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Short-term UAV Project Manager

Date Posted: May 06, 2019

Job Description

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health Supply Chain Program–Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project will lead an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or drone) activity to focus on rural settings which experiences limitations in the existing distribution system and lab sample network, coupled with geographic and infrastructure challenges, which leaves gaps in service provided to patients. For this work, Chemonics will collaborate with UNICEF and work closely with its subcontractor for UAV manufacturing, Wingcopter. Through supportive collaboration with UNICEF and consultations with counterparts in the Ministry of Health (MOH), the project has confirmed that targeted local facilities are supportive of this activity and the utilization of UAVs for delivery of health commodities and collections of samples.

Specifically, the activity will pursue the bidirectional use of UAVs to and from hospitals and regional health facilities in the Nakata Bay District of Malawi. The activity will not only utilize UAV technology as a solution to improve health outcomes through increased speed and availability of deliveries but will also work with the MOH and private logistics companies toward the goal of sustainable integration of UAVs into the country’s supply chain. 

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Project Manager will collaborate with the HQ-led UAV team, GHSC-PSM field office, UNICEF Drone Specialist, Wingcopter staff, clinic and district hospital staff, Malawi Ministry of Health and Civil Aviation partners, and other activity stakeholders to coordinate implementation of the rollout of the activity and to help ensure success.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with and report to the headquarters UAV team—led by Warehousing and Distribution Team Lead Scott Dubin and Warehousing and Distribution team Analyst Ashley Greve—to carry out the rollout and implementation of flight operations in the Nkhata Bay area of Malawi as outlined in the project work plan and Gantt.
  • Serve as primary in-country liaison with the GHSC-PSM field office, UNICEF Drone Specialist, Wingcopter staff, clinic and district hospital staff participating in the activity, and Government of Malawi agencies (MOH, CAA, etc.) and ensure adherence to all reporting requirements.
  • Conduct and coordinate regular site visits to flight operation locations to oversee the work of safety pilots as needed.
  • Undergo training to assume the responsibilities of a Safety Pilot/Visual Observer for safe flight operations.
  • Oversee risk management efforts through community sensitization and adherence to all standard operating procedures and safety measures.
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation by collecting data and key performance indicators to demonstrate improved health outcomes as a result of intervention.
  • Monitor UAV activity against the outlined work plan and Gantt chart and prepare regular reports on successes and challenges to ensure the HQ UAV team and relevant stakeholders remain current at all times.
  • Represent GHSC-PSM project at technical meetings with collaborating partners, senior government officials, and/or donor agencies.
  • Contribute to final report on findings of pilot to assess impact and disseminate results to USAID, partners and other relevant parties.
  • Exhibit Chemonics values and build culture of “Living our Values” within the team.
  • Verify that USAID regulations, Chemonics policies, and quality management best practices are enforced consistently.
  • Carry out additional responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time in consultation with supervisor of record.

 

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum four years of experience working in logistics, project management, or a combination of these on a project level.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; this requirement can be substituted with an additional four years of relevant experience for a total of eight years of relevant experience.
  • Familiarity with Ministry of Health and Civil Aviation agencies to enable easy processing of approval requests require to implement pilot program.
  • Experience working on or with USAID-funded health programs preferred.
  • Strong leadership and motivational ability.
  • Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including proficiency in English.
  • Ability and willingness to safely lift up to 15 kg of weight.
  • Chemonics is searching for someone based in Nkhata Bay and Likoma Island Districts, who is willing and able to travel frequently around the region.


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