• Senior Associate - Diagnostic Networks

    Country
    Uganda
    City
    Kampala
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
  • Overview

    Clinton Health Access Initiative 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

                                                     

    Program Background:

    In 2007, CHAI signed an MOU with the government of Uganda to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and strengthen health systems. Since then, CHAI has worked hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health to increase access to lifesaving pediatric HIV treatment; coordinate with private sector suppliers to lower costs and expand access to malaria drugs; improve HIV diagnostic testing capacity at national and facility level; introduce a new severe malaria drug which will save thousands of lives annually; and many other initiatives. Currently, CHAI Uganda supports the Ministry of Health in multiple areas including HIV, malaria, childhood illnesses, Immunization, laboratory systems and drug logistics.

     

    CHAI Uganda’s HIV program partners with the Ministry of Health to strengthen management systems through strategic planning and execution, increase access to optimal medicines and technologies, facilitate the development and scale up of resilient health service delivery models and information systems as well as identify sustainable financing mechanisms for the HIV/AIDS response in the country.

     

    Position Description:

    Working under the supervision of the Program Manager, Diagnostic Networks, the Senior Associate, Diagnostic Networks will provide analytical decision support to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to effectively and efficiently manage the national diagnostics network. S/he will support the MOH to utilise country-level information to make informed decisions influencing placement of diagnostic devices to optimize testing services in the country, global diagnostics negotiations with manufacturers to ensure that the government of Uganda is receiving the best deal for her people, and develop innovative procurement strategies for new diagnostic technologies to enable new product harmonization within existing diagnostic networks.

     

    This crucial role will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including quantitative analysis, collaborating with stakeholders, ensure diagnostic commodities security and support synthesis of data generated from the diagnostic services for better patient management. Areas of work will include, but are not limited to, quantification, forecasting and fulfillment optimization, supply chain bottleneck analysis, improved data quality, budget optimization, product segmentation, supplier management and diagnostic landscape analysis to generate and avail to Ministry of Health information to enable them make rational decisions on new and existing diagnostic technologies.

     

    In doing so, the Senior Associate, Diagnostic Networks will develop strong relationships with various teams within CHAI, Ministry of Health, diagnostics manufacturers, and other external partners.

    Responsibilities

    • Provide Ministry of Health, Uganda National Health Laboratory Services, AIDS Control Program, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Program and other programs with applied analytics support for decision making, including scenario modeling, cost-benefit analyses, and any other quantitative support required
    • Support Uganda National Health Laboratory Services to implement strategic, parallel or integrated diagnostic programs such as HIV, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B Virus, Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing to improve integrated patient management
    • Develop innovative procurement strategies for diagnostic technologies including reagent or instrument rental deals, bundled pricing negotiations and tender generation for procurement purposes where necessary
    • Identifying diagnostics programming and supply chain bottlenecks through comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis, including field research, and developing contingency mechanisms
    • Assist the Laboratory Services Team to manage global supplier relationships through product demand forecasting, market analysis, sharing of market intelligence, and supporting price negotiations
    • Lead the preparation of key reports to the Ministry of Health, Uganda National Health Laboratory Services (and other related programs), development partners and other key stakeholders in the health diagnostic sector
    • Coordinate diagnostic information sharing and joint supply planning between the 4 major warehouses in Uganda
    • Perform any other duties assigned

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree, plus at least 3 years’ work experience
    • Advanced proficiency in computer packages such as MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
    • Excellent analytical (qualitative and quantitative) and communication (written and verbal) skills
    • Practical project management experience
    • Experience in managing complex programs and datasets

     

    Advantages:

    • Master’s degree in Public Health, Economics, Business or related field
    • Experience working in Africa and/or developing countries

     

    Key Competences:

    • Guides subset of program development across related project areas
    • Advises on effectiveness of program, systems or procedures
    • Recommends initiatives and priorities within a defined program area
    • Flexible in achieving work objectives as necessary
    • Able to work independently with minimal oversight
    • Coordinates and establishes credibility with internal and department head level external stakeholders

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