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 Liberia Overview
In 2006, CHAI was the first international NGO to help Liberia’s government rebuild after a decade-long civil war in Liberia had killed an estimated 270,000 people, decimated the nations’ health infrastructure and hindered the country’s ability to deliver vital health and social services. The partnership between Liberia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and CHAI evolved from being HIV specific to addressing key healthcare challenges ranging from supply chain management, health workforce, and health financing, across various vertical programs including HIV, Maternal and Neonatal Health and Malaria. To date, the CHAI Liberia office has since helped the government achieve a nine-fold increase in HIV care and treatment and more than doubled access to a basic package of health care services.
Commencing in January 2018, CHAI Liberia will be initiating a Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) program to address some of the country’s more significant challenges. Liberia has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, and it has nearly doubled over the last two decades. The percentage of women using modern contraceptives remains low and women continue to have an unmet need for family planning. To address these challenges, CHAI will partner with the Liberian MOH’s Family Health Division (FHD) at the national level and with deeper engagement in seven target counties (Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Grand Kru, Rivercess, River Gee, Montserrado and Sinoe).
The Reproductive Health (RH) Clinical Mentor will be responsible to provide clinical mentorship to a wide range of medical and paramedical mentees, including facility-based health workers such as nurses, midwives, physician assistants, and community-based health workers such as traditional birth attendants and community health assistants. The Mentor will provide subject matter and clinical expertise on a wide spectrum of sexual, reproductive, maternal and neonatal health (SRMNH) topics, and build the capacity of mentees to deliver high-quality care. To ensure that an integrated approach is taken to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality across the country, the Mentor will also support the mentoring of health workers in auxiliary functions such as health information systems management, supply chain, advocacy and outreach, etc.; this will be carried out in association with the M&E and supply chain staff on the SRH Team.
S/he will work closely with other members of the CHAI Liberia SRH Team, relevant stakeholders centrally at the MOH, County Health Teams, health facilities and their health workers, external partners, and CHAI’s Global SRH Team. S/he will report directly to CHAI Liberia’s Country Director. The Mentor will be based in either Monrovia (Montserrado) or Sinoe, and cover facilities/mentees in a designated geographic region within the target counties. This position will require extensive, frequent travel, and time in the field to provide training and mentoring.