Placement Organization: Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (Partners In Health)
Placement Location: Neno, Malawi
Eligible Citizenship: Malawian
About: Partners In Health (PIH) is a non-profit corporation based in Boston, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through service delivery, training, research, and advocacy, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair. PIH currently has programs in Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Burundi, Kazakhstan, the Dominican Republic, and Boston. PIH has been working in Malawi since 2007 supporting the Ministry of Health (MOH) in strengthening health systems and providing high quality health care in Neno District.
Position Overview: The Operations and Program Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Operations, Infrastructure Team, Warehouse, Clinical, Transport and Procurement in order to maximize value for patients.
- Coordinate local purchasing and procurement procedures, including drug and medical supplies, ensuring selection of quality suppliers, price comparisons, and consumption analyses
- Work with relevant departments to make projections and source international and local purchases, drugs and medical supplies
- Improve stock management systems to track consumption of medications, consumables and other products; develop systems for accurate forecasting and supply chain management
- Improve and implement quality improvement measures to enhance pharmaceutical supply chain management
- Support Infrastructure team in the management of equipment including Biomedical and Non-clinical equipment to include creating inventories and maintenance schedules.
- Provide support to Transport Department
- Any other duties assigned by Director of Operations and Clinical Director
Required Skills and Experience: The ideal candidate for this position will have a background in program coordination, pharmacy, warehouse management, logistics or finance, and/or 1-2 years of related experience. S/he will be very flexible, have the ability to take initiative, adapt to a fast-paced work environment, prioritize and manage multiple tasks. Ability to work in other departments including Finance, Procurement, Warehouse, Transport and Infrastructure.
- Fluency in Chichewa
- Substantial experience supporting project operations in rural areas
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to interact professionally and with sensitivity with diverse staff, clients, health workers and partners, including the Ministry of Health (MOH)
- Strong communication, organizational and writing skills
- Willingness to live and work in a rural setting
- Strong sense of humor is helpful and desired
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing in a modest staff guesthouse in Neno, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/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.