Clinton Health Access Initiative

Scientific and Ethical Review Committee Member

United States
Volunteer, Local
Program (Division)
Analytics and Implementation Research
Additional Location Description
This opportunity is open to CHAI staff across the organization.


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:

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 SERC:


CHAI’s Scientific and Ethical Review Committee (SERC) is responsible for conducting an independent review of all human research conducted or supported by the organization to maintain the highest ethical and scientific standards within the organization. In addition to possessing the technical competence to review human research activities, members of the committee are trained to support CHAI researchers and promote ethical principles governing human research and standards of professional conduct and practice. SERC tracks the documentation and progress of all human research studies, Institutional Review Boards (IRB) approvals, and protocol deviations within the organization.


Overview of Reviewer Role:


SERC is currently comprised of 28 members and is seeking to add up to two new members. SERC members work to protect the participants in CHAI studies and evaluations and ensure that CHAI’s resources are being appropriately used to conduct the most rigorous work possible. SERC provides a thorough technical review of studies, determines whether the work constitutes engagement in human research for CHAI, advises teams on questions related to research ethics, and provides ad hoc guidance around submission to IRBs. Reviewers work together in pairs to review each protocol and are asked to return their feedback to teams within 10 days. On average, SERC members review 3-4 studies per year. There is a monthly call, when necessary, typically one hour a month at 8am or 9am EDT. Travel is not expected, and relocation is not required. This is an unpaid professional development opportunity open to CHAI staff.


How to Apply:

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. Interested staff are encouraged to email their resume and a brief explanation of their interest to the Global Talent Acquisition Team at Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed twice a year in May and October by the SERC team; we encourage interested staff to email us by May 1, 2024. If you meet the qualifications, you will be contacted by a member of the committee to schedule a call to learn more about the opportunity.


  • SERC members will assist investigators in determining whether an activity engages CHAI in human research.
  • Participate in monthly calls with committee to discuss protocols reviewed over the past month and be prepared to present their protocol reviews during these calls.
  • Provide input on the role of SERC within CHAI.
  • Provide input on the CHAI policy and the webinar once a year.

If an activity engages CHAI in human research, a reviewer will:

  • Provide feedback about the appropriateness of the research aims, study design, data collection procedures, data analysis, and results dissemination.
  • Assist investigators with identifying an appropriate local and/or external IRB, as needed, to review human research and facilitate connection between the CHAI investigator and external IRB.
  • Support communication between investigators and IRBs as needed.
  • Respond to additional ethical issues that may arise from CHAI agents.
  • Determine whether clinical trial registration is required.
  • Ensure that study teams are aware that any drugs or medical devices purchased by CHAI for use in their study comply with CHAI’s Quality Policy.
  • Ensure that study teams have considered the impact of COVID-19 on their protocol and taken the appropriate precautions to protect the safety of participants and data collectors.

If an activity engages CHAI but is not human research, a reviewer will:

  • Provide feedback about the appropriateness of plans for the design, data collection procedures, data analysis, and results dissemination.


  • Currently employed at CHAI
  • Experience with research process from start to finish, including writing protocols, IRB submissions, developing study tools, conducting, and supervising data collection, data management/quality, analysis, and dissemination


  • MPH or advanced degree 
  • 5+ years’ experience in quantitative/qualitative research methods

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