Senior Associate, Community Case Management

Clinton Health Access Initiative, United States

Skill Required: Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Apply By: 
14th November, 2017


Job Description

Overview

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. ("CHAI") is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.

CHAI's global malaria program provides management and technical 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. 

Overview of role

One of CHAI's primary areas of focus is providing access to critical malaria commodities, including diagnosis and treatment. As countries move closer to elimination, it becomes imperative that all cases are confirmed by parasitological diagnostic test prior to receiving treatment with antimalarial drugs and subsequently reported into the national surveillance system. While many countries have made great progress to making confirmatory diagnosis available, work remains to promote and ensure access at the community level. Low testing rates, poor treatment adherence and presumptive treatment of fever cases weakens the quality of surveillance data, wastes anti-malarial drugs, contributes to drug resistance, prolongs transmission and diverts or delays treatment of the true causes of infection. In recent years, CHAI has supported programs to extend access to diagnosis and treatment into the community through a number of projects across its regions.  Activities include but are not limited to design and implementation of community health worker training, supportive supervision, community sensitization and community based direct observational treatment (CB DOT) programs.

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to help develop, strengthen and expand our expertise in supporting these community health worker programs across our regions (Meso America & Hispaniola, East and West Africa, Southern Africa, Greater Mekong Sub region).  The Senior Associate will have relevant (field) experience in designing, implementing and monitoring community health workers programs, bring outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills, and be able to work independently and have deep personal commitment to producing results. CHAI places great value on the resourcefulness, tenacity, patience, humility, and high ethical standards of its staff.  

This role requires travel to areas of high risk.

This role has flexibility to be based in a CHAI program country, pending country team leadership approval.

Responsibilities

  • Help shape and improve existing and future CHW related interventions across CHAI's regions
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to CHAI country teams leading the malaria program and to external stakeholders where relevant (e.g., government bodies, non-governmental organizations)
  • Provide ad-hoc support to national malaria programs to help them make evidence-based plans and execute effective programs
  • Draft presentations and reports for internal and external stakeholders
  • Coordinate meetings and facilitate knowledge sharing between the government program and partner organizations in the region to ensure coordination
  • Provide program and budget updates for donor reporting and best practice sharing
  • Additional responsibilities as needed by supervisor

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 3-5 years of work experience in community health worker programs in remote settings in developing countries
  • Exceptional problem-solving solving skills and analytical capabilities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Skill in making persuasive presentations and written reports
  • Strong organizational abilities and detail-oriented approach that does not lose sight of the bigger picture
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently
  • 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

Advantages:

  • Advanced degree
  • Knowledge of malaria
  • Experience with infectious disease control programs
  • Working knowledge/fluency in Spanish

Source:https://careers-chai.icims.com/jobs/7521/senior-associate%2c-community-case-management---malaria/job?branding=hashed%3D-43583...


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