Company Name: Evidence Action Designation: Manager , Supply Chain Management
Location: New Delhi
Experience: 7 – 10 years
Bachelors or advanced degree; study of business, science or engineering with a focus on supply chain management preferred
At least 7 years of relevant professional experience, ideally in an analytic or management role related to supply chain management
Demonstrated experience in day-to-day management of project activities, preferably in the context of scaling health and nutrition interventions in India;
Demonstrated experience working with the government in India;
Demonstrated experience working with multiple state offices;
Strong analytical skills and expertise in using Excel;
Excellent spoken and written English. Ability to synthesize information clearly and produce good quality documents keeping to tight deadlines;
Demonstrated ability to synthesize findings and actionable recommendations for government and development partner stakeholders;
Strong existing network in the development sector in India;
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with internal and external stakeholders within India and globally;
A critical, analytical, and process-oriented thinker with a willingness to form and adjust opinions based on evidence;
Exceptional ability to work with minimal supervision, while also proactively communicating relevant progress updates and bottlenecks requiring attention or support from leadership;
Availability and willingness to travel within India up to 30% of the time.
Job Description: The Manager, Supply Chain Management (SCM) will be responsible for the drug supply chain technical assistance (TA) component of the NDD and IFA programs at the national level and across 11 implementation states, a critical component for ensuring our programs primary objectives of acheiving high IFA and deworming coverage. The Manager, SCM will work closely with the organization s deputy directors of the NDD and IFA programs and state program managers (SPMs) to ensure state governments have s]trong supply chain systems for albendazole and three iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation variants. Key goals include:
Improving the supply security of quality-assured albendazole and IFA supplementation products at the state level;
Strengthening drug distribution planning and implementation to ensure consistent supply availability at the district, block, PHC and community levels; and
Strengthening state governments reporting systems/tools and capacity to monitor key supply chain indicators and activities, including adverse event monitoring.
S/he must have the requisite supply chain expertise and knowledge of national and state governments drug supply chain systems, as managed through states Corporations and National Health Missions (NHMs). S/he must be highly proficient in project management, having the experience and skills to guide state-based program staff. S/he must have strong analytical skills that enable him/her to collect, analyze and action on data to meet the goals mentioned above. The Manager, SCM must also be highly proficient at managing government and stakeholder relationships at the national and state level.
The Manager, SCM will report to the Director, Programs at the Delhi Office. S/he will be required to work in close coordination with other departments and team members at the Delhi Office for appropriate functions. S/he should expect to travel up to 30% domestically (primarily during business days, but could be over weekend on exception).
Technical Assistance and Program Management for the NDD and IFA programs
Together with state team staff, develop tools and establish mechanisms to ensure state governments place timely purchase orders that accurately reflect drug consumption and demand.
Support state teams and governments with developing and implementing drug distribution plans at the district, block and PHC levels.
Strengthen internal monitoring systems and monitoring through the government s e-Aushadhi platform to track supply availability of IFA variants, and albendazole where applicable, at the district, block, PHC and community levels. Support state teams with triangulating and reconciling internal and government IFA supply data and sharing key findings and recommendations with government officials.
Oversee drug recall activities starting from template design to compilation of all state data at national level with the support of state teams for the NDD program.
Ensure states have adverse event (AE) guidelines and monitoring systems in place for albendazole and the IFA variants.
Coordinate with state teams to effectively use field staff to support core supply chain key activities at the district and block level.
Build relationships and help liaise with states national health mission (NHM) and medical corporation staff on procurement and quality testing activities.
Carry out field visits to state offices to provide program and technical support as needed.
Strategic Planning and Support
Work with Delhi- and state-based team members to critically assess the effectiveness of and adapt the supply chain strategies to achieve higher program coverage, ensuring alignment with government guidance and with a high commitment to quality and cost-effectiveness.
For the IFA program, identify cost-effective and sustainable downstream interventions to ensure consistent supply availability from the regional warehouse to the community level in partner states.
Across both programs, identify and share best practices to facilitate cross-state, cross-program learnings.
Conduct drug risk assessments before NDD rounds and routinely for IFA supplies, including risks in the manufacturing process and delays in production lead times.
National Level Engagement
Coordinate with key Government of India (GOI) officials and technical partners on the phasing out of the WHO albendazole donation program to ensure smooth transition at the state level. Support with calculating the drug requirements for WHO donations.
Liaise with key drug suppliers on drug availability, lead times, and costs.
Disseminate Evidence Action s results and lessons learned on supply chain strengthening in key forums with government and development partner stakeholders.