Barcode consultant


Company: JSI
Location: Addis Ababa    
Experience Level: Senior   
Employment Type: Part-time  

Job Description
In collaboration with JSI-Digital Health Activity funded by USAID, the Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Supply Service/EPSS/ is currently looking for a highly competent Barcode consultant on a Part- time bases.
Ethiopian Pharmaceuticals Supply Service, EPSS, is a legal entity established under the law of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Government to overcome the problems and assure uninterrupted supply of pharmaceuticals to the public at an affordable price. The Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency was established in September 2007 by Proclamation No. 553/2007 as part of Pharmaceutical Logistic Master Plan implementation with the following objectives:
  1. To enable public health institutions to supply quality assured essential pharmaceuticals at affordable prices in a sustainable manner to the public;
  2. To play a complementary role in developmental efforts for health service expansion and strengthening by ensuring enhanced and sustainable supply of pharmaceuticals;
  3. To create enabling conditions for enhancing the accumulation of funds in its revolving and cost recovery process and thereby ensure the realization of the objectives.
Job Title: Barcode consultant 
Position Type: Part Time Consultant (3 Months)
Reports to: Project Manager  
Location: Addis Ababa, EPSS office
Availability: Immediately, some level of Physical presence at EPSS office is also needed 
Job Summary;
The overall purpose of the role is to Provide warehouse services for EPSS in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, including physical receipt, storage, dispatch, and delivery of goods, as well as accurate documentation and reporting. The barcode scanner is used for inventory management software, which can then begin to track that specific barcode as the product moves around the warehouse. Here are the main objectives for implementing the barcoding system at EPSS:
  • Accuracy
  • Real-time data:
  • Low cost (initial and running)
  • Collect data instantly
  • Reduce human error 
  • Improve inventory control
  • Inventory tracking  
Specific responsibilities of the consultant will include, but not limited to the following:
  •    Reviews available strategies, assessment reports and other evidence in EPSS in relation to barcoding system.
  • Organize consultative and validation workshop to present the result of the analysis and recommendations.
  •   Engages with different stakeholders in the area.
  •  Works on-site at the EPSS warehouse- the consultant will study various operations and collaborate with employees to gain valuable insights.
  •  Analyzes the current EPSS operations performance.
  •  Design the new barcoding system architecture based on the findings.
  • Determine which operations must be handled by the central warehouse and selected hubs. These operations need to be supported by the ERP, which is expected to be implemented in the near future.
  • Ensures activities performed by DHA are recorded and reported as per the reporting standard.
  • Produces Final Assessment report with recommendations
  •  Responsible for implementing JSI's Accountability Framework and Code of Conduct, and adhering to JSI's polices on fraud management and child safeguarding policies.
  •     Perform other duties as assigned.
Job Requirements
  • Applicants for this position should possess the following qualifications:
  •  Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline (IT, information systems, etc.) is required.
  •  Minimum 7-years of Experience in warehouse operations, with a proven track record of implementing advanced technological solutions such as barcodes.
  • Experience working with in public agencies and/or Ministry of Health
  • Experience from other local and international organizations is considered a plus.
  • The candidate should have a deep understanding of standard warehouse operations and be able to provide insights and recommendations for process improvement.
  •  Previous work experience with USAID-funded projects is desirable.
  •  Strong representational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal English; proficiency in Amharic. Ability to prepare and present technical information to partners.
  • Proficiency in common computer packages (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel) relevant to the work.
  • Note that the role requires some level of physical presence at the EPSS office - the extent of which will be negotiated with the successful candidate.
  • JSI/WEI is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, genetic information, political affiliation, or protected veteran status in any employment decisions. M/F/V/D.
JSI is a child-safe organization, and the safety and well-being of children are a priority of our organization. We have robust recruitment procedures to ensure that all staff is suited to work with the children served by our programs

How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified applicants should follow the below instruction and apply through the online application form no later than July 10, 2023.
  • Fill out the online application form using this Online application form. If you don’t fill the online application form, your application will not be considered.
  • Submit your resume and cover letter to
  • You must include the name of the position you are applying for in the email's subject line. If this is not included, your application will not be considered.
  • Any application received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Deadline: July 10, 2023


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