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. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has launched an ambitious effort to scale-up access to treatment for diarrhea and pneumonia, which combined, kill over 1.5 million children every year. Working with the governments of five high-burden countries and leading global institutions, CHAI’s Essential Medicines team is supporting intensified efforts at both global and country levels to plan, resource, and implement effective interventions for scaling-up access to treatment for these conditions – specifically zinc and ORS for diarrhea, and amoxicillin and oxygen for pneumonia. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Essential Medicines team has expanded its oxygen work to ten countries, supporting pandemic response efforts while strengthening long-term oxygen systems planning.
CHAI is seeking a Technical Associate to provide technical and operational support to the Essential Medicines team, country teams, and stakeholders on the relevant supply mix to scale up access to oxygen, and to coordinate relationships with key stakeholders in government, private sector partners, donors, and NGOs. Through rigorous analysis, the TA will work alongside program teams and the Technical Advisor to collaborate on high-impact strategies in program countries, in a globally complex landscape. This position is intended to support several country teams that are at various stages of implementation, with a range of programmatic needs. The level of responsibility for execution will vary, from research/drafting of materials, to coordination of activities, to implementation support.
Please note that the location for this position is flexible and can be based in any CHAI Program Countries in Africa (depending on Country Leadership approval) or the US. This is a short-term position, anticipated from June 2021-December 2021.
- Collaborate on the development of technical guidance documents and materials for oxygen systems application: supporting CHAI and MOH on technical design, development, production and use of oxygen equipment and ancillary system needs
- Support stakeholders to address the planning, technology selection, specification requirements, forecasting & quantification, procurement, distribution and maintenance for proper utilization of oxygen systems and pneumonia and hypoxemia diagnostic equipment
- Draft responses to technical inquiries on oxygen equipment and devices from key internal and external stakeholders, and coordinate with the team on their dissemination. Provide support in the development of SOPs on use including, maintenance
- Provide support to in-country staff to facilitate timely registration, import licensing, custom/port inspection of oxygen technologies and diagnostic equipment
- Conduct assessments of the manufacturing capacity, quality management systems and product design as assigned by the Technical Advisor
- Assist with markets landscaping through market analysis, collating market intelligence, and conducting research for price negotiations
- Research and review component suppliers and original equipment manufacturers
- Stay informed on emerging technology and research developments in the field, both nationally and internationally, and disseminate this information to broader team
- Other responsibilities as requested by supervisor
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in biomedical engineering or other areas closely related to engineering strongly preferred, plus 1-3 years related work experience, with a focus of working in developing countries, preferably spanning engineering (e.g., design, production) as well as commercial (e.g., product strategies, sales) areas of the private sector.
- Ability to quickly understand new technology and complexities in its design, manufacturing, and usage is a must for this position. Also required is familiarity with commercial aspects of product development, including (but not limited to) formulating profitable business models, identifying and decreasing costs of goods sold, achieving greater economies of scale, maximizing returns on investment
- Experience and confidence working in a dynamic environment with a variety of stakeholders in external agencies, government partners, and Ministries of Health
- Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write in a clear and concise manner and draft technical advice and guidance taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders and partners
- Proven negotiating and interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and resolve issues in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics. Diplomacy, tact and courtesy. Knowledge of health systems an asset.
- Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently, self-motivate, and propose new initiatives
- Strong desire to work in a fast-paced, limited-structure, high-pressure, multicultural environment
- Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations handle competing priorities
- Ability to rapidly absorb and synthesize a broad range of information, including technical information
- Familiarity with medical device quality management systems, including IMDRF countries’ regulatory frameworks and requirements as well as standards compliance, for the development, testing, production and continued QA/QC of medical devices
- Demonstrated knowledge of oxygen systems and equipment and biomedical products, complemented by sound knowledge of the legal and regulatory aspects of standard diagnostic tools recognized by regional and international professional networks