Supply Chain Advisor (GS 13 Equivalent)

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Global Health/Public Health
Regular Full-Time


USAID is the U.S. Government’s lead agency for international development and humanitarian efforts.  The Agency’s global health priorities are to prevent child and maternal deaths, control the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and combat infectious diseases. These call for dedicated attention to ensuring that patients can obtain and use essential health commodities, including for FP/RH, when and where they need them. 


As part of the PRH Office, the CSL Division is a world leader towards ensuring the long-term availability for clients of a wide range of high-quality contraceptives and FP/RH commodities through public and private channels.  The Division: (1) oversees the procurement and delivery of contraceptives and other commodities for health programs in low- and middle-income countries; (2) supports public and private entities in these countries to transform their health supply chains to be self-reliant and responsive to current and future needs; and (3) serves as a thought leader in the global public health supply chain community.  The Supply Chain Advisor will play critical roles in all three areas.


Job Requirements

The Supply Chain Advisor will serve as a technical expert in supply chain management in the Commodity Security and Logistics Division (CSL) of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) in the Bureau for Global Health (GH) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  The Advisor will provide technical leadership for USAID’s global supply chain for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) commodities and for the Agency’s technical assistance to support high-performing, self-reliant health supply chains in low- and middle-income countries.  Work is performed primarily in USAID headquarters, while the Advisor is expected to make periodic trips to USAID-supported countries worldwide. 



The Supply Chain Advisor will serve as a technical expert in supply chain management and provide input for the strategic design and implementation of activities that support CSL’s global supply chain and technical assistance.  The Advisor will provide technical support to USAID project managers on project performance through monitoring and evaluation of technical interventions.  The Advisor will support CSL to address complex and precedent-setting issues, facilitate consensus for solutions, and move them forward through collaborative networks and consultative decision-making.  The Advisor will often work in coordination with other USAID health programs (HIV/AIDS, malaria, and maternal and child health and nutrition) and with external partners.


The Advisor will maintain knowledge of the state-of-the-art and help push the envelope for how to improve health supply chains in low and middle-income countries.  The Advisor will identify and promote best practices in supply chain management and advise on needed research and development for tools and approaches to address persistent challenges in supply chain management for FP/RH programs.  This includes supply chain operational challenges and may include related environmental challenges such as poor governance, inadequate financing, and policies that impede access to FP/RH commodities.


The Advisor will serve as CSL’s coordinator for supply chain risk management (SCRM).  The Advisor will provide technical support to subject matter experts (SMEs) in the Division for the end-to-end identification and management of risks in CSL’s global supply chain for FP/RH commodities and in the country-managed supply chains through which these products flow and/or are supported by USAID’s technical assistance.  The incumbent will support SMEs to identify, prioritize, and monitor risks; document and support implementation of mitigations; support CSL's monitoring and evaluation advisor to develop as necessary key risk indicators and reporting dashboards; coordinate CSL’s SCRM activities with other GH supply chain teams; and coordinate communications for SCRM to stakeholders outside CSL.  


The Advisor will serve as a technical resource for USAID country programs and their partners, as well as for other organizations with whom CSL partners (e.g., USG agencies, donors, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, multi-agency coalitions, contraceptive manufacturers, and professional organizations).


Professional Development:

  • Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
  • Complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.


  • Master’s degree with 7 years’ experience or Bachelor’s degree and 9 years’ experience in supply chain management, industrial engineering, business administration, or other relevant field
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with two or more technical disciplines (such as, distribution planning, warehousing, inventory management, risk management, and other key supply chain technical functions).
  • Demonstrated capability in supply chain analyses such as network/transport optimization, balanced scorecard creation, inventory simulation, risk analysis; and a facility to apply these in resource-limited environments.
  • Minimum 7 years supply chain management experience in public and/or private sectors. Must include experience working to improve supply chains in low- or middle-income countries or other resource-limited settings.
  • Strong analytical skills, with an ability to think logically to promote positive change; derive strategic, executive insights and recommendations that are well-supported from detailed analyses; use mature, discerning judgment.
  • Proven ability as an entrepreneurial, self-motivated problem-solver; able to work independently on multiple projects and priorities at once.
  • Able to contribute to and lead teams and establish and maintain effective relationships among a wide range of partners.
  • Experience in strategic planning and project management, from design through to implementation.
  • Strong emotional intelligence, with the ability to listen well and contribute to effective interpersonal working relationships that further common goals.
  • Diplomacy and ease working within an international community and in diverse cultural settings.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with proven ability to effectively communicate complex material to diverse audiences with varying levels of supply chain knowledge.
  • Willingness to travel 20-30% internationally.
  • US Citizenship or US permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access required.


The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Supply Chain and/or Risk Management Certification
  • Experience in supply chain management for pharmaceutical and/or medical devices.
  • Experience with U.S. Government- or other donor-funded projects.
  • Experience with Sub-Saharan African countries.
  • Mastery of a second language of a USAID Family Planning Priority Country, particularly French.


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