Clinton Health Access Initiative

Program Officer, Hepatitis

Country
Myanmar
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Myanmar

Overview

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 Values:

  • We are driven by our mission to save lives
  • We work with urgency
  • We work in cooperation with & at the service of partner governments
  • We recognize our staff is our greatest asset
  • We are frugal
  • We operate with humility
  • We operate based on trust
  • We have an entrepreneurial and action – oriented culture
  • We do not tolerate any kind of discrimination or harassment.
  • We foster an inclusive, diverse, and respectful workplace for all staff.

CHAI Hepatitis Program:

 

CHAI launched its Viral Hepatitis program in 2015 with the goal of catalyzing public sector screening and treatment programs in LMICs. Following the launch of Hepatitis C programs in seven countries (Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Vietnam), CHAI is now applying the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment in developing countries to aim for the elimination of Hepatitis C and the achievement of a Hepatitis B-free generation. The program continues to focus on lowering the cost of diagnosis and treatment, while supporting ministries of health and sports to implement smart, data-driven strategies for scaling up access to services. Globally, the team interacts with donors, manufacturers, multilateral agencies and other partners to identify and implement necessary market-based interventions. In-country, CHAI’s work ranges from helping governments select and source the right medicines and diagnostics, training health care workers in screening and treatment, designing the right service delivery mechanisms, implementing monitoring and evaluation systems, and mobilizing resources for program implementation.

 

Overview of CHAI Myanmar support to Hepatitis C Elimination:

 

CHAI Myanmar Hepatitis team has been providing strategic and operational support to the National Hepatitis Control Program of Ministry of Health and Sports since 2015. CHAI supported the establishment of a National Hepatitis Control Program (NHCP) within the Department of Public Health in 2015 and supported the NHCP to develop and cost its first ever National Strategic Plan for hepatitis and developed simplified treatment guideline for hepatitis C.

 

CHAI’s support to national program covering viral hepatitis diagnostic, clinical care and management and facilitated in the initiation of hepatitis C public sector treatment program. The team works closely with Ministry of Health and Sports, Department of Public Health and National Health Laboratory for general lab strengthening and implementing demonstration pilots to generate evidence for optimization of viral load testing. Additionally, CHAI works with other multilateral organizations, manufacturers and suppliers of drugs and diagnostics to increase access to testing and treatment, accelerate entry and uptake of products for HCV testing and treatment, and lower prices. 

 

Position Description:

 

The Hepatitis Program Officer will support the National Hepatitis Control Program (NHCP) in Myanmar to strengthen and scale hepatitis services across the country, in line with the regional and global WHO guidance. As a core member of CHAI’s country team in Myanmar and along with CHAI’s global hepatitis team, the Hepatitis Program Officer will 1) provide day-to-day technical and operational support to the NHCP of the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS), 2) assist technical aspects of the training dissemination conducted by the NHCP at States/Regions, and 3) optimize current strategies and develop and execute new strategies focused on the successful prevention and treatment of hepatitis.

 

We are seeking a highly motivated, entrepreneurial individual with outstanding logistical, analytical and communication skills. The candidate must be self-driven, entrepreneurial, adaptable and have a high level of comfort with ambiguity. They must be self-assured, a fast learner, resilient, and a strong team player. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. 

 

The position will be based in 50% in Yangon and another 50% for frequent travel to Naypyidaw and other States/Regions as required.

Responsibilities

Project implementation

  • Serve as the focal point for daily interactions related to the programmatic activities and training dissemination
  • Support NHCP with CHAI project related NHCP activities as required
  • Organize monitoring meetings and continuous communication with members of the technical working group as required
  • Ensure achievement of project milestones as agreed with the donor and within approved budget
  • Write a progress report and submit to Program Manager on regular basis and as required
  • Support development and monitoring of program budgets and workplans

Technical input

  • Provide technical support to project staff and partners on hepatitis
  • Organize and facilitate trainings on above mentioned subjects
  • Disseminate information and material from the HQ technical unit
  • Organize workshops and specific working sessions following the launching of the activities depending on the team and project needs.
  • Work with project partners to identify issues/challenges and develop strategies for effective implementation of activities
  • Lead the elaboration and implementation of effective monitoring and evaluation tools
  • Ensure the effective use and application of the M&E tools
  • Other duties, as assigned

 Communication

  • Prepare minutes of meetings and pass them to the consortium
  • Lead the preparation of required reports to HQ, global team, and donors

Other responsibilities as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degree in public health or related health science or equivalent experience
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in a demanding and results-driven environment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Burmese, with the ability to prepare compelling presentations
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information, including technical information on HBV and HCV
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and quantitative and qualitative analytical capabilities
  • Ability to work on straight forward problems without extensive support
  • Strong diplomacy, interpersonal and communication skills and ability to build and nurture relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging multicultural environment
  • Efficiency in negotiating and achieving consensus among a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to manage numerous work streams simultaneously
  • Ability to multi-task and to be effective in high-pressure situations
  • Excellent understanding of MS Office with proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Advantages

 

  • Previous CHAI Experience
  • Advanced degree in public health, clinical medicine, or business
  • Experience in training and capacity building
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation 
  • Experience living and working in Southeast Asia, including as a native of the region

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