• Research Associate, Surveillance and Analytics, East/West/Central Africa

    Country
    Uganda
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Access Programs - Global Malaria
    Additional Location Description
    Flexibility for candidates to be based in Uganda, Nigeria or Rwanda
  • Overview

    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

     

    Malaria is one of the world's most important causes of illness, death, and lost economic productivity.  Over the past decade, dramatic increases in donor funding have facilitated scale-up of effective interventions to prevent, diagnosis, and treat malaria. This investment has successfully reduced the burden of malaria in many settings, and some countries have begun planning to eliminate it altogether. CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct management and technical support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease.

     

    In Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Kenya, CHAI is implementing programs to address critical barriers that prevent access to and use of malaria commodities for uncomplicated and severe malaria.  CHAI provides technical and managerial assistance to national malaria programs in order to accelerate policy changes, ensure sufficient supply commodities, generate demand among health providers and patients and ensure adequate monitoring and troubleshooting mechanisms are in place to track progress. Across West, Central and East Africa, CHAI has recently expanded its support to include surveillance and is helping national malaria programs identify the bottlenecks and potential solutions to improve the collection, reporting, analysis and use of data for programmatic decision-making. 

     

    Overview of Role:

     

    CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills to support the expanded surveillance and analytics scope of work across West, Central and East Africa, with an initial focus on Tanzania. Specific projects will include design and implementation support for operational research (with strong emphasis on monitoring and evaluation), study protocol oversight and IRB applications, study design and implementation, and data analysis. The individual will work with team members across CHAI’s Global, Regional and Country Malaria Teams and will therefore need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. It is expected that the Research Associate will need to collaborate with government programs, academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s work is complementary and not duplicative.

     

    Responsibilities

    • Manage analytical projects related to malaria epidemiology, intervention and surveillance, as required;
    • Provide technical supervision, training and ongoing support to staff members involved in monitoring and evaluation activities or study implementation
    • Coordinate analytical work for intervention targeting (e.g. supportive supervisions) and other programmatic decisions, and monitoring of implementation as required;
    • Organize and merge available data, assessing its quality and suitability for analysis, data management and conduct statistical analyses (generally descriptive);
    • Appropriately and concisely visualize data in the form of charts and maps;
    • Assist with the monitoring and evaluation of existing and new surveillance platforms, in collaboration with the health informatics malaria team at CHAI;
    • Design and facilitate operational research projects: identifying knowledge gaps, defining research questions, protocol development, survey and sampling design, formulating training material, training and monitoring survey data collectors, data management, analysis, and dissemination;
    • In collaboration with country teams, provide analytical support to the National Malaria Program and its Information Management and Surveillance Units to help strengthen the new malaria surveillance platform, including improving data collection, data management, analysis, and data visualization;
    • Synthesize results and translate them to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making, as well as internally and externally at international venues;
    • Provide ad-hoc programmatic support to country teams in service of government partners; this includes but is not limited to: program material review (e.g., training, data collection tools), report generation and program data analysis;
    • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions, with support from program managers;
    • Disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications;
    • Communicate technical concepts to non-technical partners and CHAI teams; and
    • Any other tasks identified.

    Qualifications

    • Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field;
    • 2 years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership, including in program management;
    • Experience in the epidemiological analysis of health data;
    • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems and/or public health programs;
    • Experience working and communicating with government officials and other external partners;
    • Familiarity with disease surveillance and strengthening information systems;
    • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;
    • Statistical and geospatial analysis programming experience (R, SAS, STATA, ArcGIS and/or other relevant software);
    • Ability to work independently in remote and unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;
    • Ability to collaborate and operate as part of a multi-cultural team
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; and
    • Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems;
    • Willingness to travel (30-50% of time)

     

     Advantages:

    • Experience working in fast-paced, output-oriented environments such as management consulting, investment banking or industry;
    • Experience living or working in resource-limited settings;
    • Experience working with a decentralized team;
    • Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2), data collection tools (e.g. ODK) and/or data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau);
    • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems; and
    • Experience conducting and managing epidemiological surveys

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