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.
Every year over 300,000 mothers die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth with 99% of all maternal deaths occurring in the developing world. Unintended pregnancies also contribute significantly to maternal mortality. In developing countries, 214 million women and girls have an unmet need for contraception, meaning they want to avoid or postpone pregnancy but are not using a modern contraceptive method. CHAI takes an integrated Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health (SRMNH) approach to addressing these challenges, beginning with reaching adolescents with reproductive health education and services, and continues with supporting women through their reproductive years to ensure every woman is able to realize her reproductive intentions including: avoid unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, terminate a pregnancy safely under a country’s legal framework, have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth, see her newborn thrive from birth to childhood, and space and limit births.
To reduce maternal and neonatal mortality at childbirth CHAI focuses on averting preventable deaths that can occur in the 24- to 48-hour window around the birth process by building the health system’s capabilities to prevent potential complications from becoming life-threatening, to apply proven and simple interventions to ensure survival, and to quickly refer cases to the appropriate health system level for proper treatment. To reduce unintended pregnancies and increase access to safe abortion services, CHAI aims to increase access to essential reproductive health products and services in partnership with governments by pursuing global and country-focused market-shaping opportunities and in-country engagement around guidelines, registration, tendering, procurement and service delivery. In addition, CHAI aims to strengthen government health systems and build the capabilities of ministries of health to deliver robust, integrated reproductive health programs and to counsel adolescent girls and young women on SRH.
Underlying CHAI’s approach is the development of effective, government-led management systems that serve as the backbone towards facilitating program implementation, supports transition and enables governments to sustain progress, while also providing for the continued growth and evolution of a country’s SRMNH program. In particular, clear protocols for each level of the health system and routine data collection mechanisms that monitor key indicators are established and strengthened to enable managers to ensure clarity of roles and responsibilities, develop data-based long-term plans, pinpoint weaknesses in the system and troubleshoot challenges.
CHAI’s Global SRH Team is seeking a highly motivated individual with superior problem-solving and communication skills who is resourceful, collaborative, and proficient in quantitative analysis to support the programmatic efforts of CHAI’s SRH program in the West and Central Africa region. The candidate must have a passion for results and a commitment to excellence.
The candidate should have experience working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment and functioning independently with minimal guidance. The role will provide support to multiple CHAI country teams across the West and Central Africa region to improve sexual, reproductive health service delivery. Therefore, the candidate must have excellent relationship-building and communication skills and ability to work effectively with others remotely.
The position will support country teams to remain abreast of global best practices and evidence related to SRH and to translate this information into improvements in country-specific programs and approaches. The role will be expected to work collaboratively with country teams to design programs, identify country-specific opportunities for improving SRH service delivery, document and evaluate progress, and communicate lessons learned. In addition the this position will support country teams to design and conduct analyses that inform program strategy, monitor and evaluate program progress toward milestones, and develop and implement data-driven systems for performance management. This role requires that the candidate be flexible to respond to the changing needs and priorities of the programs in each country.
CHAI is seeking a qualified candidate to support the program needs across West and Central Africa (Nigeria, DRC, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia). The Global SRH Senior Associate will be responsible for supporting CHAI’s efforts in one of these three regions. The Senior Associate will report to the Global SRH Program Manager. Base location is flexible, with a strong preference for a CHAI country in West or Central Africa. Expected travel is 40%.
Specific responsibilities of the Global SRH Senior Associate will include:
Program Strategy and Management
Program Monitoring and Evaluation