• Associate, Vaccine Data and Supply Chain Strengthening

    Country
    Sierra Leone
    City
    Freetown
    Type
    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

     

    The team in Sierra Leone began was engaged in 2015 by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to support the health sector’s recovery after the devastating Ebola crisis. CHAI began support to the MoHS with focus in two areas; strengthening the supply chain for drugs and medical supplies and improving human resources for health. In recent years CHAI has expanded its support to the MoHS to also include a focus on sexual and reproductive health. After conducting a scoping analysis into the vaccines space in 2018 CHAI is launching support to the MoHS Expanded Program on Immunisation (EPI) in 2019.

     

    Immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions in history. National immunization programs reach >100 million infants every year and have averted globally two to three million deaths every year since the launch of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) in 1974. The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) works to save lives and reduce the burden from vaccine preventable diseases by improving access to immunization services in resource-limited settings by strengthening national immunization programs and by leveraging its experience in-country to improve the global immunization ecosystem.

     

    The Vaccines team will begin support in 2019 to EPI in strengthening data systems to improve supply chain and vaccine coverage as well as to support the introduction of the HPV vaccine.  This support will aim to address stock outs, improve data quality and completeness, and restructure performance management to target challenges in information availability and vaccine supply chain. CHAI will work in collaboration with government to confirm key routine performance indicators, conduct a workflow optimisation of information systems, implement a system of data review and response, use data to inform improved supply chain activities, and support EPI on coordination and planning for the rollout of the HPV vaccine.

     

    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. The individual must be able to function independently and flexibly in a swift manner. CHAI hires exceptional individuals who can drive work plans to completion and meet milestones with little daily supervision.

     

    Based in Freetown, Sierra Leone the Vaccines Associate will provide analytical and implementation support on a targeted data and supply chain strengthening intervention towards improving vaccine coverage.

    Responsibilities

    • Provide analytical support to EPI to identify key indicators required, assess current indicators available, pinpoint inconsistencies, and identify gaps in reporting completeness and accuracy on an on-going basis
    • Proactively identify potential constraints and options to increase data accuracy, completeness and timeliness as well as opportunities to strengthen LMIS integration with national data collection systems
    • Support EPI staff to implement routine processes towards improvement of data usage and management in order to create a central data review process
    • Conduct analysis of stock and potential expiries based on central stock data and advise EPI accordingly
    • Based on identified discrepancies between stock plans and use, alongside partners, support EPI to conduct supply plan adjustment following on from stock data analysis
    • Support the planning, formation, and implementation of a data review and response system to support the use of data to inform decision making towards improved vaccine coverage:
      • Design a district feedback tool and plan for engagement for implementation of the review and response system
      • Work alongside the Vaccines program officer to engage with district teams in implementation of the system providing both organizational support and acting as a technical advisor
    • Assist in supportive supervision activities to improve the ability of EPI to understand inventory levels and the challenges faced by district teams in supply chain management and data gathering from PHUs
    • Liaise with CHAI program teams to improve coordination towards successful execution of data strengthening, supply planning, and management review and response systems
    • Collaborate with team members to contribute to CHAI’s efforts to improve Logistics Management Information Systems (LMIS) functionality
    • Perform other tasks as necessary

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2-4 years of work experience
    • Excellent analytical and relationship management skills
    • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity and work in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
    • Ability to handle multiple work streams simultaneously and work independently
    • Ability to learn on the job quickly
    • Detail-oriented with strong organization skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations
    • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel
    • Fluency in English required; Fluency in Krio a plus

    Pluses:

    • Experience working for a management consulting firm
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
    • Global health industry experience
    • Experience living and/or working in developing countries
    • Experience in vaccines, supply chain management, or data strengthening in health (ideally in resource-limited settings)
    • Master’s degree in Public Health or other relevant field

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