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
The hallmark of the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s (CHAI) approach is simultaneous and intensive engagement on the demand and supply sides of the market. CHAI’s HIV Access Program works to address barriers to commodity access and to foster a healthy marketplace, fundamentally changing the economics of global health to ensure the sustainable supply of essential medicines and diagnostics. By securing lower prices for key commodities and improving laboratories in the developing world, we are helping patients access the treatment and care they need.
CHAI believes that a targeted approach to testing, treatment, and prevention – and strengthening linkage and retention across the cascade of services – will enable countries to identify and treat the vast majority of PLHIV and prevent new infections. We will continue to help our partner governments reach these goals in controlling their epidemics, define this approach within our ‘Test Smart, Treat Right, Stay Negative’ Strategy:
While we have made incredible progress in expanding ART access, the number of new HIV infections each year has not declined rapidly enough. Certain populations like adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately vulnerable to HIV transmission, accounting for 20% of total new infections despite making up only 11% of the population. With a growing population of youth in eastern and southern Africa, we risk losing control of the epidemic if we do not address incidence trends in these populations. To address these challenges, we have a limited but growing arsenal of effective biomedical interventions like voluntary medical male circumcision and oral PrEP - and an exciting pipeline of technologies like long-acting injectable PrEP.
The HIV Prevention Associate will support the HIV Access Program’s efforts to accelerate the development, introduction, and uptake of effective biomedical prevention interventions to reduce new HIV infections in resource-limited settings. The Associate will work closely with the HIV Prevention Senior Manager to support the program management and implementation of the Prevention Market Manager grant, which is a multi-year project that CHAI is jointly implementing with AVAC. Specifically, the Associate will help manage and operationalize the work-stream centered on accelerating the introduction of long-acting PrEP technologies. Studies of daily oral PrEP indicate that PrEP is less effective if it is not taken consistently, and that taking a daily pill can be challenging for some people. Long acting PrEP has the potential to be catalytic because of its potential to make it easier for more people to get very high levels of protection.
Through the Prevention Market Manager project, CHAI and AVAC are coordinating development of a global strategy to streamline the research and access agenda for long acting PrEP. The aim of developing and executing this strategy is to ensure ministries of health, donors and global healthcare bodies have the information they need to optimize delivery, ensure timely guideline adoption, and mobilize resources for implementation. Over the last year, CHAI has supported the launch of a global Implementation Strategy Committee (ISC) to lead this work, involving senior management from CHAI, AVAC relevant donor and pharmaceutical partners – and a global Advisory Board with leaders from across the HIV prevention field.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual to support the PMM’s work around the HIV prevention pipeline, with a focus on long-acting PrEP. This role will be wide-ranging and involve building and managing relationships, ensuring coordination with a broad set of internal and external stakeholders, operationalizing and managing working groups, and writing strategy documents. The candidate would have outstanding credentials, demonstrated project management experience, communication skills, and analytical ability. The candidate must be able to function independently and flexibly and have a strong commitment to excellence. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.
This Associate is expected to travel ~30%, both internationally and domestically.