Country director

Chemonics, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd March, 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a country director for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Sierra Leone.  GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which USAID procures and furnishes health commodities, provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain, and collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. The Sierra Leone office will primarily work under the project’s President’s Malaria Initiative task order to provide commodities and supply chain technical assistance.  The country director will provide overall strategic direction and leadership for GHSC-PSM in Sierra Leone; 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 technical assistance; 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, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, and local governments and entities
  • Develop and implement annual work plans and budgets that reflect USAID, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, 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 intervention
  • 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 and Sanitation, other funders, and Chemonics’ home office; ensure timely submission of deliverables
  • Oversee the operation of project office in adherence to policies and procedures established by Chemonics management, including human resource management, procurement, finance, and administration
  • Oversee finances and cash flow and ensure adequate availability of project funds to complete required project work, working with the project management team and the director of finance and operations
  • Participate in the recruitment of staff for the field office in consultation with the home office
  • Lead, mentor, and motivate the field team
  • Represent project effectively in meetings and gatherings in-country
  • Coordinate and collaborate with any other Chemonics projects that may be operating in Sierra Leone


  • Advanced degree in medicine, public health, supply chain management, or a related field and minimum 10 years of experience in public health, medical supplies, and pharmaceutical supply chain program management required; or a bachelor’s degree and 15 years of experience
  • Demonstrated supply chain management experience working with the President’s Malaria Initiative preferred
  • Minimum five years of experience leading development projects; 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
  • 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
  • Local national encouraged to apply
  • Fluency in writing and speaking English required


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