Clinton Health Access Initiative

Senior Technical Associate, Essential Medicines

United States
Full Time
Program (Division)
Women and Children's Health - Global Essential Medicines
Additional Location Description
Flexible for CHAI Program Countries depending on 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 strengthen 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.


Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has launched an ambitious effort to scale-up access to treatment for diarrhea and pneumonia, which combined, kill over 1.5 million children every year. Working with the governments of five high-burden countries and leading global institutions, CHAI’s Essential Medicines team is supporting intensified efforts at both global and country levels to plan, resource, and implement effective interventions for scaling-up access to treatment for these conditions – specifically zinc and ORS for diarrhea, and amoxicillin and oxygen for pneumonia. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Essential Medicines team has expanded its oxygen work to over 20 countries, supporting pandemic response efforts while strengthening long-term oxygen systems planning.


CHAI is seeking a Senior Technical Associate to provide technical and operational guidance to the Essential Medicines team, CHAI country teams, and other stakeholders as needed on the relevant supply mix to scale up access to oxygen—including support in the selection, installation, and operational aspects of respiratory care equipment—and to coordinate relationships with key stakeholders in government, private sector partners, donors, and NGOs. Through rigorous analysis, the STA will work alongside program teams in a collaborative manner on high-impact strategies in program countries, in a globally complex landscape. This position is intended to support several country teams that are at various stages of implementation, with a range of programmatic needs. The level of responsibility for execution will vary, from research/drafting of materials to coordination of activities, to implementation support.


Please note that the location for this position is flexible and can be based in any CHAI Program Countries depending on Country Leadership approval.


  • Lead on the development of technical guidance documents and materials for oxygen systems application: supporting CHAI and MOH on technical design, development, production and use of oxygen equipment and ancillary system needs.
  • Guide stakeholders to address the system planning, technology selection, specification requirements, procurement, distribution, maintenance, and asset management for proper utilization of oxygen systems and pneumonia and hypoxemia diagnostic equipment.
  • Provide responses to technical inquiries on oxygen commodities from key internal and external stakeholders. Provide support in the development of SOPs on the use of equipment and devices including, maintenance.
  • Uphold organizational quality assurance requirements in the procurement of goods and services, and support CHAI teams to provide similar advice to Ministries of Health.
  • Research and review technical dossiers of component suppliers and original equipment manufacturers.
  • Assist with market landscaping through market analysis, collating market intelligence, and conducting research.
  • Stay informed on emerging technology and research developments in the field, both nationally and internationally, and disseminate this information to broader team.
  • Other responsibilities as requested.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in biomedical engineering or other areas closely related to engineering strongly preferred, plus 3-5 years related work experience, with a focus of working in developing countries, preferably spanning engineering (e.g., design, production) as well as commercial (e.g., product strategies, sales) areas of the private sector.
  • Familiarity with medical device quality management systems, including IMDRF countries’ regulatory frameworks and requirements as well as standards compliance, for the development, testing, production, and continued QA/QC of medical devices.
  • An ability to quickly understand new technology and complexities in its design, manufacturing, and usage is a must for this position.
  • Experience and confidence working in a dynamic environment with a variety of stakeholders in external agencies, government partners, and Ministries of Health.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write in a clear and concise manner and draft technical advice and guidance taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders and partners.
  • Proven negotiating and interpersonal skills with senior leaders and external stakeholders - with ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and resolve issues in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics – diplomacy, tact and courtesy hold paramount.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently, self-motivate, and propose new initiatives.
  • Strong desire to work in a fast-paced, limited-structure, high-pressure, multicultural environment.
  • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations handle competing priorities.
  • Ability to rapidly absorb and synthesize a broad range of information, including technical information.

Advantageous Experience/Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of oxygen systems and equipment and biomedical products, complemented by sound knowledge of the legal and regulatory aspects of medical devices recognized by regional and international professional networks.
  • Knowledge of health systems.
  • Knowledge of French and/or Spanish.

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