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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Overview of program
CHAI’s global malaria and neglected tropical disease (NTD) program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their programs and reduce the burden of preventable, treatable diseases. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards elimination of malaria and NTDs in the long term.
Overview of role
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as part of CHAI’s Global Malaria Management, Strategy & Financing Team. This Associate will directly support governments in francophone West and Central Africa in a strategic role to help save lives and markedly reduce the malaria burden. Countries to be supported include Burkina Faso, Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon.
The Associate will provide direct support at the highest levels of malaria program policy and management in government. Areas of support consist of working alongside country teams and technical experts to evaluate program impact; develop or refine the governments’ national strategic plan for malaria; support the development of a costing model to assess financial resources needed; assist with cost optimization analysis for health strategies; and contribute to forecasting of resource needs. The Associate will support the Regional Manager to address other high priority malaria workstreams across the region as they arise.
The Associate will also support the Ministries of Health and partners to improve the management of malaria programs, including assisting with programmatic and financial tracking to ensure on time and high-quality performance, but also assisting with other management issues such as government capacity building and the managerial efficiency of malaria campaigns and primary health care provision.
The Associate will bring outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills and must be able to work independently and have a deep personal commitment to producing results. No background in malaria is required, but the Associate is expected to be proficient in using Microsoft Excel. Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships in a challenging multicultural environment will be critical. Most of all, CHAI places immense value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.
The position will be based in Yaoundé, Cameroon with extensive international travel (40-60%) within the west and central Africa region.
- Work with national malaria staff to do broad management capacity building, including training malaria staff and addressing management gaps that occur during malaria prevention campaigns and during the provision of malaria services at the primary health care level
- Work with national malaria staff and CHAI country teams to conduct malaria program reviews; update or write national strategic plans; and optimize and cost national malaria programs by building Excel-based costing and budget models
- Conduct costing and financial analyses and support the development of funding proposals and operational plans
- Assist malaria programs with financial and programmatic tracking, including the identification of key decision-relevant information and the development of dashboards and systems to bring that key information to the decision-making point
- Support governments to meet Global Fund requests and satisfy grant application requirements, including budget development
- Serve as a trusted advisor to CHAI country teams
- Serve as liaison between CHAI regional technical teams, country teams, partners, and stakeholders
- Build strong relationships with stakeholders across government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector
- Engage with and cultivate donors, including individuals, corporations, and organizations interested in supporting malaria programs
- Draft presentations and reports for internal and external stakeholders
- Coordinate meetings and facilitate knowledge sharing between government programs and partner organization in the region to ensure coordination
- Provide program and budget updates for internal project management, best practice sharing, and donor reporting
- Other responsibilities as needed
- Bachelor’s degree in business, commerce, policy, public health, international development, or related field
- 2-5 years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in management consulting, public health, development, or other relevant fields
- Elevated levels of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, and moderate knowledge of Word, and PowerPoint
- Fluent in spoken and written English and French
- Demonstrated excellent analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills
- Ability to oversee multiple work streams simultaneously, to set priorities, and to work independently and flexibly with a strong commitment to excellence in high-pressure situations
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills
- Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships in a challenging multicultural environment
- Master’s degree in business, policy, public health, international development, or related field
- Experience working and communicating with government officials, multilateral organizations, or development donors
- Experience living or working in resource-limited countries
- Experience working remotely with a decentralized/remote team
- Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems
- Experience or knowledge of health finance, public finance, or finance for development