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 is seeking a highly-motivated, resourceful individual to support the operations of the Global SRH Team. As the SRH program expands, additional support is needed to maintain strong communication, plan meetings, maintain team knowledge and information systems, develop donor reports, and respond to other operational, programmatic and administrative needs. The candidate should have superior communication and organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail. The candidate should also be able to work well independently and with minimal oversight and be able to take initiative without significant direction. The position has a flexible base location, with a preference for a base location in a CHAI country in Africa, and will report to the Global SRH Program Director.
Specific responsibilities of the Global SRH Coordinator will include: