Job: Senior Associate, Global SRH, East & Southern Africa

Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 02 Mar 2018

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.

Program Summary
Every year over 300,000 mothers die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth with 99% of all maternal deaths occurring in the developing world. Unintended pregnancies also contribute significantly to maternal mortality. In developing countries, 214 million women and girls have an unmet need for contraception, meaning they want to avoid or postpone pregnancy but are not using a modern contraceptive method. CHAI takes an integrated Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health (SRMNH) approach to addressing these challenges, beginning with reaching adolescents with reproductive health education and services, and continues with supporting women through their reproductive years to ensure every woman is able to realize her reproductive intentions including: avoid unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, terminate a pregnancy safely under a country's legal framework, have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth, see her newborn thrive from birth to childhood, and space and limit births.

To reduce maternal and neonatal mortality at childbirth CHAI focuses on averting preventable deaths that can occur in the 24- to 48-hour window around the birth process 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 and increase access to safe abortion services, 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.

Underlying CHAI's approach is the development of effective, government-led management systems that serve as the backbone towards facilitating program implementation, supports transition and enables governments to sustain progress, while also providing for the continued growth and evolution of a country's SRMNH program. In particular, clear protocols for each level of the health system and routine data collection mechanisms that monitor key indicators are established and strengthened to enable managers to ensure clarity of roles and responsibilities, develop data-based long-term plans, pinpoint weaknesses in the system and troubleshoot challenges.

Position Summary

CHAI's Global SRH Team is seeking a highly motivated individual with superior problem-solving and communication skills who is resourceful, collaborative, and proficient in quantitative analysis to support the programmatic efforts of CHAI's SRH program in the East and Southern Africa region. The candidate must have a passion for results and a commitment to excellence.

The candidate should have experience working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment and functioning independently with minimal guidance. The role will provide support to at least 6 country teams across the East and Southern Africa region to improve sexual, reproductive health service delivery. Therefore the candidate must have excellent relationship-building and communication skills and ability to work effectively with others remotely.

The position will support country teams to remain abreast of global best practices and evidence related to SRH and to translate this information into improvements in country-specific programs and approaches. The role will be expected to work collaboratively with country teams to design programs, identify country-specific opportunities for improving SRH service delivery, document and evaluate progress, and communicate lessons learned. In addition, this position will support country teams to design and conduct analyses that inform program strategy, monitor and evaluate program progress toward milestones, and develop and implement data-driven systems for performance management. This role requires that the candidate be flexible to respond to the changing needs and priorities of the programs in each country.

CHAI is seeking a qualified candidate to support the program needs across East and South Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia). The Global SRH Senior Associate will be responsible for supporting CHAI's efforts in one of these three regions. The Senior Associate will report to the Global SRH Program Manager. Base location is flexible, with a strong preference for CHAI SRH program countries in East and Southern Africa. Expected travel is 40%.

Specific responsibilities of the Global SRH Senior Associate will include:

Technical Assistance
  • Support country teams to develop targeted MOH plans (map existing resources, identify gaps and the greatest opportunities for impact, and develop strategic and operational business plans that prioritize select high-value interventions) to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, to reduce unmet need and reach additional users of contraception and increase access to safe abortion and postabortion care services where applicable
  • Provide country teams with global guidance and evidence required to support development of national SRMNH related policies, protocols, and guidelines to support greater access to family planning and legal abortion services and postabortion care
  • Support country teams to identify gaps in country-specific SRMNH-related training and mentorship programs and to strengthen overall training and mentorship delivery (e.g. Upgrade national training modules; Conduct a geographic gap analysis to identify high priority districts and states for intensified training)
  • Create relevant documents and tools to support program activities (e.g. health system process flows, health provider job aids, training materials, program overview materials)
  • Provide technical and analytical support to country teams to introduce new and/or underutilized products (e.g. Emergency Contraception, mifepristone, misoprostol) and integrate products into the supply chain where necessary, including logistics information system; Liaise with Global SRH Supply Chain Associate as needed
  • Provide technical support on supply chain related activities; Liaise with Global SRH Supply Chain Associate
  • Provide technical support to country teams to cost programmatic approaches and/or conduct resource mapping exercises to inform Ministry of Health program and resource allocation decision making.
  • Conduct cost and impact modeling of various program approaches to inform decision-making
  • Provide forecasting and quantification to CHAI country teams; Liaise with SRH Global Supply Chain Associate
  • Provide technical support to country teams as requested (e.g. school sex education curriculum design)
  • Provide analytical support as requested
Program Strategy and Management
  • Provide strategic and programmatic support for the design, planning and implementation of high-impact work with country teams to sustainably transform management and service delivery systems in CHAI focus countries
  • Provide input on the high-level approach needed to meet in-country grant and program objectives in line with the program strategy
  • Develop and support use of project work plan and deliverable management tools
  • Contribute to donor reports and help coordinate input across countries
Program Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Support country team M&E staff to develop, maintain and update comprehensive, feasible M&E frameworks that will generate credible, actionable and timely information
  • Support development data collection tools such as databases, survey instruments and data collection protocols; and data management and analysis tools such as indicator dashboards to monitor ongoing field work if requested
  • Collaborate with country teams to establish baseline and endline measures and conduct other formative research as necessary
  • Support country teams with data analysis, including data quality assessments, to support optimization of country program strategies
  • Support country teams to set ambitious yet feasible targets, to monitor progress toward set targets and to modify implementation as needed to achieve/exceed targets
  • Synthesize and disseminate results and key learnings from M&E activities across teams
Knowledge Management
  • Inform program activities based on global evidence base, insightful analytical perspective, and lessons learned from CHAI and other partners
  • Document and disseminate relevant industry best practice and key CHAI program learnings across country teams
  • Support country teams to design communication tools to regularly communicate project progress and status with internal and external stakeholders
  • Work collaboratively with Global SRH Team, Global MNH Team, Global Markets Team (GMT), Applied Analytics other relevant CHAI global teams, and CHAI country teams to achieve project goals
  • Frequent travel to countries within East and Southern Africa
Other responsibilities as needed
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field with a minimum of 5 years of experience or Master's degree in a related field with a minimum of 4 years of work experience in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel skills and high level of proficiency in PowerPoint and Word
  • Work experience in a results-oriented environment
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and quantitative skills, and ability to use data to inform program development and strategy
  • Willingness to work with a geographically dispersed team across multiple time zones
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and an ability to manage challenging multi-cultural, multi-stakeholder situations to achieve intended results
  • Demonstrated capacity to synthesize evidence into an effective presentations and actionable recommendations for broad range of audiences
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work well under pressure
  • Self-motivation and comfort working independently with little oversight
  • Experience working in developing countries
  • Ability to travel extensively to focus countries and other locations as needed for work
  • Prior experience in SRMNH, particularly FP, PPFP, PAC, safe abortion, adolescent health, sex education, FP/HIV integration
  • Supply chain experience a plus
  • Experience designing and managing program monitoring and evaluation plans a plus
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