Clinton Health Access Initiative

Program Manager, Immunization

Country
Democratic Republic of Congo
City
La Gombe, Kinshasa
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Democratic Republic of Congo

Overview

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 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.

Program and Position Overview:

CHAI had been supporting the MOH in introducing and accelerating the new vaccine’s introduction (NVI) and as part of Gavi funding, CHAI will help the DRC's Ministry of Health to introduce the new malaria vaccine. CHAI DRC is also receiving substantial funding from Gavi as part of project 090-2022-GAVI-RFP - Domestic Financing for Immunization in targeted provinces.

 

To continue CHAI's strong support to the National Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), CHAI DRC is looking to hire a program manager tosupport the EPI in the early NVI implementation and continuous technical assistance at national and sub-national levels.


The PM will be based in Kinshasa and report to Senior Program Manager Malaria and work under CHAI DRC country Director guidance, and in coordination with National EPI program to deliver intended activities.

Responsibilities

  • Support government partners with planning, analytics, problem-solving and implementing of their new vaccines introduction (NVI) strategy
  • Facilitate monitoring, evaluation and analysis for continuous program adaptation and improvement
  • Ensure the documentation of activities and outcomes to create replicable models and policy advocacy documents
  • Support the country to conduct micro-planning, including digital micro-planning, as required
  • Support the country to update phased introduction strategies based on vaccine supply allocated to the country following the Gavi vaccine funding application
  • Under the guidance of the malaria vaccine technical working group (TWG) and the respective MoH, conduct and disseminate research (knowledge, attitudes and practices studies, demand assessments etc.) to inform vaccine introduction planning
  • Develop malaria vaccine program training materials and conduct trainings (or support a training plan / program) aimed at all levels of the health system
  • Provide support for development and implementation of plans for comprehensive vaccine management, with strategies to reduce wastage and stock-outs
  • Support MoH to develop and/or maintain mechanisms for National Malaria Control Programs (NMCP) and EPI coordination at national and sub-national levels, including routinely reviewing roles and responsibilities of these mechanisms (and their membership) to align with the evolving needs of the malaria vaccine program
  • Develop and strengthen vaccine platforms to reach children at new contact points in the routine immunization schedule
  • Provide support for development and implementation of risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) plans to promote vaccine confidence, including development of relevant Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials
  • Develop or adapt monitoring procedures and tools to suit the malaria vaccine program needs
  • Support the MoH to plan and conduct supportive supervision with the aim of continuous improvement of the program,
  • Document and disseminate lessons learnt from the program to inform scale-up to other sub-national areas of the country
  • Perform basic finance and admin functions as needed, especially related to activities, under the guidance of the Finance Manager
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Deputy Country Director and or Country Director

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a public health
  • At least ten years of work experience within a demanding and results-driven environment
  • Fluent in French (oral and written), good comprehension of English and DRC national languages
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to think strategically and in a change-oriented manner
  • Entrepreneurial ability to work quickly and effectively with minimal supervision
  • Sensitivity to cultural contexts
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines and to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information
  • Strong leadership and diplomacy skills, able to build relationships and influence stakeholders
  • Proven track record working in challenging multi-stakeholder environments with willingness to adapt in unpredictable environment
  • Excellent attitude to the work and self-motivated persona
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Advantages:

  • Medical degree and/or additional master’s degree in related discipline 
  • Experience in healthcare, and knowledge of the DRC Health System

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