Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

strong supply chains are essential for positive health outcomes

One of People that Deliver (PtD) ’s strategic goals is to achieve “global recognition that strong supply chains are essential for positive health outcomes and require a competent, recognized and supported supply chain workforce with significant technical and managerial capacity.” To build this supply chain workforce, the required supply chain functions and tasks — and the accompanying knowledge, skills and abilities (competencies) — must be available at the right time and right place within the workforce.

A critical activity of the Initiative has been to draft a supply chain management competency compendium and make it available to health supply chain programs globally. In collaboration with PtD member organizations and led by the University of Canberra, the PtD Technical Working Group has compiled this competency compendium and further guidance on how to create supply chain management (SCM) competency frameworks for different cadres of supply chain workers. The compendium draws on 20 competency frameworks and related documents from a number of organizations globally.

Most competency frameworks focus on a specific type of professional. However, because health supply chains are staffed by different types of workers at different levels of the health system with varying types of education and training backgrounds, there is no single cadre of worker that can be educated and trained to undertake all functions and tasks within a health supply chain. For this reason, we developed a compendium of all competencies needed within a national health supply chain, as noted from existing competency frameworks and related documents. Depending on the local context and configuration of the health supply chain, these competencies will be distributed across a range of different workers. This compendium does not specify cadre or the level in the supply chain where a particular competency should be demonstrated.

This resulting reference document can be referred to by countries as they seek to map out the available cadres and competencies within their health supply chain, and identify gaps or overlaps. This reference can also be used to develop competency frameworks that apply to specific cadres and their levels within the supply chain, providing the specific behavioural competencies required for their work. Such frameworks can then be used to develop job descriptions, performance frameworks and supportive supervision, and create pre-service education programs and in-service training plans.

As you review this work and seek to apply it to your own context we would value your feedback. The compendium is attached and will be uploaded to the PtD website shortly.


Andrew N BROWN, BPharm PhD
Executive Manager – People that Deliver 
Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark

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