• Analyst, Global Markets – Vaccines Cold Chain Equipment (CCE)

    Country
    United States
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Vaccines - Vaccines Markets Team
  • 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

     

    Overview:

     

    Immunization is widely acknowledged as the most cost-effective and focused disease intervention and yet each year an estimated three million children under the age of five lose their lives to preventable illnesses. A majority of these deaths occur in low-income countries, where poverty and lack of affordability prevent access to life-saving vaccines. There is an unprecedented wave of new vaccines expected to become available within the next decade that could transform the global burden of disease. CHAI is applying the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment in developing countries to achieve the same for essential vaccines and vaccine cold chain equipment.

     

    In order to retain their potency, vaccines must be stored and transported under the right temperature conditions from the time vaccines enter the country to the time they are administered to women and children. This necessitates the deployment and maintenance of a well-functioning refrigerated supply chain or “cold chain.” Efforts to rehabilitate and expand the cold chain and supporting services are currently underway with particular focus on operationalizing a $250M cold chain optimization project led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. By working with key stakeholders, the CHAI Global Vaccine Markets team aims to support the achievement of affordable yet commercially sustainable prices for optimal cold chain equipment and services. This would increase value for money from investments by countries and donors, thereby enabling countries to procure and deploy cold chain equipment needed to support accelerated introduction and delivery of new and existing vaccines.

     

    Selected news and publications about CHAI's work on improving access to vaccines:

    Responsibilities

    We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical and analytical ability, communication skills, academic credentials, and professional experience. The successful candidate will adhere to the core CHAI values of resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic. The Analyst’s role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities focused on the team’s key objectives:

     

    Objective 1: Introduce next-generation cold chain technologies that improve performance monitoring and vaccines safety

    Responsibilities:

    • Develop and implement standards for refrigerators, monitoring systems and voltage stabilizer equipment; conduct market and technical research to inform creation of standards in line with core functionality needs while allowing room for market innovation.
    • Advise fridge suppliers how to cost-effectively integrate next-generation technologies, including remote monitoring services and robust voltage protection for mains powered devices.
    • Evaluate design and usability of new freeze-safe vaccine transport boxes; advise suppliers how to improve designs to better meet field challenges related to user acceptability and performance.

     

    Objective 2: Implement improved system for field monitoring of equipment performance

    Responsibilities:

    • Support the Manager in working with global partners to effectively develop a global surveillance system to track how well CCE deployed in the field are operating over time; lead relationships with suppliers of remote monitoring devices and advise their product and service development; develop guidelines and standards for the use of remote monitoring devices to enable the creation of surveillance systems.
    • Other responsibilities as needed.

    Qualifications

    • Minimum 2 years of work experience in a fast paced, results-oriented work environment
    • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering – preferably electrical, mechanical or biomedical – or other technical STEM fields
    • An ability to quickly understand new technology and complexities in its design, manufacturing, servicing, and usage is a must for this position
    • Familiarity and comfort with commercial aspects of product development, project management and service provision
    • Exceptional analytical, research, and presentation skills for both qualitative and quantitative data
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills; the ability to explain complex technical jargon in ways that are more easily understandable across multiple audiences, countries, and cultures
    • Cross-cultural empathy and sensitivity; the genuine desire to build close and productive working relationships with people from different cultures and geographies
    • Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently and self-motivate in a dynamic environment with a steep learning curve and multiple priorities
    • Ability to travel internationally for approximately 30% of time

    Advantages:

    • Passion for developing, producing and/or repairing mechanical, electrical and/or biomedical equipment
    • Experience with data communications, programming, Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Experience developing standards for products and/or services
    • Experience travelling to and/or working in a developing country
    • Experience in refrigeration, solar power, vaccines and/or global health
    • Experience working remotely

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