Commodity Security Analyst

Chemonics , United States
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Chemonics seeks a Commodity Security Analyst to join the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program - Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which USAID 1) procures and provides health commodities, 2) provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain, and 3) collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. The Commodity Security Analyst reports to the Commodity Security Director and will support Country Programs-related efforts to promote sustained, country-level access to health commodities by enhancing internal systems, processes, and synergies – with a focus on Country Programs initiatives that involve direct management of supply chain functions. Primary focus areas include 1) order management, 2) forecasting and supply planning (FASP), 3) in-country commodity management, and 4) data visibility/performance improvement. In enhancing systems related to the above focus areas, the team will lead efforts to identify gaps, conduct root cause analyses, promote active use of data, and design lean interventions that minimize waste.

The Commodity Security Analyst will work alongside one or more specialists and analysts to support the Commodity Security team and will support standardization and management of a team of commodity procurement managers. The team will work across programmatic, functional, and health element areas, overseeing systematic collaboration within a highly-matrixed organization. The team will leverage the expertise of the Systems Strengthening team to work closely with Country Programs, the Global Supply Chain (GSC) team, designated field office points of contact, Task Order Directors, the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team, and the Management Information Systems (MIS) team. The team will create additional linkages with other key GHSC-PSM counterparts and will share and disseminate best practices with GSC representatives working to support GHSC-PSM non-field office presence countries.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate optimization of Country Programs touch-points with GSC, to include continued improvement of lead time calculation, execution of unsigned ROs, sharing of GSC processes and work flows with field offices, and import waiver approval and customs clearance processes
  • Coordinate efforts to optimize Country Programs collaboration with GSC, collaborating with the GSC leadership, Operational Excellence Team, and Optimization Team
  • Support management of a cohort of commodity procurement managers, who support managing directors, project management units, and field offices in liaising with GSC on order management and delivery
  • Support efforts to ensure timely requisition order (RO) entry by field offices against established lead times and validated supply plans. Monitor adherence to lead times and adherence to protocol for emergency order
  • Coordinate and support efforts to enhance integration of forecasting and supply planning with broader PSM headquarters, working closely with Country Programs FASP specialists, field office points of contact, GSC, and Managing Directors, and project management units
  • Promote and advance integration of supply plan data across the project
  • Support the design and promotion of tools and systems for enhanced Managing Director/Country Team oversight of field office processes, working with System·
  • Strengthening team specialists and process improvement specialists. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring appropriate human resources frameworks are in place (job descriptions and org charts), establishing minimum guidelines for monitoring of field office inventory and expiry management, and establishing minimum guidelines for first party logistics (1PL) and third-party logistics (3PL) management
  • Coordinate and promote efforts to enhance data visibility of country-specific commodity data, and promote integration of this data with active RO data
  • Leverage information from existing platforms such as Pipeline, the Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report (PPMR), and the Procurement Planning and
  • Monitoring Report for malaria (PPMRm) and enhance integration of these platforms with GSC platforms
  • Support the monitoring of trends from the incident management team for areas impacting commodity security
  • Support the development and refinement of work processes and standard operating procedures as needed
  • Perform other duties as required


  • ‚Äč Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline required; Advanced degree in supply chain, public health or management-related discipline preferred

  • Minimum 4 years of experience in supply chain management or international health programming or other related area

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (especially Excel skills) required

  • Knowledge and ability in data programming software such as Python, R or VBA require

  • Knowledge and ability in dashboard software such as Tableau or PowerBI preferred

  • Experience with process improvement and the ability to support teams to create efficiencies and lead programmatic transformation in large, complex, global public health programs

  • Ability to work with U.S. and foreign governments and cooperating partners in implementing complex programs

  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, problem-solving skills and initiative to learn

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills; proven diplomatic and public relations skills

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing

  • Experience working in developing countries preferred

  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity