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RECRUITMENT NOTICE

Catholic Relief Services, USCCB, "CRS" Mali is recruiting the following staff for its program:

Supply Chain Manager

M/F

Applications including a detailed curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a valid criminal record (only mandatory once selected for the position) and the contacts of three references, including the one from the last job, must be received no later than October 4 th , 2021 at the following email address: [email protected] with the following subject: "Application for the position of: " Supply Chain Manager ".

NB : Any application that does not include the above-mentioned subject will not be considered. Only those selected for testing will be contacted.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply .

" The CRS places special emphasis on family values, including maternity and paternity leave, policies that promote exclusive breastfeeding, availability of a crèche in the office and working flexible hours whenever possible".

In applying for this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to: treat all people with dignity and respect and actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Furthermore, I understand that if I am a successful applicant, I will be subject to a thorough background check and that my personal/ professional references will be used to assess my behaviour related to the above protection topics.

Position Title:

Supply Chain Manager

Band:

Bande 10

Reports to:

Global Fund Malaria Project Director

Location:

Mali – Bamako

About CRS  

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

CRS has been operating in Mali since 1999 supporting relief and development operations in the country. Over the past years, CRS engaged in health, humanitarian response, education, agriculture, and peacebuilding/social cohesion programming along with institutional capacity building activities targeting the local Caritas and other local organizations. CRS has developed strong relationships with government line ministries, partners, and communities we serve in the country, implementing a multi-sectoral program portfolio.

CRS Mali has been engaged in Malaria work since 2015 with work on the ACCESS-SMC project, and partnered with PSI in 2017 as a sub-recipient on their Global Fund Malaria grant in charge of delivering Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) activities in 19 health districts. CRS applied for and was granted the Principal Recipient role for the Global Fund malaria NFM3 grant slated to be implemented from 2022-2024. The new grant will support Mali’s National Malaria Control Program implement its malaria control strategy towards its 2030 vision of “a Mali without Malaria.” Specific objectives for 2024 include the reduction of the mortality rate from malaria by at least 60% compared to 2015, the reduction of malaria incidence by at least 60% compared to 2015 and strengthen coordination and program management capacities at all levels.

Job Summary:

You will plan, manage, and provide technical and operational oversight of all supply chain activities – including procurement, logistics, transportation, and warehousing - to ensure effective and efficient delivery of goods to the poor and vulnerable. Your knowledge and experience will allow you to anticipate and manage supply chain needs and challenges, and introduce improvement solutions, as you apply the principles of stewardship, integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:  

  • Collaborate with Global Fund Malaria team, the donor, and relevant national stakeholders as (PNLP, Pharmacie Populaire du Mali and DRS ) to identify the most appropriate delivery modalities based on needs and operational context and develop the pipeline and supply chain management plan accordingly. Manage the determination of procurement and logistics service requirements, desired specifications and delivery schedules, and how sourcing strategies are defined, ensuring proper coordination and communication.
  • Develop “last-mile service delivery” strategy in collaboration with Program leadership and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure accountability and transparency of all supply chain operations in compliance with CRS and donor regulations, and international and local standards and requirements.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports. Monitor and assess performance to ensure adequate capacity for successful support of high-quality programming.
  • Lead design and implementation of a strategic sourcing and procurement process to identify, assess, select and contract suppliers that will deliver the maximum value for money to the organization. In close coordination with the procurement team oversee relationships with key suppliers and assess supplier performance. Support market assessment and analysis, as needed.
  • Ensure commodities integrity and quality of health products are maintain throughout the SC, with the establishment of appropriate quality assurance and quality control mechanism per WHO guidance and donors’ requirements.
  • Manage logistical infrastructure, storage facilities and transportation resources. Oversee application of systems and procedures for inventory, commodity and CVA assets transportation, warehousing, and distribution, as well as for vehicle management to ensure proper handling and safeguarding of assets. Ensure related safety and security protocols are implemented.
  • Oversee inventory control and the management of comprehensive goods/CVA assets tracking and record keeping systems throughout the whole supply chain cycle, from time of request until time of delivery. Ensure timely preparation and submission of various reports.
  • Create and maintain the proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for the sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to small deficiencies. Provide capacity strengthening guidance, which includes cross-departmental learning.

Basic Qualifications  

  • Master’s degree in supply chain or other relevant degree required.
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in supply chain/logistics/procurement management with progressive responsibilities, preferably with relief supply chain management.
  • Knowledge of and experience with various public donors’ regulations. Understanding of the Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR), WHO regulations and Generally Accepted Commodity Accountability Principles (GACAP). Global Fund programming experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of national and international import/export legislation and common customs regulations.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Proficient in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio) and information management systems. Experience with ERP systems is a plus.

Required Languages – French and English proficiency required. Malian local language skills are a plus.  

Travel - include percentage of required travel, if applicable. Could be stated as Must be willing and able to travel up to 30%. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent planning, coordination, prioritization, and time management skills
  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to make independent judgment and decisions
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented
  • Ability to work collaboratively

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Master’s Degree in Supply Chain, Pharmacy or other relevant Master’s, or equivalent experience strongly preferred. Professional certification(s) in supply chain a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of national-level health campaign programming and operational requirements.
  • Experience using ICT4D in Supply Chain Management.
  • Experience engaging with Ministry of Health and its partner organizations, preferably in area of health product supply chain management and health system strengthening.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)   

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

Supervisory Responsibilities:  two Supply Chain Management Specialists (North & South)

Key Working Relationships:   

Internal  :

CRS Global Fund (GF) Malaria Project Director, GF Malaria Deputy Project Director, GF Project Team; Head of Programs; Country Representative; Regional and Senior Technical Advisors; Deputy Regional Director for Program Quality; CRS HQ/GFSU, WARO and Global SCM/PSM specialists’ CoPs.

External   : NMCP (PNLP); Departments of the Ministry of Health involved in Pharmaceuticals and Health products (PPM,DRS, Local Health Center…) Beneficiary programs (NMCP, National TB program, National HIV program), Partners involved in Supply Chain Strengthening (Transport service provider, Warehouse Landloder ), public and private sector stakeholders; UN agencies; and donors.

What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. 

EOE/M/F/D/V - CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Female candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

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