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 – Regional Manager, Africa
CHAI is seeking a Regional Manager to guide the provision of technical and operational assistance to national and sub-national malaria control programs in West Africa including but not limited to Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Benin. 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 French and 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.
Your Responsibilities at CHAI
Coordinate CHAI’s support to national malaria programs in West Africa to help strengthen systems and achieve audacious programmatic goals on aggressive timelines
Work closely with CHAI country offices and global technical staff 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 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
Support program design and development in new countries, including direct support to national malaria programs (where relevant)
Prioritize and coordinate support from global technical teams to backstop in-country activities, ensure technical soundness of strategies, and achieve program progressSupport development of annual work plans and assist country teams to manage effective implementation of planned activities
Monitor program activities against project goals and donor commitments, identify operational bottlenecks or weaknesses, and help 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
Streamline communications and knowledge-sharing between global, regional, and country-based team-members
Facilitate coordination of activities between country offices within the region and act as liaison for learning from other regions
Synthesize CHAI’s best practices, products, and approaches and work to institutionalize knowledge to maintain consistency of CHAI support across countries and regions
Support grant management, including development of concept notes, proposals, donor reports, and contractual agreements, and coordinate development of programmatic and financial updates.
Represent CHAI at regional meetings and conferences, and develop and maintain relationships with regional partners to ensure coordinated activities.
Identify regional financial or staffing gaps and support development of donor proposals or other solutions to fill them
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
English and French fluency
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 West Africa, including to countries with high security risks
Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations in Africa
Knowledge of malaria or other global infectious diseases;
Experience living or working in high-risk countries