131-2021-GAVI-RFQ-Senior Manager, Private Sector Supply Chain Engagement

1. Background and Introduction **

Gavi Alliance’s (“**Gavi**”) mission is to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.

Gavi is a unique organisation that aligns public and private resources in a global effort to create greater access to the benefits of immunisation. It does this with precision and in creative, innovative ways to ensure that donor contributions efficiently save lives and help build self-sufficiency in the world’s poorest communities and regions.

For more information, please visit the Gavi website: http://www.gavi.org/about/mission

2. Background of the team and purpose of the role

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. By pooling the demand of Gavi-supported countries, securing long-term commitments from donors and implementing innovative financing mechanisms, Gavi is able to shape markets to ensure sufficient supply of high-quality vaccines at affordable prices. Through its co-financing, eligibility and transition model, Gavi ensures works with countries to scale-up domestic financing for immunisation and to help them transition from Gavi support as their economies grow. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunisation of nearly 822 million children and the prevention of more than 14 million future deaths. Gavi’s 2021-2025 strategy has equity as its organising principle, with a focus on reaching the 10.6 million children who do not receive a single routine dose of vaccines in Gavi-supported countries each year. With 87% of children already being reached by a first dose of routine vaccines in 2019 (more than any other routine health intervention), extending immunisation services to the communities which are still being missed can be a first step towards achieving universal health coverage.

Gavi spends more than US$ 1 billion on vaccines every year. Robust supply chains are a critical part of Gavi’s goal to help countries increase the effectiveness and efficiency of immunisation delivery as an integrated part of health systems. The Alliance immunisation supply chain strategy provides an end-to-end perspective of the supply chain with a focus on 5 fundamentals, namely continuous improvement and planning, data for management, immunisation supply chain system design, cold chain equipment, and the management, coordination of human resources. Since its current supply chain strategy was launched in 2014, the Alliance has helped countries make substantial and measurable improvements in the performance of their supply chains. However, many immunisation supply chains still rely on out-dated designs, practices and technologies. Since 2016, Gavi has engaged with the private sector (corporations, foundations, for-profit and not-for profit startups and organisations) to build partnerships and test solutions. In the next strategic cycle, over 2021-2025, Gavi seeks to refine its engagement with the private sector in order to identify, source, and scale solutions, technologies, and innovations that can help countries to enhance and transform the performance of the immunisation supply chain.

3. Description of Services:**

This position will lead the Gavi Secretariat’s efforts to strengthen engagement of the private sector in immunisation supply chain, working closely with key Secretariat colleagues (in the Effective Vaccine Management sub-team, country programmes department and beyond) and Alliance partners. Key functions will include:

  1. Define a new strategic approach to engaging the private sector in the immunisation supply chain, based on a robust analysis of key programmatic needs, mapping of private sector capacities, and lessons from existing engagements across the Alliance. This approach will prioritise areas for private sector engagement, provide a roadmap to identify and engage partners and countries utilising all Gavi’s financial and non-financial levers, and identify existing models and practices that can be replicated and scaled up across Gavi countries
  2. Coordinate implementation of this approach including engagement of private sector partners and strategic engagement with countries
  3. Monitor and learn from implementation of new approaches, helping to identify those that can be scaled up, opportunities for improvement and capturing lessons learned from failed partnerships
  4. Define a roadmap for scale up successful approaches across countries including eventual transition to country financing

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Responsible Senior Manager, Private Sector Supply Chain Engagement. Specific duties include:**

· Review and identify lessons learned from Alliance engagement with the private sector to date

  • Convene and engage development partners within and beyond the Alliance including, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UN and donor agencies, to learn from their approaches to engaging the private sector in supply chain and identify opportunities for collaboration

· Work closely with Alliance partners and other Secretariat teams to develop and operationalise a multi-year strategic approach to engage the private sector in the immunisation supply chain

  • Identify priority countries for the implementation and scale-up of technologies and new approaches and support countries in decision making and adoption of new programmatic approaches

· Coordinate efforts to engage private sector partners in priority areas, develop new partnerships, and scale-up proven collaborations

· Support Secretariat and Alliance country teams to engage implementing countries in identifying priority areas for private sector engagement, and introduce new partnerships and innovations utilising Alliance-wide financial and non-financial support

· Test new approaches leveraging existing technologies and approaches in a set of countries and define a roadmap for scale up within the Gavi Alliance and eventual transition to country ownership

· Monitor performance and synthesise lessons learned from private sector engagement and refine the private sector engagement approach based on these

· Ensure consistency and identify synergies in the Alliance’s approach to engaging private sector

*Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not exhaustive of the job responsibilities; other duties may be assigned consistently with the department needs.

4. Location: Gavi Alliance HQ, Geneva, Switzerland or remote (subject to discussion)**

5. Qualifications and work experience required:


  • Advanced university degree in administration/management, supply chain, operations management or other relevant field;
  • A degree in public/community health or health systems is an asset;
  • Certification from a recognised professional body such as The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) or others is desirable.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 8 years relevant experience providing strategic, tactical, and operational guidance to achieve supply chain transformations across the private and public sector (i.e. developing and implementing supply chain strategies, optimizing distribution/logistics (inbound, outbound, return), working across industry verticals)
  • Excellent track record in analysing, creating, and implementing complex change-management initiatives in cross-matrixed organisations, presenting complex issues to executives, and leading business development activities.
  • Familiarity with public sector supply chain assessment tools is desirable (e.g. effective vaccine management (EVM) assessment, comprehensive multi-year plan for immunisation (cMYPs) and Expanded Programme for immunisation (EPI) reviews);
  • Experience of working with and management UN agencies and global development donors and/or in low-resource settings is desirable.
  • Proven expertise working in diverse, multi-partner environments to deliver results;
  • Experience working across healthcare and health systems is an asset.


  • Excellent conceptual and analytical problem-solving skills (e.g., to analyse supply chain, health systems bottlenecks) gained working in the private and public sectors;
  • Ability to think strategically and flexibly to see the broader picture;
  • Analytical and very comfortable with data;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
  • Aptitude to plan, organise and prioritise work effectively and adapt to changing business needs;
  • Good knowledge of in-country supply chain systems and procedures is preferred;
  • Experience in vaccines and stock management including cold chain equipment (pre-qualification) and distribution management is desirable;
  • Excellent representational and communication skills, including to communicate complex technical information and build knowledge and capacity of others;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues in a global, multicultural context
  • Influencing skills and ability to advance priorities in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Ability to work autonomously, while also integrating and collaborating effectively in a fast-moving team.

Note: short-listed candidates may be asked to complete a timed test to demonstrate their data management, analysis and communication skills.


· Fluency in written and spoken English is required;

· Fluency in French strongly desired.

· Fluency in Portuguese and other languages of Gavi-supported countries an asset.

6. Duration of Assignment: 24 months **

7. Selection Process and expected timelines

· Interested parties should respond by completing Annex One and returning their application before midnight on the Closing Date;

· Gavi will shortlist and invite for written tests and/or interviews (1-2 weeks)

· Contract negotiation and signature (1-2 weeks)

We are committed to fostering a just, equitable and diverse culture free from racism and discrimination in which all staff, partners and stakeholders feel empowered, safe and heard.

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please visit our Careers webpage and apply by sending your application to procurement@gavi.org with the title 131-2021-GAVI-RFQ – ” Senior Manager, Private Sector Supply Chain Engagement” before the closing date

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