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United States of America: Lab and Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Team Lead

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Chemonics
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 19 Jun 2017

Chemonics International, Inc. seeks a Lab and Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Team Lead to join a dynamic and growing team for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management Project (GHSC-PSM). GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which USAID procures health commodities, provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of supply chains, and collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives.

GHSC-PSM is a multi-billion dollar USAID funded objective. The project consolidates the previous procurement and assistance components of the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) and Deliver programs and is the primary vehicle through which USAID will procure lifesaving commodities to partner countries. Supporting key global health initiatives in HIV/AIDS, malaria, reproductive health, maternal and child health and Zika, the project encompasses three primary objectives: global commodity procurement and logistics; systems strengthening to support in-country supply chain management; and collaboration via strategic engagement to improve long-term global supply of health commodities.

Chemonics employees on the project will be presented with a unique opportunity to contribute to the largest global procurement effort in the history of international development funded initiatives, thereby directly impacting the livelihoods and health of the populations most affected. Chemonics hires will work within a dynamic team environment surrounded by thought leaders with expertise in global health and supply chain best practices. We are looking for individuals who seek opportunities to grow their career while contributing valuable inputs within an employee-owned organization.

The Lab and VMMC Team lead will report directly to the Systems Strengthening Director, and will work in collaboration with the Task Order 1 (TO1) Director to provide oversight and technical support to the Laboratory and VMMC Managers in their work with the GHSC-PSM Country Programs headquarters and field office teams, as well as the Global Supply Chain Team, to support country needs for products and systems strengthening. The oversight comprises areas including forecasting and supply planning, technical assessments and evaluations, workshop training, conference presentations, and publications. The Team Lead will also work with the TO1 Director and Strategic Engagement team to support collaboration with donors, stakeholders, and implementing partners on lab and VMMC technical and programmatic issues globally and in the field.

As one of the Country Programs Systems Strengthening leads, s/he will work with and through his/her direct reports and key field office staff, and in managing PSM communities of practices and supporting technical working groups (TWGs) co-chaired by the TO1 Director and USAID, to support lab and VMMC across all country programs through:

  • Strategy: setting and refreshing global technical strategies on system strengthening for the GHSC-PSM project; assisting the country teams to develop their own technical strategies and informing work plans in line with the global strategies.

  • Implementation: providing technical assistance, tools, training, skills transfer, and project management expertise to help country teams implement technical activities.

  • Monitoring: providing ongoing engagement with the country teams to monitor technical progress toward long term goals and providing additional guidance/support as required.

  • Thought Leadership: curating, creating, disseminating, and publishing technical knowledge.

S/he will capture and share the ongoing work of PSM, including lessons learned, and stay apprised of best and promising practices in local, regional, and international for dissemination across programs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that PSM technical assistance builds country capacity to ensure access to quality laboratory and VMMC commodities, with a focus on viral load scale-up in support of 90-90-90.

  • Participate in the GHSC-PSM-USAID laboratory and VMMC meetings and the USAID Implementing Partner VMMC meetings, and other working groups, as appropriate.

  • Represent PSM at international meetings and on expert committees.

  • As needed, provide technical assistance to country office staff and governments and other country stakeholders, in the following PSM laboratory-related activities: forecasting and supply planning; local procurement of commodities; product selection; importation; warehousing; distribution; quality assurance; equipment maintenance; and monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

  • Support countries in the design, operation, and M&E of supply chains responsible for the provision of laboratory and VMMC commodities.

  • Work closely with the lab and VMMC staff in field office to keep them apprised of technical developments in the fields of lab and VMMC and support their procurement questions and issues.

  • Work closely with the Client Relations and Source teams on the Global Supply Chain (GSC) Team to ensure timely, appropriate procurement of commodities.

  • Work closely with the Managers in their work with the Catalog Manager to update the catalog as needed.

  • Oversee/support the conduct of regular reviews of all laboratory orders coming to the GSC Team.

  • Support the managers and participate as needed to ensure appropriate analyses regarding the pricing of laboratory and VMMC commodities.

  • Participate on the commodity councils for laboratory and VMMC products.

  • Establish PSM laboratory and VMMC supply chain standards and methodologies.

  • Create, lead, and support “Communities of Practice” on laboratory and VMMC supply chain best practice.

  • Collect, create, and disseminate information on innovations, best practices, and positive outcomes in laboratory and VMMC logistics.

  • Contribute to or write PSM reports, articles, and technical documents.

  • Supervise the Laboratory and VMMC Managers.

  • Respond to ad hoc requests from USAID/Washington.

  • Support the Lab Managers in the technical advisory committees for ForLab and LabEQIP and in implementation of activities under the TO1 Core Workplan under which the sub-contracts for these software tools sit.


  • Master's degree plus minimum 10 years of medical or clinical laboratory technology experience and/or systems design, implementation, and M&E of VMMC supply chain systems at the country level; OR Bachelor's degree plus minimum 12 years of medical or clinical laboratory technology experience and/or systems design, implementation, and M&E of VMMC supply chain systems at the country level.

  • Experience working in clinical laboratory services and experience with tests, equipment, reagents, and techniques required for the diagnosis and monitoring of HIV, TB, and Malaria required.

  • Experience working with global partners and countries in assessing and designing improvements and technical guidance on laboratory and/or VMMC systems required.

  • Experience with stock management, quantification, procurement, or supply chain management tasks related to lab reagents, VMMC commodities, or other health commodities required.

  • Experience managing laboratory commodities and instrument maintenance strongly preferred.

  • Strong analytical and statistical aptitude.

  • Experience working in resource constrained countries.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • A proven ability to work as part of a team and to be self-managing.

  • Proficient in Excel, word processing, and presentation applications.

  • Experience with national-level laboratory organizational structure (laboratory network), understanding of ongoing developments in the field of laboratory supplies and technology, and current knowledge of VMMC procedures and related equipment and supplies at the country level strongly preferred.

  • Experience with statistics software (SAS, Epi Info, SPSS) preferred.

  • Working proficiency in French, Spanish and/or Portuguese preferred.

  • Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of 4-8 weeks per year.

How to apply:

Apply through our Career Center at

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. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.