-supported partners and other stakeholders in a defined location as appropriate. The Logistics Advisor will support a number of facilities based personnel on supply chain management of health commodities a team working with a team of other advisors to ensure smooth implementation of the HIV/AIDS supply chain unification activities, other JSI Nigeria supply chain functions and report to the Associate Director HIV/AIDS
     
    Position Description:
     
    1. Provide technical support to ensure that health facilities covered under the HIV/AIDS supply chain unification project are adequately supplied with the health commodities.
    2. Support coordination between SCMS/JSI, the FMOH, SMOH, and PEPFAR partners to develop and implement supply chain strategies and provide appropriate non-duplicative services that will ensure reliable procurement and distribution of essential HIV/AIDS medicines and related commodities, including antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, HIV test kits, drugs to treat opportunistic infections (Ols), laboratory supplies, and infection prevention commodities.
    3. Provide technical support for the annual program-specific quantification as well as the National annual quantification of HIV/AIDS commodities and procurement plans in collaboration with colleagues, stakeholders and partners.
    4. Support the linkage between the PEPFAR implementing partners, SMOH and Global Fund/NACA partners and the warehouse location to ensure commodities supplies to health facilities are seamless.
    5. Support coordination of supply chain activities for timely receipt of reports from health facilities, processing of reports and filling of requirements to ensure that health facilities are resupplied with appropriate commodities.
    6. Work with Government counterparts to provide feedback to health facilities and partners on supply chain data to improve the quality of reporting
    7. Collaborate with implementing partners and state government officials to organize monitoring and support visits to health facilities and provide the needed support for smooth implementation of supply chain activities in selected area and other locations.
    8. Participate in monitoring and supportive visit to health facilities within the assigned states to support capacity transfer to appropriate health facility staff to efficient management of supply chain activities at the facility level
    9. Support the establishment and implementation of regional technical working group that will support and monitor the activities of the unification project Support the coordination of distribution activities for timely supply of commodities to facilities.
    10. Support capacity building activities for State Government of counterparts and other stakeholders on supply chain activities
    11. Support the activities of warehouse & distribution service providers to troubleshoot and address supply chain issues that will impact commodities availability before, during and after distribution of commodities.
    12. Support the process of proof of delivery gathering, review and sharing with relevant stakeholders in the state to validate the supply of health commodities to the facility
    13. Support harmonization efforts for the logistics function at the federal and state levels in order to establish a harmonized commodity logistics system including logistics management information system for health commodities.
    14. Participate in supply chain assessment and other relevant studies to monitor implementation ofthe unification exercise
    15. Collaborate with other JSI project staff in the states to support supply chain activities and relationship with the State officials and relevant stakeholders
    16. Attend relevant supply chain meeting within the states and make presentations as required presentations as required
    17. Contribute to routine monthly, quarterly and annual reports for submission to program funders.
    18. Any other duties as assigned
     
    Skills/Knowledge Required:
    Applicants for this position should possess the following minimum qualifications:
    •   A Bachelor Degree Pharmacy, Public Health, Logistics Management, Medical lab science, Business Administration or its equivalent
    •   Three to five years of professional experience in health programs, preferably in an international health care supply chain management environment
    •   Specific experience in HIV/AIDS, TB, or Malaria programs strongly desired
    •   Proven experience in managing public health programs or projects in Nigeria or similar developing country context
    •   Demonstrated ability to monitor, supervise, and train in health service programs
    •   Extensive knowledge of the Nigerian public health sector.
    •   Strong analytical and problem solving skills
    •   Excellent technical writing and oral presentation skills highly desired
    •   A proven ability to work as part of a team and to be self-managing
    •   Good Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required
    •   Ability and willingness to travel in the field

    Method of Application

    For Warehouse Advisor, send resume and cover letter to warehouse-job@ng.jsi.com
    For, Logistics Advisor HIV/AIDS - Abuja, send resume and cover letter to log-adv-abuja@ng.jsi.com
    For, Logistics Advisor HIV/AIDS - Sokoto, send resume and cover letter to log-adv-sokoto@ng.jsi.com

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