Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
CHAI provides technical assistance to the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation in three key focus areas: Human Resources for Health (HRH), Supply Chain (SC) and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). The former were establish in country in 2015 and played a vital role in post-Ebola recovery efforts. Sierra Leone has the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world, with 1,360 mothers dying for every 100,000 live births. This makes Sierra Leone one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, especially an adolescent woman. Childbearing begins at a young age: 34% of pregnancies occur amongst teenage girls and 28% of adolescents (aged 15-19) have begun childbearing, representing one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world. Almost half (46.8%) of deaths among adolescent girls are related to complications in childbirth and 40% of maternal deaths are related to teenage pregnancy.
To reduce maternal mortality, CHAI focuses on averting preventable deaths by building the health system’s capabilities to prevent potential complications from becoming life-threatening, to apply proven and simple interventions to ensure survival, and to quickly refer cases to the appropriate health system level for proper treatment. To reduce unintended pregnancies, CHAI aims to increase access to essential reproductive health products and services in partnership with governments by pursuing global and country-focused market-shaping opportunities and in-country engagement around guidelines, registration, tendering, procurement and service delivery. In addition, CHAI aims to strengthen government health systems and build the capabilities of ministries of health to deliver robust, integrated reproductive health programs and to counsel adolescent girls and young women on SRH.
CHAI entered this space in Sierra Leone in late 2017 with an initial focus on increasing access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). The Sierra Leone SRH team will continue to build upon this initiative with a more comprehensive view to target adolescents, post-partum women, and other vulnerable populations with improved access to essential health commodities and services.
The Associate, Marketing and Business Development for Sexual and Reproductive Health will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of a demand generation campaign to increase awareness around sexual reproductive health, with a focus on family planning. The Associate will also be responsible for developing and coordinating high-impact supply and promotion partnerships with implementing NGOs, social businesses and religious bureaus to reach people at the bottom of the pyramid. This role will involve keen operational experience and require creative, transformational thinking.
Key skills are: relationship building, presentation skills, deck/pitch development, design thinking, marketing, communication, creativity, cross-functional experience, quantitative skills (analysis in MS Excel, Stata or similar)
The Associate will spend ~15% of his/her time travelling domestically, primarily to regions with limited facilities.