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
There is an unprecedented wave of new vaccines expected to become available within the next decade that could transform the global burden of disease, and CHAI is applying the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment in LMICs to achieve the same for vaccines and cold chain equipment.
To retain their potency, most vaccines must be stored and transported at temperature between 2-8 degrees C. This necessitates the deployment and maintenance of a well-functioning refrigerated supply chain or “cold chain”. Efforts to rehabilitate and expand the cold chain and supporting services are currently underway, particularly through the Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform (CCEOP) a $250 million financing mechanism funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
By working with key stakeholders, the CHAI Global Vaccine Markets program aims to improve vaccine cold chains to increase the availability, accessibility and potency of vaccines, thereby increasing value for money and enabling accelerated introduction and delivery of new vaccines in LMICs. CHAI’s current work focuses on approaches to increase long-term functionality of vaccine refrigerators and improved sustainability and affordability of total cost of ownership for cold chain equipment (CCE) through a combination of more robust product design, improved in-country operations & maintenance and CCE market shaping.
Selected news and publications about CHAI’s work on improving access to vaccines:
Transforming cold chain performance and management in lower-income countries. Mike Brison and Yann LeTallec (CHAI Vaccines). Vaccine, April 2017: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X16311380
Gavi Cold Chain Equipment Optimization (CCEOP) Technology Guide, February 2016: https://www.gavi.org/library/publications/gavi/cold-chain-equipment-technology-guide/
New vaccine carrier dramatically reduces freezing during vaccine transport. April 2021: https://www.clintonhealthaccess.org/revolutionary-vaccine-carrier-technology-dramatically-reduces-unwanted-freezing-during-vaccine-transport/
To support this work, CHAI is looking to hire an Associate for the Cold Chain Equipment (CCE) team to contribute to achieving objectives related to the adoption of affordable, optimal cold chain equipment and supporting services.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical ability, communication skills, academic credentials, and professional experience. The successful candidate will adhere to the core CHAI values of resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic. The Associate’s role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities focused on the team’s key objectives:
Team objective 1: increase affordability and sustainability of total cost of ownership (TCO) for CCE.
Team objective 2: Implement an improved system for field monitoring of CCE performance.
Team objective 3: Support the team to scope new workstream areas.
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