Population Services International

  • Last Mile Distribution Officer, South Sudan

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/6/2018 11:09 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Country Program Operations
    Position Location: City
    East Africa
    Position Location: Country
    South Sudan

    Last Mile Distribution Officer

    East Africa

    Based in Juba, South Sudan

    Reports to the Supply Chain Manager  



    Who we are

    We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from mosquito nets to HIV testing.


    There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a motivated group of entrepreneurs and professionals with a diverse range of backgrounds all the way from the medical industry to the music business, all with unique skills we bring to the job.


    Join us!

    The Health Pooled Fund 3 (HPF3) will start in August 2018 until 2023 and will be supported by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Canada, the European Union, the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


    HPF will support delivery of essential primary health care, secondary health care and referral health services at the national, state, county and facility/community levels. It will be implemented in eight state hubs of South Sudan’s formerly known as: Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Unity and Lakes.


    HPF’s overall goal is to reduce maternal and children under five years old mortality, ensuring universal coverage, and improving the overall health status as well as the quality of life of the South Sudanese population. Its

    overarching objectives are:


    • Improved health and nutrition services for the population, especially women and children;
    • Improved community engagement and accountability of health services;
    • Stabilisation of local health systems.


    To attain these objectives, the HPF team is responsible for the following work streams:

    • Management of the HPF fund, IPs and support to the HPF steering committees;
    • Ensuring continuity of and support to service delivery, with a focus on improving quality;
    • Management of fiduciary risk associated with use of donor funds;
    • Development of and support to the implementation of a nutrition component, integrated within the health services delivery and health systems strengthening work streams; and
    • Procurement of essential medicines.
    • In country distribution of essential drugs


    Position Start Date: approximately July 15, 2018


    Position Summary


    The Last Mile Distribution Officer will be responsible for ensuring efficiency and effectiveness of last mile delivery of all HPF3 health commodities and country consolidated distribution and forecasting of commodities. The incumbent will be required to travel to implementation sites for monitoring the project activities. This position will be based in Juba and report to the Supply Chain Manager.  


    Your contribution

    • Design and implement strategies for Last Mile delivery of health commodities.
    • Design and execute strategies for data collection from health facilities back to central level in Juba to aid in commodity forecasting.
    • Ensure establishment of a consolidated and functioning country commodity supply chain
    • Responsible for ensuring efficiency and effectiveness of last mile delivery of all  health commodities, engagement with the Pharmaceutical Technical working group, directorate of pharmaceuticals and Central Medical Stores to ensure country consolidated distribution and forecasting for commodities.
    • Responsible for conformity of drugs to various framework governing the importation, storage and distribution of health commodities, equipment, consumables and supplies.
    • Provide important insight to the country led PSM transitioning and integration of vertical or parallel supply chains.
    • Responsible for training SRs, CMS staff and government counterparts on forecasting and distribution of health commodities.
    • Perform any other related duties that may be assigned by the immediate supervisor.  


    What are we looking for?

    • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience; with minimum five years management experience in a developing country;
    • Bachelors or Masters degree from a recognized university in Management, Health or a related field
    • Extensive experience in management and supervision of staff
    • Experience in supply chain management
    • Strong problem-solving skills
    • Good interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with staff, vendors, outside agencies and government officials.
    • Familiarity with DFID processes and procedures
    • A team player able to work with policy, management and service delivery colleagues
    • Ability and willingness to work in a resource-scarce environment
    • Sensitivity working with government structures in South Sudan
    • Ability to work in a quickly changing political environment and ability to respond to needs as they arise
    • Sound knowledge of operations within the health sector
    • Previous work experience in a similarly hard to work country.  Previous experience in South Sudan preferred.
    • Experience of managing and mentoring large teams and drive them to achieve their full potential and the project’s outcomes;
    • Proactive and flexible with the ability to multi-task
    • Excellent experience of working in multicultural and diversified environments. 
    • Familiarity with the international donor community;
    • Experience working in fragile states and/or situations of political sensitivity;
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and cultural sensitivity.
    • References will be required.


    Note: This is an unaccompanied Post and is contingent on funding


    PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status 



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