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.
Overview of 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 more than two million deaths every year since the launch of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI).
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. On the bright side, great advances in the development and financing of new vaccines provides great opportunities to tackle new diseases through vaccine prevention.
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.
For example, CHAI helped 9 countries successfully rollout PCV and Rota vaccines, which target leading cause of under-five mortality, thereby averting 157,000 deaths per year. CHAI supported 8 countries develop and implement a cold chain optimization plan so that ~100% of vaccine storage sites have sufficient capacity to meet their 2020 needs compared to only ~65% when CHAI started.
Going forward, CHAI is pursuing six complementary strategic goals:
CHAI's Global Vaccines Delivery program focuses on the goals #2-6. It closely supports the national immunization programs in 12 focus countries - Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam - and also engages with global stakeholders such as Gavi, WHO and UNICEF to inform global policies and practices.
Overview of Associate Director Position
CHAI’s vaccine program has been growing significantly in size and complexity, thus calling for the creation of the new position of Associate Director. The Associate Director will join the senior management team of CHAI’s global vaccines delivery program, including the Senior Director and the Director of Country Support.
The Associate Director will divide time between the Senior Director the day-to-day leadership and management support of the 5 technical teams, namely for cold chain, supply chain, new vaccine introductions and service delivery, Gavi transition, and management system & capacity (each headed by a technical manager) and the operations and finance support team (headed by an operations & finance manager). The team of Regional Managers reports to the Director of Country Support.
A large focus of the Associate Director will be on the subset of the program that will be under their primary oversight (referred below as ‘area of focus’), but will also include other strategic initiatives for the program success as determined by the Senior Director.
Base location is flexible, with a strong preference for 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.
1) Develop the CHAI's Global Vaccines Delivery Program, primarily in the area of focus
2) Provide leadership and management support to CHAI’s Global Vaccines Delivery Team in the area of focus
3) As one of 3 members of the senior management team, contribute to decision-making and management of the global vaccines delivery program