Epidemiologist, Research Associate, West Africa
Clinton Health Access Initiative Inc
Dakar, Senegal
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Overview

Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV / AIDS, malaria and other illnesses.

Based on the premise that business oriented strategy can facilitate solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to save lives, via improved organization of commodity markets and more effective local management.

By working in association with governments and other NGO partners, CHAI is focused on large scale impact and, to date, CHAI has secured lower pricing agreements for treatment options in more than 70 countries.

In addition, CHAI's teams are working side-by-side with over 30 governments to tackle many of the largest barriers to effective treatment and care.

Malaria is one of the world's most important causes of illness, death, and lost economic productivity. Over the past decade, dramatic increases in donor funding have facilitated scale-up of effective interventions to prevent, diagnosis, and treat malaria.

This investment has successfully reduced the burden of malaria in many settings, and some countries have begun planning to eliminate it altogether.

CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct management and technical support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease.

In parts of West Africa, CHAI provides technical and managerial assistance to national malaria programs in order to accelerate policy changes, ensure sufficient supply commodities, generate demand among health providers and patients and ensure adequate monitoring and troubleshooting mechanisms are in place to track progress.

In addition, CHAI is also supporting national malaria programs to identify the bottlenecks and potential solutions in surveillance systems, specifically to improve the collection, reporting, analysis and use of data for programmatic decision-making.

Benin and Burkina Faso are the newest additions to CHAI’s portfolio in the region, where initial efforts will be focused on conducting country-specific surveillance landscaping assessments.

Similar assessments are expected to be conducted in two additional countries and therefore a total of four countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Overview of Role :

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills to support the expanded surveillance and analytics scope of work across West Africa, with an initial focus on Benin and Burkina Faso.

The project will initially focus on the design and implementation of a landscaping assessment to identify of critical technical, operational and financial bottlenecks in surveillance (data collection, reporting, analysis and feedback) at all levels of the health system (health facility up to national) in 2-4 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and provide prioritized recommendations to address these gaps.

Specific activities will include : desktop review of relevant policy, scientific and grey literature, qualitative assessments of surveillance system performance through interviews with key stakeholders at national and local level, as well as other relevant partners, designing and implementing health facility survey to quantify the performance of surveillance system, and epidemiological analysis of malaria surveillance, case management, entomological and intervention data and key malaria indicators.

The individual will report to the Technical advisor for East, Central, West Africa and work with team members across CHAI’s Global, Regional and Country Malaria Teams and will therefore need to possess strong communication and organizational skills.

It is expected that the Research Associate will need to collaborate with government programs, academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s work is complementary and not duplicative other ongoing efforts.

Responsibilities

  • Implement analytical projects related to malaria epidemiology, intervention and surveillance, as required;
  • Responsible for country-level implementations of surveillance assessment protocols, and lead activities that relate to that - partner engagement, submission of IRBs, selection of data firms, training of data collection teams, monitoring data collection, data management and analysis, organization of in-country meetings Organize and merge available data, assessing its quality and suitability for analysis, data management and conduct statistical analyses
  • Appropriately and concisely visualize data in the form of charts and maps;
  • Provide technical supervision, training and ad-hoc programmatic support to staff members involved in epidemiological activities such monitoring and evaluation of existing activities, study implementation and all data cleaning, management and analysis tasks;
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions, with support from program managers;
  • Synthesize results, translate them to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making, and disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications internally and externally at international venues;
  • Any other tasks identified.
  • Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field;
  • 2 years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership, including in program management;
  • Experience conducting and managing epidemiological surveys in country, including the analysis of surveillance and survey data;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems and / or public health programs;
  • Experience working and communicating with government officials and other external partners;
  • Familiarity with disease surveillance and strengthening information systems;
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;
  • Familiarity with data entry, data management and data epidemiological analysis using statistical software (R, SAS, STATA and / or other relevant software);
  • Ability to work independently in remote and unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;
  • Ability to collaborate and operate as part of a multi-cultural team
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; and
  • Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems;
  • Willingness to travel (50% of time)
  • Fluent in English and French languages
  • Advantages :

  • Experience working in fast-paced, output-oriented environments such as management consulting, investment banking or industry;
  • Experience living or working in high-risk countries;
  • Experience working with a decentralized team;
  • Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2) and data collection tools (e.g. ODK and Survey CTO); and
  • Knowledge of malaria and / or other major global infectious disease problems
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