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 Vaccines Program
Immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions in history. National immunization programs reach >100 million infants every year and have, across the globe, averted two to three million deaths every year since the launch of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI). The introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and rotavirus vaccines could save a further ~1 million lives per year. Furthermore, great advances in the development and financing of new vaccines provides countries the opportunity to further reduce the burden of diseases such as human papillomavirus (HPV).
However, despite these successes, 1.5 million children still die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases. Many of these are in low-income countries, where immunization programs face unprecedented challenges in accessing vaccines and ensuring they reach all targeted children.
Since 2010, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has worked to save lives and reduce the burden from vaccine preventable diseases by improving access to immunization services in resource-limited settings. CHAI does this by strengthening national immunization programs at the country level, and then leveraging that experience to improve the global immunization ecosystem. Within that effort, CHAI is pursuing six complementary strategic goals:
CHAI's Global Vaccines Delivery (GVD) program closely supports the national immunization programs in 11 focus countries - Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam - and also engages with global stakeholders such as Gavi, WHO and UNICEF to inform global policies and practices.
Improving Vaccines Supply Chains
Ensuring that vaccines are both safe and consistently available is a considerable challenge in lower- income countries. Many immunization programs struggle to deliver on this goal, resulting in children not receiving the vaccines they need and costly wastage:
To help ensure that children are able to access the full schedule of life-saving vaccines, CHAI supports supply chain work in several countries that is focused on ensuring that certain core elements and practices are in place:
Current work in supply chain will be grounded in a set of CHAI focus countries -- currently Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, India, Indonesia, and Lao PDR -- with potential to expand.
This role has flexibility to be based in the US-East Coast or in one of CHAI’s Vaccine Program focus countries in Africa or Asia, pursuant to CHAI country team leadership approval. Significant travel (~35%) is expected with this role.
As part of the GVD team, the Manager, Supply Chain will work in collaboration with other managers and directors on the vaccines team, direct reports, and country leadership to:
1) Develop and lead the Supply Chain area of CHAI's Global Vaccines Delivery Program
2) Manage CHAI’s Global Vaccines Delivery Supply Chain Program and Team
3) Support direct reports, in collaboration with regional managers, in providing strategic and technical support for the sustainable strengthening of immunization supply chain performance in focus countries as per CHAI strategy
4) Represent CHAI globally for vaccines supply chain and engage with relevant stakeholders to influence global policies and practices
Inform and improve global policies & strategies and country practices beyond CHAI focus countries. This might include participation in global working groups (e.g., EPI manager meetings, ESA regional meetings, Immunization Supply Chain Steering Committee, TechNet, etc.).
Other responsibilities as needed.