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Regional Finance Associate

Regional Finance Associate

Country 
Panama
City 
Panama City
Type 
Full Time
Business Unit 
Access Programs - Global Malaria
Additional Location Description 
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Overview

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment 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 Regional Malaria Finance Associate to help ensure that malaria programs in Central America and Hispaniola have the resources they need to achieve historic regional malaria elimination by 2020. In particular, the Associate will help countries in the region prepare at a national policy and planning level for a potential innovative financing effort that would use a mixture of grants and loans to fill remaining resource needs. Areas of support to government programs will include, but are not limited to: strategic planning and costing of national or regional plans; conducting cost optimization analysis for specific interventions; and working with country governments and donors to improve financial and program management. Identified work locations include Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama in 2017, with the possibility of additional travel to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic in 2018.

 

The Associate will bring outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills, and the Associate must be able to work independently and have deep personal commitment to producing results. No background in finance is required, but the Associate also will be expected to be fluent in Excel. Most of all, this position requires resourcefulness, tenacity, patience, humility, and high ethical standards.

Responsibilities

  • Work with national malaria staff and CHAI country teams to optimize and cost national malaria program strategies through building Excel-based budget models;
  • Conduct costing and financial analyses to identify resource gaps, prioritize activities based on cost-effectiveness, and develop new funding proposals in collaboration with national governments;
  • Support governments to meet Global Fund requests and satisfy grant application and implementation requirements for access and distribution of funding for malaria, including budget development and re-programming, quarterly work planning and budgeting at sub-national level, and performance reporting;
  • Identify key financial management impediments to programmatic goals and work with donors and country governments to devise targeted solutions to address them;
  • Build strong relationships with stakeholders across government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector
  • Draft presentations and reports for internal and external stakeholders related to malaria financing work in target countries;
  • Coordinate meetings and facilitate knowledge sharing between government programs and partner organizations in the region to ensure coordination;
  • Provide program updates for donor reporting and best practice sharing;
  • This role requires travel to remote regions with limited infrastructure and medical care; and
  • Other responsibilities as needed.

Qualifications

  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Policy, Public Health, or related field
  • 2+ years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in management consulting or another relevant field
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated excellent analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to oversee multiple work streams simultaneously, to set priorities, and to work independently and flexibly with a strong commitment to excellence in high-pressure situations
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships in a challenging multicultural environment
  • Ability for substantial travel up to 50% of the time on average, with intermittent periods of up to 80% travel to potential work locations, including: Belize, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Haiti, Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala

Advantages:

  • Fluent in French
  • Master's degree in Business, Policy, Public Health, or related field
  • Experience working and communicating with government officials, multilateral organizations, or development donors
  • Experience living or working in resource-limited countries
  • Experience working remotely with a decentralized team
  • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems is not required, but can be helpful

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