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Cover Letter

KELLER SERU LISANZA


PHONE: +254722646118
EMAIL: keller.seru@gmail.com

21st August 2017

Dear Sir /Madam,

I believe that my strong background as a holder of MBA in Procurement & Supply Chain
Management (SCM), a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supplies (CIPS),
coupled 11 years of progressive experience in Supply Chain Management make me a very strong
candidate for this position.

The key strengths that I possess for success in this position include:

Leadership capacity that will influence and motivate timely, quality delivery and reporting.
I will enhance problem solving and maximum utilization of resources.
I have led different teams through complex emergency responses across the region, build
staff capacity and ensured supply chain efficiency and effectiveness in various countries
including Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Pakistan and DRC among others
I have the ability to deliver under high pressure as I have demonstrated in my experience
from volatile emergency contexts.
Relationship Management & Negotiation skills that will enhance strategic and long term
value adding relationships with organizational teams and key stakeholders.

As a person, current and former colleagues describe me as an outgoing strategic thinker, team-
focused, culturally adaptable, a strong relationship builder with high professional standards.

My Curriculum Vitae is attached for your additional information.

I look forward to the opportunity to discuss more about my fit for this position. If chosen, I could
be able to start immediately.

Yours Sincerely,
Keller S. Lisanza.
Curriculum Vitae
KELLER SERU LISANZA
PHONE: +254722646118
EMAIL: keller.seru@gmail.com

OBJECTIVE EXPERIENCE

A supply chain Country Supply Chain Manager


professional with 11 Save the Children International Somalia Country Programme
years experience in Nov 2016 Aug 2017
the humanitarian aid
sector. I am a team
player, with a passion Key Roles & Responsibility
for quality, timely and 1. Responsible for efficient sourcing, transportation, warehousing and
cost effective delivery distribution of supplies across the country.
of goods, works and 2. Responsible for programme procurement in a timely and transparent
services to the last manner in line with the Save the Children procurement policies and
mile. procedures.
3. Provide timely and reliable analysis of supply chain data that leads to
effective procurement and logistics decision making
4. Ensure logistics staff effectively plan and carry out assignments through
regular coordination meetings, planning, systems development and
SKILLS training, and day-to-day follow-up
5. Manage supplies and ensure basic distribution, tracking and stock controls
Supply chain leadership, are in place and effectively used, reaching end users in an efficient,
strategic sourcing, accountable and cost-effective manner
Warehouse
Management, Key Achievement in this role
Transportation,
coupled with I reviewed and developed the 2017 supply chain manual that is used for
performance the implementation of supply chain management activities.
management skills. My team and I delivered over 60 million liters of water through water
trucking, medical and nutrition supplies worth USD 7.5 Million along with
Personally, I am a
USD 9.5 million in cash transfers to beneficiaries.
strategic thinker, Successfully managed the receipt, verification, storage and distribution of
outgoing, culturally 2250MT of nutrition and 250MT of medical supplies and assorted supplies
adaptable, and a strong for all the Save the Children warehouses and supply chain hubs in Somalia
relationship builder /Somaliland.
with high professional
standards.
Regional Logistics Manager
Save the Children International East & Southern Africa Region
Apr 2016 Oct 2016

Key Roles & Responsibility

1. Support selected country offices in implementation of Supply Chain and


Procurement Plans, ensuring that minimum standards and country
Logistics procedures are met
2. Support Country offices in establishing Framework agreements and
Supplier databases.
3. Ensure Country Office supply chain plans are adhered to and implement
decisions through regular coordination meetings, planning, systems
development and training.
4. Carry out supply chain compliance and capacity assessments, mentor and
provide technical guidance and objectives setting for country offices
5. Monitoring logistics performance through reviewing monthly logistics
reports for selected Country Offices

Key Achievement in this role

I reviewed country procurement plans, processes and supported


countries to develop a prequalified supplier databases and Framework
Agreements that increased country office performance measure on
strategic sourcing by over 35%.
I led country teams through the development of Warehouse and
Inventory Management systems, Asset, Transport and Fleet Management.
I trained Logistics Staff, Program staff together with Procurement
Committees on standard KPI Reporting, procurement procedure and
Procurement Committee mandates respectively.
I led the timely and quality construction of Health facilities, Schools and
Child Friendly Spaces worth over USD $550,000

