Gracias a Dios Associate

Honduras
Type
Full Time
Business Unit
Access Programs - Global Malaria

Overview

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.  

 

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

 

Overview of role

 

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a part of its Honduras Malaria Team supporting the Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Program to plan and execute effective programs in the Gracias a Dios Region of Honduras. Over the past two years, CHAI has rapidly engaged in the country and helped them make meaningful steps towards orienting their national strategic plans and systems towards historic elimination by 2020. This position will work as a part of CHAI’s Honduras team to design, implement, and monitor and evaluate CHAI-supported elimination-focused interventions and help support their scale up on the regional level.

 

The candidate must be able to work independently to drive implementation and have deep personal commitment to producing results. A successful candidate will be highly motivated and hard working with exceptional, organizational, problem-solving, and communication skills.

 

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

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with regional health partners, local authorities from Gracias a Dios, and CHAI Honduras team to monitor and evaluate the progress of projects related to the strengthening of the surveillance system
    • Work with regional partners and the CHAI team to coordinate activities outlined in the Regional Operational Plan to expand diagnostic coverage
    • Attend meetings related to compilation of epidemiological, operational and financial data for project evaluation
    • Make regular visits to Community Health Workers (CHW) to provide supervision and support, as well as identify challenges and potential bottlenecks to be addressed by CHAI team and technical partners
    • Manage and supervise the project and logistics at the regional level
    • Strengthen, monitor and evaluate vector control interventions
  • Provide technical assistance to regional partners in areas such as surveillance, supply chain management, and operational planning
  • Identify key impediments to the successful execution of malaria elimination plans and work with the CHAI country malaria team and other partners to develop solutions to rapidly address those bottlenecks
  • Compile inputs and draft necessary presentations/reports for internal stakeholders and donors
  • Provide program and operations updates for progress reports and best practice sharing
  • Serve as a trusted adviser to the regional level Ministry of Health staff on malaria elimination
  • Represent CHAI in partners meetings as needed
  • Proactively develop and maintain strong working relationships with regional health staff in involved in malaria elimination
  • Proactively develop and maintain strong working relationships with local community authorities
  • This role requires travel to remote regions with limited infrastructure and basic services
  • Other responsibilities as needed by the team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 3 - 5 years of work experience
  • Strong problem solving skills and analytical capabilities
  • Detail-oriented with strong organization skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently
  • Experience living and working in Central America
  • Experience living and working in resource-limited areas
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Strong work ethic, integrity, credibility, and dedication to CHAI's mission
  • Ability to be effective, calm, and flexible in high-pressure situations, to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and to effectively prioritize
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Must be fluent in Spanish; with a professional-level proficiency in English
  • Must be comfortable traveling in boats and on the open sea

 

Advantages

  • Experience executing successful health projects in developing countries, ideally malaria-specific projects
  • Experience developing database systems and using statistical software for data analysis
  • Experience working with governments and institutions from Latin America
  • Experience in working with malaria and/or other infectious diseases
  • Driver's license

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