Supply Chain Management Professionalization Framework
For health programs in all countries, health supply chains are a key enabler. In low- and middle income countries, investments from USAID and other donors are helping to strengthen these systems to increase the availability of lifesaving health commodities. An ongoing challenge, however, is ensuring that enough supply chain management (SCM) professionals, who have the competencies to deliver effective SCM, are available to countries’ supply chain organizations. This need, combined with the knowledge that SCM professionals are in increasing demand in the private sector and other government institutions, indicates that SCM human resources (HR) challenges will continue and may become more acute in the future. Within the broader supply chain community, a lack of process standardization is often encountered. This is underpinned by a limited view and a lack of integrated understanding of the activities that are housed within the scope of supply chain management. The effect on supply chain HR is often apparent, as staff members assigned to supply chain activities do not have the skills or understanding of the process to ensure supply chain objectives are realized. To better understand the issues of availability and use of SCM human resources in a country context, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, in conjunction with USAID and People that Deliver (PtD), believes that a “whole of SCM labor market” approach provides a deeper and more holistic understanding of the SCM employment environment.
Read the full study on the GHSC-PSM website here.