Regional Logistics Coordinator


Save the Children International East & Southern Africa Region
Jul 2014 Oct 2015

Key Roles & Responsibility

1. Manage regional procurement for country programmes in line with SCI


procurement policies, processes and quality standards.
2. Deliver management information reports summarizing key trends in spend
and performance of the team against KPIs
3. Deliver on Save the Childrens regional supply plan, combining use of ad-
hoc procurement, approved suppliers and contracted suppliers to meet
the needs of the programmes
4. Line-manage the procurement teams to ensure relevant information and
documentation is provided for all procurement activities.
5. Manage suppliers professionally and proactively, providing feedback to
improve performance and leading periodic review meetings

Key Achievement in this role

I led a team of 13 Logistics personnel in the response to emergency


through pre-positioning and strategic sourcing of emergency Non-Food
Items, Nutritional, Medical Supplies and equipment.
I carried out supply chain reviews in adherence to donor requirements as
well as in compliance with the Save the Children International supply chain
standard.
I led the team through the implementation of the Total Inventory
Management System.

Regional Supply Chain Coordinator


World Vision International East Africa Region
Jun 2012 Jun 2014

Key Roles & Responsibility

1. Responsible for spend data consolidation, analysis and regional supply


chain management KPI reporting.
2. I was also responsible for building the SCM capacity on procurement
planning and strategic sourcing, ensuring efficiency and compliance with
World Vision International Procurement Manual for various COs in the
region.
3. Comply with all relevant World Vision policies and procedures with
respect to child protection, health and safety, equal opportunities and
other relevant policies

Key Achievement in this role

Supported the identification of high spend categories and procurement


trend patterns which led to the successful implementation of strategic
sourcing in East Africa and the formation of a consolidated supplier
database for the region.
I guided the Sudan Country office through the procurement of emergency
relief items worth $2 million in response to flash floods that affected more
than 190,000 households in 2013 in the Sudan.
Travelled to all countries to build staff capacity on Supply Chain
management KPI measurement and reporting
Supply Chain Analyst
World Vision International East Africa Region
Oct 2010 May 2012

Key Roles & Responsibility

1. Responsible for development of data review tools and processes to


analyze historical data from the World Vision Sun-systems.
2. I oversaw the identification of major item categories and opportunities for
procurement savings.
3. My team and I carried out periodic risk assessments and provided market
intelligence to advise leadership on industry-wide factors that impact
strategic sourcing.

Key Achievement in this role

Identified key areas of spend that maximized value for money in


procurement of programme supplies and services
I trained and build capacity of Supply Chain Managers and their staff across
various countries within the East and Southern Africa Region on KPIs and
process improvement.

Data Analyst
World Vision International Africa Relief Office
Oct 2006 Sep 2010

Key Roles & Responsibility

1. I consolidated and analyzed Logistics and Procurement spend data,


monitored trends and advised management on the same.
2. Consolidated all procurement and Logistics documentation for payment
processing.

Key Achievement in this role

My Analytical skill led to significant reduction of expenditure; saving the


organization more than 15% Total annual spend.
EDUCATION

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


Procurement & Supply Chain Management
The University of Nairobi
Sep 2011 Dec 2013

GRADUATE DIPLOMA
Purchasing and Supplies Management
Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies (CIPS)
Jan 2010 Jul 2011

BACHELOR OF COMMERCE DEGREE


Finance Major
Strathmore University (SU)
Sep 2002 Aug 2006

KENYA CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION (KCSE)


Vihiga High School
Feb 1998 Nov 2001

TRAINING & MEMBERSHIP

Certified Coach with the START Coaching Network April 2015


Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) Feb 2014 in Cape Town,
South Africa
Anti Corruption Training Series Apr 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) Nov 2008 at the Institute of
Advanced Technology (IAT), Nairobi Kenya
Associate Member Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies (CIPS -
UK)
Associate Member Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM - KE)
Committee Member CIPS Kenya Branch
REFEREES

MR. EDWIN KURIA


Director of Programme Operations
Save the Children International Rwanda Country Programme
Tel: +250 787 898888
Email: edwin.kuria@savethechildren.org

CAPT. JOSEPH OMOLLO


Regional Supply Chain Management Director
World Vision International East Africa Region
Tel: +254 734 699707
Email: joseph_omolo@wvi.org

MR. BONIFACE MUNGAI


Operations Director Horn of Africa
Caritas International
Tel: +254 720100429
Email: bonnymungai@gmail.com