Supply Chain Management Systems (SCMS) Specialist at MSH:
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. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.
The objective of the SCMS specialist position is to provide technical leadership that will ensure the reliable availability of diagnostics, ARVs, and drugs for HIV treatment, care and support as well as other consumables at designated health facilities in each focus state supported by the USAID funded CaTSS project, in close coordination with the supply chain management systems (SCMS) Advisor.
- Spearheading the strategic design and implementation of all SCMS activities implemented under the CaTSS project in the designated focus state
- Member of the state project management team that is responsible for overall project implementation and performance at the field level
- Provide technical assistance (TA) to a multi-disciplinary team of service providers (doctors/nurses/pharmacists/laboratory scientist) to streamline the process for requesting HIV/AIDS medical supply by the partner health facilities and order the same from state medical stores.
- Provide TA to a multi-disciplinary team of service providers (doctors/nurses/pharmacists/laboratory scientist) to ensure the institutionalization of efficient and effective inventory management system at designated partner health facilities
- Working closely with the SCMS Advisor, coach and mentor service providers and state government partners to strengthen the SCMS capacity at the state level and in each partner health facility.
- Utilizing adapted tools, build the capacity of relevant health facility staff (doctors/nurses/pharmacists/laboratory scientists) on forecasting, inventory management and reporting.
- Institute a system to ensure accountability of the commodities issued to the health facilities by ensuring that service providers regularly carry out stock verification and reconciliation of records when and where necessary
- Working closely with the SCMS Advisor, provide TA to the state logistics technical working group (TWG) to ensure the implementation of a harmonized logistic management system and framework
- Provide TA to the state government and partner health facilities to ensure the efficient collection and safe disposal of expiries across the supported sites in the state, in line with national and USG waste drive policy.
- Liaise and network with relevant CaTSS partners and collaborators to improve MSH’s visibility, coordination of activities and promotion of shared advocacy agenda for SCMS at the state level.
- Take responsibility for monitoring, evaluation and reporting of supply chain management activities implemented under the CaTSS project and within the project PMP framework
- Provide clear documentation of programmatic achievements and keep the state team leader informed on monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
- Participate at state-level SCMS technical working group (TWG) meetings hosted by SACA/SASCP or other international agencies as required.
- Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor
- The SCMS Specialist will be a highly skilled pharmacist with a minimum of 5 years field level experience with HIV/AIDS programs supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID/CDC, particularly those related to supply chain management.
- Must be registered with the relevant professional body-Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN).
- Have an excellent grasp of SCMS issues and current literature on SCMS in a developing country context.
- Have an excellent understanding of comprehensive ART programming, including program design, implementation and evaluation.
- Strong working competency in computer applications to carry out management and data analysis as maybe required.
- Must possess the ability to work independently with strong problem-solving skills and ability to foresee problems and initiate appropriate action;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and fluency in English.
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