The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
In 2005, CHAI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Malawi (GoM) to strengthen health systems in the most challenged districts, provide national support to HIV/AIDS drug pricing and programmatic work, support the pilot and scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) initiatives, expand access to ART for children, strengthen Malawi’s lab system, and scale-up an integrated nutrition program for children. CHAI’s support to Malawi has expanded to include Human Resources for Health (HRH), Vaccines (pneumococcal and rotavirus), and Health Financing, among other areas.
Malawi is experiencing a critical shortage of human resources of health (HRH), in particular in rural and hard-to-reach areas, with many facilities having less than two full-time nurse/midwives staffed per facility. Nurse/midwives are the primary providers of emergency obstetric care and family planning services, and therefore their insufficient numbers have a significant impact on the lives of patients, especially mothers and newborns.
The Human Resources for Health (HRH) Technical Advisor will play a critical role in a program to scale-up production of essential health workers (eg. nurses, midwives, and community health workers), increase deployment of health workers to high-need areas and improve retention of health workers in these areas. The program seeks to train and deploy over 2,000 new health workers by the end of 2018, making a significant impact on the availability of health workers, particularly nurse/midwives, in providing maternal and child health services in Malawi.
The HRH Technical Advisor will provide policy and technical leadership to the team implementing this large-scale HRH program, as well as supporting conceptualization of future program phases. The Technical Advisor will support the Ministry of Health in developing national policies and implementation plans, and utilizing evidence and best practices to make HRH policy decisions to ensure optimal use of limited resources to achieve high-impact change. The Technical Advisor will manage a range of partnerships with Ministry of Health and HRH stakeholders, provide guidance and oversight on policy development, and support translation of policy into actionable implementation plans. The Technical Advisor will also work closely with the Ministry of Health to develop models of optimal health worker distribution and deployment to high-need areas, and will provide oversight for operational research studies leading to data-informed policies. Finally, the Technical Advisor will carry out a range of grant management responsibilities.
The HRH Technical Advisor will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi with up to 25% travel in-country, and will report to the Senior Program Manager.
Working in close collaboration with the Government of Malawi’s Ministry of Health (MOH), the HRH Technical Advisor will: