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
Elimination of Mother-To-Child Transmission (EMTCT) of congenital syphilis is a significant, under-addressed public health priority. Syphilis is the second leading infectious cause of stillbirths globally, after malaria. One million women are infected globally and there are an estimated 350,000 adverse pregnancy outcomes per year. These adverse outcomes include: fetal loss, stillbirth, neonatal death, preterm birth, low birthweight, and congenital anomalies. Stillbirth and neonatal death account for over half of these adverse outcomes.
Testing and treatment rates for syphilis remain very low across sub-Saharan African countries and parts of Asia despite affordable, easy to use diagnostics, and a short, inexpensive therapeutic regimen. CHAI is undertaking a catalytic intervention into the syphilis market to provide the roadmap and accelerate progress towards implementing dual EMTCT of HIV and syphilis globally. On the supply side, CHAI will work to dramatically increase access to point of care diagnostics, particularly the dual HIV/ Syphilis Rapid Diagnostic Test. CHAI will also work to strengthen the treatment supply chain. At the demand level CHAI will operate across five key countries to rapidly scale up testing and treatment of syphilis during ANC and provide the catalytic model for other countries.
CHAI’s Global SRMNH Team is seeking a highly motivated individual with superior problem-solving and communication skills, equally adept at building strong working relationships with CHAI country team as s/he is in understanding the market for syphilis diagnostics and engaging with key stakeholders. The candidate must be able to think strategically, be able to consider innovative and radical approaches to global health issues that have remained unresolved since the 1940s, and demonstrate a genuine to achieve global transformative impact.
The candidate should have experience working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment and will support at least five country teams across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Therefore the candidate must have excellent relationship-building and communication skills and ability to work effectively with others remotely.
The Associate will report to the Senior Director, Maternal and Neonatal Health. Base location is flexible pending country leadership approval. Expected travel is ~30%.
CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a track record of delivering quality results with limited resources. S/he should be able to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, unstructured environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously. The ideal candidate will also possess cultural sensitivity skills and demonstrate high emotional intelligence, as they will be working closely with government and external partners. The candidate will also have a strong grasp of commercial interactions and how markets operate, ideally developed through private sector experience.