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Program Officer, Technical, Essential Medicines and Oxygen Access

Asia and the Pacific: India

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Asia and the Pacific: India
  • Grade: Entry Level - Open for both International and National Professionals
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Pharmacy
    • Ebola
    • Project and Programme Management
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Program Officer, Technical, Essential Medicines and Oxygen Access

Country
India
City
Bhopal
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - India
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 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.

 

CHAI, in partnership with its India affiliate William J Clinton Foundation (WJCF), works in close partnership with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at the Central and States’ levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. Currently WJCF works across projects to expand access to quality service, prevention, diagnostics, care, and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, tuberculosis, vector borne diseases, nutrition, anaemia, pneumonia, diarrhoea, sexual and reproductive health, cancer, oxygen, COVID-19, AMR, immunization, disease surveillance, and safe drinking water.

 

Talent is the fundamental driver of WJCF’s success in helping save lives and reduce the burden of disease. WJCF’s organizational values reflect its relentless endeavour of hiring, nurturing, empowering, and celebrating diverse and high calibre individuals who come together to work as cohesive teams. WJCF places a high premium on providing its staff with an enabling environment that encourages entrepreneurship, humility, respect, equal share of voice and fosters high impact innovation to address some of the most challenging healthcare issues. 

 

Background

 

Since 2017, CHAI has been undertaking a large-scale effort to improve access to treatment for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea, which combined, kill over 1.5 million children every year across the world. Working with the governments of five-high-burden countries (India, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Nigeria) and leading global institutions, CHAI is supporting intensified efforts at both global and country levels to plan, resource, and implement effective interventions for scaling-up access to treatment for these conditions. This is achieved by supporting governments’ efforts in improving access to oxygen and antibiotics for pneumonia, and zinc and ORS for diarrhoea. Additionally, CHAI’s work has evolved to strengthen in-country systems for access to oxygen for treating hypoxemia; a public health challenge which has recently exponentially grown in urgency and criticality because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In 2020, building upon the experience in improving “oxygen access” in U-5 pneumonia programs across LMICs, WJCF was well-poised to support MoHFW and state governments, including the Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP), to strengthen their medical oxygen ecosystem with the goal to improve the supply and use of high-quality oxygen services at all levels of health facilities. In line with the program objective to increase medical oxygen availability, access, and affordability, we have identified the most salient opportunities in improving reliable access to a comprehensive respiratory care treatment package. Our interventions aim to reduce maternal, child and overall mortality due to hypoxemia related causes, through support to state governments for strengthening of program policy and strategy, new technology introductions, infrastructure optimization, supply chain management, capacity building, and analytics-based decision making.

 

Position Summary


The Program Officer, Essential Medicines and Oxygen Access will be responsible to provide technical insights for activities related to strengthening of state’s medical oxygen infrastructure such as oxygen demand assessment at public health facilities, landscaping the suppliers of oxygen and related equipment and accessories, and policy advocacy for supply chain gap identification and mitigation, capacity building of providers, development of standardized guiding documents, creating data analytics dashboards for data recording and reporting. Based out of Bhopal, the Program Officer will mentor a team of bio-medical engineers in other states and report to the state leader.   

 

We seek a highly qualified and motivated individual with strong technical, analytical, and program implementation skills. The successful candidate will have excellent communications skills, be able to function independently with flexibility in a dynamic and often uncertain situation, be self-motivated, can thrive in challenging environments, and have a strong commitment to excellence. We place great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.

Responsibilities
  • Design of tools for facility assessments, demand estimation, supply chain management, data analytics for various modalities of oxygen supply
  • Participate in field visits to monitor functioning of oxygen generation plants (Pressure Swing adsorption plants) and other infrastructure like LMO tanks, oxygen cylinders, concentrators etc. and provide technical support for biomedical equipment
  • Coordinate data collection and data analysis for oxygen related system (need assessment, analysis of oxygen capacities and gaps to inform decision making) in state public health facilities by securing necessary permissions and approvals from government authorities
  • Design of SOPs, Training modules, guidelines, supplier landscape, tender documents
  • Capacity building of public health facility staff including technicians on use of oxygen equipment and other technical aspects of oxygen systems
  • Provide support on AMC document and CMC document preparation and tender reviews
  • Provide invaluable inputs for development of oxygen demand assessment tools factoring in critical insights from government departments
  • Develop strong relationships with key external and internal stakeholders including government officials, affiliated institutes, and partners working in the oxygen therapy landscape in program states
  • Develop knowledge management library of all technical resources related to oxygen management
  • Conduct routine sessions on technical aspects of oxygen systems for internal EM team
  • Participate in meetings of field team to clarify technical queries and align on oxygen systems data collection from facilities
Qualifications

Educational Qualification:

  • Essential Educational Qualification: BE/ B. Tech in Biomedical Engineering/ Medical Technology/ Instrumentation Engineering
  • Desirable Educational Qualification: PG Diploma/Degree in Public Procurement/ Supply Chain Management/Healthcare Management/ Biomedical Maintenance/M-Tech
  • 4-5 years’ experience in installation, commissioning, and maintenance of Medical Equipment, Instrument & Furniture (EIF) either in government health organization or in any other large hospital

Skill Sets and Abilities:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment
  • Demonstrated experience implementing complex projects
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to balance and find productive trade-offs between various tensions (personal style, incentives, timeframe)
  • High emotional intelligence, patience, and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations
  • Fluency in English and Hindi

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of oxygen treatment, methods for diagnosis, treatment guidelines and practices in India 
  • Experience with in-country medical device maintenance management or public health that include assessment, planning installations, procurement, storage and distribution systems and maintenance

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