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.
Several countries in the Mesoamerica region have committed to eliminate malaria by 2020. To reach this target, countries will need to rapidly detect and effectively treat infections, to identify and aggressively target areas where malaria transmission persists, and to coordinate efforts closely to ensure movements of people and parasites do not jeopardize success. Achievement of this goal across the region will bring the world one step closer to global malaria eradication. Over the past two and half years, CHAI has helped malaria programs make meaningful steps towards orienting their national strategic plans and systems towards malaria elimination by 2020. CHAI is supporting malaria programs in Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Haiti, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, and Belize to strengthen surveillance systems, devise targeted and evidence-based plans, successfully implement these plans and interventions, and scale-up interventions in high-risk and hard-to-reach populations.
Overview of role
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience to provide direct technical and operational support to National Malaria Programs from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Belize as they plan and execute effective programs for the last mile of malaria elimination and seek to sustain that achievement indefinitely. The Technical Advisor will work directly with Ministry of Health staff and their partners including the Pan American Health Organization to assess any remaining gaps to elimination, complete requirements for WHO certification, and strengthen and/or integrate case management and surveillance systems for long-term sustainability. The Technical Advisor will also manage an associate who will assist with these activities.
The successful candidate will work with a range of CHAI's operational and technical staff as well as diverse national stakeholders, and will therefore need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. He or she must be able to build and manage effective relationships, solve both technical and logistical challenges, and drive successful implementation while having a deep personal commitment to producing results. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.
The base location for this position will be Panama. This role requires travel to higher risk, remote regions with limited infrastructure and medical care.