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  • Posted: Jan 9, 2023
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in low- and middle-income countries where we work.
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    Associate, Digital Health and Vaccines

    • The Associate will also identify, build, and manage relationships with technology organizations/developers whose products can be used for improving immunization outcomes, and provide strategic guidance on integration and scalability of such products across programs. They will support scoping activities and assessments to identify gaps that can be addressed through new or existing tools and approaches, and inform how they can accelerate progress towards country and global strategies.  
    • A successful candidae will need to possess strong communication, organizational, and project management skills. They must exhibit a passion for results, a commitment to excellence, and the capacity to facilitate multi-stakeholder and strategic discussions. CHAI places great value on the following qualities in its staff: resourcefulness, responsibility, patience, humility, independence, energy, and work ethic.
    • This position may be basd in our office in Ghana. Expected travel is approximately 30-50%. 

    Responsibilities
    Across countries and projects, the Associate will have the following responsibilities:
    Scoping and Strategic Leadership:

    • Lead scoping activities on digital health solutions to further immunization goals. Work closely with CHAI teams and external organizations to identify and document challenges and use cases for digital products, existing systems, information flows, infrastructure, and stakeholders
    • Support the development of country-specific government data systems and management strategies. Advise on strategies and systems for collecting, reporting, storing, cleaning, and analyzing data
    • Establish and cultivate relationships with other CHAI teams and in-country partners working on technology, data, and/or surveillance work, to inform CHAI activities, guide country strategies, and collaborate with stakeholders to achieve program objectives

    Requirements Gathering and System Design:

    • Elaborate and document coherent, context-appropriate, and technology-appropriate requirements in partnership with Ministry of Health (MOH) programs, end users and CHAI staff, co-designing solutions with users where applicable. Requirements may include system architecture, form designs, automated data outputs (dashboards, reports), user roles, systems integrations, and usability
    • Play a translational role in communicating technical approaches, user requirements, and software and hardware specifications to non-technical staff within CHAI teams, MOHs, and donors

    Technology Project Management:

    • Select, liaise with, and manage software developers to build and configure applications and integrations according to the defined requirements and timelines
    • Create and manage project plans with CHAI teams and MOHs, including project management processes and communications to progressively design, develop, and test systems and tools
    • Manage ongoing tracking and prioritization of software development activities. Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify challenges and roadblocks, and develop contingency plans
    • Test developer outputs and provide regular feedback on bugs and functionally to ensure solutions are being developed according to specifications

    Technology Implementation and Training:

    • Work actively with CHAI teams and government stakeholders to develop and implement system roll-out plans, including M&E plans to routinely assess the performance of digital solutions.
    • Drive and support technical set up, user testing, training, supervision, monitoring, issue escalation, and transition of product ownership for all country-level implementations
    • Develop manuals, SOPs, and training materials to support implementation; help train global, country and MOH program staff in the use of information technology
    • Help cultivate a culture of data-use within MOHs by supporting CHAI country teams to monitor and strengthen the quality of data inputs, refine analytical outputs, and develop context-appropriate strategies to strengthen the usage and analysis of data by MOH programs

    Technical Support:

    • Assist in the configuration of data collection, management, reporting, and analysis tools as needed (both mobile and web-based). Update and thoroughly test tool set ups, including updates to users, organization units, data elements, indicators, data collection forms, and dashboards based on requirements and feedback from end users
    • Provide ad-hoc support to teams, particularly with data management and visualization

    Knowledge Management:

    • Ensure up-to-date documentation is in place to support roll out and maintenance of digital products
    • Develop resources, guidelines, and other material to guide and share lessons across teams
    • Document lessons learned on technical products for CHAI-wide or global sharing

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (information systems, computer science, business, finance, or health science)
    • At least three years’ working experience as a business analyst, product manager, technical project manager, or in a similar role working closely with stakeholders to define and deliver business requirements for technology initiatives
    • Proven experience in planning, designing, and implementing technology-based solutions across the full software delivery lifecycle with stakeholders and users, preferably for immunization/health data systems
    • Experience providing clear guidance and recommendations to non-technical stakeholders on context-appropriate technology solutions, processes, and operational considerations; ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical users
    • Understanding of immunization data systems
    • Familiarity with emerging technologies for data collection and reporting
    • Familiarity with emerging technologies for web or mobile application development for data visualization and analysis
    • Experience in data management (including managing databases) and data analysis
    • High levels of proficiency in Access, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
    • Experience working in an international context and/or entrepreneurial environment
    • Ability to think strategically and anticipate future consequences and trends
    • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
    • Strong work ethic, integrity, credibility, and dedication to CHAI’s mission
    • Ability to be effective, calm, and flexible in high-pressure situations, to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and to effectively prioritize
    • Ability to communicate effectively with people of varied professional and cultural backgrounds
    • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal skills
    • Ability and willingness to travel approximately 30-50%

