Medical Supply Chain Specialist – UN Volunteers

Host Entity- UNITAR

Country- Rwanda

Duty Station-Kigali (RWA)

Language Skills-English,Kinyarwanda,French

Start Date- Immediate

Duration- 12 months with possibility of extension

Application Deadline – 09 December 2020

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

The purpose of this assignment is to support the development of medical supply chains for NCDs in Rwanda. Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Defeat-NCD Partnership Programme Coordinator for Rwanda, the Medical Supply Chain Expert will carry out the following tasks:

  • Lead on strengthening of country capacity to manage the medical supply chain e.g. demand and supply planning, management of medicines, supplies and diagnostics;
  • Lead support to the non communicable diseases (NCD) unit to address supply chain challenges related to access, storage, and re-distribution of NCD drugs, supplies and diagnostics;
  • Lead on advice to government procurement teams on ways to minimize supply chain costs, maximize supply chain efficiencies, conform to product quality standards, and establish inventory flows that are responsive to the needs of health facilities;
  • Lead on support to government procurement teams to review and develop procurement systems, policies and practices which promote cost minimization, timely availability of non communicable diseases drugs and supplies, and compliance to good procurement practices;
  • Lead on developing improvements to logistics data and information flow, reporting into HMIS and routine triangulation with service data to improve overall accountability and use of quality data for forecasting decisions;
  • Lead on development of best practices manual on healthcare supply chain management and development of appropriate training for building staff capacities on these standards;
  • Identify key medical, pharmaceutical suppliers, stakeholders in Rwanda providing access to non communicable diseases supplies;
  • Conduct Market sizing and price tracking studies including in partnership with pharmaceutical companies, chambers of industry, national research bodies and other procurement bodies in public and private space;
  • Provide knowledge based advisory on pooled procurement based on price and quality comparison;
  • Make and promote an evidence-based case for access to UN mandated procurement facilities to the extent this leads to reduced cost and enhanced quality;
  • Identify barriers to universal access for non communicable disease drugs and diagnostics in country and suggest policy interventions to overcome these barriers;
  • Lead on identification of alternatives to reduce out of pocket expenditures on non communicable diseases care, including by developing models for private and public health insurance schemes;
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
 Master degree or equivalent

  • Master of Business Administration, commerce graduate, or other graduate with experience in handling supply chain/ procurement within the private, public, or development sectors.
 60 Months

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional work experience managing supply chain, logistics and marketing in either large pharmaceutical companies, non-governmental organizations, or government;
  • Experience in developing logistic systems and ability to assess logistics information system needs and their integration in the facility-based distribution;
  • Relevant work experience in at least three of the following areas: managing medical supply chains, government supply chain, marketing and distribution, public procurement, quality control and demand forecasting;
  • Excellent oral and written skills;
  • Excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Desirable: valid national driver’s license and proven ability to drive manual gear 4×4 over rough terrain;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in public health, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

  • English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
  • Kinyarwanda(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
  • French(Optional), Level – Working Knowledge
 Other finance, economics and administration related experience, Macroeconomics and public finance


Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Leadership, Managing Performance, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Vision, Working in Teams

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