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  • Clinton Health Access Initiative - Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment in the developing world. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs.

    Research Associate, Malaria Analytics, Surveillance, and Technology

     

    Overview of Role

    • CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills to support the expanded surveillance and analytics scope of work across West Africa, with an initial focus on Benin and Burkina Faso. The project will initially focus on the design and implementation of a landscaping assessment to identify of critical technical, operational and financial bottlenecks in surveillance (data collection, reporting, analysis and feedback) at all levels of the health system (health facility up to national) in 2-4 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and provide prioritized recommendations to address these gaps. Specific activities will include: desktop review of relevant policy, scientific and grey literature, qualitative assessments of surveillance system performance through interviews with key stakeholders at national and local level, as well as other relevant partners, designing and implementing health facility survey to quantify the performance of surveillance system, and epidemiological analysis of malaria surveillance, case management, entomological and intervention data and key malaria indicators.
    • The individual will report to the Technical advisor for East, Central, West Africa and work with team members across CHAI’s Global, Regional and Country Malaria Teams and will therefore need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. It is expected that the Research Associate will need to collaborate with government programs, academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s work is complementary and not duplicative other ongoing efforts. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.

    Responsibilities

    • Implement analytical projects related to malaria epidemiology, intervention and surveillance, as required;
    • Design and facilitate surveillance assessments and related projects: identifying knowledge gaps, defining research questions, protocol development, survey and sampling design, seeking IRB, formulating training material, training and monitoring survey data collectors, data management, analysis, and dissemination;
    • Organize and merge available data, assessing its quality and suitability for analysis, data management and conduct statistical analyses;
    • Appropriately and concisely visualize data in the form of charts and maps;
    • Provide technical supervision, training and ad-hoc programmatic support to staff members involved in epidemiological activities such monitoring and evaluation of existing activities, study implementation and all data cleaning, management and analysis tasks;
    • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions, with support from program managers;
    • Synthesize results, translate them to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making, and disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications internally and externally at international venues;
    • Any other tasks identified.

    Qualifications

    • Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field preferred;
    • 2 years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership, including in program management;
    • Experience conducting and managing epidemiological surveys in country, including the analysis of surveillance and survey data;
    • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems and/or public health programs;
    • Experience working and communicating with government officials and other external partners;
    • Familiarity with disease surveillance and strengthening information systems;
    • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;
    • Familiarity with data entry, data management and data epidemiological analysis using statistical software (R, SAS, STATA and/or other relevant software);
    • Ability to work independently in remote and unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;
    • Ability to collaborate and operate as part of a multi-cultural team;
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
    • Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems;
    • Willingness to travel (50% of time); and
    • Fluent in English and French languages.

    Advantages:

    • Experience working in fast-paced, output-oriented environments such as management consulting, investment banking or industry;
    • Experience living or working in high-risk countries;
    • Experience working with a decentralized team;
    • Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2) and data collection tools (e.g. ODK and Survey CTO); and
    • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems

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    Technical Advisor, Malaria Analytics, Surveillance and Technology, West, Central and East Africa

     


    Overview

    • CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.
    • In parts of West, Central and East Africa, CHAI provides technical and managerial assistance to national malaria programs in order to accelerate policy changes, ensure sufficient supply commodities, generate demand among health providers and patients and ensure adequate monitoring and troubleshooting mechanisms are in place to track progress. Over the last few years, CHAI has also expanded its support to include surveillance and is helping national malaria programs in this region to identify the bottlenecks and potential solutions to improve the collection, reporting, analysis and use of data for programmatic decision-making. 

    Overview of Role

    • CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience, strong analytical skills and project management experience to manage and support the existing as well as new surveillance and analytics scope of work across West, Central and East Africa. The aim of this support is to ensure that National Malaria Programs and Ministries of Health are using robust evidence to inform their strategic and operational decision-making to accelerate efforts towards malaria country goals.
    • The individual will work with team members across CHAI’s Global, Regional and Country Malaria Teams and will therefore need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. It is expected that the Technical Advisor will need to collaborate with government programs, academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s work is complementary and not duplicative.  CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.

    Responsibilities

    • Serve as a technical advisor and thought leader to CHAI’s regional malaria team;
    • Proactively review existing evidence and conduct analyses on primary and secondary data to evaluate effectiveness of the current operations, and identify potential approaches or strategies to accelerate progress;
    • Provide technical mentorship, supervision, training and ongoing support to a small team of junior epidemiologists and other staff members based in the region and involved in surveillance assessments, rollout of surveillance tools and processes, monitoring and evaluation of existing activities, study implementation and all data analysis tasks;
    • Manage multiple analytical projects related to malaria epidemiology, intervention and surveillance, and other programmatic decisions;
    • Provide high-quality analytical support to CHAI country teams, government staff, and relevant partners, which includes:
      • Oversee design (defining research questions, protocol development, survey and sampling design), implementation (formulating training material, training and monitoring survey data collectors), analysis and dissemination of operational research, with a focus on surveillance system assessments
      • Help monitor and evaluate the performance of existing and new surveillance processes and platforms, and identify ways of improving them
      • Work directly with governmental staff to better integrate epidemiological, entomological, and programmatic data use and analysis into routine programmatic activities at all levels of the health system
      • Organize, clean, and integrate datasets; conduct statistical and spatial analyses
      • Support rigorous evidence-based planning of intervention deployment, and design and implement monitoring and evaluation activities to measure impact
      • Support the ongoing evaluation and iterative strengthening of the performance of community health workers programs
    • Manage and develop resources and best practices to share lessons across teams, and synthesize and disseminate findings both internally and externally through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications
    • Cultivate and establish relationships with other CHAI teams, government organizations, and regional and in-country partners working on data analysis or surveillance to inform elimination goals
    • Represent CHAI at external technical meetings, acting as the face of our organization to academic/technical partners within the region
    • Communicate technical concepts to non-technical partners and CHAI teams; and
    • Any other tasks identified.

    Qualifications

    • Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field
    • 3-5 years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership, including in program and staff management
    • Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems
    • Experience with designing, conducting, and analyzing epidemiological surveys
    • Experience in evaluating, working with, and strengthening disease surveillance systems
    • Experience in working and communicating with government officials and other external partners
    • Exceptional skills in the epidemiological analysis of health data and the application of analyses for decision-making
    • Statistical and geospatial analysis programming experience (including expertise with R, SAS, STATA, ArcGIS and/or other relevant software)
    • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications
    • Ability to work independently in remote and unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges
    • Ability to collaborate and operate as part of a multi-cultural team
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
    • Willingness to travel (50% of time)
    • Fluent in English and French languages
    • Experience living or working in high-risk countries

    Advantages:

    • Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2) and data collection tools (e.g. ODK and Survey CTO)
    • Experience working in fast-paced, output-oriented environments such as management consulting, investment banking or industry
    • Experience living or working in resource-limited settings
    • Experience working with a decentralized team
    • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems

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