Associate, Vaccines Cold Chain Optimization – Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) – United States
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) works in partnership with country governments, partners, and other major stakeholders to identify the key obstacles to access and scale-up of essential health services, and to develop sustainable strategies to overcome them. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to life-saving vaccines and technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs.
CHAI works at the invitation of governments to strengthen and sustain their own capacity and to provide long-term healthcare to their citizens. CHAI is driven by a set of values that are integral to its work and that support a change-oriented agenda.
In 2010, CHAI launched a vaccine program to apply the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment in developing countries to essential vaccines, one of the most cost-effective public health interventions.
The CHAI Vaccine Program aims to increase access to immunization services through 4 strategic goals:
- Accelerate the introduction and sustain high coverage of new vaccines: CHAI is increasing the speed and efficiency with which new vaccines are introduced and reach target coverage with a current focus on pneumococcal, rotavirus vaccines, pentavalent and IPV.
- Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of vaccines cold chain and logistics systems:CHAI aims to increase and sustain effective immunization coverage of existing and new vaccines by enhancing (1) the safety and potency of vaccines administered, (2) the adequacy of immunization supplies when and where they are needed, and (3) the value for money of the vaccine delivery system.
- Enhance planning, resourcing & implementation of immunization strategy: CHAI aims to improve the processes and capabilities of national and sub-national vaccines programs in focus countries to develop and implement robust immunization strategies as well as to sustainably improve the outcomes from these strategies
- Improve pricing and offering of key vaccine and cold chain equipment by shaping markets and negotiating price reductions for major antigens and cold chain equipment and by accelerating introduction of appropriate and valuable new cold chain technologies.
CHAI’s vaccine program very closely supports the national immunization programs in eight focus countries: Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, and Mozambique. CHAI’s vaccine program also engages with global stakeholders such as GAVI, WHO and UNICEF to improve global policies and practices.
The Associate will have four primary responsibilities in the area of cold chain optimization tomaximize immunization coverage and to meet current and future Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) needs :
1) Develop thought leadership to improve in-country and global practices and policies
- Help identify projects of most valuable global engagement in conjunction with global managers and directors
- Contribute to the thinking of government and global partners
- Document and share results and lessons learned across countries and externally, if appropriate
2) Provide support to optimize the vaccines cold chain infrastructure in CHAI focus countries
- Contribute to the planning and execution of high-impact projects to transform the vaccine cold chain in CHAI focal countries, such as reviewing cold chain inventory data, assessing pre-existing plans, developing new plans, and ensuring the scale and sustainability of CHAI’s interventions through resource mobilization and implementation
- Support evaluation of impact from CHAI’s work in immunization, including but not limited to, development of monitoring and evaluation systems for cold chain optimization in focal countries
- Onboard CHAI teams in new geographies so they can effectively scope work while benefiting from the larger vaccine program’s institutional knowledge, including specific best practices and lessons learned from existing country programs
- Travel to focus countries for key meetings with government or partners
3) Support grant management and reporting in areas of focus
- Prepare high-quality updates and reports for donors and CHAI management, including achievements, future plans, and risks/opportunities
- Provide input to action plans to help country teams meet grant objectives
4) Support development of vaccines program around areas of focus (e.g., strategy, new grants)
- Review results from field work with an eye toward shaping strategic direction
- Contribute to the writing of new proposals
- Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, social science (with quantitative experience) preferred
- 3+ years of professional experience in the private or public sector, ideally in a consulting firm with analytical responsibilities
- Exceptional skills in problem-solving, research and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data (including quantitative modeling, data analysis, business case analysis, study design)
- Strong synthesis, presentation and communication (written and verbal) skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build relationships in a multicultural environment
- High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications, particularly MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word
- Ability to work in a high-performance environment and demonstrated flexibility to multi-task and respond to changing program needs
- Ability to operate independently, setting and achieving ambitious targets with limited guidance
- Excellent spoken and written English
- Experience working in a developing country context is desirable, as is knowledge and/or experience of immunization programs or health supply chain
- preferably masters level or above