Clinton Health Access Initiative

Senior Associate, Vaccine Markets

South Africa
Full Time
Program (Division)
Non Communicable Diseases - Vaccines Market Team
Additional Location Description
Nigeria. Flexibility of placement in other CHAI global locations or programmatic country pending country leadership approval.


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:


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.


Overview of CHAI’s Vaccines Program


To ensure all children have access to effective and affordable immunization, addressing the main causes of child mortality, CHAI’s Vaccines Markets Team works with vaccine manufacturers, Gavi and other global stakeholders to improve availability, affordability and diversity of supply for existing and future Gavi vaccines. In doing this, CHAI is applying the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment: improving market demand transparency for individual suppliers, and working closely with these suppliers to optimize their commercial, costing and pricing strategies in low and middle income markets. In doing so, this ensures the availability of vaccines at affordable yet commercially sustainable prices.  

The pandemic context has only reinforced the importance of CHAI’s Vaccines Markets team’s work.


The Vaccines Markets team is seeking a Senior Associate to support supplier- and partner-facing engagements, with a focus on the emerging vaccine manufacturing ecosystem in Africa and improving access to immunization for middle-income countries (MIC). The Senior Associate will lead the PMO for the MIC working group in support of the WHO Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030) and play a pivotal role in market-shaping efforts in the context of vaccine manufacturing on the African continent, incl. managing key supplier relationships and conducting business planning engagements. This will require extensive collaboration with CHAI’s vaccine delivery team, external partners (e.g., WHO, Gavi, BMGF, CEPI, Linksbridge, PAVM) and other members of the Vaccines Markets team.


We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical, strategic, communication and teamwork skills. The successful candidate will adhere to the core CHAI values of resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic. The Senior Associate will report to the Program Manager, Vaccine Markets Team. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop an understanding of global market dynamics and market shaping priorities to strengthen supply security and affordability of current and future priority vaccines
  • Generate analyses that strengthen the business case for vaccine affordability and availability (e.g., demand forecasts, uptake models and market access strategies; production development, cost reduction and manufacturing strategies)
  • Support the design and implementation of supplier engagement strategies
  • Cultivate relationships with key global health partners, donors and vaccine manufacturers
  • Co-lead and PMO the MIC working group under the umbrella of the WHO Immunization Agenda 2030 to advance access to immunization in Gavi-transitioning and Gavi-graduated countries and work with global and regional stakeholders to improve support to middle-income countries
  • Contribute to the development of market intelligence on middle-income markets and its dissemination to global health partners, investors and vaccine manufacturers
  • Contribute to local vaccine manufacturing and procurement efforts by providing analyses, sharing insight and technical know-how into various efforts (e.g., PAVM), incl. bilateral supplier engagements
  • Lead preparations of presentations, reports, and other analyses to inform global policy and increase the evidence base for high-impact interventions
  • Creatively scope and initiate projects that could contribute to further improving supply sustainability and accessibility of vaccines for low-income countries
  • Support the development of concept notes and new projects
  • Any other duties as required
  • 25-30% international travel time would be required once situation allows


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree with strong academic performance required
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in the private sector in a fast paced, results-oriented work environment (e.g., strategy consulting, pharmaceuticals, health financing)
  • Exceptional analytical, research and presentation skills for both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Clear strategic thinker with very strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent proficiency in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English with the ability to represent CHAI externally; fluency in other languages is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with individuals of varying levels of seniority
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and remote environment
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a high-performance, dynamic environment and handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Strong commitment to teamwork, team mission, and hard work


  • Advanced degree in Business, Finance, Bio-Medical sciences, Engineering, or other related disciplines
  • Experience in vaccines, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals
  • Prior knowledge or experience of global health partners within the vaccine ecosystem
  • Established network of contacts with vaccine manufacturers, multilaterals and other key global health stakeholders
  • Experience living and working in low-resource settings

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