Senior Associate, Oxygen Access and SRMNCH
- Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
- Location: Yaoundé
- Grade: Mid level - Associate Level - Open for both International and National Professionals
- Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
- Administrative support
- Closing Date:
Senior Associate, Oxygen Access and SRMNCH
- Program (Division)
- Country Programs - Cameroon
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to our mission of saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries. We work at the invitation of governments to support them and the private sector to create and sustain high-quality health systems.
CHAI was founded in 2002 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic with the goal of dramatically reducing the price of life-saving drugs and increasing access to these medicines in the countries with the highest burden of the disease. Over the following two decades, CHAI has expanded its focus. Today, along with HIV, we work in conjunction with our partners to prevent and treat infectious diseases such as COVID-19, malaria, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Our work has also expanded into cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other non-communicable diseases, and we work to accelerate the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, reduce maternal and child mortality, combat chronic malnutrition, and increase access to assistive technology. We are investing in horizontal approaches to strengthen health systems through programs in human resources for health, digital health, and health financing. With each new and innovative program, our strategy is grounded in maximizing sustainable impact at scale, ensuring that governments lead the solutions, that programs are designed to scale nationally, and learnings are shared globally.
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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 Cameroon is seeking a dynamic, energetic, and high-motivated individual with exceptional people skills, technical and managerial capabilities to fit the position of Senior Associate for Oxygen Access and SRMNCH, to support the government in increasing access to oxygen therapy, and the delivery of SRMNCH programs. The ideal candidate will present excellent interpersonal skills and engage with a wide variety of stakeholders, providing technical support across multiple workstreams including national strategy development and costing; procurement, supply chain, and inventory management; clinical training and mentoring; and health information systems amongst others. The senior associate will work independently with flexibility, being dexterous with a strong commitment to work excellence. We are keen to hear from people with above attributes.
This position requires an individual with a self-starter attitude who is comfortable working with minimal direction, with the ability to apply systems thinking to their everyday work. The position also requires that the individual be capable of building strong and effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders in the government, health facilities, and NGOs.
Based in Yaoundé, the Senior Associate for Oxygen Access and SRMNCH will report to CHAI Cameroon’s Country Representative and work closely with Country Leadership and other team members, as well as CHAI’s global Essential Medicines and SRMNCH teams.
- Facilitate oxygen equipment and commodity procurements, managing relationships with relevant ministries and stakeholders, third party vendors, and global team
- Oversee contract/deliverable management during installation of VIE tanks, piping and equipment at a select facility in Yaoundé.
- Support with routinizing the use of the VIE tank installed at site
- Follow up with LOX orders and deliveries from vendors, and LOX utilization at site
- Support the establishment of coordinating platforms to oversee investments in oxygen at national and regional levels
- Design and implement hub and spokemodel pilot to demonstrate the utility of LOX and feasibility of scale up
- Conduct monitoring and documentation of impact of LOX implementation at the VIE tank site
- Support the MOH to routinize oxygen monitoring across its national and subnational levels
- Facilitate sustainability planning for LOX use at the site and expanded use nationwide
- In close collaboration with country representative, develop the SRMNCH portfolio strategy and ensure alignment with government, donor, and global CHAI strategies
- Co-ordinate with other local and international development partners to leverage complimentary expertise, funding and/or relationships
- Work with global and in-country leadership to identify and pursue fund-raising opportunities
- Integrate the MOH taskforce for medical oxygen access and build the capacity of relevant MOH staff in coordination of all oxygen-related activities in the country; act as secretariat to the working group, which may include drafting presentations, meeting agendas, and taking meeting minutes amongst others
- Support broader advocacy and resource mobilization efforts for medical oxygen access, e.g. drafting grant proposals, concept notes, presentations, budgets
- Lead the drafting of technical narratives, publications, and other dissemination products
- Integrate medical oxygen equipment procurement and distribution into existing routine supply chain processes and systems, such as the country’s logistics management information system (LMIS/eLMIS)
- Develop monitoring & evaluation tools for CHAI and ministry use, at the national, county, and health facility levels
- Institute clinical training and mentoring plan for medical oxygen, including revision of training and mentoring materials, tracking training gaps and progress
- Strengthen the BME inventory management systems, through development of inventory management tools, routine maintenance schedules and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
- Liaise regularly with MOH units, other government agencies, NGOs and international multilateral organizations for oxygen-related work and serve as focal person at relevant workshops and meetings
- Lead internal communications on key donor reporting deadlines to relevant team members – work closely with Finance and Administration teams to ensure activity plans and programmatic budgets are shared proactively-coordinate with Country Leadership to ensure any major risks and challenges for programmatic objectives are escalated and addressed accordingly
- Develop materials and document internal updates to share with other CHAI Cameroon and global team members; highlight opportunities for integration and coordination across work streams wherever possible
- Conduct literature reviews and research activities as needed, and undertake other duties related to improving oxygen access in Cameroon
- Work with MOH and other stakeholders to identify available resources, analyze funding gaps and mobilize resources to fund national plan
- Other responsibilities as assigned and needed
- Bachelor’s degree (public health, biomedical sciences or engineering, supply chain, or related discipline) and at least 5 years of professional experience in health systems strengthening, or master’s degree and at least 3 years of relevant experience.
- Experience conducting desk and literature reviews; ability to streamline and synthesize large amounts of information into high-quality documents for a wide range of stakeholders.
- Significant experience in convening stakeholder meetings and facilitating discussions among multidisciplinary group of stakeholders; previous experience working with government stakeholders is a strong plus.
- Excellent analytical and communication skills (verbal and written) with high proficiency in MS Office Suite, particularly Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook.
- Proven ability to develop and deliver high quality presentations and programmatic documents.
- Strong critical thinking skills and ability to problem-solve independently.
- Keen attention to detail, with exceptional organizational, coordination, and time management skills.
- Able to quickly learn and become well-versed in all relevant aspects of oxygen delivery, and SRMNCH across components of supply chain, equipment management, human resources, and clinical training, etc.
- Solid experience in the planning and execution of large-scale projects; including budgeting and activity planning.
- Proven ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Solid mastery of English and French and ability to build relationships and influence stakeholders in both languages.
- Understanding of and sensitivity to limitations in low-resource settings.
- Prior experience in low-resource settings strongly preferred.