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 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.
Summary of Position:
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated and mission-driven individual to help develop, execute and coordinate more effective anti-malaria programs in countries in the South East Asia region, including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. CHAI provides a wide range of support to governments in the region including activities in malaria prevention, case management, surveillance and program management.
The Associate will be part of the Global Malaria team, based in the region, and will report directly to the Regional Malaria Manager.
The position requires a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills. The candidate must be able to build effective relationships with stakeholders at the regional and country-level, work independently to drive implementation and have deep personal commitment to producing results. Past experience in public health or with malaria programs is desired, but not required. Successful candidates should be fast learners and strategic thinkers who are both willing to take on routine tasks such as data entry and capable of facilitating high-level strategic discussions with a multi-cultural, multidisciplinary set of actors.
CHAI places great value on the resourcefulness, tenacity, patience, humility, and high ethical standards of its staff. A strong willingness to travel is a must since the candidate is expected to support countries across the South East Asia region with travel estimated to be ~30-50%.
Technical assistance and program management (25%):
- Provide cross-cutting support to countries in South East Asia region, helping the Regional Manager to explore new opportunities and offer strategic guidance and operational support to priority activities that require additional capacity to drive forward.
- Review and provide feedback on products and documents produced by CHAI team members (country and GMAL), including strategic plans, guidelines and standard operating procedures, analysis, project reports and implementation updates
- Manage and develop resources and best practices to share lessons across teams, and synthesize and disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications.
- Contribute to the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation to measure progress towards malaria elimination (analysis of key indicators, design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation of surveillance platforms, etc.).
- Support the Regional Manager with the development of programmatic reports for government and donor reporting, as well as concept notes or other external communication products.
Support new geographies (India, Thailand, etc.) (25%):
- Provide additional technical and operational support to the CHAI India Neglected Tropical Diseases team to execute activities on all work streams and to build capacity of NVBDCP leadership for achieving Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) and Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) elimination goals.
- Support write up of surveillance documents and evaluations in Thailand and Vietnam, and other countries where needed.
Vector control (50%):
- Conduct a vector control landscaping and capacity assessment across the region, identifying barriers to efficient and effective deployment of vector control interventions, and establish/advance malaria vector control workstream based on the outputs of this assessment and country priorities.
- Support country teams to identify and develop solutions to key vector control challenges.
- Support country teams with developing detailed operational plans, operating procedures, and associated training materials related to vector control, in order to build government capacity and support effective execution of malaria program.
- Serve as a trusted adviser to CHAI country teams and national malaria programs on issues related to vector control operations, including providing technical and operational support on work pertaining to LLIN operational microplanning, targeting, and monitoring in targeted foci of malaria transmission. This includes identifying and disseminating lessons learned after intervention implementation.
- Serve as a technical advisor to CHAI’s country teams on alternative vector control tools, including new tools that are well targeted for vulnerable populations (such as forest goers) and outdoor, daytime vector biting.
- Work in close coordination with CHAI Entomologist to support the malaria programs with activities related to entomological surveillance, in order to build government capacity and implement solutions to entomological surveillance gaps.
- Support CHAI country teams with translating results of analyses to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making, and disseminating findings through high-quality and clear presentations, reports, and publications.
- Master’s degree in Public Health, Business Administration or related field strongly preferred
- Minimum of 2 years of work experience with increasing levels of responsibility
- Experience in strategy development, planning, and project implementation
- Exceptional problem-solving solving skills and analytical capabilities
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, with strong spoken and written English, and skill in making persuasive presentations and written reports
- Experience working with epidemiological data and indicators
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work well independently and under pressure
- Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships in a multicultural environment
- Patience and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations
- Experience working in management consulting, investment banking, or similar fast-paced, output-oriented environments
- Knowledge of malaria, malaria elimination, and/or other major global infectious disease problems
- Experience in vector control or entomology
- Experience in capacity building and support management
- Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations
- Experience in programming and/or working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2), data collection tools (e.g. ODK), data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau) and/or statistical software package (R, STATA, SAS)
- Experience working in the South East Asia region
- Working knowledge of Vietnamese, Lao, Khmer, or Burmese