The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

CHAI, in partnership with its India affiliate William J Clinton Foundation (WJCF), works in close partnership with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at the Central and States’ levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. Currently CHAI/WJCF works across projects to expand access to quality care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, tuberculosis, cancer and immunization.

Background

The world has not experienced a pandemic at the scale or pace of the current COVID-19 pandemic; the virus has ferociously attacked high- and low-income countries alike, but in so doing has exposed inequities in access to quality care within and across countries. Despite a proactive mitigation and stringent suppression strategy, the number of COVID cases in India continues to rise. While the indirect impacts of the COVID-19 on availability and utilization of routine health services cannot yet be known, lessons from previous crises suggest that service disruption and displacement will have grave impact on population health. In order to address these challenges, a robust response based on strengthened health workforce, resilient supply chains and rapid increase in diagnostic capacity is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Program Overview

WJCF, in partnership with its affiliate CHAI, is supporting the COVID-19 response in the areas of testing policy, strengthened data and delivery systems, and development of guidelines. The programme has been supporting the ICMR in scaling up testing, providing data-driven insights to support supply chain management including forecasting and inventory management, and helping build guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for downstream distribution of commodities. Separately, the programme also supports selected states on localized strategies for testing scale up and equitable access, stronger engagement with the private sector, improved treatment readiness, robust awareness campaigns and capacity building initiatives, and analytics-based programme management.

Role

We seek a highly motivated individual with demonstrated analytical abilities for the role of Associate, Supply Chain based at Delhi. The Associate will provide strategic support to national stakeholders in supply chain management of diagnostic kits including forecasting and inventory management and help in building guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for procurement of commodities at state level. The Associate will also be responsible for synthesizing data from multiple datasets and creating frameworks for analysing program data which can be used for informing programmatic decisions related to supply chain management of testing commodities.

A strong profile will include outstanding credentials, analytical ability, and communication skills. The candidate must be self-driven, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and have a high level of comfort with ambiguity. The Associate must be able to function independently and flexibly with a strong commitment to excellence. We place great value on qualities such as resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.


  • Contribute to the design, planning and execution of high-impact interventions to establish and sustain the COVID-19 commodities’ supply chain in India
  • Critically evaluate and strategize methods for improving commodities ordering, inventory management, warehouse management, and transportation which may include improved used of technology and data for management, and integration of COVID-19 testing commodities’ supply chain with other commodities
  • Inform procurement decisions through product/supplier landscaping and robust projections that mirror the anticipated demand surge
  • Leverage data systems for efficient and timely allocation of commodities, logistics planning to solve last mile distribution
  • Identify supply chain related issues at both upstream and downstream level such as consistent delivery delays from specific manufacturers, high wastage at specific labs etc.
  • Support capacity building of key national and state stakeholders on relevant competencies for sustained ownership and delivery
  • Perform other responsibilities as requested by program leadership

  • Master's/Bachelor’s degree in either of the following fields: engineering, computer science, statistics, operations research, public health or allied areas with 5-7 years’ work experience
  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience, ideally in an analytical role related to inventory management or supply chain management
  • Demonstrated success in coordinating various stakeholders/interests (public sector engagement would be highly relevant) and developing strong relationships in order to drive a process successfully
  • Exceptional analytical (qualitative and quantitative) and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently, self-motivate, and propose and implement new initiatives
  • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity, and problem solve in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information, especially clinical, scientific and technical manufacturing information
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word

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