Global Practice Area Leader for Pharmaceutical, Health Technologies and Supply Chain Systems Strengthening, Arlington, VA, United States 115 views

Global Practice Area Leader for Pharmaceutical, Health Technologies and Supply Chain Systems Strengthening


Pharmaceutical and health technologies systems strengthening, and in particular global health supply chain management, as a technical practice area is an MSH priority focus of our program offerings, program delivery, external communications and advocacy efforts. The Leader for the practice will spearhead MSH’s technical excellence in this area. The Leader will build MSH’s internal practice in priority technical areas and he/she/they will be actively engaged with the global technical community, strengthening MSH’s position as a recognized thought leader in this space.

In this newly created position, the Practice Leader will lead GHSI’s Pharmaceutical Health Technologies and Supply Chain Systems Strengthening Practice unit. This includes: 1) providing thought leadership in pharmaceutical health technologies and supply chain system strengthening; 2) ensure that MSH staff receive regular orientation/training to the approaches and tools for the practice, and to MSH’s way of implementing; 3) develop and actively manage communities of practice within MSH and participate in global technical working groups; 4) lead, design, and implement a strategy for new projects and proposals for funding by major donors and look for new and innovative partners and collaborators; and 5) set the vision for the program and direct the multinational, multidisciplinary team of experts and operations staff to deliver results in the most efficient and effective ways possible to ensure significant contribution to donors’ goals. 6) manage and grow a team of experts in the practice area of interest.

He/she/they will integrate with MSH and GHSI’s other technical units to create and implement innovative technical solutions and support throughout the project lifecycle and will draw upon MSH’s global reach and experience, interfacing with other MSH experts to coordinate technical assistance in all of our core areas of excellence and new capabilities related to the practice area. In leading the Practice unit, he/she/they will work to identify and lead the development and design of practice-related opportunities for MSH in partnership with governments, international organizations (World Bank, WHO etc), donors, the private sector, NGOs, academia and others.

Technical Leadership, Strategy, and Innovation (20%)

Set the strategic vision for the pharmaceutical and supply chain management practice area

Drive the development of MSH’s strategy for international programs in this practice area, leading new initiatives and seeking opportunities for improvement.

Define long and short-term area priorities and plans in close collaboration with the other Practice Leaders and provide strategic and technical leadership to the practice area activities.

Develop and implement MSH’s conceptual framework for practice area technical assistance, focusing on design, implementation, and monitoring of programs, drawing upon MSH’s expertise in a range of practices, health areas and settings.

Increase MSH presence at relevant strategic meetings/global forums, represent MSH at conferences and other technical forums, and participate in relevant advocacy work as needed

Lead/direct MSH research to identify, evaluate and promote innovative approaches for achieving practice area goals, internally and externally and publish in peer-reviewed publications and other venues.

As a thought leader of pharmaceutical management and supply chain systems in LMICs, contribute to the advancement of new models, innovations and transformations that support countries in supply chain strengthening

Lead program advocacy at local and international levels to build awareness, understanding and support of key changes.

Develop a practice network of interested MSH staff and consultants who can organize around the vision and mission and support our efforts in the practice area.

Partner with MSH colleagues and projects to develop a strategic approach to building MSH’s project portfolio in this practice area, based on present work, our capabilities and the needs going forward.

Interact with and support projects, technical and country teams to pioneer and apply a superior technical lens and input into all MSH activities.

Leadership and Development (10%)

Lead, motivate, and develop his/her practice team leveraging diverse competencies, identifying and promoting talent, providing and receiving candid and actionable feedback and creating the incentives needed for a high performing and energized team of professionals.

Continuously expand and deepen the talent pipeline through leadership development, succession planning, and strategic retention of high-caliber staff.

Manage and model healthy, collaborative intra and inter-practice working relationships. Partner with the other practice leaders to ensure all units are providing timely, quality support to their respective teams and portfolios.

Create an environment conducive to collaboration, learning, and performance improvement among the multidisciplinary, multinational practice area team while actively promoting effective collaboration and cooperation across business units.

Attend management meetings and contribute to strategic and business plans.

Oversee technical staff and consultant recruitment for existing projects.

Business Development (20%)

Use network and connections to identify and build relationships with strategic partners and funders on practice priorities.

Develop strategic plans for growing the business portfolio for MSH in practice area.

As a technical leader, participate in new business development efforts and act as a reviewer of proposals.

Work in close coordination with MSH’s Business Development (BD) BD Unit reviewing bid opportunities, determining the opportunities that MSH should pursue in the practice area.

Provide critical strategic guidance and insight into pre-positioning for practice area bids as needed.

Work in coordination with BD Unit to track funding opportunities. Lead and/or participate in pitching ideas to donors and funders on practice area topics.

Build and maintain strong relationships with key players among US government and non-US government donors and partners.

Partner with MSH’s BD in scanning both the market and potential competitors.

Technical Assistance and Expertise (35%)

Provide technical assistance to governments and other partners, consistent with the practice area strategy and conceptual framework (to be developed by the practice area lead).

Provide technical oversight to practice area current and future projects and technical activities.

Serve as resource for critical technical information on practice area topics to other experts, offices and projects within MSH.

Document MSH’s portfolio of practice area activities, update it regularly with new experiences and disseminate results.

External Representation (5%)

Ensure strong representation of the MSH to local, regional and global partners – including funding agencies, governments, and donors — in the practice area. Strengthen collaboration with these partners to advance MSH’s global mission.

Establish and manage a collaborative relationship with USAID and other relevant stakeholders.

Lead advocacy of MSH-led team to USAID across all technical areas in order to secure buy-in from Missions and USAID Washington.

