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: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
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.
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.
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: