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Program Officer, Vaccines Supply Chain- Lesotho

Maseru (Lesotho)

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Maseru (Lesotho)
  • Grade: Entry Level - Open for both International and National Professionals - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public Health and Health Service
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Program Officer, Vaccines Supply Chain- Lesotho

Country
Lesotho
City
Maseru
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Lesotho
Overview

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

 

CHAI's Vaccines program

Immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions in history. National immunization programs reach >100 million infants every year and have, across the globe, averted two to three million deaths every year since the launch of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) in 1974. The introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and rotavirus vaccines could save a further ~1 million lives per year. Furthermore, great advances in the development and financing of new vaccines provides countries the opportunity to further reduce the burden of diseases such as human papillomavirus (HPV).

 

However, despite these successes, 1.5 million children globally still die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases. Many of these are in low-income countries, where immunization programs face unprecedented challenges in accessing vaccines and ensuring they reach all targeted children.

 

Since 2010, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has worked to save lives and reduce the burden from vaccine preventable diseases by improving access to immunization services in resource-limited setting. CHAI does this by strengthening national immunization programs at the country level, and the leveraging that experience to improve the global immunization ecosystem. Within that effort, CHAI is pursuing six complementary strategic goals:

  1. Improving affordability and supply security of immunization products;
  2. Accelerating the uptake of new or under-utilized vaccines;
  3. Enhancing the performance of vaccine cold chain and logistics systems to increase effective immunization coverage;
  4. Improving the design and implementation of service delivery to reach the unreached;
  5. Supporting successful transition from Gavi support; and
  6. Strengthening the management system and capacity of immunization programs.

CHAI's vaccine program closely supports the national immunization programs in 11 focus countries - Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam - and also engages with global stakeholders such as Gavi, WHO and UNICEF to inform global policies and practices.

 

Vaccines Supply Chain work in Lesotho

 

Our team provides catalytic support to the Ministry of Health (MoH) Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in strengthening the vaccine supply chain. To ensure that all age-eligible children receive vaccines at the right time and in the right efficacy, it is imperative to have a well-functioning vaccine supply chain. CHAI focuses on supporting EPI in improving availability, efficacy of vaccines, and efficiency of vaccines systems by strengthening vaccines delivery and logistics. This entails working on various work streams such as network optimization, stock management and vaccine distribution processes, and policy and implementation. With the goal of further impacting coverage and equity, CHAI also supports EPI on broader operational aspects such as planning, capacity building, and systems improvement for service delivery. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek highly motivated and adaptable individual with a track record of delivering quality results with limited resources. The individual must be able to function independently and flexibility in a swift manner. CHAI hires exceptional individuals who can drive work plans to completion and meet milestones with little daily supervision.

Responsibilities

We are seeking a Program Officer to join the CHAI Lesotho Vaccines Program. This role fits in within the organization’s work targeted at supporting the Government of Lesotho to remove vaccines supply chain issues that are hampering availability of vaccines at the last mile.

 

Key responsibilities for this role include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Serve as a trusted technical advisor to the MoH EPI on a range of vaccines supply chain strengthening issues
  • Assist the MoH EPI in routine vaccine supply chain monitoring, review, and utilization of data for programmatic decision making. The Program Officer will play a significant role in developing vaccines supply chain dashboards for EPI’s utilization to facilitate ease of data visualization and programmatic decision making
  • Support in designing of additional supply chain tools necessary to improve the use of data for decision making, including design of data collection tools, leading data collection, managing and analyzing data sets, and presentation of analyses to support decision making
  • Work with MoH EPI and partners to quantify the national vaccines need based on annual national targets. This also includes managing the procurement pipeline to ensure availability of adequate vaccines supply at all times.
  • Provide critical input on the approaches needed to meet in-country grant and program objectives related to vaccine supply chain strengthening
  • Critically evaluate and strategize methods for improving commodities ordering, inventory management, vaccines store management
  • Support development of both program-wide and country-specific objectives and strategies regarding vaccines supply chain, emphasizing ambitious and transformational goals
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Senior Program Manager
Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree; preference for fields related to supply chain, business, health policy, or logistics systems

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience

  • Exceptional skills in problem-solving and system design

  • Strong analytical skills, including qualitative and quantitative data (e.g. data, business case, and health impact analyses)

  • Excellent communication skills in English, including synthesis and presentation across common business media (summary reports, slide decks, other presentations)

  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, with a proven ability to build relationships in a multicultural work environment

  • Demonstrated capacity to synthesize evidence into an effective presentations and actionable recommendations for a broad range of audiences

  • High emotional intelligence, patience and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations. This includes a proven ability to build and maintain strong

  • relationships in a complex environment with occasional tensions or conflicts

  • Proven project management skills, including the ability to work effectively in a high-pressure environment, handling multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to set priorities, self-motivate, propose and implement new initiatives

  • Strong commitment to CHAI’s and the Vaccine team’s mission; a dedicated team player

Advantages

  • Knowledge of vaccines, health programs, and health supply chains
  • Understanding of capacity development and change management approaches
  • Experience working in developing countries or ‘last mile’ operating environments – preferably within health or public sectors
  • Experience in the health supply chain work in Lesotho is an added advantage

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