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Monday 31 March 2014

Commodity Security Coordinator - Management Sciences for Health Uganda

Job Title: Commodity Security Coordinator
Organisation: Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Project Name: USAID TRACK TB Project
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Program Manager, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Program (NTLP)

About USAID TRACK TB Project:
MSH Uganda is currently running a number of USAID and other donor funded projects including TRACK TB. TRACK TB is a 5 - year USAID-funded project that focuses on in-creasing Tuberculosis (TB) Case Detection Rate (CDR) and Treatment Success Rate (TSR) in Kampala and USAID supported districts to meet the national targets for reducing the burden of TB, MDR-TB and TB/HIV co infection.

Job Summary: The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Commodity Security Coordinator will technically support the harmonizing the planning and procurement of anti TB and anti-Leprosy commodities within the comprehensive procurement plan of MOH. S/he will also support strengthening the existing systems and procedures for quantification, forecasting, procurement, storage, and distribution of anti-TB and anti-Leprosy commodities. The jobholder will also play a key liaison link role between NTLP, the Planning Department, Pharmaceutical Division, and National Medical Stores, procurement agents, Health Development Partners and the districts. The incumbent will also support the districts to improve on the management and distribution of anti TB and anti-Leprosy commodities.

Key Duties:
Work closely with the Pharmacy Division to strengthen and streamline the TB commodity quantification process in line with the existing procurement and supply chain management plan.
Offer support to the Pharmacy Division to ensure that TB and leprosy commodity pipeline is monitored and information obtained used to guide decision making and interventions.
Rigorously monitor the TB commodities stock status (SLD, FLD and lab supplies) taking into account the expiry dates and efforts to mitigate expiries and stock-outs.

Work in collaboration with the pharmacy division to ensure TB medicines and lab supplies are fully integrated to the health facility ordering system.
Revive and strengthen NTLP system for receiving facility stock status reports from TB diagnostic and treatment facilities and utilization of the information to address any identified gaps.
Provide technical advice and assistance to the NTLP in the development of an electronic system for management health facility stock status information.
Support NTLP to ensure that the Pharmaceutical and Health Product Management supported by Global Fund grants are updated on time to reflect the TB programs procurement needs.
Make certain that periodic logistics data quality audits are integrated in the routine NTLP mentorships and supervisions.
Work closely with NMS TB focal points to provide periodic updates on TB medicines and lab supplies delivered to the facilities and any challenges for the NTLP to address.
Actively participate in regular NTLP activities including meetings, support supervision, surveys to ensure that issues on TB logistics receive the attention they deserve at all levels.
Participate and Prepare annual and work plans in line with the NTLP strategy and monitor their implementation.
Provide to the program manager monthly, quarterly and annual reports on TB logistics.

The suitable candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in a medical related field (medicine or pharmacy) with a Master’s degree in either of the following: public health, business administration and/or logistics and supply chain  management.

Skills and Experience:
Five or more years’ professional experience, preferably in logistics management in the public or private sector,
Good understanding and knowledge of the Uganda public Health System especially working with the Ministry of Health, National Medical Stores, National Drug Authority and Health Development Partners
Responsible for Logistics management technical assistance especially in the area of supply chain management, quantification and procurement,
Past exposure and experience in medicines logistics management information systems,
Working experience in Uganda with knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the Uganda public health system
Proven ability to collaborate with other stake-holders in developing creative and strategic solutions to achieve common goals
Highly flexible and adapt to changing priorities and shifting deadlines,
Demonstrated strong organizational, administrative, communications and reporting skills
Strong teamwork and team-building skills,
Excellent communication skills including ability to write lucid technical reports and documents,
Demonstrated computer skills, including knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.

If you meet the above aforementioned job requirements, please submit your application (cover letter, CV and relevant academic documentation) addressed to the Human Resources Partner, to MSH, Plot 15 Princess Ann Drive, Bugolobi, P. 0. Box 71419, Kampala, Uganda Or email: HRUG@msh.org.

Deadline: 11th April, 2014