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 programs. 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. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on South Africa’s health care system and has impacted overall health outcomes, specifically in the areas of child immunisation, comprehensive SRMNH, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV, and management of chronic diseases - either because people do not think that facilities are open throughout the different levels of lockdown; or because they are reluctant to leave their homes; or are unable to afford transportation to the necessary facility. As such, there is a need to support COVID-19 efforts while working cross functionally with a view of providing an integrated approach to services.
CHAI seeks a highly entrepreneurial, energetic, results-oriented and self-motivated individual to support CHAI’s COVID-19 efforts while working cross functionally with a view of providing an integrated approach to communication to drive behavior change and effectively improve health outcomes. The Associate will join a diverse team to support the Department of Health (DoH) to identify opportunities to run effective offline and online campaigns during COVID-19 and work with the team to deliver on the strategic objectives. The Associate will also be responsible for developing and coordinating high- impact partnerships with the DoH, implementing NGOs, social businesses and educational institutions to build workable and sustainable solutions to strengthen healthcare systems. reach our target market. This role is focused on implementation and will require a very “hands-on” approach.
Successful candidates will have excellent communications skills, be able to function independently, be self-motivated, can thrive in challenging environments, be able to adapt to the differing needs of the program and have a strong commitment to excellence. The Associate will provide support both strategically and analytically.
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 position is based in Pretoria, South Africa and report to the Program Manager for Community Based Programs and Communication.
This is a short term position with a proposed end date of December 31st, 2020.
Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following: