Regional Associate, Commodity Access, Southern Africa
Regional Associate, Commodity Access, Southern Africa
- Full Time
- Program (Division)
- Infectious Disease - Global Malaria
- Additional Location Description
- Flexible across Southern Africa, contingent on country authorization
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 global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.
Overview of Role:
CHAI’s work in malaria Commodity Access (CA) provides support for National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America). CHAI’s CA support involves providing analytical, operational, and management expertise to help CHAI’s country teams and NMCPs achieve high coverage in diagnosing, treating and curing malaria patients. On a global scale, CHAI collaborates with global malaria stakeholders like the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) or the World Health Organization (WHO) on malaria policies, priorities and strategies to improve patient access to malaria commodities.
CHAI is seeking an Associate, based in the Southern Africa region, to help identify, design, implement and evaluate opportunities that can increase the proportion of malaria patients that is treated and cured across the public, private and community sectors in Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique and Angola. The associate will also act as a liaison between CHAI’s country teams and CHAI’s global teams to provide technical support around new or revised global policy guidance on malaria, evidence from published or grey literature or learnings and experiences from CHAI’s other regions.
The candidate must have excellent communications skills and cultural sensitivity, as s/he will be working closely with global and country partners. The successful Associate will have strong organizational and project management skills and will be capable of synthesizing data and literature, conducting rapid analyses and communicating such analyses on a regular basis in a clear and concise manner to colleagues and partners. The successful candidate will be able to collaborate effectively with other teams, function efficiently in a semi-independent setting, and thus be a self-motivated individual capable of managing multiple tasks at once and making sound independent decisions regarding data analysis.
CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic
Providing technical support including but not limited to:
- Identifying high priority opportunities to improve the quality and coverage of malaria diagnosis and treatment across public, private and community sectors through scoping exercises and review of routine data;
- Developing and supporting the implementation of M&E plans for CHAI and government case management and supply chain interventions and tools to include collection, analysis, interpretation and use of appropriate indicators across Southern Africa;
- Developing and maintaining a strong understanding of the malaria diagnosis and treatment landscape within Southern Africa;
- Ensuring documentation and dissemination of topics related to malaria case management and/or supply chain management research activities and results through technical reports, presentations, policy briefs, and publications;
- Generating, synthesizing and translating evidence (i.e., via surveys, literature reviews, routine data analysis) to inform government and partner policy and programmatic decision making.
In close collaboration with CHAI’s country teams, NMCPs and other stakeholders, provide operational and implementation support including but not limited to:
- Expanding access to and effectiveness of community case management networks through targeted and context specific strategies;
- Developing materials for health care workers, including SOPs and updated training curriculum for community health workers (CHWs) to improve adherence to national guidelines;
- Designing and implementing strategies and detailed plans to address gaps in availability and access to case management services, and supply chain management;
- Drafting and/or updating of national guidelines related to diagnosis and treatment, quality assurance and control for medicines and diagnostics;
- Designing strategies, plans and tools for the integration of case management and supply chain information into malaria surveillance systems;
- Facilitating regular coordination with country teams, NMCPs and key partners on ongoing country activities and priorities.
- Bachelor or Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, sociology or other relevant fields plus relevant professional experience in a demanding, results-oriented environment;
- 2-4 years of experience in a demanding private sector environment, such as strategy consulting, or health commodity market intelligence, or public sector advisory position;
- High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
- Ability to work independently in remote and unstructured settings, to work closely within and across other teams and to adapt to new environments and challenges;
- Excellent written and oral communication (English) skills, problem-solving and strong organizational abilities and detail-oriented approach;
- Willingness to travel frequently (~40-60% time) and extensively across sub-Saharan Africa, and to other trans-continental meetings.
- Experience living or working in resource-limited settings;
- Knowledge of malaria or other infectious diseases;
- Fluency in Portuguese.