Build, establish, and manage global partnerships with international key partners to ensure efficient coordination. This will include prime and subcontractors.

Manage relationship with all partners from the program consortium and ensure partners’ adherence to their contractual obligations and provision of quality technical deliverables.

Partner and build strong relationships with thought leaders and engage new audiences in the area of practice.

Represent MSH at industry conferences and workshops as appropriate and as funding permits.

Team Management (10%)


business development

communities of practice


external communications

global health

health systems

human resources

professional ethics

supply chain

supply chain management

technical cooperation


Lead and manage practice area team members assigned to be supervised by this position.

Ensure all staff performance annual reviews are completed by all practice unit members supervised by this practice area leader.

Monitor the workflow and work volume of all direct reports to maximize efficiency and productivity of practice area staffs supervised by this practice leader.

Review, approve, or request additional information for timesheets of direct reports.

Required Minimum Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience managing, monitoring, and contributing to the design, implementation and strengthening of pharmaceutical health technologies and supply chain systems via health-related projects in low-resource settings.

At least 8 years of experience providing technical assistance, including for large scale projects in multiple countries, with demonstrated experience in areas related to health system strengthening.

Deep understanding of the private sector’s role and potential in global supply chain; experience in the private sector is a plus.

State-of-the-Art knowledge of and practice implementing high impact pharmaceutical and supply chain management interventions and programming in saving maternal and neonatal lives in LMIC.

Experience in using pharmaceutical and supply chain management indicators and data in project and program management

Six or more years of experience recruiting, managing, leading, and/or developing a strong team of staff, program/project managers, and technical professionals.

Recognized expertise and technical achievement within the practice area technical community, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and/or participation in technical working groups.

Knowledge and demonstrated experience successfully mobilizing resources for practice area programs, including significant proposal development experience with USAID in addition to other potential bilateral, multilateral, foundation, private sector, host country, and other funding sources for the practice area.

Knowledge and Skills

Proven leadership, management and organization skills are a priority along with the ability to inspire highly capable technical staff and remotely lead or support diverse teams.

Strong ability to lead by example, with integrity, purpose, and commitment to the attainment of MSH’s goals and commitment to technical excellence.

Skilled at creating a climate where high technical performance at all levels of the team is recognized and valued.

Ability and ease to interact, share, and lead at the global level and communicate MSH’s capabilities, strengthens and potential contributions.

Skilled at delegating appropriate responsibility, accountability, and decision-making authority on relevant practice area matters.

Proven skills in working and collaborating with donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.

Deep knowledge and understanding of the history, issues, and trends across the practice area both in public and private sectors.

Outstanding written and verbal communications skills. Able to blend compelling story and convincing evidence. Demonstrated proposal strategy development and proposal writing skills for practice area projects.

Demonstrated familiarity with USAID, other donor and country level policy and strategy orientations in relation to the practice area.

Demonstrated management experience.

Fully aligned with MSH mission and values.


Demonstrated competence in providing technical assistance in key pharmaceutical management and supply chain systems.

Collaborative leadership approach that contributes to positive team environment, and builds strong relationships with people from all backgrounds, genders, cultures, and viewpoints.

Excellent ability to build personal global networks at all levels, resulting in securing new opportunities and strategic growth for the organization in relation to the practice area.

Energetic, forward-thinking, and creative with intellectual flexibility and depth and strong ethical reasoning.

High level capacity to work in a variety of cultural settings, complex environment, and fragile states.

Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams towards a shared vision.



A postgraduate degree in a field of study related to the practice area.


Public Health, Global Health, MD, PhD, MBA or equivalent in a relevant field of study. An advanced degree in public health or in a related field with compelling, relevant experience will be considered.

MSH Core Job Competencies

Navigating the Environment:

Country perspective and orientation, donor responsiveness, partner collaboration and collegiality, organizational agility, political and strategic agility

Ensuring Delivery of Results:

Functional/technical skills, client (donor and country) focus, managing through procedures, measuring work in terms of effort and progress, negotiating positions in terms of beliefs and principles, information sharing within and across the GHSI. Priority-setting supports activity requests and schedules, with necessary problem-solving and timely decision-making.

Leading with Credibility:

Based on extensive experience with practice area topics, focusing on countries and programs. Creating an active, relevant and innovative practice network to engage all expertise around the global working at MSH.

Managing Others:

Building effective teamwork and collegiality across and within technical practice area, dispute management through collaborative pursuit of products and objectives, managing and supporting agreed visions and purpose, demonstrated integrity and trust through transparency. Motivating others through example and productivity. Full approachability and development of direct rapport with others.

Core Personal Competencies:

Maintain highest professional ethics and values. Style of work is based on proven principles of effective technical cooperation, integrity and trust. Ability to listen to partners and clients. High level of professional verbal and written communication.

Core MSH Competencies:

Responsive communications within and across the practice area. Problem-solving through collaboration and collegiality. Creativity and innovation in support of organization and practice success. Generate highest quality and timeliness of work while maintaining close team relationships. Maximize effective human and financial resource utilization.

Physical Demands

Basic office functions: Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs. Travel Requirements Domestic and international travel up to 35%. MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan. EEO is the Law - English EEO is the Law - Spanish EEO is the Law Supplement Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Poster MSH EEO-AA Policy Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a global health nonprofit that makes foundational changes to health systems to protect people from diseases and improve their health. MSH collaborates with local partners, from the Ministry to the community, to strengthen and complement existing health systems. Since 1971, MSH has worked in more than 150 countries to help ensure sustainable, resilient, and equitable access to quality health care around the globe. If you are a candidate in need of assistance, an accommodation, or an alternative method to apply for an open position, please email or call +1-703-524-6575 to be connected with Human Resources. cn46xrV-B5KhYh

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