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
Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in the world, with 1,120 mothers dying for every 100,000 live births . This makes Sierra Leone one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, especially an adolescent woman. Childbearing begins at a young age: 34% of pregnancies occur amongst teenage girls and 28% of adolescents (aged 15-19) have begun childbearing, representing one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world. Almost half (46.8%) of deaths among adolescent girls are related to complications in childbirth and 40% of maternal deaths are related to teenage pregnancy.
To reduce maternal mortality, CHAI focuses on averting preventable deaths by building the health system’s capabilities to prevent potential complications from becoming life threatening, to apply proven and simple interventions to ensure survival, and to quickly refer cases to the appropriate health system level for proper treatment. To reduce unintended pregnancies and increase access to safe abortion services, CHAI aims to increase access to essential reproductive health products and services in partnership with governments by pursuing global and country-focused market-shaping opportunities and in-country engagement around guidelines, registration, tendering, procurement and service delivery. In addition, CHAI aims to strengthen government health systems and build the capabilities of ministries of health to deliver robust, integrated reproductive health programs and to counsel adolescent girls and young women on SRH.
In Sierra Leone, CHAI entered this space in late 2017 with an initial focus on increasing access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). Between 2018 and 2020, CHAI worked with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) in Sierra Leone to increase uptake of long-acting reversible contraception by strengthening training and human resource management, increasing contraceptive commodity security and improving performance management by the government.
Working for CHAI
As our programs and operations expand in Sierra Leone, CHAI is seeking for a suitable candidate for the position of Program Manager, Sexual and Reproductive Health.
CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a track record of delivering quality results with limited resources. The individual must be able to function independently and flexibly in a swift manner. The ideal candidate will possess cultural sensitivity skills and demonstrate high emotional intelligence, as they will be working closely with government and external partners.
The Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Manager will lead the SRH team’s work in strategizing, developing, and implementing interventions aimed to increase contraceptive prevalence and reduce maternal mortality. The Program Manager will work closely with the MoHS and other partner agencies by providing technical assistance, project management, and implementation support, as needed. Other programmatic needs may arise, so flexibility will be essential.
The Program Manager will report to the Country Director (or such other manager as CHAI may designate) and will regularly collaborate and communicate with the relevant CHAI global team. They will be based in Freetown, Sierra Leone with expected travel to the districts on occasion.
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