Senior Associate, Integrated Child Health

Country
Uganda
City
Kampala
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Country Teams

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.

 

Despite substantial improvements in child health in Uganda since 1990, the country’s under-five mortality rate is still high at 90 per 1000 live births in 2011. 60% of preventable deaths among children in Uganda are caused by malaria (25%), pneumonia (19%), or diarrhoea (17%). An estimated 85,000 children die annually from these diseases due to lack of timely access to appropriate, lifesaving treatment.

 

The Uganda Reproductive Maternal, New-born and Child Health Sharpened Plan 2013 and investment case reflects Government of Uganda renewed commitment to end maternal and child deaths. In an attempt to improve access to essential medicines and services, Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) for the treatment of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea through use of village health teams was adopted as a national strategy in 2010.

 

Government of Uganda distributes lifesaving commodities free of charge through the public health system, yet frequent stock-outs of essential and life-saving medicines and commodities have been a critical factor hampering child health services. Over the years, however, absolute funding for medicines has increased and efforts have been put on training of health care workers at all levels of care, support to National Medical Stores (NMS) and Joint Medical Store (JMS) to improve their business processes, management information systems and enterprise resource plans and expansion of storage capacity.

 

Tools for promoting rational use of medicines like the Essential Medicines List and the Uganda clinical guidelines have been updated and are available in more than 90% of facilities. Efforts need to be redoubled to support harmonization of procurement and management systems, coordination and rationalization of their use, and strengthening NMS. Working with the private sector to overcome barriers such as high costs, proper formulation and packaging of these commodities is also critical.

 

Position Overview

The Senior Associate will work closely with the CHAI Integrated Child Health (ICH) team to provide technical assistance to CHAI’s partners, notably the NMS, JMS and the Ministry of Health (MOH). The jobholder will provide analytic support to the ICH programs in both public and private work streams, combined with programmatic effort to the public sector work stream.

 

The Senior Associate will report to the ICH Associate Director and will work closely with the MOH, JMS and NMS to identify and address key bottlenecks to assuring availability of essential medicines and commodities for the effective diagnosis and management of leading childhood illnesses at service delivery levels.

Responsibilities

Key Responsibility Areas:

  1. Provide ongoing technical assistance to program teams in the ICH unit to deliver analytical outputs to a very high standard, which can be used as the evidence base for advocacy, engagement and resource mobilization. Outputs/Deliverables will be based on specified program needs and agreed upon on an ongoing basis.
  2. Provide technical assistance to the MOH and NMS to follow up ICCM integration into the national supply chain with focus on provision of technical guidance on ICCM distribution plans, quantification metrics for VHT kits and sharing of specified information and trends with the ICCM Technical Working Group
  3. Provide technical assistance to the MOH and NMS to follow up EM Kit planning processes, EM Kit fulfillment and uptake of recommendations by health facilities and develop information briefs for sharing with NMS & MOH Pharmacy Division
  4. Monitor volumes of priority essential medicines distributed in the public and private sectors by analyzing issues and stock status data from NMS and JMS and providing defined metrics and trends in reports generated on a periodic basis to inform ongoing performance improvement
  5. Support ad hoc requests (which are aligned with the objectives of the ICH program) for technical support by NMS and JMS to address improvements in operational efficiency such as tool development, database development and data use
  6. Provide technical support to the MOH to design and implement a regional oxygen distribution pilot program in collaboration with a selected regional referral hospital, including development of a generic quantification model for regional distribution of oxygen
  7. Work with the CHAI global team, local distributors and the MOH to support global market shaping activities to ensure sufficient availability of oxygen cylinders, pulse oximeters and related equipment in higher level facilities
  8. As and when required, support ICH business development initiatives and business case development through extraction of information from existing databases and analysis of data. Identify funding opportunities and support the government in preparing the required business cases and funding applications.
  9. Support engagement and representation activities including participation in designated technical working group and technical committee meetings at the national level as specified by supervisor
  10. Any other duties as may be required

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, plus at least 2 years relevant work experience in a demanding results driven environment
  • First-hand experience in at least one of the following areas: supply chain, project management, business consulting or strategic planning
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Exceptional project management skills, high level of organization and good attention to detail
  • Exceptional analytical (qualitative and quantitative) and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Ability to work independently, self-motivate and propose and implement new initiatives
  • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity, and problem solve in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
  • Public Health Experience in developing countries
  • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations, to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and set priorities
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information

 

 Advantages:

  • Masters’ degree in Public Health, Public Administration or Business Management
  • Fluency in geo-mapping software (e.g., CartoDB), supply chain modelling software (e.g., HERMES)
  • Experience designing and conducting operational research

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