• Associate, Assistive Technologies

    Country
    United States
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Access Programs - New Market Opportunities
    Additional Location Description
    Flexible to be based in various CHAI program countries pending country leadership approval
  • 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

     

    Assistive technology (AT) is an umbrella term covering the systems and services related to the delivery of assistive products and services. Specific examples include spectacles, hearing aids, wheelchairs, crutches and prostheses, and the service delivery systems that supply these products. Over one billion (largely disabled and older) people are currently in need of AT, a number predicted to rise to two billion by 2050. Yet, right now only about one tenth of the people who need AT – to learn, to work or to fully participate in their families and communities –have access to it (WHO, 2017).  The AT sector faces multiple barriers both in supply of appropriate, affordable, and quality products and in demand for these products by users, service providers, and national health systems. 

     

    In 2018, a new global partnership with a focus on increasing access to AT is coming together with the goal of addressing the AT gap. Under this partnership, the New Market Opportunities Team (NMOT) within CHAI has received an award to begin in September 2018 to work on a program to drive affordability and availability for assistive technologies. The anticipated specific components of the project are:

    1. Research, scoping and future planning. This component will explore in depth the current procurement and supply landscape for specific assistive technologies in order to identify opportunities and market-based interventions, culminating in a market shaping plan.
    2. Creation of market shaping tools designed to influence the market-shaping levers highlighted above.
    3. Pilot testing of market interventions through engagement with specific countries and opportunities. These are countries that have prioritized AT and have a plan for increasing access.  The purpose of the pilots is both to increase access for users in the country and also to demonstrate models of financing, procurement, and distribution that increase availability. 

    CHAI NMOT is seeking to assemble a team with the right sets of skills and experience to successfully execute this program and have a transformative impact on the AT sector.  The program has a significant amount of flexibility in terms of technical direction and where the project can invest, and it will take a team of entrepreneurial, passionate, and innovative team members to effectively identify opportunities and guide the project towards areas of greatest impact.  The CHAI team will also be setting the stage for multiple other partners who are interested in supporting market shaping for AT, and are looking to benefit from CHAI’s experience in transforming health commodity markets. 

     

    The Associate, AT will work with project management to deliver on the goals of the project, ensuring high quality technical analysis and outputs that contribute to a global conversation on market shaping approaches to increase access to AT. In addition, the Associate will identify early opportunities for market shaping approaches and develop high quality reports, databases, and other technical products to increase the availability of critical AT. The Associate will also contribute to implementation of programmatic pilots under the project.

     

    The Associate will work closely with the relevant stakeholders in CHAI, particularly on the Global Markets Team, CHAI country teams and potential external implementing partners and in the broader AT accessibility project. S/he will be expected to build expertise in the area of AT and to develop the knowledge of others within CHAI as appropriate. The Associate will report to the PM, AT. S/he will be responsible for ensuring quality of research products. In addition, the Associate will contribute to the broader NMOT portfolio, including programmatic scoping and incubation.

     

    We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical ability, communication skills, and academic credentials. The candidate must be able to function independently and flexibly and have a strong commitment to excellence. The successful candidate will adhere to the core CHAI values of resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic.

    Responsibilities

    Market Shaping workstream:

    • Conduct high quality research and analysis in development of the project market shaping plan and market shaping products, including desk research, quantitative modeling, COGs assessments and interviews with market experts in order to inform evidence based conclusions and approaches for the market shaping plan. 
    • Update deliverables based on feedback and input from internal and external stakeholders
    • Develop final products related to market shaping aligned with the project needs
    • Conduct initial due diligence on suppliers that may be potential targets for market shaping, utilizing CHAI best practices 
    • Engage with external stakeholders with relevant expertise and experience to inform the technical products and to disseminate the results of the market shaping products
    • Maintain strong connections with CHAI markets teams and ensure the project is aligned with best practices within CHAI and other related projects

    Programmatic pilots workstream:

    • Support opportunities for programmatic pilots that will generate evidence valuable to market shaping through discussions with experts, engagement with CHAI country offices, desk research, and external communications
    • Provide technical support to CHAI country teams with an interest in pilots or with ongoing pilot work as needed

    Other:

    • Contribute to other analytical and program projects within NMOT

    Qualifications

    Minimum:

    • Minimum 2 years of work experience in a fast paced, results-oriented work environment
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
    • Exceptional analytical, research and presentation skills for both qualitative and quantitative data. Proficient in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word
    • Ability to work independently and effectively in a high-performance, dynamic environment and handle multiple priorities simultaneously
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, with the ability to represent CHAI externally
    • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to interact effectively with business partners and colleagues from various cultural backgrounds
    • Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently and self-motivate
    • Natural ability to be a team player, build strategic relationships and interact with individuals from different backgrounds
    • Excellent strategic thinker and problem-solver who is able to think creatively around long-term program objectives and the detailed steps necessary to achieve these goals
    • Ability to multi-task and to be effective in high-pressure situations, and able to adapt to fast-paced and changing environments, both internally and externally

    Preferences:

    • Experience in public health, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, or manufacturing, or product management and commercialization
    • Experience in market shaping for public health
    • Experience working in management consulting, healthcare consulting, investment banking or investment funds context
    • Experience working and living in a developing country
    • Experience working with country governments and international partners
    • Experience working remotely

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