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’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.
In parts of West and Central Africa, CHAI provides technical and managerial assistance to national malaria programs in order to accelerate policy changes, ensure sufficient supply commodities, generate demand among health providers and patients and ensure adequate monitoring and troubleshooting mechanisms are in place to track progress. In addition, CHAI is also supporting national malaria programs to identify the bottlenecks and potential solutions in surveillance systems to improve data-driven decisions at all levels of the system. Democratic Republic of the Congo, Benin and Burkina Faso are the newest additions to CHAI’s portfolio. Initial efforts have been focused on conducting country-specific surveillance landscaping assessments, with the longer-term vision to improve data-driven decision-making and program planning across the region.
Overview of Role:
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated epidemiologist with strong public health experience and analytical skills to support the expanded surveillance and analytics scope of work across francophone West and Central Africa, with an initial focus on Democratic Republic of the Congo, Benin and Burkina Faso. The initial project will focus on monitoring and analyzing data from surveillance assessments including health facility surveys in order to identify of critical technical, operational and financial bottlenecks in surveillance (data collection, reporting, analysis and feedback) at all levels of the health system (health facility up to national), and provide prioritized recommendations to address these gaps. Activities will expand to include analysis of routine and other data in order to: 1) understand drivers of transmission (for example environmental factors, and vector control and case management interventions), 2) assess impact of interventions, 3) develop plans to target interventions and monitor their rollout as well as other analytical requests. The individual will report to the Senior Technical Advisor for Africa and work with team members across CHAI’s Global, Regional and Country Malaria Teams and will therefore need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. It is expected that the Research Associate will need to collaborate with government programs, academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s work is complementary and not duplicative other ongoing efforts.
CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.