Volunteer Supply Chain Analyst - Hospital Medical Equipment Procurement + Planning



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


VHW New York Office
New York
United States


Organization Overview

Village Health Works (VHW) is a joint American-Burundian non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to provide quality, compassionate health care in a dignified environment while treating the root causes of illness, poverty, violence, and neglect in collaboration with those we serve. The organization’s operations are based in Kigutu, in southern Burundi, with support from offices in NYC. VHW’s approach integrates clinical services with education, food security, economic development, environmental protection, music and the arts. VHW’s central program is a clinic that conducted 37,917 patient consultations in 2017 and has 4 inpatient wards. A hospital that will add surgical and emergency obstetrical capacity is currently under construction. In preparation for the hospital’s planned opening in early 2020, VHW is building a supply chain and establishing procurement practices to ensure the efficient and timely delivery of items such as medical equipment and medicines.

Position Overview

The Supply Chain Analyst – Hospital Medical Equipment Planning and Procurement works under the supervision of the Project Manager and the Director of Procurement. This position will support VHW’s procurement of medical equipment for the Kigutu Hospital and Women’s Health Pavilion project.  This is an opportunity to play a critical role in the planning, design, and opening of a hospital that will provide dignified care to poor rural populations with no other practical options. Researching products and key specifications and uses of medical equipment will help inform the best product selection for our context and directly support clinical practitioners working to uphold health as a human right.

 Specific daily responsibilities include: Researching a wide variety of medical equipment, determining key specifications for each piece of equipment on VHW’s equipment list, and distilling research into digestible summaries to facilitate conversations about selection of equipment. This position will also interface with global health experts and clinical specialists to garner and collate feedback, liaising between clinical committees and design teams to ensure compatibility.

After working with selection committees of current clinical staff to decide on specifications and value, this role will consist of: sourcing vendors to diversify our suppliers for medical equipment, matching need specifications against vendor offerings, analyzing equipment for best value, leading decision making procurement committees and making key purchase recommendations.

This position requires a minimum commitment of 6 months, with a minimum weekly time commitment of 32 hours/week, and is based in either New York or San Francisco.

Specific Responsibilities

Medical Equipment Research

·     Research medical equipment sources and specifications on VHW’s existing equipment list for the Kigutu Hospital and Women’s Health Pavilion.

·     Distill research into a presentable form to facilitate discussions with clinical staff around needs and uses of various equipment, which will ultimately result in selection of medical equipment.

Medical Equipment Purchasing + Analysis

·     Researching new vendors for various types of medical equipment – “sourcing”.

·     Matching medical equipment specifications to the needs and uses specified by VHW’s clinical team.

·     Analyzing equipment offered by various vendors for quality and value.

·     Making purchase recommendations.


Logistics, Installation, and Training

·     Organize shipment logistics and tracking to Burundi.

·     Coordinate construction, clinical, and supply chain teams in the storage, distribution, training and commissioning of medical equipment.



·     Strong research skills, preferably with a background or interest in clinical medicine, human rights, and global health.

·     Experience implementing process improvements and enjoying them!

·     Well organized and tech savvy – ability to take up new software quickly and utilize tools across platforms to keep large amounts of data organized.

·     Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a larger team.

·     Poise, professionalism, and strong communication skills to diverse stakeholders.

·     Able to prioritize effectively, managing multiple responsibilities simultaneously and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced, often fluid, environment.

·     Prior work experience in supply chain, sourcing, project management, international logistics, administration and/or similar detail-oriented work.

·     Strong ability with Microsoft Office Suite.

·     Ability to speak French is preferred, but not required.

·     Commitment to social justice.


  • Training Provided

How To Apply



This is a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and skills about international operations management, supply chain and procurement, construction coordination and design, medical equipment planning and maintenance, as well as project management in a global health delivery context. We are dedicated to facilitating the learning amongst our interns and volunteer analysts. While this is an uncompensated volunteer position, the work you do will both build practical experience, as well as directly influence the care given to hundreds of thousands of people in rural Burundi.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Rachel Stinebaugh, Supply Chain Manager at rstinebaugh@villagehealthworks.org