• Program Officer, Vaccines

    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.

     

    Based in Freetown, Sierra Leone with regular travel expected in country, the Vaccines Program Officer will provide coordination and analytical support on the implementation of a targeted data and supply chain strengthening intervention towards improving vaccine coverage.

     

    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.

    Responsibilities

    • Work with the CHAI vaccines team in providing analytical support to EPI with a focus on improving understanding of data and supply challenges and constraints at district and facility level and identifying improvements
      • Engage EPI staff at district and facility level to map out data collection, capture processes, and conduct information gathering on vaccine reporting using current tools and process
      • Gather reporting tools used for vaccines at all levels and map out potential gaps and duplication
      • Work alongside EPI and CHAI colleagues to proactively identify potential improvements in tools and processes to increase data accuracy, completeness and timeliness as well as opportunities to strengthen LMIS
    • Work alongside CHAI team in supporting EPI staff to implement routine processes towards improvement of data usage and management
    • Conduct analysis of stock and potential expiries within key districts, advise EPI accordingly, and support use of district and facility level supply data to inform key supply chain planning
    • Work alongside the Vaccines Associate to engage district teams in implementation of a management review and response system
    • Support district planning, formation, and implementation of a data review and response system to facilitate the use of data to inform decision making towards improved vaccine coverage
      • Use information gathered to help inform the design of a district feedback tool and plan for district level implementation of the review and response system
      • Engage district teams in implementation of the system providing both organizational support and acting as a technical advisor
      • Facilitate communication and coordination between central, district and facility level to ensure that implementation plans are laid out and communicated, district teams are engaged in the system, and facility staff are provided with sufficient support to implement improvements on a routine basis
    • 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 at district and facility level
    • Travel within country 1-2 times per month to support above activities
    • Perform other tasks as necessary

    Qualifications

    • Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; 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 learn on the job quickly and work independently
    • Detail-oriented with strong organization skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations
    • Experience living and/or working in developing countries
    • Experience in global health / public health / community & social engagement
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
    • Fluency in English required; Fluency in Krio a plus

    Pluses:

    • 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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