AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE IMMUNISATION OUTCOMES IN THE WORLD’S POOREST – SENIOR SPECIALIST, HEALTH SYSTEMS AND IMMUNISATION STRENGTHENING (SUPPLY CHAIN)
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has appointed CARRHURE to help recruit a Senior Specialist, Health Systems and Immunisation Strengthening (Supply Chain), who will represent the Gavi Secretariat in dealing with governments and in-country partners.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance or Gavi is an international organisation that was created in 2000 to improve access to new
and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Gavi brings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of allowing equal access to vaccines for children, wherever they live.
Recent investments in immunisation programmes worldwide have the potential to substantially decrease illness and
death associated with preventable diseases. However, as immunisation services expand to include new vaccines and
strive to reach larger populations in more remote areas, systematic constraints of health systems increase. Examples
are ineffective and inefficient immunisation supply chains, management information systems, development of the
health workforce and management teams, and others. Such constraints limit the ability of countries and the international community to strengthen primary health care and achieve shared objectives in increasing the coverage
and equity of immunisation as called for in Gavi’s 2016-2020 Strategy.
Supply chains present a particular challenge. As vaccine volumes are expected to quadruple between 2010 and 2020,
the need for meaningful, systematic improvements in immunisation supply chain infrastructure and systems, within the context and complementary to wider health system supply chains, is critical. The Gavi Board approved a Supply Chain Strategy in June 2014. Implementing the strategy and its associated innovations will be critical in increasing the coverage and equity of immunisation.
Senior Specialist, HSIS (Supply Chain)
The purpose of the position is to support the management of GAVI’s health system strengthening grants in order to
improve immunisation outcomes and as reflected in sustainable improvements in coverage and equity, include leading the Gavi Secretariat’s role in the implementation of Gavi’s Alliance Supply Chain Strategy.
Under the direction of the HSIS Director, the Senior Specialist will manage the Secretariat’s HSIS team for at least 2
regions of the world as part of the implementation of Strategic Goal 2 of GAVI’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan and
thereafter under GAVI’s strategy for 2016-2020. The successful candidate will support grant managers in improving the development, operation throughout life-cycles, and oversight of grants to countries, including providing assistance to address bottlenecks to grant utilization and achievement of results, in coordination with GAVI’s M&E Unit, Program Audit, and others. He or she will lead Gavi Secretariat engagement in initiatives related to supply chain and one or more additional areas to ensure vaccine and financial resources are effectively and efficiently allocated. The incumbent will also ensure the execution of Alliance activities, in coordination with a diverse range of public and private sector partners in Gavi-eligible countries to improve the supply chains. The Senior Specialist will also make certain that GAVI’s materials, including country application guidelines, are technically thorough and that internal processes support the efficient handling of GAVI’s strategies. He or she will identify and execute innovative approaches, in coordination with Alliance partners and developing countries, to supply chain challenges and other system areas, leveraging private sector collaborations where appropriate.
The ideal candidate will have most, if not all of the following experience, skill, knowledge, and characteristics:
Education, Experience and other qualifications:
- At least a Master’s Degree in a Health related field, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Engineering,
Business Administration, or a similar field with significant supply chain experience.
- A minimum of 15 years of professional experience in managing international health programs and teams,
with focus on health systems strengthening, as well as providing technical assistance to countries in
health sector reforms, health policy analysis and the implementation of health projects
- Experience with Performance Based Funding or other similar health financing programmes. Familiarity
with the World Bank’s Results-Based Financing programme is an asset
- Proven experience in coordinating development partners’ forums or multi-agency technical working
- A minimum of 5 years of work experience in an international health and development organisation and
direct field experience in developing countries
- Previous work experience in one of GAVI’s Alliance core partner organisations is an advantage
- Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Having French communication skill is highly desirable
Skill and competencies
- Proven ability to develop strategic approaches and follow through on execution by working with diverse
- Expertise in teaming up with government officials (ideally Ministers of Health in the developing world)
and public and private sector service providers
- Knowledge and experience in systematic aspects of health systems and immunisation programmes in
- Strong analytical, writing and project management skill are critical
- Demonstrated outstanding written and oral communication skill in positions requiring communication in
a broad and diverse environment on a wide range of complex issues
Note: The essential functions above are not exhaustive of all job responsibilities. Other duties may be assigned
depending on the department’s needs. Gavi is committed to diversity within its workforce and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.