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Senior Manager, Country Demand Planning


  • Organization: Gavi, Vaccine Alliance
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Supply Chain
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Position title: Senior Manager, Country Demand Planning  
Position type:Temporary through February 2026
Purpose of the position:Provide country-level vaccine demand planning support that enables robust actions on vaccine grant approvals.  
Team:Vaccine Forecasting and Grant Operations 
Reports to:Head of Vaccine Forecasting and Grant Operations 
N° of positions supervised (if applicable): 3-4 
Career step level:4 

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together implementing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. Gavi uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunisation of more than 888 million children and the prevention of more than 15 million future deaths.  

The Vaccine Forecast and Grant Operations Team contributes to Gavi’s strategy by providing high-quality forecasting and planning support to inform actions on vaccine doses and related devices, and then efficiently executes relevant actions in grants. The team has three areas of focus: macro strategic vaccine forecasting, individual country demand planning, and the operations required to translate vaccine dose approval actions into grants. 

This role manages the Country Demand Planning sub-team of the Vaccine Forecast and Grant Operations (VFGO) Team. The role is responsible for ensuring effective vaccine demand planning support is enabling robust judgment-making on grants to procure vaccine doses. It ensures that actions are informed by quality vaccine quantification inputs and reviews, and these actions are communicated accurately into final grant processing steps. The role also contributes to the regular monitoring of vaccine programme grants, inspiring improvements in information and reviews that allow insights on tracking against plans and early warning on situations which may require grant revisions or action by other members of the Gavi secretariat. The role will take the best from current Core and COVAX process and develop one integrated set of country planning and monitoring processes. The role will manage Gavi Secretariat expertise on country vaccine dose approvals and deliveries, and contribute to developing related information assets that support actions in this area.  

This role partners closely with Country Programmes Delivery teams, as well as other country supporting functions in Immunisation, Financing & Sustainability, and Health Systems & Immunisation Strengthening to ensure country teams are receiving the support necessary to effectively manage vaccine dose aspects of grants. The role also engages closely with the Funding Design & Review and other teams involved in grant review and approval processes. In addition, the role collaborates with external organizations, including UNICEF Supply Division and other partners actively engaged in country-level vaccine demand planning, quantification, and monitoring. 

  • Manage VFGO’s support to country teams with vaccine demand planning and quantification to enable effective judgment-making on vaccine dose grant approvals; 
  • Manage the team’s execution of its key vaccine grant enabling functions, ensuring quality dose quantification inputs and scrutiny are provided into the processes for new programmes, renewals, revisions, product switches, co-financing waivers, and similar activities;
  • Design and implement regular country and segment-level monitoring reviews with country teams, enabling the tracking of vaccine grants against plans, reviewing approval levels and consumption, and identifying programmes potentially requiring actions and grant revisions;
  • Review vaccine dose approval requests and support the troubleshooting of special country-level planning and approval challenges, including requests for exceptions; 
  • Identify country-level issues related to vaccine grant quantifications and approvals, in collaboration with UNICEF SD. Manage the monitoring, reporting and triaging of issues to ensure timely responses; 
  • Ensure efficient and accurate translation of vaccine dose conclusions in the handover to final grant approval and processing steps;
  • Contribute to designing and implementing appropriate linkages from country demand planning and grants actions into broader vaccine forecasting efforts;
  • Continuously improve the team’s internal country demand planning and grant action processes, methodologies, tools, and documentation providing business leadership to deliver improved analytics and understanding of country vaccine consumption utilising new data sets and AI;
  • Engage in wider initiatives to streamline and strengthen relevant country demand planning and approval processes spanning Secretariat and partners;
  • Develop and manage relationships with Country Programmes Delivery teams and relevant external partners to identify areas for support, collaboration, and improvement;
  • Represent VFGO in meetings with partners and countries on topics related to Gavi vaccine demand planning, dose quantification, and vaccine grant approval processes;
  • Manage integration of COVAX (C-19) vaccine forecasting related activities into Gavi Core, taking the best of both processes to create an optimal country planning, forecasting, approval, and monitoring model for Gavi.  


  • Degree in quantitative disciplines related to public health, economics, finance, or a related science or engineering field.  
  • At least 8 years professional experience in supply and demand planning roles within pharmaceutical (vaccine preferred), global/public/social health, or FMCG sectors; 
  • Experience managing quantitative study or other applied data intensive projects in a public health, supply chain management, or financial context;
  • Familiarity with international or public sector organisations is preferred;
  • Demonstrated excellent stakeholder management and communication across various functions, sectors. 
  • Trusted track record in developing and executing complex projects in a planning or forecasting context; 
  • Good understanding of vaccines (preferred) or similar sector, and its supply and demand considerations; 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; with demonstrated ability to deliver high quality work independently within tight deadlines;
  • Exceptional statistical and problem-solving skills; a logical thinker with intellectual curiosity and the ability to think strategically, as well as delve into operational details;
  • Effective relationship-building skills both within and outside the organisation; 
  • Ability to influence and work with diverse stakeholders;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds;
  • Ability to work successfully and flexibly in a fast-paced international, multicultural, multi-partner environment;
  • Desirable: familiarity with programmatic and institutional environment. 
  • Advanced English is required; 
  • French is desirable. 
  • Internal primarily with Country Programmes Delivery; Immunisation, Financing & Sustainability; and Health Systems & Immunisation Strengthening; Funding Design & Review, Vaccine Programmes, and Finance staff; 
  • External organizations, particularly partner and procurement agencies e.g. UNICEF Supply Division 

If you wish to apply, please provide a cover letter and resume through our Careers webpage and apply by clicking on “Senior Manager, Country Demand Planning”. Deadline for applications is 3 July 2024.

Please note that as a vaccine organisation and in order to provide duty of care towards its employees, Gavi is requiring its new employees to confirm that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition for pursuing employment with us. You can find out more by visiting this link.               

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Gavi brings together the public and private sectors to save lives and protect people’s health by increasing equitable and sustainable use of vaccines against 18 infectious diseases. You will be joining an organisation at the centre of the international COVID-19 response, at the most critical time in global health in a lifetime. You will work in a culturally diverse environment with over 70 nationalities. You will collaborate with partners such as WHO, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank – and from business, civil society and government.  

And you will work in the first global health organisation to receive equal gender salary certification. Your unique experience, skills and talents can help us achieve our vision of leaving no one behind without the life-saving power of vaccines. 

In support of Gavi’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, we hire globally and welcome applications regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, family status, sex, gender identity or expression, physical characteristics, race, religion, spirituality or sexual orientation. 
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