Clinton Health Access Initiative

Technical Specialist

Country
Namibia
Program (Division)
Women and Children's Health - Global Essential Medicines
Telecommute
No

Overview

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.

 

Oxygen Program:

 

Treatment for those experiencing acute respiratory distress requires oxygen therapy to support breathing. In the context of COVID-19, published data on the literature is all in agreement that COVID-19 patients require hospitalization, particularly those severe and critical cases, almost all of whom require oxygen therapy. In the absence of a proven therapeutic, medical oxygen and supportive respiratory care is a vital lifesaving intervention. The CHAI’s Oxygen Program aims at improving the capacity and infrastructure for sustainable oxygen delivery to both COVID-19 patients as immediate support and scale-up of oxygen therapy for broader respiratory diseases in the long run.

 

Technical Specialist Position:

 

CHAI seeks a highly motivated individual with strong problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills to work as a short-term Technical Specialist (Consultant) in Namibia. The Consultant will provide technical and operational guidance to the CHAI’s Oxygen team and other stakeholders, including support in coordinating relationships with key stakeholders in government, private sector partners, donors, and NGOs. This position is intended to support the Oxygen team in early program stages, with a range of programmatic needs.

Responsibilities

  • Lead on developing technical guidance documents and materials for oxygen systems application: supporting the Oxygen team 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 properly utilizing oxygen systems and pneumonia and hypoxemia diagnostic equipment.
  • Other responsibilities as requested.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in biomedical engineering or other areas closely related to engineering strongly preferred, plus 2-3 years of related work experience, with a focus on 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 and 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
  • Ability to develop and manage relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel at short notice

Advantages 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of oxygen systems and equipment and biomedical products, complemented by sound knowledge of the legal and regulatory aspects of medical devices 
  • Knowledge of health systems

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