The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to our mission of saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries. We work at the invitation of governments to support them and the private sector to create and sustain high-quality health systems.
CHAI was founded in 2002 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic with the goal of dramatically reducing the price of life-saving drugs and increasing access to these medicines in the countries with the highest burden of the disease. Over the following two decades, CHAI has expanded its focus. Today, along with HIV, we work in conjunction with our partners to prevent and treat infectious diseases such as COVID-19, malaria, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Our work has also expanded into cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other non-communicable diseases, and we work to accelerate the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, reduce maternal and child mortality, combat chronic malnutrition, and increase access to assistive technology. We are investing in horizontal approaches to strengthen health systems through programs in human resources for health, digital health, and health financing. With each new and innovative program, our strategy is grounded in maximizing sustainable impact at scale, ensuring that governments lead the solutions, that programs are designed to scale nationally, and learnings are shared globally.
At CHAI, our people are our greatest asset, and none of this work would be possible without their talent, time, dedication and passion for our mission and values. We are a highly diverse team of enthusiastic individuals across 40 countries with a broad range of skillsets and life experiences. CHAI is deeply grounded in the countries we work in, with majority of our staff based in program countries. Learn more about our exciting work: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
CHAI Health Workforce Background:
A skilled health workforce is the backbone of every health system and therefore an essential precondition for progress toward universal health coverage (UHC). However, WHO estimates a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low- and lower-middle income countries. The chronic under-investment in education and training of health workers in some countries and the mismatch between education and employment strategies in relation to health systems and population needs are contributing to continuous shortages. These are compounded by difficulties in deploying health workers to rural, remote, and underserved areas. CHAI assists governments to develop their health workforce by enhancing their capacity to train highly qualified health workers and by strengthening national systems to finance, deploy, and manage those health workers.
CHAI’s approach to national heath workforce strengthening emphasizes three strategies:
(i) improving the quality and strategically increasing the scale of education for health workers,
(ii) expanding and optimizing health workforce financing, and
(iii) providing technical assistance to governments to strengthen their overall health workforce planning and management systems.
Two key principles guide CHAI’s approach to workforce development. The first is focusing on the right kind of health workers—from community health workers to midwives, nurses, health managers, general physicians, and medical specialists—based on national need and service delivery objectives. CHAI’s approach also emphasizes sustainability by building the institutional capacity of the schools and universities where health workers are trained, training new generations of health professions educators, and developing systems and individual capabilities within governments to better plan and manage their own health workforce.
CHAI’s health workforce programs vary by country, as they reflect the major barriers and opportunities to workforce development in that specific context, as well as the priorities of the host government. Currently, CHAI is focused on health workforce programming in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The government of Rwanda has developed the National Strategy for Health Professions Development (NSHPD) 2020-2030, a 10-year plan to strengthen and expand the Rwandan health workforce though improved and expanded pre-service training. The strategy outlines national health workforce targets for 37 cadres of providers, and the necessary inputs to training institutions to scale up enrollment and graduation to meet those targets. The government has created a Human Resources for Health Secretariat (HRHS) to manage implementation of the strategy. The HRH Secretariat works in close collaboration with the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CHMS) across its five schools at the University of Rwanda (UR), the private universities, the clinical teaching sites, and the professional councils to implement the strategy. The HRH Secretariat has requested CHAI’s support in the implementation of the NSHPD and that in different areas.
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical skills to assist the Deputy Executive Secretary of the HRHS in the implementation of the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan of the NSHPD. The M&E Technical Advisor for the National Strategy for Health Professional Development (NSHPD) should have excellent planning, management, writing, analytical, organizational, communication and cultural sensitivity skills.
The desired candidate has a background in medicine, as well as demonstrated experience leading a large and complex work stream. Although categorized as a “Technical Advisor,” this role is not limited to advising and will be responsible for co-producing many of the deliverables related to the implementation of the M&E system, including collecting and analyzing data, and writing reports and developing presentations as needed. Successful candidates must have a passion for results, a commitment to excellence, and a demonstrated capacity to work effectively in high pressure situations and able to adapt to fast paced and changing environments internally and externally.
This position will work in direct support of the Deputy Executive Secretary of the HRHS while formally reporting to the CHAI Rwanda Health Workforce Program Manager. This position is based at the office of the HRHS in Kigali, Rwanda with some national travels.
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