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    Senior Project Manager, Laboratory Systems Strengthening

    Overivew of Position:

    • The Senior Project Manager (SPM) – STELLAR, will oversee Global Fund-supported STELLAR program focused on providing laboratory technical assistance across sub-Saharan Africa. The SPM will oversee grant operations and strategy for program supporting the rapid scale-up and effective management of high-quality diagnostics for COVID-19, transition of emergency COVID-19 response into routine response, integration of siloed laboratory systems, support lab system strengthening funding proposals, and other lab systems strengthening activities. The SPM will lead grant operations, guide strategy, and maintain alignment between country teams, GDT, and partners working to achieve program objectives across countries.
    • The role requires moderate travel, the ability to cultivate and sustain relationships across levels of seniority and partners, exceptional communication skills, and organizational and project management skills. The candidate must be able to function independently and flexibly, operate effectively in an environment with a high level of ambiguity and uncertainty, and have a strong commitment to excellence and attention to detail.  CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: proactiveness, resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, entrepreneurship, and strong work ethic.

    Responsibilities

    • Manage program by establishing goals and delivery plan, supervising task execution, and monitoring project progress to ensure that expected deliverables and targets are achieved on time and on budget
    • Monitor comprehensive work-plans with Country Support Managers (CSMs) and country teams in line with lab systems strengthening objectives and commitment
    • Lead internal and external reporting requirements and coordinate with global and country teams, to seek inputs
    • Lead external communications with Global Fund, Africa-CDC, and other regional partners supporting the AFRO COVID-19 and broader lab systems response
    • Support implementation of program
    • Develop dissemination materials to facilitate cross-country and global knowledge sharing.
    • Support preparations of presentations, reports, and other analyses to inform global and country-level strategy on Covid-19 testing
    • Engender practice of sharing best practices within team, and by extension country programs, to ensure strategies, tools and planning processes build upon prior experience and learnings
    • Provide technical support and bandwidth across country teams on their lab-systems strengthening work, including but not limited to Covid-19 testing-related strategy and planning, forecasting, procurements, and supply chain management, etc.
    • Work closely with country teams to support lab systems strengthening activities and facilitate involvement of topic area experts from GDT or other CHAI teams on country work streams as required
    • Identify and develop new program and funding opportunities and develop and manage relationships with existing and potential donors
    • Up to 30% international travel time could be required as needed
    • Perform other responsibilities, as requested by supervisor and program directors

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree plus at least 7 years of work experience
    • Experience working in management consulting, business strategy groups, or similar fast-paced results-oriented environments
    • Experience managing and developing program plans and budgets
    • Ability to navigate government processes with multiple stakeholders
    • Ability to problem solve without extensive structural or operational support
    • Able to adapt and guide team members within dynamic environments
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations and work on analyses at varying levels of granularity
    • Strong analytical skills
    • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
    • Strong interest in programmatic and technical contents of GDT’s work
    • Fluent in English, proficiency in both written and verbal

    Advantages:

    • Master’s degree (MPH, MBA, Laboratory Services, or other relevant degree)
    • Previous work experience in developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa
    • Experience navigating health financing processes (Global Fund, or other)
    • Experience developing National Lab Strategic Plans
    • Lab and diagnostics-related experience, either in a programmatic or clinical setting
    • Familiarity with global health issues, particularly COVID-19
    • Proficiency in French 

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    Technical Advisor, Global Malaria Entomologist

    Summary of Position:

