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 and neglected tropical disease (NTD) program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their systems and programs to reduce the burden of these preventable, treatable diseases. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria and NTD elimination in the long term.
As part of this work, CHAI has been supporting national malaria programs in Burkina Faso, Benin, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to identify the bottlenecks and potential solutions in surveillance systems to improve data-driven decision-making at all levels of the system. Technology plays a key role in achieving these objectives. Building strong information systems can substantially reduce the time taken to collect and access data, improve data quality, and reduce redundancies in parallel data collection systems. Availability of higher quality information enables programs to target and tailor their programs and use resources more effectively. CHAI’s malaria and NTDs program applies digital tools and systems to support effective decision-making through automated analyses, visualizations, and presentation of data in simple and actionable forms.
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a Health Informatics Associate (West Africa region) and play a critical role in helping governmental programs improve how they collect, analyze, and use data to accelerate efforts towards malaria and NTDs elimination. S/he will work with CHAI staff to build in-country capacity at the CHAI and government levels on the application of information technology for data collection, management, analysis, and use. This will include strategic and operational support on the thoughtful design, creation, modification, and maintenance of potentially complex and diverse surveillance platforms; leading training sessions related to the deployment and use of technology solutions; and helping staff use and troubleshoot health information technology solutions on an ongoing basis with the end goal of improving data quality, access and use. S/he will support scoping activities and assessments to identify surveillance gaps that can be addressed through the application of new or existing tools/approaches and inform how they can strengthen activities to accelerate progress towards country strategies.
The Associate will focus on Burkina Faso, Benin, and DRC and work closely with other CHAI technical teams focused on malaria and NTDs. The Associate will also work closely with external institutions including technology companies, academic partners, the WHO, and government technical bodies working on malaria and NTDs.
A successful candidate will need to work with team members across CHAI’s Global, Regional and Country Malaria and NTDs team and will therefore need to possess strong communication, organizational, and management skills as well as be able to work independently and to drive implementation and have deep personal commitment to producing results.
This position will be ideally based in Porto-Novo, Benin; or other countries within West Africa based on country leadership approvals. This position will report to the Health Informatics Senior Technical Advisor, Africa
In the near term the Associate will:
Across countries and projects, the Associate will have the following responsibilities:
Requirements Gathering and System Design (20%)
Technology Project Management (20%)
Technology Implementation and Training (20%)
Technical Support (20%)
Knowledge Management (5%)
Other responsibilities as requested by supervisor
Leadership and Interpersonal Skills