Social Solutions

  • Supply Chain Technical Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/29/2018 2:22 PM)
    # of Openings
    Public Health
  • Overview

    Social Solutions International, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned company. Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide. 


    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:



    Supply Chain Technical Advisor

    United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Infectious Disease/Division of Malaria


    Salary Range: $96,970 – $126,062 (GS-13 equivalent)


    Application Deadline:   Open Until Filled



    The Malaria Division of the Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition Office of USAID’s Bureau for Global Health is charged with the technical leadership for and management of USAID’s malaria portfolio including leading the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The Malaria Division seeks a Supply Chain Technical Advisor (Technical Advisor) to work in the Division’s Supply Chain Branch, assisting with the management and oversight of the PMI commodities portfolio, coordinating USAID Missions, PMI country teams, and Roll Back Malaria partners.

    The Technical Advisor is an integral member of USAID’s PMI team, assigned to the Malaria Division’s Supply Chain Branch. Key responsibilities include: providing guidance, monitoring, and technical support to USAID at headquarters, and in the field with USAID Missions, PMI country teams, technical counterparts, implementing partners, Ministries of Health, and USAID cooperating agencies. S/he will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in serving USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums, in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. The Technical Advisor will receive day to day guidance from the Supply Chain Branch Chief and programmatic input from members of the Malaria Division Senior Management Team.


    The Bureau for Global Health (GH) serves as the Agency’s primary source of intellectual capital, technical leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector. GH is vested with the responsibility for advancing field-relevant, state-of-the-art research and the transfer of new technologies and approaches to field programs and in technically and programmatically supporting USAID Mission health program implementation in the field. The Office of Infectious Disease (ID) is one of GH’s eight offices. The Malaria Division is one of four divisions of the ID Office.  Leadership, management, and oversight of PMI are carried out from the Malaria Division under the leadership of the US Global Malaria Coordinator as are management of USAID’s malaria research investments (most notably vaccine, drug, and insecticide research programs) and USAID’s global partner engagement including WHO and RBM Partnership to End Malaria.   

    The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative is the US Government’s (USG) flagship global malaria initiative led by USAID and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Initiative is results-based, focused, and exhibits a high level of financial and programmatic accountability.

    In 2015, PMI launched the next six-year strategy, setting forth a new bold vision, and an ambitious goal with specific objectives.  The PMI Strategy for 2015-2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen, and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity working towards the long term vision of a world free of malaria.


    The Technical Advisor is a key member of the Malaria Division’s Supply Chain Branch, providing malaria specific technical and programmatic guidance and support to strengthen and guide implementation across PMI focus countries with a focus on malaria commodity procurement and supply chain strengthening. The Technical Advisor will support the work of PMI staff at USAID headquarters and at PMI country and regional mission programs. The Technical Advisor will work in collaboration with global malaria stakeholders and technical partners, Ministries of Health, and USAID cooperating agencies to provide technical leadership across the PMI portfolio but with a focus on malaria commodities procurement and supply chain strengthening. S/he will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in serving USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums, in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines.

    The Supply Chain Technical Advisor will:

    A.       Technical Leadership and Project Management Support

    • Engage in project management of the central malaria task order contract and or further malaria procurement and supply chain contracts, in support of the contract officer representative team, to ensure adherence to USG regulations, good procurement practices, effective delivery of appropriate technical assistance, and responsiveness to Mission supply chain and commodity needs, and to anticipate and mitigate supply chain risks.
    • Provide input on commodities issues, outline their potential impact, and present possible solutions.
    • Work closely with USAID’s GHSC team across health elements to align our supply chain support and gain greater efficiencies. Ensure that malaria-specific priorities are represented in the GHSC technical working groups.
    • Work closely with USAID Missions and supply chain implementing partners to anticipate and mitigate supply chain risks including theft/diversion, stock outs, and expiry of life-saving PMI-financed medicines and other malaria-related commodities.
    • Support PMI’s understanding of the global malaria commodity market and key market shaping activities to ensure a sustainable supply of critical malaria products.
    • Provide support to PMI country teams on their pharmaceutical management needs (e.g., quantification of malaria commodities, ordering, and logistics), including removing supply chain bottlenecks both up and down the supply chain continuum.
    • Through the participation in a malaria technical working group, help to advance key technical issues at the global and country level, and provide technical guidance to country programs related to that technical area.
    • Inform stakeholders about malaria development and USAID’s role by preparing and conducting presentations and other materials for colleagues, Bureau and Agency leadership, and other donors and contractors.
    • Work with GH/ID and technical offices in regional bureaus to enhance linkages between malaria and other development-related activities.
    • Prepare congressional briefings.

    B.     Country Support

    • Provide technical and programmatic support to one or more PMI focus countries and participate as an integral member of one or more interagency country support teams.
    • Provide guidance and support to Missions and PMI country teams on the development of annual country malaria operational plans and assist in monitoring and tracking overall progress of PMI plans and activities.
    • Provide advice and assistance to Missions involved in malaria efforts, particularly the PMI targeted countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Provide support to Missions by participating in country support teams, reviewing mission strategies and annual reports and helping them to meet needs for technical and programmatic support.

    Documentation and Reporting

    • Keep abreast of new developments and emerging issues in malaria that affect USAID’s technical priorities via literature reviews, attending technical meetings and workshops, and participating in relevant training events.
    • Formulate recommendations for the Malaria Team’s responses to these developments and sharing with colleagues, bureau leadership, and missions.


    • Master’s degree in public health, international health, social sciences or other related discipline.
    • Minimum five (7) years’ relevant experience in designing, implementing, and/or managing supply chain programs or projects, with at least two years’ experience supporting supply chain programs or projects in international or resource-challenged settings.
    • Demonstrated project management, technical leadership, policy experience, and problem solving on complex projects.
    • Experience in risk management and mitigation desirable.
    • Work in malaria programs desirable.
    • Knowledge of development assistance programs, procedures, and systems for program design, procurement, logistics, management and monitoring desirable.
    • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of USG personnel and partners, and in a team environment.
    • Strong oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals is required. Excellent writing skills in English required.
    • Ability to communicate technical health information to both health and non-health audiences. Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Access.
    • Ability to travel internationally.
    • French or Portuguese language skills desirable.
    • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
    • A Secret security clearance is required and must be obtained.


    Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at


    Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.



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