Country director

Chemonics, Niger

Skill RequiredProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th February, 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a country director for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program (GHSC) – Procurement and Supply Management (PSM) project in Niger. GHSC-PSM 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 Niger office will support the President’s Malaria Initiative by providing commodities and supply chain technical assistance. The country director will provide overall strategic direction and leadership; manage the development of technical strategies and work plans; monitor programmatic, financial, and administrative performance; supervise the administration of standard operations and financial procedures; manage short- and long-term staff; and maintain effective communication with USAID, Chemonics’ home office, public and private sector groups, and other donors and cooperating agencies. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain positive working relationships with clients and partners, including USAID, Niger Ministry of Health, the National Malaria Control Program, and local governments and entities
  • Develop and implement annual work plans and budgets that reflect USAID, Niger Ministry of Health, and other stakeholder priorities
  • Ensure the use of appropriate management methodologies to plan, organize, and control resources to achieve project goals
  • Identify capacity gaps and oversee appropriate training for field staff
  • Manage senior-level technical, operations, and monitoring and evaluation staff
  • Develop and implement the project’s performance monitoring plan, including commodity security and logistics management indicators and project-wide performance measures
  • Oversee regular data collection and reporting and lead quarterly performance reviews to identify issues and drive evidence-based interventions
  • Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies for procurement and logistics services; assess risks on a quarterly basis and implement risk mitigation strategies
  • Ensure compliance with procurement standard operations procedures, including supplier order fulfillment, order tracker, customs clearance/freight forwarding, storage and distribution, and use of logistics management information systems
  • Coordinate with relevant stakeholders to build the capacity and capability of national systems
  • Report project results to USAID, the Ministry of Health, other funders, and Chemonics’ home office; ensure timely submission of deliverables
  • Oversee the operation of project office in adherence with policies and procedures established by Chemonics management, including human resource management, procurement, finance, and administration
  • With the project management team and the director of finance and operations, oversee finances and cash flow and ensure adequate availability of project funds to complete required project work
  • Participate in recruiting staff for the in-country field office in consultation with the home office
  • Lead, mentor, and motivate the in-country team
  • Represent the project positively in meetings and gatherings in-country
  • Coordinate and collaborate with any other Chemonics projects that may be operating in Niger


  • Advanced degree in medicine, public health, supply chain, management, or a related field and minimum 10 years of experience in public health program management, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, or supply chain management systems; or a bachelor’s degree and 15 years of experience
  • Minimum five years of experience leading development projects overseas; experience working with U.S. government preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and implement complex public health projects funded by USAID, CDC, or international or nongovernmental organizations in a developing country context
  • Skills 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
  • Fluency in writing and speaking both English and French


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