Clinton Health Access Initiative

Provincial Associate, COVID-19 Program

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 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.


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 excellent analytical ability and strong communication skills to play a key role in the COVID-19 program in South Africa. The Provincial Associate will input to a large and growing CHAI team and will be expected to develop and manage strong relationships with the Provincial Department of Health and relevant country partners to support program implementation initiatives. The role will require the Provincial Associate to help design, monitor and drive implementation of evidence-based COVID-19 strategies. The ideal candidate must have strong quantitative and analytical skills, excellent communication and written skills, be self-directed, be able to adapt to the differing needs of the program and have a strong commitment to excellence.


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 Provincial Associate will be based either in Gauteng/Eastern Cape/Kwa-Zulu Natal/North West, South Africa on a full time basis and report to CHAI South Africa’s Program Manager for COVID-19.


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:


  • Support DoH in all aspects of strategy and planning and implementation, ensuring CHAI’s ongoing alignment with the DoH strategic goals and priorities for COVID-19 nationally in coordination with provinces;
  • Translate objectives provided by the national and provincial departments, donors, and other partner organizations into clear activity plans, and provide guidance to CHAI team and DoH on prioritization of initiatives;
  • Manage and establish collaborative relationships with the DoH, suppliers, partner organizations and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Coordinate and/or participate in working group(s) to support evidence generation for implementation of initiatives;
  • Routinely monitor, compile, synthesize and analyze data to ensure optimal targeting, implementation, and effectiveness of program interventions;
  • Ensure communication and alignment of activities across government and partner stakeholders efforts and across other CHAI programs in South Africa to ensure coordination and successful execution of the program;  
  • Conduct quantitative analyses to ensure sufficient supplies of commodities and equipment, appropriate coverage with interventions, and/or progress towards program goals;
  • Draft compelling presentations and reports for internal and external stakeholders;
  • Work with CHAI's technical teams and Program Manager(s) to develop and implement a coordinated program of support;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by manager.


  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, Public Health, Business or a related field;
  • A minimum of three years professional experience in a private or public sector setting and with increasing levels of responsibility and experience;
  • Advanced problem solving, analytical, and quantitative skills, including significant experience working in Excel (modeling) and PowerPoint, and presenting findings and recommendations (analytical skills and proficiency levels will be evaluated during recruiting process);
  • Entrepreneurial mindset; demonstrated ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems, in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task with a strong commitment to excellence, both internally and externally, and with limited structural support;
  • Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills;
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment;
  • Willingness to travel within South Africa as needed.


  • Experience working and/or living in the focal province;
  • Advanced problem solving, analytical, and quantitative skills, including significant experience working in Excel (modelling);
  • Previous experience working with the South African public sector desirable;
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills, including attention to detail;
  • 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;
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity and work in a very fast-paced, limited structure, multicultural environment.



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