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Senior Associate, New Vaccines Introduction and Service Delivery

Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc

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1 week ago

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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:

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 is seeking a Senior Associate to join the Global Vaccines Delivery team to support CHAI's work in improving coverage and equity through new vaccine introductions and enhancing service delivery across focus countries. The Senior Associate will operate at both country-level and global-level to provide strategic and programmatic support.

Projects could include:

Diagnose supply- and demand- side service delivery bottlenecks and developing strategies and interventions for improvement; Re-design service delivery strategies for reaching un- and under- vaccinated children; Develop robust monitoring and evaluation frameworks in which to assess impact of interventions; Support governments in codifying results for advocacy to affect policy and practice changes & designing strategies for scale up and sustainbility; Support decision making on new vaccine introductions, robust planning and budgeting for new vaccine rollout, identifying risks to successful introductions, diagnose bottlenecks and designing bottleneck mitigation strategies pre- and post-introduction, identify concrete opportunities and best practices for simultaneously boosting new and routine immunization coverage

This is an opportunity to join a fast paced, energized, matrixed team focused on implementing lasting, transformational impact to the global vaccines delivery space. Candidates should be experienced at analyzing & presenting data and messaging powerfully through written documents and presentations; working collaboratively in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment; and functioning independently with minimal guidance. This role is perfect for someone with management consulting or analytical experience, who is motivated and mission-oriented with strong quantitative, problem-solving, and cross-cultural communication skills.

Immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions in history. National immunization programs reach > 100 million infants every year and have averted globally two to three million deaths every year since the launch of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) in 1974, whilst the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and rotavirus vaccines could save ~1 million lives per year. Furthermore, great advances in discovering and financing new vaccines provides a great opportunity for countries to further reduce burden of disease such as human papillomavirus (HPV). Despite these successes, 1.5 million children still die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases, many of them in low-income countries, as immunization programs there face unprecedented challenges.

Since 2010, CHAI has worked to save lives and reduce the burden from vaccine preventable diseases by improving access to immunization services in resource-limited setting by strengthening national immunization programs and by leveraging its experience in-country to improve the global immunization ecosystem. CHAI is pursuing six complementary strategic goals:

Improving affordability and supply security of immunization products; Accelerating the uptake of new or under-utilized vaccines; Enhancing the performance of vaccine cold chain and logistics systems to increase effective immunization coverage; Improving the design and implementation of service delivery to reach the unreached Supporting successful transition from Gavi support; and Strengthening the management system and capacity of immunization programs

The team is open to other base locations where CHAI operates and pending country team leadership approval. Strong preference for sub-saharan Africa or a similar time zone.


Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

At the Country level, provide strategic and programmatic support to the design and implementation of in-country work within a portfolio of focus countries:

Contribute to the design, planning and implementation of high-impact work to meet in-country grant and program objectives related to immunization management systems, in line with the program strategy Inform country teams of developments in global practices and policies to support strategic decision making, program strategy, and implementation at the national or subnational level Develop strong relationships with country team counterparts and provide leadership and direct technical and analytical support in furtherance of country-specific objectives and activities Be thoughtful about what it takes to make sustainable, meaningful change in health systems in developing countries

At the Global level, provide strategic and programmatic support to inform the global community and to develop CHAI’s vaccines program

Inform global practices & policies based on robust evidence base, insightful analytical perspective, and lessons learned from CHAI and other partners to immunization service delivery and increase coverage & equity Develop relationships with key stakeholders in relevant areas (ie. Gavi, WHO, UNICEF SD, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH, JSI, Sabin and establish yourself as a respected and trusted thought leader in this area of focus within CHAI and within the global immunization community Disseminate CHAI's programmatic insights to the global immunization community to inform policy and practices Support thought leadership and development of CHAI's vaccines program, in collaboration with program and country leadership, including program/country objectives and strategies as well as scoping and development of new grants Provide direct technical support to the development, iteration/improvement, and dissemination of programmatic “toolkit”. Elements of the toolkits may include, but are not limited to, resource allocation and planning of outreach sessions, global policies, tools, and lessons learned Assess progress against overall theory of change, objectives & milestones for service delivery; recommend improvements and help prepare high-quality briefings for donors and CHAI management Contribute as a member of the global vaccine team to the effectiveness and collegiality of the team, help identify opportunities and improve CHAI’s vaccines program and team


Bachelor's degree (Masters-level or above in business, finance, or health science preferred)+ at least 5 years of relevant professional experience in public or private sector Exceptional Technical Capacity, including: outstanding problem-solving and strategic thinking skillsstrong data analysis and/or experience with quantitative modeling and study designproficiency at Microsoft Excel or other data-analysis tools (specialized modeling or programing experience is NOT required)program management capability (basic planning +organization, ability to outline process steps and manage small to medium sized projects at either the country or global level or support and oversight from Manager, NVISD) Excellent Communication and Relationship Management: strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication, both written and verbal, including skills in English (synthesis & presentation) with diverse audience; demonstrated capacity to synthesize evidence into effective presentations and actionable recommendations for broad range of audiences; including Ministries of Health, global donors and policy makersproven track record of building strong & effective working relationships remotelyproven ability to influence without authority (in decision making, to achieve consensus or alignment, or to drive programmatic work) Team Culture + Autonomy:comfort working in ambiguous circumstances to solve problems, excellent ability to work independently, set and achieve ambitious targets with limited guidance, and manage competing and sometimes shifting priorities, often under tight or shifting deadlinesproven ability to work collaboratively in a multicultural, matrixed environment;ability to travel extensively (at least 35% of time) to focus countries and other locations as needed for work Sense of humor and resilience


Knowledge and experience in vaccines, health systems strengthening, and/or health financing Experience working in management consulting, investment banking, or similar fast-paced, output-oriented environments First-hand experience of strategy development and/or decision-making (. cost-benefit analysis), with previous exposure to strategy work Experience working with government and in developing countries, notably in Sub-Saharan Africa Professional proficiency in a second language of a vaccine program country

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