The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to our mission of saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries. We work at the invitation of governments to support them and the private sector to create and sustain high-quality health systems.
CHAI was founded in 2002 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic with the goal of dramatically reducing the price of life-saving drugs and increasing access to these medicines in the countries with the highest burden of the disease. Over the following two decades, CHAI has expanded its focus. Today, along with HIV, we work in conjunction with our partners to prevent and treat infectious diseases such as COVID-19, malaria, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Our work has also expanded into cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other non-communicable diseases, and we work to accelerate the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, reduce maternal and child mortality, combat chronic malnutrition, and increase access to assistive technology. We are investing in horizontal approaches to strengthen health systems through programs in human resources for health, digital health, and health financing. With each new and innovative program, our strategy is grounded in maximizing sustainable impact at scale, ensuring that governments lead the solutions, that programs are designed to scale nationally, and learnings are shared globally.
At CHAI, our people are our greatest asset, and none of this work would be possible without their talent, time, dedication and passion for our mission and values. We are a highly diverse team of enthusiastic individuals across 40 countries with a broad range of skillsets and life experiences. CHAI is deeply grounded in the countries we work in, with majority of our staff based in program countries. Learn more about our exciting work: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.
CHAI’s global malaria and neglected tropical disease (NTD) program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their programs and reduce the burden of preventable, treatable diseases. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards elimination of malaria and NTDs in the long term.
Overview of role
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a Procurement and Supply Chain (PSM) Regional Associate to support national malaria programs in Francophone West & Central Africa (primarily for Burkina Faso, Benin, and the DRC) to make key commodities routinely available, in the right quantities, at the required points-of-care. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with CHAI country teams and government partners as well as suppliers, distributors, and regional stakeholders to improve the management of vector control, diagnostic and treatment commodities. The Associate will get to develop solutions with national malaria program staff on supply chain planning at a national or sub-national level, with a focus on knowledge transfer and “leave behind” tools and interventions that can be owned and managed by the national staff. In addition, the associate will work with CHAI global and country-based team colleagues to facilitate the national programs’ uptake of appropriate digital information tools and systems.
CHAI places great value on the resourcefulness, tenacity, patience, humility, and high ethical standards of its staff. The successful candidate must have a strong personal commitment to producing results, able to manage multiple tasks at once and make sound decisions regarding data analysis without daily supervision. They will have willingness to learn and be able to conduct rapid quantitative analysis and communicate the results to decision-makers; they must have excellent communications skills and cultural sensitivity as they will have the chance to work with global and country partners across several countries. This is a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to apply their problem-solving and relationship-building skills to improve patient access to quality commodities and help governments further progress to ending malaria and saving lives.
This position will be based in CHAI’s office in Ouagadougou.
- Collaborate with government partners, CHAI country teams, and other stakeholders, to identify data and capacity gaps that impact procurement, supply, and distribution systems for malaria and NTD commodities (eg., insecticides, insecticidal bed nets, diagnostics, and treatments), and build solutions that fit the needs of the malaria program in the context of the national health system;
- Work closely with CHAI country teams (in Francophone West and Central Africa) and government partners to integrate available data sources and build and/or update models to quantify and forecast demand for malaria commodities distributed by the public and private
- Ensure adequate procurement and distribution of commodities to all relevant levels of the health care system through planning, data analysis and visualization, and coordination across
- Evaluate stock management policies for community health workers (CHWs) and work with country teams to adequately plan, distribute, and monitor stock usage to CHW level
- Establish supply chain monitoring and evaluation indicators to track progress and impact over time, and routinely report findings.
- Identify new avenues for CHAI engagement with national malaria programs and the private sector for improved supply chain management.
- Support broader malaria case management efforts to improve the quality and coverage of malaria diagnosis and treatment across public, private and community sectors.
- Other responsibilities as needed.
Qualifications– Bachelor’s degree required, and 3+ years working in health commodities management, public health, business, management consulting, health commodity market intelligence, finance, or a public sector advisory position in a related field
- High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
- Experience working in an international context and/or entrepreneurial environment
- Exceptional analytical (qualitative and quantitative) and communication (written, oral, interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving) skills
- Ability to think strategically and anticipate future consequences and trends
- Ability to work well both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
- Ability to be effective, calm, and flexible in a fast-paced work environment, to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and to effectively prioritize
- Ability to travel up to 50% as needed
- Experience and willingness to work in high-risk, developing settings
- Strong work ethic, integrity, credibility, and dedication to CHAI’s mission
- Fluent in English and French languages
- An MPH, MS in public health, public policy, supply chain management, or experience working in public health, particularly with an analytical focus (epidemiology/statistics)
- Experience using advanced analytical software (e.g., SAS, STATA, SPSS, R)
- Graduate degree in supply chain or logistics
- Experience working with logistics management (eLMIS) and/or health information (DHIS2) systems
- Experience working in developing countries, particularly on health-related initiatives with data visualization applications
- Experience working in pharmaceutical or medical device market research, market intelligence, wholesale distribution, or commercial strategy