• Research Associate, Malaria Analytics and Surveillance

    Country
    Haiti
    City
    Port-au-Prince
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Access Programs - Global Malaria
  • 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

     

    CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.

     

    CHAI is supporting malaria programs in Mesoamerica and Hispaniola to generate evidence for strategy and operational planning, secure financing, use resources most efficiently, and  support the implementation of malaria elimination activities. In particular, the regional malaria team is working to strengthen malaria surveillance systems, devise and implement targeted and evidence-based elimination plans, scale-up interventions in high-risk and hard-to-reach populations, and coordinate activities regionally.

     

    Overview of Role:

    CHAI seeks a highly motivated individual with experience in disease surveillance systems, data analysis and public health research. This individual will assist with malaria surveillance system scale up, data analysis, mapping activities, and monitoring and evaluation of malaria interventions in Haiti. The Haitian Ministry of Health has recently implemented a DHIS2-based and elimination-oriented surveillance system for malaria. The Research Associate will support the scale up and evaluation of this new system. The aim of this support is to ensure that the Ministry of Health is using robust evidence to inform their strategic and operational decisions. Strong communication and organizational skills are needed as s(he) will work closely with CHAI’s global, regional and Haiti country team, and will help to translate epidemiological evidence to the malaria program and other partners in country. Further, it is expected that the Research Associate will need to collaborate with other academics and public health agencies, including partners in the Malaria Zero Consortium, to ensure CHAI’s elimination work is complementary and not duplicative.

    Responsibilities

    Strengthen the new malaria surveillance system, including improving data collection, data management, analysis, and data visualization:

    • Support the scale up of the new DHIS2-based malaria surveillance system;
    • Help to design new reporting forms for the inclusion of additional malaria-related variables, including intervention data;
    • Plan for and help to implement the use of new mobile reporting tools;
    • Facilitate updates to the design of the DHIS2 dashboard;
    • Assist with the supervision of surveillance processes in health facilities;
    • Monitor and evaluate the performance of the new malaria surveillance platform and any other malaria specific interventions; and
    • Advocate for the use of surveillance data to inform elimination activities.


    Provide analytical support to the National Malaria Program, the Department of Epidemiology, Malaria Zero Consortium partners, and the CHAI country team:

    • Collate, organize and merge available data, assessing its quality and suitability for analysis such as hypothesis tests, linear and multiple regression, spatial analyses and risk mapping;
    • Conduct descriptive analysis of epidemiological and entomological data;
    • Analyze geographic data with GIS software, including mapping malaria incidence and intervention coverage; and
    • Translate results to government and non-government partners to support evidence-based decision making.

    Serve as a trusted adviser to the Ministry of Health staff on issues related to surveillance and malaria elimination:

    • Proactively develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government and non-governmental organizations;
    • Attend weekly meetings with the Haitian malaria program and in-country partners; and
    • Assist with the development of operational plans to support malaria case detection, case management and vector control activities.


    Participate in research and discussion of topics relevant to the goal of malaria elimination:

    • Synthesize results and communicate them internally and externally at international venues;
    • Disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications;
    • Perform scientific literature review as needed; and
    • Any other tasks identified.

    Qualifications

    • Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field;
    • 3+ years of related working experience;
    • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems and disease surveillance and information systems;
    • Experience with monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems and/or public health programs, epidemiological and spatial analysis of disease data, and statistical and geospatial analysis programming (e.g. using R, SAS, STATA, ArcGIS and/or other relevant software);
    • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;
    • Ability to work independently in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;
    • Experience applying research methods to address global health problems;
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
    • Fluency in French or Haitian Creole (written and oral), and English; and
    • Willingness to travel within the Mesoamerican and Hispaniola region (up to 40-50% of the time).

    Advantages:

    • Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2), data collection tools (e.g. ODK) and/or data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau);
    • Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations; and
    • Experience living or working in resource-limited countries.

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