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
CHAI's global malaria program provides direct technical and operational 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
CHAI is seeking a Regional Manager to guide the provision of technical and operational assistance to a set of national and sub-national malaria control programs across Africa including but not limited to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The Regional Manager will help CHAI country programs and government partners strengthen case management, surveillance, and response systems to reduce malaria-related deaths and accelerate progress towards elimination. The candidate must have excellent communications skills, patience, and cultural sensitivity, as s/he will be working on complex topics with a diverse set of global and country partners. The Regional Manager will have significant opportunity to shape CHAI's approach to supporting malaria programs across a set of country programs. S/he will have strong quantitative analysis skills and exceptional ability to communicate the implications of analyses clearly and concisely in English. S/he will work with CHAI's country and technical teams to devise evidence-based strategic plans, manage communications across countries, regions, and teams, organize CHAI's work, and provide effective management support to execute high-impact programs.
The position requires a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills. The successful candidate does not need to have prior expertise in malaria, but s/he must have the capacity to rapidly absorb new concepts and be comfortable communicating these to a technical audience. S/he must exhibit a passion for results and commitment to excellence. The successful candidate will be able to function efficiently in a semi-independent setting, excel at multi-tasking, and drive multiple work flows forward. CHAI places great value on the following qualities in its staff: resourcefulness, responsibility, patience, tenacity, humility, independence, energy, and work ethic.
- Manage CHAI's deliverables and performance against funded grants and across countries
- Support donor engagement and management (e.g., donor reporting)
- Prioritize and coordinate support from global technical teams to backstop in-country activities, ensure technical soundness of strategies, and achieve program progress
- Support development of annual work plans and assist country teams to manage effective implementation of planned activities
- Manage program activities against project goals and donor commitments, identify operational bottlenecks or weaknesses, and work with country teams to devise solutions to strengthen programs as necessary
- Ensure the quality of products and documents produced by CHAI team members, including strategic plans, guidelines and standard operating procedures, presentations, project reports and implementation updates, and/or communications with partners
Communication & coordination:
- Support CHAI country offices to manage implementation of strategies and activities as needed, managing inputs from CHAI technical staff to improve surveillance, vector control, case management, and program management
- Synthesize CHAI's best practices, products, and approaches and work to institutionalize knowledge to maintain consistency of CHAI support across countries and regions
- Collaborate and scope opportunities with external partners to inform regional and country programs
- Facilitate coordination of activities between country offices within the region and act as liaison for learning from other regions
- Represent CHAI at regional meetings and conferences, and develop and maintain relationships with regional partners to ensure coordinated activities
- Work closely with CHAI country offices, global technical staff and partners to identify key gaps in malaria programs and health systems, devise evidence-based solutions, and develop and update evidence-based and technically sound strategic and operational plans
- Support program design and development in new countries, including direct support to national malaria programs (where relevant)
- Support the design and development of concept notes, proposals and contractual agreements as required
Other responsibilities as needed
- Master's degree in relevant field (public health, biology, social sciences, business, or a related field)
- 3-5 years of experience in a demanding private sector or public health environment, such as strategy consulting, or managing complex technical projects, with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership
- Demonstrated ability to work independently with a diverse set of counterparts, in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges
- Self-starter with demonstrated experience launching new projects or initiatives
- Strong quantitative, presentation, and writing skills, including fluency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, including report-writing skills
- Exceptional attention to detail
- Excellent organization and management skills, including time management and project management
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and set priorities in remote settings
- Ability to be effective, patient, and thoughtful in high-pressure situations
- Ability to work in a fast-paced and multicultural environment
- Demonstrated ability to learn quickly, act upon technical information and translate scientific knowledge into actionable insights for decision-making
- Strong work ethic, integrity, credibility, and dedication to CHAI's mission
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently (~60% time) and extensively across East Africa.
- Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations in Africa;
- Competency in French and/or Portuguese;
- Knowledge of malaria or other global infectious diseases;
- Experience living or working in high-risk countries.
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