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Associate, SRH Short Term


  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Freetown
  • Grade: Mid level - Associate Level - Open for both International and National Professionals
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2024-08-01

Associate, SRH Short Term

Sierra Leone
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Sierra Leone

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to our mission of saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries. We work at the invitation of governments to support them and the private sector to create and sustain high-quality health systems.


CHAI was founded in 2002 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic with the goal of dramatically reducing the price of life-saving drugs and increasing access to these medicines in the countries with the highest burden of the disease. Over the following two decades, CHAI has expanded its focus. Today, along with HIV, we work in conjunction with our partners to prevent and treat infectious diseases such as COVID-19, malaria, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Our work has also expanded into cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other non-communicable diseases, and we work to accelerate the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, reduce maternal and child mortality, combat chronic malnutrition, and increase access to assistive technology. We are investing in horizontal approaches to strengthen health systems through programs in human resources for health, digital health, and health financing. With each new and innovative program, our strategy is grounded in maximizing sustainable impact at scale, ensuring that governments lead the solutions, that programs are designed to scale nationally, and learnings are shared globally.


At CHAI, our people are our greatest asset, and none of this work would be possible without their talent, time, dedication and passion for our mission and values. We are a highly diverse team of enthusiastic individuals across 40 countries with a broad range of skillsets and life experiences. CHAI is deeply grounded in the countries we work in, with majority of our staff based in program countries. Learn more about our exciting work:


CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.


Team Overview:


The team in Sierra Leone was engaged in 2015 by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to support the health sector's recovery after the devastating Ebola crisis. CHAI began support to the MoHS with a focus on two areas: strengthening the supply chain for drugs and medical supplies and improving human resources for health. The team closely collaborated with the Government of Sierra Leone to strengthen national health systems and played a vital role in post-Ebola recovery efforts. In recent years CHAI has expanded its support to the Government to include programs on sexual and reproductive health (SRH), vaccines delivery, assistive technology, geospatial data use (GRID3), and medical oxygen.


Position Overview:


This Associate will join the Sierra Leone country program to be based in Freetown. This Associate will work with the SRH team to enable CHAI, the Government of Sierra Leone, and partners to achieve transformational impact by providing technical assistance to MoHS to kickstart the preparatory work for the introduction and scale-up of MA Combipack in the country which would eventually lead to improved access to quality and safe post-abortion care services.


We are seeking highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical abilities and communication skills. The Associate must be able to function independently and flexibly as well as build strong relationships with government officials and partners. The position requires an individual with a self-starter attitude with the ability to apply systems thinking to their everyday work. The individual must be able to function independently and flexibly in a swift manner. The ideal individual will possess cultural sensitivity skills and demonstrate high emotional intelligence, as they will be working closely with government and external partners.


This is a short term position funded through August 2024.


The Associate will report directly to the Program Manager – SRH and will provide technical assistance in the overall project including supporting:


  • The integration of Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) and Post Abortion Care (PAC) data elements and indicators in HMIS & LMIS to improve tracking of post-abortion care.
  • The Incorporation of MA Combipack into the essential medicines list (EML)
  • The development of an MA Combipack introduction and scale-up plan for the MOH
  • The development of a resource mobilization strategy for the introduction and scale-up of MA Combipack in Sierra Leone
  • The training and mentoring of healthcare workers on how to use MA Combipack for safe termination of pregnancy within the existing legal framework
  • Perform other tasks as necessary
  • Bachelor's degree in public health or related discipline and at least 2 years of professional experience in health systems strengthening
  • Experience in conducting desk and literature reviews; ability to streamline and synthesize large amounts of information into high-quality documents for a wide range of stakeholder
  • Experience in convening meetings and facilitating discussions among multidisciplinary groups of stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; high proficiency in MS Office Suite, particularly Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook
  • Ability to work in a high-performance environment with demonstrated ability to respond to changing program needs
  • Strong critical thinking skills and ability to problem-solve independently
  • Great attention to detail, with exceptional organizational, coordination, and time management skills
  • Able to quickly learn and become well-versed in all relevant aspects of public health, across components of supply chain, human resources, clinical training, etc.
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to limitations in low-resource settings
  • Available for 15-20% travel
  • Fluency in Krio


  • Master’s degree in the related field
  • Prior experience in West Africa or other low-resource settings 
  • Prior experience working with government stakeholders

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