Placement Organization: ANSS (Association Nationale pour le Soutien aux Séropositifs du SIDA)
Placement Location: Bujumbura, Burundi
Eligible Citizenship: Burundian
About: ANSS’s mission is to contribute to the prevention of HIV/AIDS and improvement of the welfare of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. ANSS was the first association established against HIV/AIDS in Burundi. It was created in 1993 by and for People Living with HIV (PLWH). The current priority areas are HIV testing, comprehensive care to families of PLWH and advocacy at national and international levels.
ANSS provides medical assistance to 7,337 PLWH, among which 4,130 are on treatment. ANSS covers at least 15% of the entire ARVs dispensed in Burundi through Turiho – situated in the capital of Bujumbura center – and provincial outreach centres of Kirundo, Gitega and Makamba. ANSS offers care and services to the general population and MSM (men having sex with men), a group particularly vulnerable to HIV infection. ANSS uses a community-based approach for comprehensive care and is the largest beneficiary in Burundi of the Global Fund-supported PRIDE project.
Position Overview: The Pharmacy Supply Chain Officer will be responsible for managing the comprehensive supply chain of antiretroviral and medicines for opportunistic infections, HIV testing and checking reagents, and other necessary consumables for the ANSS outreach laboratories. The fellow will work in collaboration with all services but most closely with the medical department.
The fellow will also support ANSS’s team of offices – Centre Turiho in Bujumbura, Gitega, Makamba and Kirundo – in setting up a comprehensive and sustainable supply chain system of anti-retrovirals and medicines for opportunistic infections, and monitoring other laboratory reagents and consummables necessary for the care of PLWH served by ANSS’s offices.
The fellow will work closely with stakeholders in health and especially in the HIV field, including ANSS beneficiaries, the Ministry of Public Health, The Burundi Central Procurement Centre for Medicines (CAMEBU), the National Center for the Fight Against HIV, donors and other financial and technical partners.
The fellow will contribute to access of a quality medical assistance to beneficiaries and efficient use of donor’s funds.
Responsibilities: ANSS strives to strengthen its accountability to its members, beneficiaries and technical and financial partners. This can only be achieved by strengthening the organizational management, programmatic and financial capacity and various tools.
The Pharmacy Supply Chain fellow responsibilities include:
- Develop comprehensive supply chain procedures and distribution of ARVs and other medicines and laboratory materials necessary for maintaining high quality services at all ANSS offices, to comply with the Global Fund procedures
- Update the procurement schedule (necessary needs assessment and quantification)
- Update systems and efficient tools for needs quantification, management tools for procurement procedures, stock and stock out prevention tools; purchasing, reporting and M&E tools
- Build capacity of procurement staff
- Design and oversee the implementation of a supply chain management system
- Participate in the preparation of tender documents
- Maintain updated records of distribution of drugs and supplies as per the Global Fund regulations
- Provide procurement reports
Required skills and experience:
- Previous experience in laboratory and pharmacy management
- Good computer literacy
- Ability to work in French and English
- Basic knowledge in HIV care in the civil society and community
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Degree in Pharmacy or related areas
- Familiarity with Global Fund standards
- Familiarity with financial softwares such as tempro, etc.
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing in downtown Bujumbura, health insurance, and a living stipend of $550/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included.