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
Immunization is a powerful tool for saving lives and improving health outcomes globally. Each year, national immunization programs reach 22 million infants in sub-Saharan Africa alone, and since the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) was launched in 1974, two to three million deaths have been averted each year, globally. For every dollar invested in immunization, there is a US$16 return, making it one of the most cost effective public health interventions available.
However, despite these tremendous successes, significant gaps still remain, with 2 million children (primarily in lower-income and lower-middle income countries) dying each year from vaccine- preventable diseases, and an estimated 20 million children still under-immunized.
Improvements in coverage and equity have been slow, and more innovative approaches (products, practices, systems, and policies) need to be developed, scaled up and implemented globally. Moreover, national immunization programs face unprecedented challenges due to the introduction of costly new and complex delivery vaccines, and, for some, due to impending transition from Gavi support. These challenges pose a significant threat to the sustainability of the gains in coverage and equity that have been made by national immunization programs and partners over the past four decades.
Since 2010, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has worked to save lives and reduce the burden from vaccine preventable diseases by improving access to immunization services in resource-limited setting by strengthening national immunization programs and by leveraging its experience in-country to improve the global immunization ecosystem. CHAI is pursuing six complementary strategic goals:
In partnership with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, CHAI aims to strengthen the management systems and capacity of immunization program, in order to increase coverage and equity of vaccination. Effective management systems are at the core of ensuring well-functioning, efficient, and sustainable national immunization programs and of making sustainable progress on every program objective. However, many countries have significant gaps in immunization program management, particularly across their many sub-national units, as well as in communication and coordination between and across the national and sub-national levels. CHAI will develop and scale up an improved performance management approach for the immunization program at sub-national level, building on its past successful experience in some demonstration geographies. CHAI will also help Ministries of Health develop more effective approaches to communicate and coordinate efforts for the national and sub-national government units supporting immunization.
CHAI's vaccine program very closely supports the national immunization programs in ~10 focus countries. While most of the work will be grounded in a set of these focus countries (currently Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda, with potential to expand), the purpose of this work is to both achieve scalable and sustainable impact in those focus geographies; and generate useful evidence, learnings and momentum that can propel other countries and partners’ efforts forward and shape the global immunization ecosystem.
LOCATION: This role has flexibility to be based in a CHAI program country, pending country team leadership approval. Preferred location is in a sub-Saharan Africa program country.
As part of the Global Vaccines Delivery team, the Manager, Immunization Management Systems and Capacity (MSC) will work in collaboration with his/her direct reports, country and program leadership to: (i) to achieve and sustain immunization program outcomes, but it will also serve as a blueprint to identify powerful interventions to improve health systems which could be adapted for other primary health care programs.