Associate, COVID-19 Logistics
Associate, COVID-19 Logistics
- Full Time
- Program (Division)
- Country Programs - Laos
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 has partnered with the Government in Lao PDR since 2014, supporting the MOH across several health programs: Supply Chain Strengthening, Malaria Elimination, and HIV and TB Access. The emergence of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic highlighted the need for strong emergency logistics coordination, processes, systems, structures, and capacity in Lao PDR. CHAI has been engaged from the beginning of the pandemic as the MOH-United Nations COVID-19 Supply Chain Coordinator for Laos, the primary development partner supporting the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Finance, Logistics, and Planning Committee (“COVID-19 Logistics Committee”).
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent analytical and relationship management skills to continue and adapt this support to the country’s acute COVID-19 response needs for 2021-2022, while developing strong and sustainable emergency response systems. Key contributions will be:
- Ensure the continuation of high-quality technical assistance to the COVID-19 Logistics Committee, including strengthening the existing coordination mechanism with relevant stakeholders/development partners and skill building of MOH staff under Pillar 1, “National Command & Coordination”, of the National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan
- Development and integration of emergency-ready tools and processes for adaptation for future health emergencies or pandemic responses
The Associate will report to the Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) & Oxygen team lead and be based in Vientiane, Lao PDR.
In partnership with and at the request of the Ministry of Health, working together with and supported by the EOC & Oxygen Team, the Associate will provide the targeted support in strengthen coordination in following areas:
- Support the COVID-19 Logistics Committee to strengthen the collaboration between key internal and external logistics stakeholders to avoid and eliminate possible duplication of commodity support.
- Maintain the COVID-19 Logistics Estimation and Modeling Tool in response to the emerging epidemiological situation by collaborating with the key departments/centers/hospitals. This Excel-based tool provides minimum and maximum stock quantity estimations for critical commodity requirements at central, provincial, and district warehouses and health facilities. This tool also enables the continuous tracking of pledges and good received and distribution requirements based on needs.
- Support the COVID-19 Logistics Committee and key departments and centers in ensuring commodity needs and gaps are clear, and to coordinate donor support, including the process of coordinating, maintaining, regularly updating, and sharing the COVID-19 logistic master lists to both internal and external stakeholders.
- Support Development Partner and MOH Coordination, including the development of monthly stock status and need updates and supporting coordination as needed between the committee and donors/stakeholders.
- Update the stock monitoring and distribution planning processes based on the 2021-2022 COVID-19 logistic estimates, including support for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, by strengthening command and coordination between central and sub-national COVID-19 logistic committee on stock availability at the sub-national level.
- Support sub-national visibility into COVID-19 equipment and supplies by mapping the central and sub-national COVID-19 item distribution processes and stakeholders and identifying improvements. Ensuring information is available for critical stakeholders and feeds into the existing coordination mechanism to avoid duplication and to rapidly address gaps in essential commodities.
- Othre responsibilities as needed.
- Develop and regularly maintain a live version of the COVID-19 logistic gaps and needs, accessible to internal and external stakeholders
- Develop the short-term process and central tool for tracking/monitoring the laboratory products received and distributed in alignment with the defined national gaps and needs, since laboratory items are tracked separately by NCLE and haven’t been integrated into the national LMIS system (mSupply)
- Technical report summarizing 2021 progress and challenges
- Bachelor’s degree in public health, management, international development, or allied areas
- Minimum of 8 years of experience in private, public sector or not-for-profit enterprise
- Excellent problem-solving and quantitative and qualitative analysis skills
- Good knowledge and experience of program planning, quantification, and budgeting, as well as technical capacity building for internal and external stakeholders
- Background in emergency logistic and/or logistical and quality assurance management an advantage
- Experience in information management systems such as DHIS2 will be an added advantage
- Ability to develop and manage relationships with multiple stakeholders
- Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
- Experience structuring and leading evidence-based decision-making processes
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Fluent in Lao and English