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PHARMACEUTICAL LOGISTICS SPECIALIST

DATE:    JULY 24, 2012

FROM:   HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICE, USAID/ETHIOPIA

SUBJECT:   JOB/VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO.  17/12

TO:    ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS

TITLE OF POSITION: PHARMACEUTICAL LOGISTICS SPECIALIST 
    
LOCATION OF WORK: US EMBASSY ENTOTO ROAD

HOURS:   FULL TIME 40 HOURS PER WEEK

FINAL FILING DATE: August 7, 2012

SALARY: FSN-11 (USD 13,287 to USD 23,919 per annum) depending on the candidate's earning history, qualifications and experience. This position may initially be filled at a trainee level which is equivalent to FSN-10 (USD 10,839 to USD 19,515 per annum).

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The AID Project Management Specialist / Pharmaceutical Logistics Specialist will provide technical, management, and coordination services in support of USAID/Ethiopia’s PEPFAR program.  The AID Project Management Specialist / Pharmaceutical Logistics Specialist will be part of a USAID cross-cutting Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) team and will report to the Senior Logistics and Commodities Specialist in the Logistics sub-cluster of the HSS team. The Specialist will be responsible for a broad range of planning, monitoring, coordination, capacity building, and implementation of tasks related to pharmaceutical commodities management in Ethiopia.  The AID Project Management Specialist / Pharmaceutical Logistics Specialist will focus on pharmaceutical commodities systems and policy issues within the context of PEPFAR and the broader USAID Health, AIDS, Population and Nutrition (HAPN) Office portfolio. Specifically, the Specialist will provide support through technical assistance in rational drug use, pharmaceutical waste management, drug quality and other related initiatives to the national Food, Medicine, and Health Care Administration and Control Authority (FMHACA) as well as the Ministry of Health.  In addition, the incumbent will assist the Senior Logistics and Commodities Specialist to further integrate and align PEPFAR program activities in pharmaceutical commodity management with the broader HAPN portfolio and other bilateral and multi-lateral donor programs, including UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank.  The Specialist will also be responsible for coordinating various PEPFAR Technical Working Group (TWG) procurement strategies and following up on their implementation. The AID Project Management Specialist / Pharmaceutical Logistics Specialist will be delegated all authorities and responsibilities commensurate with an Agreement Technical Officer Representative (AOR) or Contracting Technical Officer Representative (COR) for programs involving pharmaceutical commodities management.  Additionally, s/he will work closely with other technical advisors on the development and implementation of activities as well as interact with counterparts at the PEPFAR interagency level, USAID HAPN team, and national and federal levels as Ethiopia aims to greatly improve its pharmaceutical commodities management. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: In order to qualify, the applicant must possess the following:

EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy with a Master’s Degree in Public Health or in related discipline required. Additional knowledge and experience of supply chain management highly desirable.

EXPERIENCE: 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience working in public health with specific experience in HIV/AIDS pharmacy and logistics or other similar supply chain management. Experience working with the Ethiopian Government, US Government or other donor health agencies and/or USAID implementing partners, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) activities preferred.

LANGUAGE:    Level IV (fluent) in English; fluency in Amharic.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:  The candidate must have in-depth knowledge of: procurement, importation and safety of health commodities in Ethiopia; antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS patients; treatment and prevention of opportunistic infections and major issues concerning treatment of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. Rational drug use, pharmacovigilence, managing pharmaceuticals, and issues with regulatory and inspection authorities is required.    The position requires good organizational and management skills, strong analytical and research skills, good social and professional judgment, excellent interpersonal skills in cross-cultural and multi-level settings; ability to interact effectively with mid- and senior level government officials, high level members of the business community and to maintain collaborative working relationships within a team structure.

Excellent computer skills are required for effectively operating in this position. Examples of software include: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and Microsoft Project.  Computer skills are required to implement, analyse and monitor, and manage activity goals, inputs, outcomes, and achievements, both at the programmatic and impact levels.

The selected candidate must be capable of producing high quality work, often under time pressure and in complex situations. Must be able to communicate effectively in English in writing and verbally.  Lead and participate in discussions and meetings effectively. Able to rapidly analyse, evaluate data, and prepare reports and related documents in English

APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS: All applicants must submit a completed form {Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) ;} to USAID/Ethiopia, Human Resources Office P. O. Box 1014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on or before the final filing date.  Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.  Each applicant must fully explain his/her job-related duties and qualifications in the application form in order to provide for an accurate evaluation of his/her education, training, and experience. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, or membership in an employee organization. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process please notify the Agency. Applicants who are not contacted within thirty days after the final filing date are to assume that their applications were not accepted.
Applications will be initially screened by the Human Resources Office to determine whether applicants have met the advertised minimum qualifications. A list of qualified applicants will be referred to the Hiring Office for further consideration and screening.  Final selection of candidates will be made and those selected will be invited to an interview in order to select the best-qualified candidate. 

Individuals wishing to have their applications returned in the event that they are not selected for the position must enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.   The USAID Mission assumes no liability for the loss or mishandling of applications.  For additional information about the position and/or the selection process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 011 130 6002 ext. 6031, 6035 or 6043.

NOTE: APPLICATION FORM IS AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE UPON REQUEST AND ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FROM THE INTERNET http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/job_opportunities.html.  FINAL SELECTION OF A CANDIDATE IS BASED SOLELY ON THE ADVERTISED QUALIFICATION IN A COMPETITIVE PROCESS.  INDIVIDUALS WHO MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.