Commodity Manager, USAID/DRC Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA)

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Last update: 10 days ago Last update: Jan 25, 2023


Deadline: Mar 31, 2023
Location: Dem. Rep. Congo Dem. Rep. Congo
Organization: Save the Children (USA)
Sectors: Logistics Logistics
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
French French
Work experience: From 7 years
Date posted: Jan 24, 2023


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Save the Children is seeking a Commodity Manager for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The RFSA will seek to sustainably improve food and nutrition security and resilience among poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities in selected regions. The estimated implementation timeframe for the RFSA is 2023 - 2028. Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the project and USAID approval of the candidate. 

The proposed program will be an integrated, multi-sectoral food and nutrition security intervention. The Commodity Manager is responsible for the logistical management of the Title II commodities. The Commodity Manager is responsible for establishing accurate commodity tracking systems, managing risks (including fraud and corruption), and ensuring accountability throughout the supply chain. 

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties): 

  • Commodity planning and budgeting: Analyze pipeline and optimum inventory of commodity and coordinate annual call forward plan. Ensure all commodity operations meet USAID regulations and Generally Accepted Commodity Accounting Principles (GACAP).   
  • Transport of Title II commodities: Ensure timely correspondence on shipping matters with SCUS, USAID, ministry officials, marine surveyors, shipping agents, and other key stakeholders. Oversee port clearance and internal transport to DRC. Supervise commodity management team to receive food delivery. 
  • Commodity management tools: Develop tools as needed for managing and monitoring commodities. Collaborate and strengthen capacity with all program staff and partners involved in commodity management.  
  • Warehouse management: Supervise activities at central and secondary warehouses. Ensure all warehouses are equipped and suitable for storing food commodities per USAID and industry guidelines. Ensure all warehouses are inspected and fumigated as required and provide corrective action as needed.  
  • Coordination: Ensure effective coordination across consortium, with a particular focus on risk management through regular trainings and reviews. Coordinate effectively within SC DRC, SCUS and with donor, government and external programs as needed.  
  • Commodity supply chain management and accounting: Ensure appropriate procedures for tracking and monitoring all stages of supply chain management including receipt, storage, transportation and distribution.  
  • Training and capacity building: Train key resource individuals (commodity managers, etc.) and ensure that audit responsibilities are included in the appropriate job descriptions, resulting in a tiered oversight system for commodity accountability. Ensure all stakeholders, down to the community level, enable the timely, accountable, hygienic and respectful distribution of food rations to program participants.  
  • Reporting, monitoring and audits: Responsible for reporting on all elements of the commodity pipeline, from receipt to distribution. Assist MEAL in developing end-use monitoring guidelines and ensure monitoring takes place properly during distribution. Support audit efforts and implement audit recommendations as needed. Ensure all branding and marking requirements are met at distribution points.  

Required Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s a relevant academic area such as supply chain management, food science, etc., plus seven years of relevant work experience.  
  • Extensive experience managing in-kind food commodity supply chains from point of origin through to food distribution points and end recipients in developing countries.  
  • Experience maintaining commodity quality and safety, managing warehouses (including fumigation and testing), coordinating transportation (port, road, rail, etc.), monitoring, and reporting.  
  • Experience specific to Title II is highly desired.  
  • Ability to network and engage with necessary stakeholders to manage food commodity supply chains.  
  • Experience working in the DRC is preferred.  
  • Fluency in French is required, and professional proficiency in English and Swahili is preferred.  
  • Knowledge and experience with USAID and U.S. Government regulations are preferred.  

About Save the Children  

No matter your role when you join Save the Children, each and every day you will challenge yourself to devote your skills, talent and expertise to changing the world for kids. It’s an ambitious goal, and a meaningful one no matter how you see yourself professionally: an accountant, a writer, a data analyst, a teacher, a driver, a designer, or any one of the hundreds of dozens of roles we’re looking to fill every day.  

You see, Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.  

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