Clinton Health Access Initiative

Technical Advisor, Epidemiologist, Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS)

Country
Laos
City
Vientiane
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Infectious Disease - Global Malaria

Overview

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 (LMICs), 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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.

 

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.

 

Countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) are progressing towards malaria elimination, and their malaria programs will need to rapidly detect and effectively treat infections, map areas where malaria transmission persists, and tailor and target intervention packages according to local contexts. CHAI is working to help malaria programs across the region achieve their ambitious goals by providing operational and technical support to strengthen surveillance systems, improve evidence-based planning, better manage programs, and coordinate activities regionally.

 

Overview of Role:

 

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills to serve as an epidemiologist and technical advisor to its teams across the GMS. This role offers a unique opportunity for a talented individual to apply epidemiological and analytical skills to guide the operations of a cross-country disease elimination program. The successful candidate will lead a small team of epidemiologists working directly with government counterparts to assess, design, and scale-up disease surveillance systems; conduct robust data analysis; and monitor and evaluate the success of ongoing efforts to achieve malaria elimination. The individual will collaborate with a diverse team of CHAI staff based across multiple countries (primarily but not exclusively in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos, India, and Papua New Guinea), government programs, academics and public health agencies. The successful candidate will possess strong communication, organizational, and management skills; work independently to drive implementation; have the potential to grow into a global health leader; and have deep personal commitment to producing results.

 

CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.

Responsibilities

Regional Strategy:

  • Serve as an expert/technical advisor for epidemiological and other technical questions to CHAI’s regional team and lead all the malaria and NTD surveillance and analytics work for the GMS and other geographies, as required
  • Proactively conduct analyses and review evidence to evaluate effectiveness of current government interventions to eliminate malaria, and identify potential approaches or strategies to accelerate progress

Technical project management:

  • Manage the regional analytics and surveillance portfolio related to malaria and NTD to support evidence-based decisions:
  • Oversee the implementation of analytical projects related to malaria epidemiology, intervention, and surveillance (data management, spatial and mapping analyses, data interpretation, etc.)
  • Contribute to the formulation of annual work plans across multiple countries
  • Organize, clean, and integrate datasets; conduct statistical analyses; and develop and interpret malaria risk maps and stratifications
  • Support rigorous evidence-based planning of intervention deployment, and design and implement monitoring and evaluation activities to measure impact (e.g. community health workers programs, bed net distribution campaigns, etc.)
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation of the performance of existing and new surveillance processes and platforms, and identify ways of improving them
  • Support the development and deployment of surveillance systems in country, in collaboration with CHAI Health Information staff
  • Review and ensure high quality surveillance and analytics guidelines and SOPs, M&E plans, lessons learned documents, and operational manuals
  • Oversee design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination of operational research projects related to surveillance, intervention effectiveness, and entomology
  • Support the development of country-led systems for conducting data analysis and leading surveillance related processes; ensure that activities for routine malaria surveillance are sustainable and tailored to meet countries’ needs as they approach malaria elimination

Team management and partner collaboration:

  • Directly manage, onboard, provide technical mentorship, supervision, guidance, and training to a small team of junior and mid-level epidemiologists based across the region
  • Work directly with country teams and governmental staff to better integrate epidemiological, entomological, and programmatic data use and analysis into routine programmatic activities at all levels of the health system
  • Cultivate and establish relationships with local academic institutions, NGOs (e.g. PSI, PATH), and regional organizations (e.g. WHO, APMEN) working on data analysis or surveillance to inform elimination goals, which may include management of contracts with external partners

Communication and knowledge management:

  • Manage and develop resources and best practices to share lessons across teams; synthesize and disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications
  • Represent CHAI at external technical meetings, acting as the face of the organization to academic/technical partners within the region, including via the dissemination of findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications
  • Participate in the formulation of grant proposals related to malaria surveillance and analytics in the GMS region when required
  • Review and/or contribute to the development of the technical sections of grant deliverables (power points, programmatic reports, scoping documents)
  • Any other tasks identified.

Qualifications

  • Masters in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field
  • 5+ years of work experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership, including management experience
  • Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems
  • Experience with designing, conducting, and analyzing epidemiological surveys
  • Experience in evaluating, working with, and strengthening disease surveillance systems
  • Experience in working and communicating with government officials and other external partners
  • Exceptional skills in the epidemiological analysis of health data and the application of analyses for decision-making
  • Statistical and geospatial analysis programming experience (including expertise with R, SAS, STATA, ArcGIS and/or other relevant software)
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications
  • Proficiency in report writing and other concise written communications
  • Ability to work independently in remote and unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges
  • Ability to collaborate and operate as part of a multi-cultural team
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to travel extensively (40-50% of time)
  • Fluency in English

Advantages:

  • Knowledge of malaria, NTD, and/or other major global infectious disease problems
  • Experience in programming and/or working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2), data collection tools (e.g. ODK) and/or data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau)
  • Experience working in fast-paced, output-oriented environments
  • Experience living or working in resource-limited settings
  • Experience living or working in Asia

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