Dec 092017

Organization: Solthis
Country: France
Closing date: 31 Dec 2017


Solthis is an international medical NGO which aims at improving access to care for people in limited-resources settings. Its action is based on three modes of intervention: Health Systems Strengthening, Operational Research and Advocacy, with methodology based on multilevel & multidisciplinary approach: Care services delivery (medical and paramedical staff, midwives, therapeutic educators and psycho-social workers, etc.); laboratory (technicians, etc.); pharmacy (procurement, logistics supply chain teams, pharmacist, etc.); the health information system; and lastly the coordination bodies.

Project Summary

Solthis has received a Go-Ahead from UNITAID to begin the Grant Agreement Development (GAD) process for its HIV self-testing project in West Africa (ATLAS). The GAD is a six-month process during which the project will be designed by a dedicated team and negotiated with UNITAID.

The ATLAS project (AutoTest, Libre d’Accéder à la connaissance de son Statut VIH) was a response to UNITAID’s Call for Proposals « Expediting access to HIV self-testing in low and middle-income countries Solthis will lead the consortium, composed of Sidaction and IRD, for this four-year project. ATLAS will take place in 3 countries in West Africa: Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal.

The project goal is to reduce HIV-related mortality by increasing demand and offer of HIV self-testing. It will mostly target key and most-at-risk populations: men having sex with men (MSM), sex workers (SW) and their clients and partners, drug users, partners of people living with HIV, etc. Indeed, the epidemic in these countries is concentrated: the prevalence is moderate among the general population but much more important among those specific populations.

Position summary

The Procurement Specialist , managed by the Pharmacy and Laboratory Project Manager, will be responsible for designing a comprehensiveprocurement strategy including a procurement planfor the ATLAS project.

He/she will undertake advanced planning for procurement in regards with compliance and risk management within the procurement system.outlining: competitive bid processes, time, cost/funding, availability, transport, storage, quality considerations, safety, , government policies, donor conditions, beneficiary culture and environment in plans.

He/she will prepare a procurement plan and delivery schedules based on adjustments of quantification and cost.

He/she will prepare a workplan with project selected countries to ensure storage and distribution at country level.



Master’s Degree (Pharmacy/Business/Public Health) with a minimum of 5 years‘ experience in health products procurement processes.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

· Experience in procurement for health and non-health products (tendering processes, evaluation, contracting, contract management),

· Knowledge of public health policies and management,

· Experience in resource-limited settings,

· Fluent in English and French.

Personal characteristics

· Excellent communication, diplomatic and reporting skills,

· Strong organizational skills,

· Good analytical and problem-solving skills.

· Ability to work independently and as part of a team and able to prioritize multiple tasks, while driving results,

· Interest for International Cooperation.


Status: Consultant

Contract duration: 25 days, over a 2 months period (January & February 2018)

Starting date: January 2018

Location of work: Position based at HQ in Bagnolet (metro Bagnolet ligne 3)

How to apply:

Please send your application in English (CV, cover letter, references) to, quoting reference “Procurement Specialist”, by 31/12/2017.

Solthis reserves the right to close any vacancy before the advertised deadline. Thank you for your understanding.

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