• Associate, Congenital Syphilis

    South Africa
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
  • 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 employs a programmatic approach to some of the most pressing issues in global health with a business-oriented strategy to fundamentally change the underlying economics. By addressing global market failures and accelerating access to the most effective, high-quality health products at affordable and sustainable prices, CHAI helps patients access the care and treatment they need.


    Syphilis infections among pregnant women are a leading cause of adverse birth outcomes, including stillbirth and neonatal deaths. It is estimated that 7.7% of stillbirths worldwide and 11.2% in sub-Saharan Africa are attributable to syphilis. Testing women for syphilis during antenatal care (ANC) visits and then providing treatment with an inexpensive antibiotic, has been shown to result in an 82% reduced risk of stillbirths and 80% reduction in neonatal mortality attributable to syphilis. In addition to saving lives, this also reduces the risk of complications from pre-term births, low birth weight, and neonatal syphilis infections.


    The Associate role supports a new program at CHAI South Africa, one which aims to design and implement a comprehensive approach to improve maternal syphilis testing and treatment. Ultimately creating sustained momentum which paves the way for the elimination of congenital syphilis in South Africa.


    CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with at least 3 year’s relevant work experience, proven relationship management skills, excellent analytical ability and strong communication skills. The successful candidate must be able to function independently in a fast-paced environment. CHAI places great value on personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, humility and a strong commitment to excellence.


    • Support the development and refinement of the program’s strategic initiatives, ensuring ongoing alignment with the DOH strategic goals and priorities
    • Translate objectives provided by the government, donors, and other partner organizations into clear activity plans, and provide guidance to the team on prioritization of initiatives
    • Support the program team to develop compelling presentations and reports
    • Compile, synthesize and analyse data to inform the development of assessments, training materials, reports and other program materials to ensure effective program execution
    • Liaise with the Health Systems team to ensure health information data is routinely validated and can be effectively utilized by DOH for strategic planning, supported through the use of dashboards and tools
    • Establish collaborative relationships with the DOH, partner organisations and other relevant stakeholders
    • Ensure communication and alignment of activities across government and partner stakeholders efforts and across other CHAI programs in South Africa to ensure coordination and successful execution of the SRH program
    • Other tasks as directed by the Program Manager


    • Minimum 3 years of work experience
    • Management consulting or other relevant private and public sector experience;
    • Bachelor’s degree with exceptional work experience; Master's degree in a related field such as statistics, economics, epidemiology, monitoring and evaluation preferred
    • Experience analysing large data sets using MS Excel
    • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet application
    • Excellent analytical (qualitative and quantitative) and communication (written and verbal) skills in English
    • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
    • Demonstrated strong analytical, organizational, leadership, and problem solving skills
    • Strong communication skills, including the ability to prepare compelling presentations that translate the results of team activities into meaningful policy recommendations


    • Knowledge of health systems strengthening, and/or global healthcare systems
    • Experience working with international partners in country
    • Demonstrated experience managing demanding work plans and tight budgets
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems
    • Demonstrated ability to be effective in high-pressure situations and adapt to fast-paced and changing environments with a strong commitment to excellence, both internally and externally, and with limited structural or operational support


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