Clinton Health Access Initiative

Associate, COVID-19 – Supply Chain Affordable Medicines

South Africa
Temporary | Full-Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - South Africa


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:


CHAI approaches some of the most pressing issues in global health with a business-oriented strategy to fundamentally change the underlying economics. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for diagnosis and treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programmes. By addressing global market failures and accelerating access to the most effective, high-quality health products at affordable and sustainable prices, CHAI helps patients access the care and treatment they need.


Team Overview:

The first case of corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2019 and in January 2020, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) and subsequently in March 2020 as a pandemic. To respond to COVID-19, South Africa’s National Department of Health (NDoH) set up an Incident Management Team (IMT) and partnered working nationally and provincially to coordinate the health response and provide stewardship and strategic guidance to ensure successful and sustained implementation.


Position Overview:
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with proven relationship management skills, excellent analytical ability and strong communication skills to play a key role in one of the work streams for the COVID-19 programme in South Africa. The Associate will input to a large and growing CHAI team and will be expected to support the Department of Health’s Affordable Medicines Directorate (AMD) create and execute evidence-based plans and strategies. The AMD forms a constituent part of the IMT and is responsible for ensuring a sufficient supply of medicines is maintained throughout the pandemic period and beyond. AMD is committed to continuing the day-to-day work of ensuring essential medicine availability, through efficient and effective expert medicine reviews, contracting of medicines, and management of suppliers. Additionally AMD is committed to rapidly responding to the changing clinical landscape around Covid-19 in order to ensure proven medicines are promptly made available and provided to patients. Note, this post will be a full-time secondment at the Department of Health’s AMD team, which will require work to be carried out at the Department and the attendance of in-person meetings.


The Associate will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks, from quantitative analysis to collaborating with stakeholders and will be expected to lead areas of engagement related to COVID-19. CHAI places great value on commitment to excellence, resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, flexibility, independence, energy, work ethic and humility.


This post will require attendance and meetings in locations such as the Department of Health. We would ask candidates to note this fact and request that any candidate who have concerns about covering these to raise them at the interview. The Associate will be based in Pretoria, South Africa and report to the COVID-19 Program Manager.


This is a short term position with a proposed end date of December 31st, 2020.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Research into the market landscape of pharmaceuticals, in engagement with pharmaceutical suppliers and the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA);
  • Supporting the National Department of Health’s contracting of pharmaceuticals, following established tender procedures and requirements;
  • Engagement with Provincial Departments of Health in ensuring the smooth operations of pharmaceutical contracting and procurement;
  • Supporting the National Department of Health (NDoH) in all areas of national COVID-19 efforts, including planning and implementation ensuring CHAI’s ongoing alignment with NDoH strategic goals and priorities;
  • Build and manage relationships with key individuals in the Department of Health, in CHAI and relevant partner organizations;
  • Developing and managing collaborative relationships with the DoH, suppliers, partner organizations and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Develop influential presentation materials that work for varying audiences;
  • Developing and maintaining programme databases and dashboards for performance monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ensuring CHAI’s ongoing alignment with NDoH strategic goals and priorities;
  • Ensuring communication and alignment of activities across government and partner stakeholders’ efforts and across other CHAI programmes in South Africa to ensure coordination and successful execution of the programme;
  • Overseeing the translation of objectives provided by the government, donors, and other partner organizations into clear, prioritised activity plans;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by manager.


  • Pharmacist registered with the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC);
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience with increasing levels of responsibility;
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, including attention to detail and advanced technical proficiency with MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word;
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging environment;
  • Strong communication skills, including delivery of compelling presentations and documents in Microsoft PowerPoint and Word;
  • Willingness to travel within South Africa as needed.


  • Master’s degree of pharmacy;
  • Previous experience working in the South African pharmaceutical sector desirable;
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly and absorb and synthesize a broad range of information;
  • Experience in capacity building and in policy design and implementation, in collaboration with the government and stakeholders, is highly desirable;
  • Demonstrated ability to be effective in high-pressure situations with a strong commitment to excellence;
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.



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