Type: Full Time
Program (Division) Infectious Disease – Global Malaria
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.
Several countries in the Southern Africa region have committed to eliminate malaria by 2020. To reach this target, countries will need to rapidly detect and effectively treat infections, to identify and aggressively target areas where malaria transmission persists, and to coordinate efforts closely to ensure movements of people and parasites do not jeopardize success. Achievement of this goal across the region will bring the world one step closer to global malaria eradication. CHAI is supporting malaria programs in South Africa, Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana to strengthen surveillance systems, devise targeted and evidence-based plans, successfully implement these plans, scale-up interventions in high-risk and hard-to-reach populations, and to coordinate activities regionally.
Overview of Role:
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills. This individual will support surveillance, analytics, and mapping activities related to malaria elimination efforts. The Research Associate, Surveillance and Analytics will focus initially focus on supporting Namibia as well as Botswana, Zimbabwe then may extend to support other countries where CHAI is working in Sub-Saharian Africa. As such, the individual will work with a number of individuals on 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 partner with government programs, academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s work is complementary and not duplicative. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.
- Contributing to the strengthening of surveillance systems for malaria:
- Assisting to monitor and evaluate the performance of existing and new surveillance platforms, in collaboration with the malaria health informatics team at CHAI;
- Supporting the design, roll-out and evaluation of community health workers programs, in collaboration with the malaria commodity access team at CHAI;
- Supporting integration of data use and analysis in routine programmatic activities at all levels in the health system;
- Ability to appropriately and concisely visualize data in the form of maps and graphs;
- Generating technical evidence to support the acceleration towards malaria elimination:
- Managing analytical projects related to malaria epidemiology, intervention and surveillance, as required
- Organizing and merging available data, assessing its quality and suitability for analysis and conducting statistical analyses (regressions, time series and other relevant methods);
- Supporting design, implementation, analysis and dissemination of research projects related to surveillance, intervention and entomology, including identifying knowledge gaps, conducting literature reviews, formulating concept notes and protocols, training data collectors, monitoring the implementation of the surveys, analyzing the collected data.
- Coordinating analytical work for intervention targeting (e.g. Indoor Residual Spraying, net distribution, health worker allocations) and monitoring of implementation as required;
- Formulating and delivering national and sub-national level training materials with a focus on analytical content (e.g. data management best practices, online data collection tools), and surveillance strengthening;
- Assisting with the development of operational plans and accompanying manuals and guidelines to support malaria case detection, case management and vector control activities;
- Synthesizing findings and disseminating them internally and externally through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications;
- Translating results to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making;
- Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government and non-governmental organizations, with support from program managers; and
- Any other tasks identified.
- Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field preferred;
- 2+ years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership;
- Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems;
- Experience in disease surveillance and strengthening information systems;
- Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems and/or public health programs;
- Experience designing and implementing operational resercah projects;
- Experience in the epidemiological and spatial analysis of disease data;
- Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations;
- Statistical and geospatial analysis programming experience (R, SAS, STATA, ArcGIS and/or other relevant software);
- High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;
- Ability to work independently in remote and unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;
- Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems;
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills; and
- Willingness to travel (30-50% of time)
- Experience living or working in resource-limited settings
- Experience working with a decentralized team;
- Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2), data collection tools (e.g. ODK) and/or data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau);