Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
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.