Program Manager, West African Supply Chain Management Project
Stamford (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
TITLE: Program Manager, West African Supply Chain Management Project
LOCATION: Stamford, CT with potential relocation to W. Africa
REPORTS TO: VP, Int’l Partnership & Programs
LENGTH: 2.5 Years
Americares is an emergency response and global health organization committed to saving lives and building healthier futures for people in crisis in the United States and around the world. Since it was established in 1979, Americares has delivered more than $12 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries, including the United States. Together with its global network of more than 3,500 hospitals, clinics and community health partners, Americares is improving health outcomes for millions of people in need each year.
Project and Position Summary
Americares has received a USAID sub-award from FHI360 to join a consortium of NGO’s led by FHI360 working towards the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
Under the Act to End NTDs|West program, Americares will provide technical assistance in West African countries (Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone) to improve warehouse management pertaining to NTD drugs, including pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for addressing adverse events. Over the course of a 3 year scope of work, Americares technical staff will assess warehouse operations in each country and design training programs for local staff, including Ministry of Health and other implementing partners involved in warehouse operations of the project. Americares will also undertake several capital improvement projects in each country to help ensure more adequate physical storage conditions for project-related medical commodities.
The Project Manager will serve as the organizational lead and focal point for implementation of Americares activities under the grant. The Project Manager will also be the main point of contact with FHI360 and external stakeholders involved in the project. The Project Manager will initially be based at Americares Stamford, CT office with approximately 30-40% of their time spent traveling and the possibility of transitioning to a West Africa base of operations.
The Responsibilities of the Project Manager will include, but are not limited to the following:
Project Management, Implementation and Reporting
- Plan, execute and lead program activities following Americares project cycle management best practices to ensure successful outcomes and achievement of stated objectives
- Conduct initial country assessments to launch planning activities.
- Ensure adherence to established Year 1 workplan and define future workplans.
- Ensure adherence to budget and/or manage required adjustments as needed.
- Ensure adherence to all requirements as described in Americares sub-award agreement with FHI360.
- Lead preparation of all reporting (monthly, quarterly) as required by grant terms, liaising and guiding internal stakeholders for support.
- Provide technical guidance in review or development of training programs and/or materials as needed.
- Lead or support training programs as a trainer as needed.
- Ensure project activities are in compliance with USAID rules and regulations consulting internal stakeholders as well as seeking guidance from FHI360 when needed.
- Ensure adherence to local regulations during project implementation in each of the country programs.
- With support from Americares Human Resources team, manage the recruiting process for local staff required to implement the project activities.
- Provide day-to-day oversight for all project staff both headquarters and field based teams.
- Maintain active communications with all internal and external stakeholders to ensure all parties aware of ongoing progress.
- Advanced University Degree in Supply Chain Management preferred.
- Experience/familiarity with USAID project implementation a plus.
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience implementing supply chain management projects with an emphasis on warehouse management.
- Prior experience developing and leading training programs.
- Strong communication, organization and relationship building skill.
- Familiarity with project cycle management required.
- Ability to produce clear and concise management information reports.
- Proficiency in French required.
- Comprehensive computer skills with practical knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Word and Excel).