Associate, Congenital Syphilis
Clinton Health Access Initiative Inc
Pretoria, South Africa
4d ago

Overview

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.

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CHAI approaches some of the most pressing issues in global health with a business-oriented strategy to fundamentally change the underlying economics.

  • CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for diagnosis and treatment;
  • accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs.

    By addressing global market failures and accelerating access to the most effective, high-quality health products at affordable and sustainable prices, CHAI helps patients access the care and treatment they need.

    Team Overview :

    Over the last few decades, South Africa’s Department of Health (DoH) has made significant progress in increasing access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Maternal and Neonatal Health services in South Africa.

    However, gaps still exist. Within syphilis, infections among pregnant women are a leading cause of adverse birth outcomes, including stillbirth and neonatal deaths.

    It is estimated that 7.7% of stillbirths worldwide and 11.2% in sub-Saharan Africa are attributable to syphilis. Testing women for syphilis during antenatal care (ANC) visits and then providing treatment with an inexpensive antibiotic, has been shown to result in an 82% reduced risk of stillbirths and 80% reduction in neonatal mortality attributable to syphilis.

    In addition to saving lives, this also reduces the risk of complications from pre-term births, low birth weight, and neonatal syphilis infections.

    To address the congenital syphilis burden, CHAI South Africa’s (CHAI SA) team is supporting the DoH at national and provincial levels design and implement a comprehensive approach to improve maternal syphilis testing and treatment.

    Ultimately creating sustained momentum which paves the way for the elimination of congenital syphilis in South Africa

    Position Overview :

    CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with proven relationship management skills, excellent analytical ability and strong communication skills in the Congenital Syphilis program in South Africa.

    The Associate will input to a growing CHAI team and will be expected to support the DoH create evidence-based strategic plans that are translated into costed operational plans to ensure the execution of effective, high-impact interventions.

    The Associate will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks, from quantitative analysis to collaborating with stakeholders and will be expected to lead areas of engagement relating to costed investment cases, improvements in supply chain related data integrity, market intelligence, demand forecasting and quantification.

    Responsibilities

    The Associate will be based in Pretoria, South Africa and report to the to the relevant Program Manager. S / he will :

  • Perform financial / economic analysis of key health systems investments and intervention related to sexual reproductive health, maternal neonatal health and / or congenital syphilis to highlight investment areas in which to maximize value for money and public as impact with the aim to inform decision making on those investments;
  • Support NDoH in all aspects of strategy, costing, planning and implementation, ensuring CHAI’s ongoing alignment with the DoH strategic goals and priorities;
  • Compile, synthesize and analyse data to inform the development of assessments, training materials, reports and other program materials to ensure effective program execution
  • Develop thorough understanding of the healthcare, pharmaceutical and diagnostic landscape related to the medicines and equipment portfolio within South Africa and globally including key priorities, challenges and gaps in order to inform program development;
  • Manage development and presentation of medicines and equipment forecasting and quantification analysis to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Translate objectives provided by the government, donors, and other partner organizations into clear activity plans, and provide guidance to SRH team and DoH on prioritization of initiatives;
  • Manage and establish collaborative relationships with the DoH, suppliers, partner organizations and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Participate in working group(s) to support evidence generation for implementation of initiatives to optimize access to medicines and equipment;
  • Ensure communication and alignment of activities across government and partner stakeholders efforts and across other CHAI programs in South Africa to ensure coordination and successful execution of the program;
  • Represent the program in meetings and workshops;
  • Support the Program Manager on key deliverables and ad-hoc requirements, as needed.
  • Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, Public Health, Business or a related field;
  • A minimum of two years professional experience in a private or public sector setting and with increasing levels of responsibility and experience;
  • Advanced problem solving, analytical, and quantitative skills, including significant experience working in Excel (modeling) and PowerPoint, and presenting findings and recommendations ((analytical skills and proficiency levels will be evaluated during recruiting process);
  • Entrepreneurial mindset; demonstrated ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems, in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment;
  • Strategically minded, able to think creatively around long-term program objectives and the detailed steps necessary to achieve these goals;
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task with a strong commitment to excellence, both internally and externally, and with limited structural support;
  • Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills;
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to navigate complex governmental and organizational processes and favorably influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner;
  • Willingness to travel within South Africa as needed.
  • Advantages :

  • Experience using statistical software, such as Stata, SAS, SPSS or R;
  • Demonstrated experience managing demanding work plans and tight budgets;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems;
  • Demonstrated ability to be effective in high-pressure situations and adapt to fast-paced and changing; environments with a strong commitment to excellence, both internally and externally, and with limited structural or operational support;
  • Management consulting or other relevant private and public-sector experience.
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