Senior Analyst, Cancer
Senior Analyst, Cancer
- Full Time
- Program (Division)
- Country Programs - India
- Additional Location Description
- Chandigarh (Punjab); Raipur (Chhattisgarh).
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
The William J Clinton Foundation (WJCF, India), an affiliate of CHAI, has been working in India in close partnership with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at both the Central and States’ levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS, TB, Hep C, Cancer and Immunization; providing effective care and treatment for children suffering from malnutrition, diarrhoea, pneumonia, and malaria; and helping increase access to quality family planning services within the RMNCH+A framework. WJCF focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics, lowering prices for treatment, accelerating access to life-saving technologies, and helping build capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs.
With an estimated annual mortality of over 850,000 and an incidence of more than 1.3 million new cases (source: Globocan 2020, IARC, WHO), cancer has rapidly grown into one of the leading drivers of mortality and morbidity in India. Cervical cancer, with an annual mortality of over 77,000 and an incidence of ~124,000, is the second most common cancer among women in India. Approximately, 90% of cervical cancer cases are detected at a late (stage III and above), leading to a high Mortality Incidence Ratio (MIR of more than 60%). Five-year survival rate for early-stage cervical cancer is 73.2%, whereas the prognosis for advanced stage is poor, with five-year survival rate at 7.9%. Low awareness, limited availability of trained human resources and technology for treatment, broken referral systems and inadequate monitoring are key barriers in access to quality cancer care.
In 2019, CHAI initiated a program on secondary prevention of cervical cancer through improving access to and strengthening screening and treatment (of pre-cancerous cervical lesions) services. The program was initiated in the state of Madhya Pradesh, where CHAI is supporting the state government:
- build capacity on cervical cancer screening and treatment of cervical pre-cancerous lesions,
- catalyse deployment of new innovative technology / treatment devices and decentralize treatment of cervical pre-cancerous lesions,
- ensure availability of essential commodities and supplies to enable screening and treatment,
- strengthen reporting and referral mechanisms to monitor program impact and ensure positively screened beneficiaries receive appropriate care and treatment,
- create awareness to mobilize beneficiaries for cancer screening.
The program is embedded in the state governments’ program on strengthening access to screening and management of non-communicable diseases including common cancers.
Learnings, evidence, collateral and resources developed through implementation in MP is being leveraged to scale-up and strengthen interventions on secondary prevention of cervical cancer across other states including Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh. Learnings and best practices on capacity building of service providers on screening and treatment, decentralized deployment of devices for treatment of cervical pre-cancerous lesions, and IEC collaterals to mobilize eligible beneficiaries in communities for screening – will be leveraged to catalyse and strengthen systems and processes to increase access to quality screening and pre-cancer treatment for cervical cancer prevention.
CHAI seeks a highly motivated, entrepreneurial individual with outstanding analytical skills, problem-solving ability and communication skills to support program scale-up in the states of Punjab and Chhattisgarh. The Senior Analyst must be able to function independently, be comfortable working and coordinating the operations of cross-functional teams, be flexible, and have a strong commitment to excellence. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. Some of the responsibilities include:
- Support program implementation at the state level, including strategic support to relevant state government departments in operational roll-out of programmatic activities such as capacity building of service providers, deployment of treatment devices, initiation of services on screening and treatment, strengthening reporting mechanisms and tools, and in roll out of communication activities to mobilize demand for screening
- Monitor program implementation activities; identify potential risks and challenges to the implementation plan and roll-out of activities; work towards addressing potential risks / mitigation mechanisms.
- Build and maintain trust-based relationships with key government partners (from national and state level), developmental partners in the state, and other relevant stakeholders to expand access to quality cancer care.
- Support in design and implementation of processes, systems for collection, collation, and synthesis of program data to inform program strategy, operations, and reviews.
- Support program leadership in the overall grant management process including sharing inputs or drafting donor update reports including progress monitoring, budget utilization, risk assessments and sustainability structures.
- Disseminate key learnings from the program implementation in the state with government partners and CHAI program teams in other states to inform and strengthen interventions on cervical cancer prevention
- Aid and support other aspects of the cancer program by working closely with the CHAI program teams at the state, country and global levels.
- Support development of proposals, work plans, budgets and other reports and documents for ongoing and new areas as needed to support and facilitate execution of program implementation activities within the state.
- Bachelor’s Degree with at least 2 years of experience in a demanding, results driven environment such as management consulting.
- Exceptional analytical (quantitative and qualitative) skills with the ability to effectively communicate (orally and in written form) and to tailor communication to a variety of audiences.
- Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information, including technical information, and to prepare compelling presentations and reports.
- Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and set priorities.
- Strong desire to work in a fast-paced, limited-structure, high-pressure, multicultural environment.
- Willingness to travel extensively within and outside the program state.
- High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
- Preference would be given to candidates with experience in management and/or healthcare consulting or development sector consulting.
- Experience of managing government stakeholders would be a positive.
- Fluency in English and Hindi; ability to understand, read and communicate in Hindi and Punjabi for Chhattisgarh and Punjab respectively, would be an added advantage.