    • CHAI seeks a highly qualified entomologist to support CHAI country programs on work streams related to entomology and vector control. Entomological data is critical to making informed decisions on malaria vector control, and as such, entomological surveillance has been identified as an important priority across many country programs. The entomologist will help to shape CHAI’s strategy in entomology at a global level, while supporting malaria programs through CHAI country teams with their own entomological strategy and workplans, as well as executing against those plans.
    • Typical country support includes supporting local entomological capacity, development of SOPs for entomological data collection and analysis, designing evidence-based strategic plans, and providing dedicated day-to-day operational support to ensure execution of effective, high-impact programs. The entomologist will be expected to develop and manage strong relationships with CHAI country programs, government programs, and relevant country partners.  
    • Candidates should be familiar with malaria vector species, bionomics, and insecticide resistance challenges across Mesoamerica, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia. This entomologist will be responsible for advising malaria programs on vector control and entomological investigation, monitoring, and surveillance, including through the use of digital tools, and providing guidance on how to interpret data results. They will be translating evidence, current research, and normative guidelines into practical and feasible programmatic and field operations, considering innovative approaches in places where current vector control strategies have not been proven effective (e.g. for outdoor biting or resting vectors).
    • The position requires a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills. They must be able to manage multiple tasks and drive multiple work flows forward.  They must exhibit a passion for results and commitment to excellence. CHAI places great value on the following qualities in its staff: resourcefulness, responsibility, patience, tenacity, humility, independence, energy, and work ethic.
    • Applicants should be open to frequent travel, up to 50%.

    Responsibilities

    • Serving as a trusted adviser to CHAI country teams and regional technical leads, and national malaria programs, on issues related to malaria entomology;
    • Developing and leading the execution of CHAI’s entomological strategy;
    • Working through CHAI country teams to support malaria programs with developing their entomological strategies, including understanding key programmatic questions, consideration (and deployment, when relevant) of new approaches, data collection oriented to answering programmatic questions, and making vector control decisions based on entomological data;
    • Answering questions from CHAI teams and malaria programs related to the bionomics of key malaria vectors across Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Mesoamerica;
    • Staying abreast of WHO technical guidelines and the latest scientific advances regarding malaria entomology, and translating scientific evidence into country programmatic decisions, standard operating procedures, data collection forms, manuals, and guidelines;
    • Understanding novel and traditional malaria vector control tools, and advising on the entomological data that would support introducing and monitoring these tools;
    • Supporting CHAI country teams and government programs to implement strong systems for vector control insecticide resistance monitoring;
    • Identifying key impediments to achieving entomological programmatic goals and helping devise targeted solutions to them;
    • Providing technical support for conducting programmatic entomological activities of malaria vectors including, but not limited to, capturing vector species, biting and resting behavior, oviposition, breeding dynamics, and susceptibility to insecticides;
    • Providing technical and operational support for the implementation of entomological and vector control studies including, but not limited to, guidance on best practices for collecting larval and adult vectors, preserving and transporting samples, selecting survey or sentinel sites, evaluating the quality of indoor residual spraying, measuring the residual efficacy of insecticides, and the timing of such studies;
    • Participating in the analysis and interpretation of entomological data collected routinely or during entomological surveys;
    • Supporting strong entomological data management, including integration of entomological data into malaria information systems and deployment of digital tools as appropriate;
    • Developing malaria program budgets for entomological infrastructure and surveillance activities;
    • Synthesizing results in slide decks and reporting and communicating them within CHAI;
    • Leading trainings for CHAI teams and country programs on entomology best practices and new information;
    • Representing CHAI at external technical meetings, acting as the face of our organization to academic/technical partners, including via the dissemination of findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications;
    • Building strong relationships with stakeholders across governmental, non-governmental, public health, and academic organizations;
    • Working with CHAI's technical teams, country teams, and regional managers to develop and implement coordinated program support; and
    • Any other tasks identified.

    Qualifications

    • PhD in medical entomology or related field strongly preferred; or Master's degree with exceptional experience
    • Minimum five years of experience in applied field entomology and malaria vector control
    • Ability to perform molecular and biochemical techniques for mosquito species identification and detection of insecticide resistance allele frequency and mechanisms
    • Strong experience in conducting field entomological activities such as larval collections, human landing catches, pyrethrum spray catches and CDC light traps as well as familiarity with the standard procedures for conducting these collections
    • Solid experience in coordination of field work and data collection
    • Exceptional problem-solving solving skills and analytical capabilities
    • Flexibility and willingness to adapt projects and plans as necessitated by realities in the field
    • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially experience working with remote teams
    • Skilled in making persuasive presentations and written reports
    • Strong organizational abilities and detail-oriented approach
    • Experience managing multiple projects
    • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships in a multicultural environment
    • Patience and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations
    • Experience training teams on entomology and drafting standard operating procedures on entomology
    • Ability to translate scientific knowledge into actionable insights for decision-making
    • Strong supervision skills (insectary and lab staff) as well as strong mentorship skills
    • Strong spoken and written English
    • Willingness to spend approximately up to 50% of time traveling, including field support

    Advantages:

    Ability to speak, read, and write professionally in French, Spanish, and/or Portuguese

    • Experience working in low or middle income country context

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