The Africa Resource Centre (ARC) for Supply Chain, Nigeria, which is a partnership between Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), has collaborated with Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) for the roll out of Strategic Training Executive Programme (STEP) programme in Nigeria.
Recognizing that the private sector is a valuable source for leadership development, GAVI entered a public-private relationship with UPS to produce a leadership development program providing health Supply Chain management professionals & decision-makers with core leadership & management skills.
The GAVI STEP workshop, which attracted mid-and-senior Supply Chain managers & directors from National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Ministries of Health & other ministries which have oversight & impact on the supply chain system provided participants with new insights on People & Project Management, Communication & Professional Development competencies.
STEP, which combines traditional learning with on-the-job training, helps participants develop their problem-solving skills and foster effective team building approaches. To ensure that learning extends beyond the classroom, course participants are paired up with mentors from the private sector to put their new skills into practice and build a network of contacts to share knowledge. The private sector mentors will work with the participants for a period of 90 days during which participants are to undertake their capstone project.