Program Manager, Drug Access Team – Global health organization

 

Mbabane, Swaziland | Global health organization

  •  Industry: Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  •  Position Type: Full-Time
  •  Functions: Biotech/R&D/Science Project Management
  •  Experience: 5-7 years
Job Description:

CHAI’s Drug Access Team (DAT) works to address supply-side barriers to access and to foster a healthy marketplace to ensure the sustainable supply of essential medicines at lower prices. At the country-level, CHAI helps governments understand the market, access lower drug prices, and facilitate the roll-out of new and improved products. Additionally, country teams work closely with governments to scale up and strengthen care and treatment programs. CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials, analytical ability, management capabilities, and communication skills to serve as the Program Manager for CHAI Swaziland’s Drug Access Team.

Responsibilities:
Key responsibilities will include, but are not be limited to, the following:

  • Develop and oversee the strategic direction and implementation of the Access Program, ensuring consistent availability of health commodities for life-saving care and treatment programs in Swaziland;
  • Manage a team of analysts and specialists to provide in-depth and high-quality technical assistance to Ministry of Health (MoH) stakeholders, such as the Swaziland National AIDS

Program (SNAP) and National TB Control Program (NTCP). Key areas will include:

  • Planning for the national roll-out of new HIV and TB care and treatment guidelines, regimens, formulations and diagnostics
  • Providing implementation and capacity building support for effective and efficient tendering processes, and robust forecasting and supply planning processes to ensure consistent availability of high quality, cost-effective medicine and diagnostics
  • Maintaining a thorough understanding of the priorities, challenges and gaps associated with procurement, distribution and consumption of health commodities in Swaziland
  • Proactively identify challenges that impede implementation of key activities, and develop comprehensive and sustainable solutions that resolve bottlenecks;
  • Develop new relationships and strengthen existing ones with MOH stakeholders and partners;
  • Provide strategic insight at technical working groups (TWGs) and other high level meetings as a senior level representative of CHAI;
  • Advise CHAI country leadership on implementation of programs, including opportunities developing new work streams;
  • Liaise with Global Access Program to share key country insights, and to keep abreast of newly available products and pricing, and potential supply challenges in the marketplace;
  • Build program by continually developing capacity and skills of staff, identifying human resources needs and leading recruitment of new team members;
  • Manage the operations and finances of the program to meet deliverables within the appropriate timeframes.
  • Other responsibilities as needed by supervisor

Qualifications:
 

  • 5+ years of experience in a demanding results driven environment, including at least 2 years in a management role, leading a division, large program, or business unit
  • Experience in at least one of the following areas: public health, pharmaceutical or medical device supply chain, business administration; Bachelor’s degree minimum
  • Exceptional diplomacy and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to mentor and lead teams in a fast-paced and changing environment;
  • Strong communication, strategic and analytical skills, along with a high level of proficiency in relevant computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Advantages:

Professional experience working with government authorities in developing countries, with experience in sub-Saharan Africa;

Previous experience in strategy or operations consulting;

Previous experience or education in business administration or public health.

 

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