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 Health Workforce Background:
A skilled health workforce is the backbone of every health system and therefore an essential precondition for progress toward universal health coverage (UHC). However, the WHO estimates that there is a global shortage of 17 million health workers, and the shortage is expected to further worsen in Africa and Southeast Asia by 2030. Although the workforce landscape in every country is unique, governments of most low-income countries face two major barriers to workforce scale-up: (1) Production constraints, namely the ability of national universities and schools to provide high quality pre-service training at scale for the cadres and specialties required to meet service delivery demands, and (2) Financing constraints, primarily but not limited to the capacity of the government to finance health workforce production, and salaries. As such, CHAI's Health Workforce Programs focus primarily on achieving transformative, long-term improvements in the quality and scale of pre-service education that are complemented by interventions to improve the financial and management sustainability of an expanded workforce.
CHAI assists governments to design, mobilize resources for and implement health workforce strategies that move beyond marginal improvements toward transformational changes in the quantity and composition of their workforce. Specifically, in many contexts, CHAI supports governments to develop health workforce strengthening programs that emphasize the following areas: 1) strengthening the capacity (faculty, infrastructure, management) of national training institutions, and 2) improving governments' capacity to optimally deploy, finance and manage their health workers.
CHAI currently has active health workforce programs in Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Zambia; a new program in Ethiopia will begin in 2018. CHAI's Health Workforce Program also collaborates with CHAI's Health Financing Program to promote integrated health systems thinking and practice at CHAI.
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with a passion for information-based decision making, a commitment to capacity building and strong analytical skills to support monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) for CHAI health systems programs across multiple countries. This individual will be responsible for supporting CHAI teams in Liberia, Ethiopia, and other countries as needed on tasks including: theory of change development, M&E systems design, data collection tool and protocol development, data collection, management and analysis for both quantitative and qualitative data, and preparation of dissemination materials and manuscripts. In addition the Associate will support cross-cutting M&E functions across CHAI's health systems programs and CHAI broadly, including but not limited to: the development and use of a M&E framework for CHAI's Health Workforce Programs across countries; technical input to CHAI health systems country teams throughout the project lifecycle, including proposal development; lesson sharing across vertical and country-based programs with respect to M&E and health systems; and, ad hoc requests for light touch technical advice from other CHAI programs.
The desired candidate will work across several country programs and will have additional cross-cutting responsibilities, and so must be able to multi-task effectively and have significant experience providing technical support to teams. The ideal candidate would be highly familiar with key health systems strengthening concepts and approaches, and would be up-to-speed in M&E theories and techniques. This position will report to the CHAI Global Health Workforce Team Associate Director.
The role will involve travel up to 60% and can be based in the United States or any of several CHAI program countries in Africa, pending leadership approval.
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