Clinton Health Access Initiative

Associate, Supply Chain, Global Vaccines Delivery

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Full Time
Program (Division)
Non Communicable Diseases - Global Vaccines Delivery
Additional Location Description
Base location for this position is flexible with a strong preference for one of CHAI’s Vaccine Program focus countries in East Africa, pursuant to CHAI country team leadership approval. Significant travel (at least 30%) is expected, dependent on Covid-19 travel restrictions.


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:


Improving Vaccine Supply Chains:

Most vaccines must travel through supply chains containing between three and five—sometimes more—storage points to get to patients. To be available to be administered, vaccines must be correctly forecasted, ordered for accurately, managed well in-store, issued, and selected for distribution accurately, and delivered on-time and in-full to their next destination. However, many countries struggle to keep all these processes running smoothly, which threatens full stock availability at health facilities.

To help ensure that children are able to access the full schedule of life-saving vaccines, CHAI supports supply chain work focused on ensuring that certain core elements and practices are in place:

• Critical supply chain processes—forecasting, ordering, issuing, distribution, etc.—have high-quality, well-defined processes that are adhered to by all staff throughout the supply chain.
• Supply chain managers and EPI programs have visibility into critical data points and key performance indicators, such as stock-outs, on-time in-full distribution, and order accuracy.
• Supply chain leaders, at each critical supply chain tier, regularly meet to review performance data, identify problematic performance areas, and implement solutions.

At CHAI we apply a business-minded approach towards solving problems in public health. We aim to support governments and create lasting change in the countries we support.


Position Overview:


CHAI is seeking an Associate to join the Global Vaccines Delivery team to support CHAI's immunisation supply chain work. The Associate will operate at both country-level and global-level to provide strategic and programmatic support.

This is an opportunity to join a fast paced, energized, matrixed team focused on implementing lasting, transformational impact to the global vaccines' delivery space with a strong focus on supply chain. Candidates should be experienced at analyzing & presenting data and messaging powerfully through written documents and presentations; working collaboratively in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment; and functioning independently with minimal guidance. This role is perfect for someone with management consulting and/or supply chain experience, who is motivated and mission-oriented with strong quantitative, problem-solving, and cross-cultural communication skills.

Countries supported under this portfolio include Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia, amongst others.


This position is funded through September 2022. The position can be extended beyond September 2022 if additional funding is secured.



  • Provide high-value strategic and programmatic support to design and implement in-country vaccine supply chain initiatives in collaboration with CHAI country teams.
    • Provide critical input on the approach needed to meet in-country grant and program objectives.
    • Contribute to the design, planning and execution of high-impact projects with country teams Projects might include diagnosing the end-to-end supply chain and developing strategies and interventions for improvement, improving vaccines ordering and inventory management, assessing opportunities to integrate supply chains, and supporting implementation and use of data management technology/tools/systems.
    • Lead development, dissemination & use of lessons learned tools, and other know-how.
  • Inform national and global practices and policies related to vaccines supply chain.
    • Inform practices & policies based on robust evidence base, insightful analytical perspective, and lessons learned from CHAI and other partners.
    • Develop relationships with key stakeholders and become a respected and trusted thought leader in this area of focus.
    • Disseminate CHAI's programmatic insights as appropriate.
  • Support the development of CHAI's vaccines supply chain program(s)
    • Support scoping and development of new grants.
    • Support development of program-wide and country-specific objectives and strategies
    • Support ramp up of new CHAI staff and new focus countries and strengthen capabilities of existing CHAI staff in supply chain, leveraging institutional knowledge.
  • Support program and grant management
    • Assess progress against overall objectives & milestones in areas of focus and help prepare high-quality briefings for donors and CHAI management.
  • Other responsibilities as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree in business, science, public health, engineering, or a related discipline
  • At least 3 years of relevant professional experience, ideally in an analytical role related to supply chain management.
  • Exceptional Technical Capacity, including:
    • outstanding problem-solving and strategic thinking skills
    • strong analysis of qualitative and quantitative data
    • program management capability (basic planning +organization, ability to outline process steps and manage small to medium sized projects at either the country or global level or support and oversight from Manager, Supply Chain)
  • Excellent Communication and Relationship Management:
    • strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication, both written and verbal, including skills in English (synthesis & presentation) with diverse audience;
    • demonstrated capacity to synthesize evidence into effective presentations and actionable recommendations for broad range of audiences
    • proven track record of building strong & effective working relationships remotely
    • proven ability to influence without authority (in decision making, to achieve consensus or alignment, or to drive programmatic work)
  • Team Culture and Autonomy:
    • excellent ability to work independently, set and achieve ambitious targets with limited guidance, and manage competing and sometimes shifting priorities, often under tight or shifting deadlines
    • proven ability to work collaboratively in a multicultural, matrixed environment.
  • Ability to travel extensively (at least 30% of time) to focus countries and other locations as needed for work (COVID-19 travel restrictions permitting).


  • Masters-level or above in business, finance, or health science preferred.
  • Knowledge of vaccines, health programs or health supply chains.
  • Experience working in or alongside Ministries of Health, Global Donors, and/or NGOs.
  • Experience in a top tier management consulting firm.
  • Experience working with government in developing countries, notably in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Professional proficiency in a second language spoken in a vaccine program country.

Overview of CHAI's Vaccines Program:

Immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions in history. National immunization programs reach >100 million infants every year and have, across the globe, averted two to three million deaths every year since the launch of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) in 1974.

However, despite these successes, 1.5 million children still die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases. Many of these are in low-income countries, where immunization programs face unprecedented challenges in accessing vaccines and ensuring they reach all targeted children.

Since 2010, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has worked to save lives and reduce the burden from vaccine preventable diseases by improving access to immunization services in resource-limited setting. CHAI does this by strengthening national immunization programs at the country level, and the leveraging that experience to improve the global immunization ecosystem.




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