Supply Chain Strengthening Senior Advisor

Nakuru | Kenya

The Supply Chain Strengthening Advisor supports USAID/Afya Uzazi Program’s technical activities in Nakuru and Baringo Counties. S/He works to strengthen the Ministry of Health’s supply chain commodity management systems at county, sub-county and health facility levels in order to ensure that systems and processes are in place for the successful development, implementation, and evaluation of plans aimed at improving the availability of quality health commodities necessary for the effective delivery of FP/RMNCAH services in Nakuru and Baringo Counties. S/He also provides leadership in the program’s initiatives to strengthen health commodity systems in collaboration with other stakeholders at both national and county level.

Specifically, the Supply Chain Strengthening Advisor will provide technical leadership and direction for the development and implementation of innovative strategies and programs to improve commodity security, inventory management, warehouse management and transport (limited role and in coordination with other programs), distribution, LMIS and logistics system performance monitoring among others in support of a strong and viable health commodities supply chain for County departments of Health in Nakuru and Baringo counties, as well as other stakeholders.


  1. Act as the Afya Uzazi primary liaison, in close coordination with the Afya Uzazi Project leadership for collaborative activities between the County Departments of Health (Nakuru and Baringo), stakeholders and technical assistance partners to strengthen and build support for health commodity security interventions for FP/RMNCAH

  2. Act as Afya Uzazi’s principal technical expert and the lead for ensuring forecasting, quantification, and pipeline monitoring of FP/RMNCAH commodities, with emphasis on those procured with USAID government funds. Working with other Afya Uzazi technical officers, and coordinating with the county government counterparts, develop a plan for ensuring annual quantification for FP/RMNCAH commodities, organize and provide technical stewardship for the quantifications.

  3. Oversee routine stock status monitoring, through production and dissemination of stock status reports, working closely with county government staff and other national stakeholders.

  4. Coordinate and lead regular USAID/Afya Uzazi internal meetings to ensure that the project’s commodity management activities are well coordinated at both the central and regional levels

  5. Review, design, and implement appropriate tools and approaches for strengthening systems for management and accountability of FP/RMNCAH commodities within Baringo and Nakuru counties as well as monitoring performance of selected indicators.

  6. In collaboration with other USAID/Afya Uzazi technical staff, develop and conduct detailed assessments (including gaps and recommended solutions) of supply chain management systems in the county storage facilities as well as at sub-county and individual health facilities.

  7. Plan, organize and conduct training courses covering supply chain and/or commodity management technical areas as required. This will involve collaboration with the other stakeholders to implement relevant training materials to the targeted training groups.

  8. Collaborate with other county and USAID/Afya Uzazi staff to develop, test, and deploy electronic and hard copy tools and manuals to support research and technical assistance programs.

  9. Contribute to the scale up of appropriate interventions of healthcare facilities’ inventory control and distribution systems including the faith based, private and community sectors.

  10. In collaboration with other stakeholders, map the current flow of FP/RMNCAH commodities throughout the entire supply chain and make recommendations to optimize the procurement, distribution and use within Baringo and Nakuru counties.

  11. In collaboration with the county health management teams, develop and implement programs to promote effective stewardship and technical leadership of supply chain management and commodity security initiatives.

  12. Assist the county health management teams to develop and implement interventions that ensure improved product quality and patient safety initiatives with a focus on FP/RMNCAH commodities. This will include but not limited to strengthening of pharmacovigilance activities and appropriate medicines use interventions.

  13. Provide written quarterly and annual progress reports to the USAID/Afya Uzazi Program leadership on commodity management strengthening, capacity building and other activities. Prepare regular briefs/reports to the Ministry of Health, USAID, other collaborating partners and stakeholders, as requested.

  14. Participate and contribute to development of budgets and workplans.

  15. Participate in relevant stakeholder fora to advance the interests of the project in improving FP/RMNCAH commodity security.

  16. Perform other duties as assigned by USAID/Afya Uzazi in strengthening health commodity systems.


  • Background in health sciences with advanced degree in business, pharmacy, public health or supply chain management.
  • A minimum of 7 years professional experience.
  • Significant relevant experience in commodity security, supply chain management and health care logistics systems development and strengthening in developing country context, including demonstrated expertise in forecasting and supply planning, procurement management systems, storage and distribution, transportation, LMIS, governance and organizational systems for supply chain management.
  • Demonstrated programmatic, management, and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with other professionals engaged in procurement of international restricted goods.
  • Knowledge and/or good understanding of the supply chain management systems for health commodities in Kenya at national and county level.
  • Experience with public health programs including those supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID and international agencies such as Global Fund and World Bank.
  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Understanding of US Government-funded programs preferred; experience developing and managing relationships with donors.
  • Proven programmatic, technical, and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues in a broad range of governmental organizations and Implementing Partners.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communications, teamwork and partnering abilities.
  • Demonstrated excellent English language skills (both written and oral) with the ability to conduct business in English.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.
  • Willingness and availability to relocate to Nakuru and travel extensively within Kenya as required.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization with nearly 2,500 people from over 74 nationalities working in over 40 countries. Our mission: Saving lives and improving the health of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with our partners, we are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: MSH - Management Sciences for Health
  • Location: Nakuru | Kenya
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Logistics
    • Logistics
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain and Service delivery
    • Supply Chain and Service delivery
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-30

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