Supply Chain Manager


International Rescue Committee

Posted5 Aug 2022 Closing date: 4 Sep 2022

The IRC is seeking a qualified Supply Chain Manager for an anticipated three-year World Bank-funded project, which will be managed by the Federal Ministry of Health. The project is called “Improving Healthcare Services in Somalia (Damal Caafimaad)”. The Supply Chain Manager will be responsible for overseeing all supply chain activities for the Damal Caafimaad project, which is focused on expanding the coverage of high-impact health and nutrition services in select geographic areas. The Supply Chain Manager will be based in Somalia in the region where the project is focused (location TBC), with travel to project sites.


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading humanitarian and development organization working in more than 40 countries to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and crisis to survive, recover and gain control of their future.

The IRC began working in Somalia in the early 1980s - initially to assist people seeking refuge in the aftermath of the Somalia-Ethiopian conflict. The focus of IRC Somalia programming is on Health, Nutrition, Economic Resilience, Recovery and Development, Governance, WASH, Women’s Protection and Empowerment interventions to crisis affected communities in most of the targeted locations. With headquarters in Mogadishu, the IRC oversees field offices in Dhusamareb, Gaalkayo and Garowe in Puntland, Galmudug and Benadir Region. IRC programming in Somalia adopts an integrated approach, in which each sector provides mutually reinforcing services to at-risk populations.

The upcoming Damal Caafimad project will support the rapid expansion of high-impact health and nutrition services within the Government of Somalia’s Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS). The project also aims to develop the Federal and State Ministries’ of Health capacity to act as stewards of the health sector. The project will focus on primary healthcare, improving the availability of pharmaceuticals, strengthening the quality of care, and developing strong management systems. Robust community level health services and engagement will also be a critical part of the project. The World Bank is funding the project, which will be delivered through Federal Ministry of Health contracting of NGOs.

Scope of work:

The Supply Chain Manager will oversee all supply chain activities for the IRC for the Damal Caafimaad project. This includes managing all pharmaceutical and equipment procurement, ensuring that supplies and equipment are available at the facility level. The Supply Chain Manager will oversee the procurement, transportation, and ensuring the continuous availability of all pharmaceuticals and supplies – including family planning commodities - in sufficient quantity to deliver services. They will ensure that the procurement of drugs, supplies and medical equipment complies with national guidelines and is exclusively from WHO qualified vendors (prequalified or through expert review) or USAID prequalified vendors. The Supply Chain Manager is also responsible for ensuring sufficient buffer stock to cope with outbreaks and variations in service use, as well as to support project locations that may become inaccessible due to floods or insecurity.

The Supply Chain Manager is responsible for ensuring that pharmaceuticals are stored to international standards, including during transportation. They will also ensure proper stock keeping and storage procedures are utilized at all levels, including the facility level, ensure documentation of all stock movement, and implement asset tracking systems. Finally, the Supply Chain Manager will provide capacity building support on supply chain management to the Regional Health Office.

This position reports to the Team Leader. It is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding; we anticipate that the project will begin in 2022.


  1. • Master’s degree in Logistics, Transport, Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Pharmacy, or any other relevant field

  2. • A minimum of eight years of supply chain management experience, preferably primary level health service delivery

  3. • A demonstrated record of ensuring availability of supplies, preferably essential medicines in complex environments

  4. • Demonstrated experience in conflict-impacted, fragile settings. Experience in Somalia is strongly preferred

  5. • Experience developing operational and supply chain capacity in required

  6. • Detail oriented with excellent record keeping skills

  7. • Experience with transport management systems

  8. • Willingness to travel to a remote, rural area

  9. • Experience implementing and overseeing stock keeping systems

Safety & Security Situation

All staff must comply with all IRC Somalia security policies and procedures.

Standards for Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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