Project Director: Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation Swaziland

Closing date:

Applications are sought from experienced, mission-driven candidates who meet the following profile:

  • Pharmaceutical Masters Level Degree from an accredited university required; Pharmaceutical doctorate or additional degree in health, business or program management is a plus.
  • 5+ years’ experience in management of public health programs in developing countries; 

  • Demonstrated experience in Pharmaceutical and Health Product Management, and Health Supply Chain Management
  • Demonstrated experience with implementing EMR systems and technical support to government supply chain systems including but not limited to: quantification, data verification, documentation, justification and budget advocacy. In-depth knowledge of ICT systems is a plus; 

  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple aspects development projects in developing countries, including programming, finance, M&E, and reporting; 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, critical thinking, maturity, discipline, loyalty, and taking initiative with an ability to work 
independently and within a team; 

  • Proven record of excellent management, leadership, and decision-making skills; 

  • Excellent communicator and writer (in English) with experience as a spokesperson who can articulate messages logically and persuasively to various audiences; 

  • Established skills in building effective internal work relationships at all levels, and maintaining productive and cordial working relationships with stakeholder counterparts; 

  • Knowledge in USAID rules, regulations and reporting requirements

The Swaziland Supply Chain and Pharmaceutical Assistance for Sustainable Systems (SC+PASS) Project Director will lead and manage the project. S/he is accountable for the project deliverables and results, and has full accountability and authority for the development, execution, and monitoring of the project including:

  • Vision and technical strategy
  • Project management
  • Documentation and communication
  • Client(s)and stakeholder(s) relationship management
  • Coordination and synergy with other Baylor and TSP projects, and collaboration with Baylor-Swaziland operations and leadership
  • Monitoring and evaluation

This accountability includes effective contribution to business and resource development activities, including strategic communication, positioning, intelligence gathering, and proposal development mission.

  • Coordinate Coordinate SC+PASS contributions to USAID-funded procurement of antiretroviral medicines, HIV rapid test kits and condoms

  • Coordinate the forecasting and supply planning activities for all government and donor funded health products

  • Prepare the Swaziland Pharmaceutical and Health Product Management country profile with an action plan
  • Serve as Primary liaison between Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management and Systems Strengthening Program and the PEPFAR/Swaziland Team, the Ministry of Health, including the Officer of the Chief Pharmacist (OCP) and Central Medical Stores (CMS), other stakeholders and partners involved with pharmaceutical management activities
  • Manage the SC+PASS office and staff under the direction of the Baylor-Swaziland Executive Director, and ensures that Baylor/OCP/CMS plans and activities effectively address priority pharmaceutical and commodity management needs of the country with focus on HIV/AIDS, TB and other related commodities

Additional job responsibilities include:

  • Provide effective management system in accordance with USAID Rules and Regulations and Baylor Foundation policies
  • Oversee program management and operations of the project offices
  • In collaboration with Baylor Swaziland management team and technical staff, develop the operation budget and work plan components
  • Coordinate and draft quarterly, annual, and other ad-hoc reports for the project
  • Oversee implementation of project support activities, and ensure performance against targets. Take corrective action where necessary
  • Manage the monthly cash-flow and annual budgets
  • Work with Finance & Admin to ensure that all project activities are implemented in accordance with USAID and TSP/Baylor Swaziland policies and procedures
  • Represent the SC+PASS project in appropriate local and regional forums, and liaise with government and partner organizations as necessary
  • Ensure service delivery interventions are implemented rapidly, in-line with project plans and established outcomes
  • Oversee the staff and consultants used in implementing the activities to ensure an environment is maintained that enhances a positive workplace, which embraces diversity, innovation, responsiveness’ and quality
  • Attend local, regional and international meetings as required
  • Contribute to business and resource development activities, including strategic communication, positioning, intelligence gathering, and proposal development.

This is summary of the primary responsibilities of the position, not an employment contract; it does not restrict the responsibilities that may be assigned. Baylor-Swaziland may revise this document at any time.Applications must include the following:

  1. A motivation letter providing explanation and detail on how the applicant satisfies the required candidate profile;
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae;
  3. A summary of the experience and expertise the applicant has in the following technical areas: pharmaceutical policy and governance, supply chain management, commodity quantification and forecasting, electronic information systems implementation and maintenance, essential medicines lists and standard treatment guidelines development and roll-out, rational medicines use and/or antimicrobial resistance. Note: Baylor Swaziland understands that a single applicant may not have in-depth expertise in all of the above technical areas, but we looking for an applicant with broad experience who can lead and manage a technical team in the mentioned technical areas.
  4. Names and contact information of two (2) traceable referees who are not relatives.

About the Organization

Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation - Swaziland (Baylor-Swaziland) is a not-for-profit organization in a public private partnership with the Government of Swaziland Ministry of Health. The mission is to provide high quality family centred paediatric and adolescent health care, education and clinical research in Swaziland. Baylor-Swaziland is uniquely positioned to deliver internationally recognized innovative, evidence-based HIV and TB service delivery programming.Baylor-Swaziland is a member of the TSP Consortium that includes Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Malawi. In 2016, USAID signed a cooperative agreement with Baylor-Malawi for the Technical Support to PEPFAR (TSP) Programs in the Southern Africa Region. The purpose of the TSP Program is to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in ten countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. As part of the TSP program, focal countries will be supported to reach ambitious UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals. Through TSP, Baylor- Malawi and its partners including Baylor-Swaziland provide technical assistance to regional HIV/AIDS programs and build the capacity of country teams to eventually take full ownership of the programs. Assistance includes technical expertise, human resource capacity, physical infrastructure, program implementation experience, and regional coordination and communication with a special focus on women, children, and adolescents with HIV.Through the TSP Program, Baylor-Swaziland and Baylor-Malawi are partners in absorbing and continuing the SIAPS (Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services) program implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in Swaziland. The new project, Swaziland Supply Chain and Pharmaceutical Assistance for Sustainable Systems (SC+PASS) seeks to continue and sustain the results of the SIAPS project in Swaziland. The goal of the SC+PASS program is to improve the delivery and consistent use of HIV, TB and other reproductive health commodities and essential pharmaceutical services to achieve desired HIV, TB and reproductive health outcomes. The program will take a systems-wide approach to meet sustainable disease-specific objectives through two main intermediate results:

  • Building organizational capacity for pharmaceutical management at the regional, facility and community level through a diversified network of distribution channels; and
  • Strengthening central level decision-making using strategic information systems and technology to improve HIV and TB treatment procurement, warehousing and logistics.

To these ends, the program also provides support for strengthening national regulatory, safety and quality assurance of the drug supply system as well as preventing and detecting antimicrobial resistance.

HIV, TB, pharmaceutical services, pharmaceutical management, pharmaceutical systems, supply chain management, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), capacity building, Swaziland