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 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 approaches some of the most pressing issues in global health with a business-oriented strategy to fundamentally change the underlying economics. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for diagnosis and treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. By addressing global market failures and accelerating access to the most effective, high- quality health products at affordable and sustainable prices, CHAI helps patients access the care and treatment they need.
Despite the remarkable decline in HIV mortality over the last two decades, a frightening stagnation in reduction of HIV-related mortality globally is now occurring – and this is happening in spite of continuous improvements in antiretroviral (ART) coverage. South Africa continues to report significant rates of treatment-naive and treatment-experienced patients presenting to care with Advanced HIV Disease (AHD). In sub-Saharan Africa, more than a third of all people living with HIV (PLHIV) initiating ART have AHD, and approximately 10% die within the first three months of enrolment. Despite these vast numbers, the diagnostic tools, treatment, and preventative services required to address AHD are virtually non-existent in most low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), leading to high mortality rates.
Recognizing the challenges and gaps in meeting the needs of PLHIV suffering from advanced disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) has provided guidelines to countries on the package of interventions and services required to appropriately screen, optimally treat, and prevent AHD-related opportunistic infections (OIs). However, barriers on the supply- and demand-sides of the market mean the necessary commodities and services to diagnose and treat AHD-related OIs are largely unavailable in LMICs.
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with proven relationship management skills, excellent analytical ability and strong communication skills to play a key role in the Access to Medicines program in South Africa. The Associate will input to a growing CHAI team and will be expected to support the National Department of Health (NDoH) create and execute evidence-based plans and strategies. The Associate will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks, from quantitative analysis to collaborating with stakeholders. The Associate will work in close collaboration with the Program Manager to drive South Africa’s AHD efforts to accelerate affordable availability, introduction, and uptake of effective AHD commodities in South Africa. The role will be responsible for supporting the National Department of Health (NDoH) to develop strategies to adopt and rollout optimal diagnostic and treatment services for AHD. The associate will provide technical expertise to NDoH to generate evidence on effective implementation and uptake strategies, monitoring progress, and problem solving as needed, to achieve the ultimate project objective of catalyzing sustainable markets for AHD commodities.
The Associate must be able to function independently and have a strong commitment to excellence. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, humility, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. The Associate will be based in Pretoria, South Africa, and report to the Access to Medicine Program Manager.