Task Order Director (Private Sector Supply Chain Transformation)


Job Description

DAI is a Global Development company with corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, EU, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Palestine and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. DAI works on the frontlines of global development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world.

DAI and its employees are committed to confronting racism and holding ourselves accountable for positive change within the company and in the communities, cultures, and countries in which we live and work. DAI is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner.

DAI upholds the highest ethical standards. We are committed to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment as well as other ethical breaches. All of our positions are therefore subject to stringent vetting and reference checks.

Background: DAI is seeking a Task Order (TO) Director for the Private Sector Supply Chain Transformation Task Order under USAID’s Next Generation (NextGen) Comprehensive Technical Assistance (Comp TA) for Health Supply Chain and Pharmaceutical Management IDIQ. The NextGen Comp TA IDIQ is meant to strengthen systems and provide operational support to ensure sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality-assured, affordable health commodities. Activities under the IDIQ will develop the capacity of local systems, institutions, and individuals to sustainably manage supply chains and to strengthen local pharmaceutical Management Systems, including quality pharmaceutical services and national regulatory systems. The overall goal is to ensure sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality-assured, affordable health commodities.

The Private Sector Supply Chain Transformation TO will focus on accelerating the utilization of private sector capabilities to improve supply chain efficiency and client experience, while supporting governments to shift from supply chain operators to stewards for commodity availability and security.

Overview of the position and key responsibilities:

The TO Director is responsible for overseeing global and project level Coordination and ensuring that the project is effectively coordinating with other project activities and other relevant stakeholders. The TO Director will be extensively involved in the strategic and technical oversight of the TO in addition to overall Administration and management. Key responsibilities include:
  • Provide overall leadership, management, and strategic direction for the TO and provide leadership to staff and partners to ensure they are working toward goals that will achieve the expected results.
  • Provide technical expertise and strategic guidance for innovative approaches for private sector engagement and investment in supply chain and pharmaceutical management, particularly demonstrating to partner governments the value of such private sector actors. Areas of technical oversight and assistance may include: good pharmaceutical practices; market assessments and product innovations; business enabling environment for commodity security; information system development; innovative financing solutions; cultivation of potential traditional and non-traditional health supply chain investors; public-private partnerships/sector dialogue; Capacity Building; and approaches to optimize strategic sourcing, procurement, as well as multimodal warehousing, transportation, and distribution.
  • Serve as the main interface for project and global coordination with USAID/Washington, relevant Missions, other key stakeholders, and DAI Senior Leadership. Develop and sustain close collaborative relationships with NextGen implementing partners, particularly the Control Tower, to ensure integration and maximum impact of activities.
  • Directly supervise senior TO staff and others as assigned; develop clear and achievable objectives, evaluate performance against objectives, mentor, and provide corrective guidance as appropriate.
  • Contribute to preparation of technical reports on the program’s technical interventions and results. Oversee reporting requirements and timely submission of quality deliverables for the TO, including annual work plans, weekly briefs, monthly performance reports, semi-annual progress reports, annual reports, and the final report.
  • In coordination with the M&E team, support the establishment of mechanisms for collecting relevant data in accordance with established indicators and ensure equity and inclusion in overall TO activities.
  • Prepare a measurable and time-bound workplan indicating concrete results and interventions for private sector engagement, and monitor and document the outcomes of the workplan, highlighting good practices, lessons learned and ways forward.
  • Provide thought leadership in private sector engagement and transformation. Capture, analyze, and disseminate strategies, activities, successes, and project challenges directly to USAID, and more broadly to showcase regional and global trends at international fora or other visibility events.
  • Develop strategic approaches to identify best practices from private sector to transform and restructure public health supply chains.
  • Oversee TO administration, implementation, risk management, operations and compliance, and financial management to ensure project implementation aligns with budget allocations, internal DAI policies, and USAID rules and regulations.
  • Manage consortia and ensure effective communication and cohesion throughout project implementation.
  • Review and approve long- and short-term scopes of work to implement global, regional, or country project activities that are technically sound and consistent with USG NextGen priorities.
  • Represent DAI at international conferences and fora and build relationships with key stakeholders and experts in private sector development and supply chain management.
Qualifications & experience:

  • Masters’ degree or equivalent in Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship, an MBA, or related degree.
  • At least 10 years of demonstrated capacity and experience designing, implementing, and managing private sector engagement activities with the health supply chain, including working with private healthcare providers, associations, and private entities.
  • Demonstrated experience with progressive senior leadership responsibilities for large, complex global or multi-country international Development Projects with USAID or other donors, including technical, financial, and operational Program Management.
  • Prior proven experience and technical expertise working with private sector partners or projects in maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, family planning/reproductive health, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and/or health systems strengthening.
  • Demonstrated international thought leadership in market approaches, private sector engagement, and innovative financing.
  • Experience fostering and maintaining collaborative relationships with host country governments and counterparts, the private sector, associations, academia, the global donor community, other supply chain and pharmaceutical management stakeholders, and consortia partners.
  • Proven leadership and management skills, including a track record of managing and coordinating high-performance teams across multiple locations and the ability to coach, guide, and inspire the team members in their contributions to meeting project objectives.
  • Strong familiarity with USAID priorities, experience developing workplans and other timely, quality deliverables, and contract compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Highly developed interpersonal communication, presentation, and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
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