Supply Chain Manager (Lilongwe, Malawi)

CHAI is building on its successful work in HIV and malaria treatment to support the development and execution of ambitious new efforts to strengthen and streamline the supply chain both to and in developing countries for high quality and essential health products in a sustainable manner in order to increase levels of accessibility. These efforts will focus on a number of countries in creating market structures that can assure that products are high quality, widely available and affordable. In parallel, CHAI is leading efforts to develop mechanisms to deploy new information and communication technologies effectively in order to streamline supply chains and/or increase demand for products.

CHAI is recruiting a number of Supply Chain Managers, each of whom will be responsible for establishing, implementing and coordinating CHAI’s Supply Chain strategy in a specific African country. Reporting to The Director of Supply Chain Management, the Supply Chain Managers will work across all levels of the private and public sector supply chains related to selected essential health products, providing technical and operational assistance to put into effect the concrete implementation plans which they would have been heavily involved in creating. The Supply Chain Manager will be able to display a very high degree of credibility, borne out by proven supply chain experience at an operational and technical level. The Supply Chain Manager will have a practical understanding of relevant drivers and motivations across different supply chains and be able to devise and implement strategies and tactics that are innovative and go far beyond the established status quo. The Supply Chain Manager will spend ~20% of his/her time travelling domestically, primarily to regions with limited facilities. Limited levels of international travel are also anticipated.


  • Establish, implement and coordinate CHAI’s Supply Chain strategy at a country level to strengthen local market structures
  • Analyze and map supply chains to identify key decision makers and potential areas of inefficiency
  • Conduct market analyses and develop business cases to demonstrate to suppliers the market potential
  • Develop strong relationships with suppliers and, where relevant, local manufacturers to facilitate the roll out of rationalized supply chains
  • Interact with country and global CHAI teams to achieve objectives of supply chain strategy, providing technical and managerial assistance.
  • Other responsibilities, as needed


  • Minimum 5 years supply chain related work experience, with a main focus of working in Africa
  • Experience in private sector supply and distribution, ideally in the pharmaceutical or Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) fields
  • Outstanding analytical, management, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated success in coordinating partners and developing relationships in order to drive a multi-stakeholder process
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and strong self-motivation
  • Ability to develop and execute a coherent programmatic strategy, amidst substantial ambiguity and changing circumstances
  • Exceptional time-management skills and the ability to manage multiple work streams in parallel under tight deadlines
  • Ability to function independently and flexibly
  • Strong desire to work in a fast-paced, limited-structure, high-pressure, multicultural environment

Salary: $50,000 – $60,000 per year

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