Analyst, Cancer Screening and Treatment Access
Asia and the Pacific: India
Analyst, Cancer Screening and Treatment Access
- Full Time
- Program (Division)
- Country Programs - India
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, CHAI supports government partners across projects to expand access to quality care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, tuberculosis, COVID-19, common cancers, sexual and reproductive health, immunization, and essential medicines.
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.
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, WJCF, with support from CHAI and its donor UNITAID, initiated a program on secondary prevention of cervical cancer through improving access to and strengthening screening and treatment services. The program was initiated in the state of Madhya Pradesh, where WJCF 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 and mobilize beneficiaries for cancer screening and follow-up treatment where needed.
The program is embedded in the state governments’ program on strengthening access to screening and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) 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 – are being leveraged to catalyse and strengthen systems and processes to increase access to quality screening and pre-cancer treatment for cervical cancer prevention.
WJCF seeks a highly motivated, entrepreneurial individual with outstanding analytical skills, problem-solving ability, and communication skills to support the program in Madhya Pradesh. The 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. WJCF places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic
- Provide strategic and analytical support to program work streams, including interventions in the larger NCDs segment, and identify high impact areas of intervention in screening, diagnostics, and treatment for cervical cancer, other common cancers, NCDs.
- Monitor program implementation activities, including but not limited to, working with, and engaging with field staff to review programmatic activities, track implementation of activities, and monitor and review outputs.
- Identify potential risks and challenges to the implementation plan and roll-out of activities; work towards addressing potential risks/ mitigation mechanisms.
- Support development of proposals, work plans, budgets and other reports and documents for ongoing and new areas.
- Develop strong working relationships with and represent WJCF as trusted advisor to key stakeholders in government, international partners, donors, suppliers and NGOs, and ensure coordination of resources and effort for maximum impact.
- Develop and maintain up-to-date knowledge on common cancers and other NCDs, especially regarding developments in screening, diagnosis and treatment, supplier landscape, regulatory issues and guidelines through rigorous research.
- Support program management and leadership team with programmatic activities, and evaluation and scoping of other potential intervention areas, as required.
- Bachelor’s Degree with at least 2 years of experience in a demanding, results driven environment.
- 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 consulting in healthcare services, development sector consulting or program implementation in the development and or healthcare services delivery segment.
- Experience of managing government stakeholders, development partners and/or nodal institutions would be a positive.
- Fluency in English and Hindi is essential.