The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) was established in 2002 to increase access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS and to strengthen health systems in resource-poor countries. Over the past few years, CHAI has expanded the scope of our work to include access to high-quality treatment for malaria, new vaccines and essential treatments for common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia. CHAI has also increasingly supported governments to build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Currently, CHAI partners with governments in more than 25 countries while more than 70 countries directly benefit from the low-priced drugs and diagnostic test agreements that CHAI has negotiated.
The CHAI Vaccines Program’s aim is to increase access to immunization services. CHAI aims to achieve this goal through three focus areas: Accelerate the introduction and sustain high coverage of new vaccines: CHAI is increasing the speed and efficiency at which new vaccines reach target coverage with a current focus on pneumococcal and Inactivated Polio vaccines. Transform in-country delivery systems to efficiently deliver both current and future vaccines in the pipeline according to the ‘six rights’: the right product in the right quantities and the right condition to the right place at the right time for the right cost. Achieve affordable yet sustainable vaccine prices by shaping vaccine markets and negotiating price reductions for major antigens. CHAI's vaccine program supports very closely the national immunization program in focus countries, namely Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Mozambique, and Uganda, and engages with global donors, policy-makers and thought leaders.
CHAI has been working in the vaccine space in Nigeria since 2011. Currently, our work focuses on supporting the Government of Nigeria to both introduce new vaccines and to increase the coverage rates of all routine vaccines. In 2013, CHAI has started a new program of work to support the Government of Nigeria and state governments to improve the supply chain for vaccines. This work is based on the fact that robust and efficient vaccine supply chains are needed for Nigeria to successfully introduce new vaccines and increase immunization coverage.
The Deputy Program Director will lead a team of professionals based across the country, and will have significant opportunity to shape CHAI’s approach in developing this program. He/she will be expected to use strong internal and external relationship management, exceptional team development and management, and rigorous analysis to develop and execute high-impact programs.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding leadership and management skills. The candidate must be able to independently drive the development and implementation of this program, have deep personal commitment to producing results, and have the ability to lead in a challenging professional environment. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, tenacity, independence, humility, passion for the mission, and work ethic.
The Deputy Program Director will be based in Abuja, with travel to program focus states, and will report to the Country Director.
- Support the Program Director to lead and oversee all aspects of CHAI’s Nigerian Vaccines program, including planning and execution of high-impact strategies and projects to dramatically improve the effectiveness and efficiency of immunization programs.
- Catalyze the implementation of Nigeria’s Nigeria Routine Immunization Strategic Plan by serving as a senior counsel to leaders within the Ministry of Health and NPHCDA while simultaneously guiding a broad coalition of stakeholders towards an aligned programmatic approach;
- Work with Vaccines Program Managers to set program direction and goals, defining targets and measuring program performance across several focus states and multiple funding streams while establishing aggressive operational milestones and achieving program objectives;
- Ensure transparency of results for CHAI Vaccines programs (including financial performance) based on an effective monitoring and evaluation system, and ensure timely reporting of results to partners;
- Develop and implement adequate management systems and structures to ensure optimal, high-impact program outcomes;
- Oversee administrative activities related to the Vaccines program, including closely liaising with the CD to manage overall program budget, logistics, and Human Resources;
- Support evaluation, documentation and dissemination of results and lessons learned from CHAI's work in immunization
- Develop good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders as needed for the work
- Engage and manage relationships with senior leaders and coalition partners in Nigeria to identify and pursue new opportunities and innovative solutions to accelerate increase in immunization coverage;
- Support the Country Director to coordinate the recruitment, management, and development of a team of exceptional individuals to drive activities across diverse work streams to achieve results within tight timelines;
- Any other task as requested by the Country Director.
- A master’s degree in public health, international policy, or a related subject and experience in Nigeria’s Immunization program, public health, or development sectors;
- Exceptional strategic development skills, able to identify and pursue high-impact strategies in complex, uncertain, and evolving environments;
- Proven program management skills, based on several years of experience in strategic, operational, and/or financial management of complex, multi-stakeholder programs/projects;
- Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and an ability to communicate effectively and build durable relationships with people of varied professional and cultural backgrounds
- Ability to navigate complex government processes and favorably influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner;
- Ability to work with humility and not seek personal credit for the work or contributions, even where credit is due; commitment to ensuring our government partner is the owner of our work together;
- Well-developed analytical skills with ability to develop and apply quantitative models using Excel and other tools to address specific challenges and improve working practices with a focus on outcomes;
- Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to create compelling, logical presentations, using PowerPoint and other communications media;
- Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and set priorities.
Method of Application
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