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  1. Chemonics International, Inc.
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  3. Monday, 24 April 2017

Chemonics International, Inc. seeks a Commodity Security Specialist for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. The project is the primary vehicle through which USAID procures health commodities, provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of supply chains, and collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives.

GHSC-PSM is a multi-billion dollar USAID funded objective. The project consolidates the previous procurement and assistance components of the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) and Deliver programs and is the primary vehicle through which USAID will procure lifesaving commodities to partner countries. Supporting key global health initiatives in HIV/AIDS, HIV, reproductive health, maternal and child health and Zika, the project encompasses three primary objectives: global commodity procurement and logistics; systems strengthening to support in-country supply chain management; and collaboration via strategic engagement to improve long-term global supply of health commodities.

Chemonics employees on the project will be presented with a unique opportunity to contribute to the largest global procurement effort in the history of international development funded initiatives, thereby directly impacting the livelihoods and health of the populations most affected. Chemonics hires will work within a dynamic team environment surrounded by thought leaders with expertise in global health and supply chain best practices. We are looking for individuals who seek opportunities to grow their career while contributing valuable inputs within an employee owned organization.

The Commodity Security Specialist reports to the Commodity Security Director and will support country programs-related efforts to promote sustained, country-level access to health commodities by enhancing internal systems, processes, and synergies, with a focus on initiatives that involve direct management of supply chain functions. He/she may be assigned to a number of discrete, primary-focus areas, which include 1) forecasting and supply planning (FASP), 2) order management, 3) in-country commodity management, 4) data visibility/performance improvement, and 5) cross-cutting commodity security issues. In enhancing systems related to the above focus areas, the Commodity Security Specialist will support efforts to identify gaps, conduct root cause analyses, promote active use of real-time data, and design lean interventions that minimize waste.

The Commodity Security Specialist will work alongside one or more specialists to support the commodity security team. The team will work across programmatic, functional, and health element areas, overseeing systematic collaboration within a highly-matrixed organization. The team will leverage the expertise of the Country Programs Systems Strengthening team to work closely with Country Programs Management, the Global Supply Chain (GSC) team, designated field office points of contact, Task Order Directors, the M&E team, and the MIS team. The team will create additional linkages with other key GHSC-PSM counterparts, and will share and disseminate best practices with GSC representatives working to support GHSC-PSM non-field office presence countries.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Commodity Security Specialist will support initiatives in the following key functional areas:

Forecasting and Supply Planning (FASP):

  • Coordinate and support efforts to ensure systematic HQ oversight of supply plan monitoring and routine dissemination of supply plans to HQ GSC/Plan team, working closely with Country Programs FASP specialists, field office points of contact, and Managing Directors.
  • Work with Country Programs FASP Specialists and GHSC-PSM MIS team to support integration of supply plan data in ARTMIS.

Order Management:

  • Coordinate and support efforts to ensure timely RO entry by field offices against established lead times and validated supply plans.
  • Support monitoring of adherence to lead times and adherence to protocol for emergency orders. Support efforts to optimize Country Programs collaboration with GSC, collaborating with the GSC Deputy Director and Optimization Manager.
  • Promote optimization of Country Programs touch-points with GSC, to include continued improvement of lead time calculation, execution of unsigned ROs, sharing of GSC processes and work flows with field offices, and import waiver approval and customs clearance processes.

In-country commodity management (for GHSC-PSM-run parallel supply chains, 1PLs, and/or 3PLs):

  • Support the design and promotion of tools and systems for enhanced MD oversight of FO processes, working with Systems Strengthening Specialists and Process Improvement Specialists. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring appropriate HR frameworks are in place (JDs and org charts), establishing minimum guidelines for monitoring of FO inventory and expiry management, and establishing minimum guidelines for one PL and 3 PL management.

Data visibility / performance improvement:

  • Support efforts to enhance data visibility of country-specific commodity data, to include LMIS reporting rates, order fill rates, on time delivery, stock status, and expiry rates, collaborating extensively with the GHSC-PSM M&E and MIS teams.
  • Monitor trends from the quality management unit and incident reporting team for areas impacting commodity security.
  • Participate in routine M&E reviews of country and GSC metrics.
  • Leverage information from existing platforms such as the Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report (PPMR) and the Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report for malaria (PPMRm).

Cross-cutting commodity security issues:

  • Ensure appropriate oversight of broader global or country-level factors impacting commodity security, working closely with TO Directors, Managing Directors, and FO points of contact to account for donor plans/initiatives, clinical issues, adoption of WHO guidelines, and country-level campaigns.


  • Master’s degree in public health or management-related discipline required.
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in pharmaceutical supply chain management or health programming; experience with international development and HIV/AIDS, family planning, and/or malaria programs preferred.
  • Ability to support teams to create efficiencies and lead programmatic transformation in large, complex, global public health programs.
  • Ability to work with U.S. and foreign governments and cooperating partners in implementing complex programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills; proven diplomatic and public relations skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; proficiency in a foreign language of USAID-supported countries desirable; knowledge of French, Spanish, or Portuguese preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of 4-8 weeks per year.
  • Experience living or working in developing countries preferred.

Application Instructions

Apply through our Career Center at
No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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