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 works in close partnership with country governments as well as with implementing partners and other major stakeholders to identify the key obstacles to access and scale-up of essential health services, and to develop sustainable strategies to overcome them. To do this, CHAI applies diverse approaches and skills, beyond the ones traditionally used in global health, including those from the private sector.
CHAI is driven by its mission and a set of values that are integral to its work.
Overview of CHAI's Vaccines program
Immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions in history. National immunization programs reach >100 million infants every year and have averted globally two to three million deaths every year since the launch of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) in 1974, whilst the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and rotavirus vaccines could save ~1 million lives per year. Furthermore, great advances in discovering and financing new vaccines provides a great opportunity for countries to further reduce burden of disease, such as human papillomavirus (HPV). Despite these successes, 1.5 million children still die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases, many of them in low-income countries, as immunization programs there face unprecedented challenges, such as unsustainable resources and phasing out of substantial Gavi financial support, insufficient and under-performing health managers and workers to handle new and complex vaccines, and lack of alignment between evidence of need and government priorities.
In 2010, CHAI launched a vaccine program to reduce mortality and morbidity from vaccine preventable diseases by improving access to immunization services through national immunization programs. Since then, CHAI has become a core partner in the immunization space and is pursuing five complementary strategic objectives:
CHAI's vaccine program very closely supports the national immunization programs in ten focus countries - Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda – and also engages with global stakeholders such as Gavi, WHO and UNICEF to inform global policies and practices.
We are seeking an Associate/ Senior Associate to join the Global Vaccines Delivery team and support CHAI's work in strengthening immunization management systems, supporting Gavi transitioning countries, and service delivery globally and across its focus countries.
We are seeking a motivated individual with superior analytic, problem-solving, and cross-cultural communication skills. The candidate should be particularly strong at presenting data and messages powerfully through written documents and presentations; working collaboratively in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment; and functioning independently with minimal guidance.
For the first 6-8 months, this role will involve providing support to three areas of work: strengthen immunization management systems, support successful transition from Gavi support, and improve service delivery. During this time, the Associate will work closely with other Global Vaccines Delivery team members to develop and shape CHAI’s strategy while supporting specific countries to implement related in-country work. After this initial phase and upon discussion with managers, the successful candidate will become a technical lead of one of the three areas of work in which to continue strategy implementation and in-country support.
This role has flexibility to be based in a CHAI program country, pending country team leadership approval.
Key responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to:
1) Provide strategic and programmatic support for the design and implementation of in-country work, which will dramatically improve immunization management systems, Gavi transition and service delivery
2) Inform national and global practices and policies related to immunization systems management, Gavi transition, and service delivery
3) Support the development of CHAI's vaccines program, in collaboration with program and country leadership
4) Support program and grant management, in collaboration with program and country leadership