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Senior Associate, Vaccines Markets

Cambodia (Cambodia)

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Cambodia (Cambodia)
  • Grade: Associate Level - Open for both International and National Professionals - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Public Health and Health Service
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Senior Associate, Vaccines Markets

Country
Cambodia
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Non Communicable Diseases - Vaccines Market Team
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 (LMICs), 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

 

Overview of CHAI’s Vaccines Program

 

To ensure all children have access to effective and affordable immunization, addressing the main causes of child mortality, CHAI’s Vaccines Markets Team works with vaccine manufacturers, Gavi and other global stakeholders to improve availability, affordability and diversity of supply for existing and future Gavi vaccines. In doing this, CHAI is applying the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment: improving market demand transparency for individual suppliers, and working closely with these suppliers to optimize their commercial, costing and pricing strategies in LMIC markets, to ensure availability of vaccines, keep prices in these markets affordable, yet commercially sustainable.

 

As part of this work, CHAI is supporting Gavi and other stakeholders to improve access to vaccines for non-Gavi and former-Gavi middle income countries, through policy as well as supplier and country guidance on vaccine access and procurement. These middle-income countries sometimes lag behind lower income countries in introducing new vaccines, as they cannot rely on donor funding and visibility on access conditions for suppliers may be limited.

 

Close collaboration with CHAI’s country teams and global vaccine delivery team is critical in this area of work.

 

Since 2011, CHAI has worked in vaccine market shaping and has negotiated price reductions for major vaccines. For example, earlier work has resulted in a reduction in the price of rotavirus vaccine by two-thirds, resulting in savings of over USD$600M for global donors and governments over 5 years and a reduction in the price of pentavalent vaccine by 45%, generating savings of $150M over 4 years.

 

Some selected news articles about CHAI’s work on access in vaccines and other areas are listed here:

WHO press release, January 2018

WHO press release, April 2013

The pandemic context has only reinforced the importance of CHAI’s Vaccines Markets team’s work, coupling the need to ensure supply security for existing vaccines, for which demand and supply dynamics are being disrupted, with the need to accelerate time to market of a suitable COVID-19 vaccine on an unprecedented time frame. CHAI is working closely with many partners towards this goal.

 

Overview of CHAI Cambodia

 

CHAI began its partnership with the Cambodian Ministry of Health in 2005, and has since expanded to provide technical assistance, access to affordable commodities, and programmatic support to various national programs and departments including HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, COVID-19 response & medical oxygen, viral hepatitis, maternal and child health and vaccines.

 

CHAI, in partnership with Gavi, began supporting the National Immunization Program (NIP) of Cambodia through technical assistance to support building more robust programming and systems. We are pursuing three key objectives regarding (i) program planning, budgeting and financing at national and subnational level; (ii) enhancing data collection and reporting to guide decision-making; and (iii) support to the NIP and partners in the development of a full portfolio plan for Gavi’s 2022-2026 support. Since May 2021, CHAI has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the Cambodian government to roll out COVID-19 vaccination.

Responsibilities

The Senior Associate will be part of the CHAI Vaccines team working to achieve affordable yet sustainable global vaccine prices and supply. The Senior Associate will report into the Cambodia team and work closely with the Global Vaccine Markets and Global Vaccines Delivery teams.

 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

 

Cambodia Country team

  • Support the preparation for and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in line with the National Deployment Plan:
    • Provide analytical support needed for the government to make evidence-based decisions on longer-term and sustainable COVID-19 vaccination strategy, including strengthening the training capacity to subnational teams, data management and quality, and creating a blueprint for sustainable and scalable new vaccine introductions (NVIs)
    • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders in government, international partners, donors and NGOs and within CHAI, and ensure maximum coordination and best use of resources and effort for successful implementation and scale-up
  • Support the development of Cambodia's Full Portfolio Planning (FPP) 2022-2026
  • Provide analytical support to inform multi-year immunization prioritization and funding strategies for the Cambodian Expanded Programme on Immunization

  • Facilitate stakeholder discussions regarding planning for accelerated Gavi transition and increasing Gavi co-financing commitments

Global Vaccines Markets team

  • Contribute insights from LMICs to support supplier engagements (e.g., demand forecasting, supplier access strategies, regulatory access) and global/regional LMIC initiatives (e.g., Immunization Agenda 2030, UNICEF’s Vaccine Procurement Practitioners Exchange Forum)

  • Lead development of a robust understanding of decision-making processes for NVI (including for COVID-19), product switches, procurement processes and financing considerations in Cambodia and LMICs in the South East Asia region) and synthesize insights to become CHAI’s thought leader on vaccine procurement in the region

  • Pro-actively liaise between CHAI Global Vaccines Markets and Cambodia teams to share directional insights and proactively identify areas for deeper collaboration (e.g., to support Cambodia’s NVI priorities)

  • Lead development of effective working relationships with partners in Cambodia and LMICs in the region and support regional efforts to improve vaccines affordability and access

  • Prepare reports, presentations, and other analyses to inform global policy, supplier and country practices for enhanced vaccine procurement and access in LMICs

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of national and regional market access plans

Other

  • Any other duties as required
  • Domestic and international travel may be required
Qualifications
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree with strong academic performance required
  • 4 or more years of professional experience, in a role that demonstrates an ability to manage complex projects, conduct quantitative (e.g., forecasting) and qualitative analyses and work across multiple teams
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with individuals of varying levels of seniority
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills, robust analytical and quantitative analysis skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and remote environment
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong commitment to teamwork, team mission, and hard work

Advantages:

  • Experience working with vaccine manufacturers or pharmaceutical industry
  • Experience working in Cambodia or other Asian LMICs in vaccines/other health-related areas and having an established network in these locations, ideally
  • including knowledge of/experience working with government(s)
  • Experience living and working in low-resource settings
  • Advanced degrees in management, public health, or other relevant fields


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