International Rescue Committee

Deadline: Ongoing

Locations: Nairobi, Kenya; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kampala, Uganda

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is seeking to fill the role of Regional Supply Chain Director.

IRC is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development non-governmental organisation.


  • Work closely with the regional and country programme teams to develop supply chain strategies that prioritise initiatives to improve operational capabilities and effectiveness
  • Be the expert on market dynamics and the supply base by country and for the region as a whole and ensure supply strategies are in place
  • Develop effective partnerships with global, regional and country stakeholders to plan for future requirements and develop proactive supply chain strategies
  • Identify regional and country supply chain strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) through market analysis, operational assessments, regional procurement and contracting capacity and develop action plans in partnership with GSC, regional and country staff accordingly
  • Work with country office teams to develop integrated supply chains and assist supply chain teams in developing/improving linkages between their department and programmes
  • Utilise metrics to measure and assess supply chain efficiency and success in the country programmes
  • Review organisation supply chain structures and staffing levels to ensure effective and cost-efficient support to programmes
  • Act as ‘first line’ advisory resource for country supply chain staff
  • Identify team capacity building opportunities, promote and conduct training and other development activities for country staff
  • Lead implementation and delivery of global and regional initiatives
  • Ensure supply chain operations have supplier development strategies and provide guidance to supply chain teams on effective development techniques
  • Take a lead role in coordinating/leading regional procurements
  • In partnership with IRC legal and the GSC quality assurance team, ensure contracting practices within a country are as effective as possible
  • Ensure supply chain goods flow account for speed, cost and reliability and take advantage of favourable customs schemes
  • Verify that country office supply chain policies are appropriate, documented, disseminated and required monitoring processes are effective
  • Support senior management team in country with developing mitigation plans to address procurement control weaknesses
  • Ensure proper quality management of the end-to-end pharmaceutical supply chain, including cold-chain requirements
  • Manage the deployment schedule of the roving supply chain coordinator
  • Coordinate with the DDO or CD as appropriate to determine priorities for each country programme supply chain activities
  • Coordinate with the DDO or CD as appropriate for recruiting and onboarding of new supply chain staff


  • Ten years, minimum, of experience with demonstrated success as a supply chain leader
  • Expertise in managing a pharmaceutical (including cold-chain) supply chain network
  • Knowledge and experience in supporting cash programming
  • Experience in managing teams remotely
  • Proven project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to analyse and resolve complex issues
  • Excellent training and coaching ability
  • Ability to travel as needed to support country requirements
  • English and French language skills

To apply and for more information, click here.

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