Country director

Chemonics, Mali

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st October, 2017

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a country director for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Mali. GHSC-PSM will be the primary vehicle through which USAID procures 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 Mali office will work under three of the project's task orders -- the President's Malaria Initiative; Population and Reproductive Health; and Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health -- to provide commodities, and supply chain technical assistance. The country director will provide overall strategic direction, leadership, program management, and supervision. This is a long-term position based in Bamako, Mali. Please note that Mali is an unaccompanied post. 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, Mali Ministry of Health, and local governments and entities
  • Develop and implement annual work plans and budgets that reflect USAID, Mali 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 the Mali project office in adherence with Chemonics' policies and procedures, 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 Mali project office in consultation with the home office
  • Lead, mentor, and motivate the in-country team
  • Represent positively the project in meetings and gatherings in-country
  • Coordinate and collaborate with any other Chemonics projects operating in country


  • Advanced degree in medicine, public health, supply chain management, or a related field and seven years of experience required; or a bachelor's degree in a related field and 12 years of experience
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in public health program management, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, and/or supply chain management systems
  • Minimum five years of experience leading development projects overseas; experience working with U.S. government preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and implement complex USAID, CDC, international, or NGO-funded public health project 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
  • Fluency in written and oral communication skills in both English and French required


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