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State Engagement Lead, Essential Medicines and Oxygen Access

Asia and the Pacific: India

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Asia and the Pacific: India
  • Grade: Senior level - Managerial 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
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

State Engagement Lead, Essential Medicines and Oxygen Access

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - India
Additional Location Description
Raipur, Chhattisgarh

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.  

At CHAI, our people are our greatest asset, and none of this work would be possible without their talent, time, dedication and passion for our mission and values. We are a highly diverse team of enthusiastic individuals across 40 countries with a broad range of skillsets and life experiences. CHAI is deeply grounded in the countries we work in, with majority of our staff based in program countries. 

In India, CHAI works in partnership with its India registered affiliate William J Clinton Foundation (WJCF) 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 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.

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WJCF has been supporting the Government of Chhattisgarh in strengthening its medical oxygen infrastructure by optimizing supply chains, improving governance of the oxygen ecosystem in the state, building capacity of workers across the oxygen ecosystem, and providing evidence for policy and action through advanced analytics.

To foster healthcare reforms across Oxygen Access and other programmes, WJCF CHAI also supports strengthening of health systems in the state to improve availability, accessibility, affordability, acceptability of broader public healthcare services in the state.  


Position Summary


With the objective of reducing maternal, child, and overall mortality from hypoxemia related cases, WJCF is supporting the national government and the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab in improving the supply and use of high-quality oxygen services at the health facility level to ensure that hypoxemic patients receive oxygen therapy leading to improved patient outcomes. To achieve this objective, the program focuses on the following key elements:


  • Increased sustainable financing for oxygen access
  • Effective planning and strategies to manage oxygen systems
  • Affordable, efficient, and high-quality oxygen procurement and distribution systems
  • Improved clinical administration and technical management of oxygen
  • Improved data, information systems, and monitoring for oxygen access


At the national level, WJCF is supporting the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) coordinate with the health leadership at the states level to ensure availability and access to oxygen, capacity building to ensure optimal functioning and monitoring of oxygen infrastructure, and uptake of digital systems for monitoring oxygen demand and efficient asset utilization. At the state level, WJCF is supporting the state health and facility level leadership define governance structures, ensure optimal maintenance and upkeep of oxygen assets, build capacity for efficient utilization of assets and provision of clinical care, monitoring use of and access to oxygen, and develop and leverage requisite structures and financing mechanisms to ensure sustainability. Through this support WJCF expects to ensure access to high quality medical oxygen to manage hypoxemia, including in cases high risk cases such pneumonia; maternal, neonatal, and paediatric cases; respiratory diseases, at intensive and high-dependency units and for trauma / emergency care, while ensuring adequate preparedness to manage surge of Covid19 cases or on account of other acute or seasonal respiratory ailments.  

The State Engagement Lead Chhattisgarh (SEL) will work closely with the state and national teams under the guidance of the program leadership, on refining strategy, guiding and monitoring execution, and actively solving challenges in partnership with the relevant stakeholders. This is a leadership position that entails developing and managing strong relationships with the Department of Health & Family Welfare (DoHFW), and guiding and mentoring team members, to support program conceptualisation and implementation initiatives. Additionally, in collaboration with the program leadership, the SEL Chhattisgarh will ensure that work planning, communication, and collaboration across the portfolio is robust, productive, and seamless for joint accountability and action across WJCF’s geographies. The SEL will represent WJCF and strengthen relationships with the state government leadership towards ensuring that WJCF functions as a trusted and impactful partner. Further, the SEL will drive scoping for newer areas of support by WJCF to the state government through a deep understanding of and expertise on state health context and priorities and alignment with organizational core competencies. WJCF seeks a highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual with strong analytical skills, problem-solving ability, communication skills. The SEL must be self-directed and able to function independently, adapt to the program’s changing needs, be flexible and have a strong commitment to excellence.


WJCF places great value on relevant personal qualities such as resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.

  • Support DoHFW in all aspects of strategy, planning, and implementation of initiatives for oxygen access and health systems strengthening.
  • Build, execute, and monitor work plans based on goals and guidance from state government and WJCF leadership and support state DoHFW in prioritizing initiatives.
  • Closely monitor execution of workplan, work with the team on problem solving and engage with the leadership to underline risks, solve for challenges and/or build on opportunities.
  • Draft compelling presentations and reports for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Establish and manage collaborative relationships with the DoHFW, technical and clinical experts, development partners, suppliers, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Support development of strategies to improve access to medical oxygen and implementation at the state, and facility levels based on in-depth understanding of oxygen needs and landscape i.e., oxygen manufacturers, suppliers, users, and intermediaries.
  • Under the aegis of the program leadership, provide strategic insight at technical working groups and/or other high-level meetings/conferences, as a senior level representative.
  • Ensure communication and alignment of activities across government and partner stakeholders' efforts and   across   other   WJCF   programs   to   ensure   coordination   and successful execution.
  • Build program(s) by continually developing capacity and skills of staff on the Essential Medicines and Oxygen Access program and other programs initiated / implemented in the state. The SEL will collaborate with and support the WJCF leadership and Human Resources team in defining resource requirement, identifying talent, anchoring recruitment, and supporting professional development needs at the state level.
  • Travel extensively within the state to support program implementation, and need based travel within India.
  • Perform other responsibilities as requested by programme leadership.
  • Master’s/Bachelor’s degree in management, economics, public health, medicine, public administration, or allied areas
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience in private or public sector enterprise, consulting, public health, or the development sector
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Excellent knowledge of program implementation, trainings, monitoring and evaluation methods (qualitative and quantitative), including experience of developing trainings and monitoring and evaluation plans, tools, training materials, reports, and summary forms
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set, including ability to work independently in a high-pressure, fast paced environment; self-motivate, and propose and implement new initiatives
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Experience structuring and leading evidence-based decision-making processes
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Fluency in English & Hindi

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