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Technical Director at Chemonics International Inc

Akwajobs   (Yaoundé, Cameroun)

Posted : 10 October, 2018
Category : Supply Chain, Logistics   Location : Yaoundé, Cameroun
Job type : Full Time
  • REPORTS TO: Country Director
  • PROJECT: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health Supply Chain Program– Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Cameroon

General Summary and Background

Chemonics International seeks a technical director based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, to support the USAID Global Health and Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. The Procurement and Supply Management project is the primary vehicle through which USAID

  1. procures and provides health commodities,
  2. provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain, and 
  3. collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives.

The Cameroon Office will work under two of the project’s task orders (PMI and PEPFAR) to provide commodities, supply chain technical assistance, and waste management assistance.

The Technical Director will report directly to the Country Director and is responsible for assisting the country director with development and implementation of program technical activities, management systems, and supervision of senior technical staff including all the regional coordinators of the project.

S/he will provide oversight of all technical aspects of the project. S/he will manage a team to ensure proper storage, quality assurance, and delivery of health commodities in country, and will oversee short- and long-term technical assistance and implement certain work plan activities directly in collaboration with the technical team and other stakeholders/partners.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Overall Supply Chain Management Technical Assistance Support

  • Work with the Country Director to develop strategic direction for project-supported supply chain logistics and systems strengthening initiatives for integrated supply chain management. Focus areas include strategy and planning, forecasting and supply planning, quality assurance, management information systems, governance and financing, monitoring and evaluation, and HR capacity development
  • Ensure coordination between malaria, HIV/AIDS, and other programs whose commodities are managed by CENAME and the regional funds for health promotion that the project supports directly;
  • Serve on donor coordination committees as requested; 
  • Identify the need for local and international specialized logistics technical assistance,  
  • Design and coordinate technical assistance strategies, requirements, objectives, and outputs, consistent with the work plan; 
  • Identify and provide for training needed as necessary for the public sector and cooperating agency staff to improve forecasting, storage, distribution, and inventory control; 
  • Support the Country Director in analyzing, identifying and implementing process improvements to reduce costs and decrease delivery time along the supply chain

Forecasting, Supply Planning, and Procurement 

  • Provide technical assistance in national forecasting and supply planning of malaria, HIV/AIDS and other essential medicines and medical supplies; 
  • Supervise the project team in the preparation of procurement plans for selected malaria, HIV/AIDS and other medicines;
  • Coordinate and communicate with Home Office on issues related to the procurement of malaria and HIV/AIDS commodities;
  • Assist CENAME, DPML, NACC, NMCP, and other applicable MOH counterparts to monitor the national pipeline for malaria, HIV/AIDS and other essential medicines, to identify funding and product gaps, and to mobilize resources necessary to fill those gaps;
  • Assist CENAME, DPML, NACC, NMCP, and other applicable MOH counterparts to coordinate closely with all donor organizations and other stakeholders to ensure rational and timely procurement of USAID-funded commodities;
  • Coordinate and communicate with stakeholders and other partners involved in the forecasting, quantification and procurement of USAID-funded commodities.
  • Supervise the preparation and submission of the Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report for HIV commodities (PPMR-HIV) and Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report for malaria (PPMRm) and any other reports as necessary

Storage and Distribution 

  • Provide technical guidance and oversight in improving the storage/distribution of USAID-funded commodities; 
  • Provide oversight and technical guidance required to develop and implement modalities for tracking availability and movement of health commodities across the Cameroon supply chain. 
  • Lead the project’s efforts to support the MoH through CENAME and the regional funds for health promotion to implement an integrated distribution of health commodities 
  • Provide oversight for conducting assessments to understand storage capacity requirements at various levels in the supply chain

Project Planning, Reporting and Communication 

  • Regularly brief the country director on progress/results achieved in the technical work plans, and resolve any challenges faced 
  • Develop project work plans with the local team and USAID 
  • Make inputs to project reports at a defined interval or as per request 
  • Support quality assurance activities and USAID environmental impact reporting  
  • Serve as the member of the senior management team (SMT) 
  • Support the achievement of the overall project goals as required to ensure smooth project implementation. 
  • Serve as acting Country Director during the Country Director’s absence from the office, as needed. 
  • Perform any other duties as assigned


  • Advanced degree in medicine, public health, supply chain, pharmacy, management or a related field required. A professional certification in supply chain management or affiliated domain a plus. 
  • Minimum eight years of experience in public health program management, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, and/or supply chain management systems 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and implement complex USAID, CDC, international, or non-governmental organization (NGO)-funded public health project in a developing country context 
  • Skilled in leading and managing high-performing teams 
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with host-country officials, donors, and other key stakeholders 
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity 
  • Fluent written and oral communication skills are required in both English and French 
  • Required to be a Cameroonian National/Authorized to work in Cameroon Location of Assignment 

The location of assignment is Yaoundé, Cameroon. Intermittent local and international travels may be required.   


The technical director will report directly to the country director or his/her designee.   

Apply online by October 25, 2018:     Please submit your letter of interest and CV by filling out the form found through the following link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/28b550bd571440df9878b81308d916ec . 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.

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