Clinton Health Access Initiative

Epidemiologist, Senior Research Associate, Global Analytics

United States
Full Time
Program (Division)
Infectious Disease - Global Malaria
Additional Location Description
Preference is for this role to be based in a CHAI program country pending 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.


CHAI’s global malaria and neglected tropical disease (NTD) program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their programs and reduce the burden of preventable, treatable diseases. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards elimination of malaria and NTDs in the long term.


Overview of role


CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as an Epidemiologist, Senior Research Associate helping government programs make high-impact, resource-efficient decisions and build systems to eliminate malaria and NTDs in endemic countries across Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia. This position will be responsible for providing technical assistance on a wide range of analytics for strategic program planning, monitoring, and evaluation of surveillance, case management practices, and interventions. This role will lead or support design, implementation, and dissemination of operational research, conduct statistical and geospatial analysis to answer specific questions and understand disease patterns, and effectively communicate outcomes to enable governments to use results to make decisions. The base location for this role can be any CHAI country contingent on Country Director approval.


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


  • Organize, clean, manage, and integrate different types of datasets, including epidemiological, demographic, intervention, and geospatial data;
  • Design and conduct statistical and spatial analyses (descriptive analyses, regressions and other relevant methods), and interpret results to evaluate effectiveness of current interventions, understand disease patterns, and inform strategic and operational planning;
  • Lead or provide technical guidance and thought partnership on the implementation of operational research projects related to surveillance, intervention effectiveness, and entomology, including question development and prioritization, formulation of research protocols, study design, sample size calculation, formulating and digitizing data collection tools, data validation and cleaning, biostatistical methodology, and data visualization;
  • Provide technical guidance and thought partnership on the design and routine implementation of monitoring and evaluation of CHAI and governmental programs, and analyze M&E indicators to inform progress;
  • Synthesize and disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and scientific publications;
  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with relevant CHAI team members, academic institutions, and other partners;
  • Contextualize analytics work through review and synthesis of peer-reviewed and grey literature;
  • Document and apply lessons learned, formulate training materials, and lead individual or group trainings when requested to promote integration of analytics and data use with routine programmatic activities;
  • Any other tasks required.


  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, or related quantitative discipline;
  • Minimum of 4 years of professional experience;
  • Proficiency in biostatistics with meticulous data management skills and strong statistical and geospatial analysis programming experience (R, SAS, STATA, ArcGIS, QGIS and/or other relevant software);
  • End-to-end experience designing and conducting analysis for epidemiological analysis or surveys, including sampling design, data collection, validation and cleaning, running analysis, and dissemination;
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;
  • 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);
  • Enthusiasm for applying research methods effectively to solve complex global health problems, including adopting innovative quantitative and qualitative approaches using surveillance data;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, and 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, and ability to collaborate, communicate, and operate as part of a multicultural team;
  • Strong work ethic, integrity, credibility, and dedication to CHAI’s mission
  • Experience working in an international context and/or entrepreneurial environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a sense of urgency and timeliness;
  • Willingness to travel extensively (up to 50%).


  • Knowledge of malaria, NTDs, and/or other major global infectious disease problems;
  • Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations;
  • Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis;
  • French, Spanish, and/or Portuguese language skills.

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