Job Title: Access to Medicines Coordinator
Organisation: Clinton Health Access Initiative
About the Clinton Health Access Initiative:
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to life-saving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity to provide high-quality treatment.
In 2007, CHAI signed an MOU with the government of Uganda to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and strengthen health systems. Since then, CHAI has worked hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health to increase access to lifesaving pediatric HIV treatment by >400%; coordinate with private sector suppliers to lower costs and expand access to malaria drugs; pilot a point-of-care diagnostic technology, leading to scale up to >250 health facilities nationwide; introduce a new severe malaria drug which will save thousands of lives annually; and many other initiatives. Currently, CHAI Uganda works with the Ministry of Health around HIV, malaria, childhood illnesses, laboratory systems and drug logistics.
Job Summary: The Access to Medicines Coordinator will work closely with Uganda’s Ministry of Health to design and implement programs to increase the number of people accessing antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS and artemisinin-based drugs for malaria treatment. The Coordinator will work at all levels of the health system, including:
Policy: Helping the Government navigate the complex world of HIV/AIDS drugs to optimize product selection and update national treatment guidelines.
Forecasting: Supporting the Ministry of Health to analyze current drug consumption, pipeline stock, and consumption trends in order to inform drug procurement and delivery schedules.
Supply Chain: Working with the Government and partners to ensure that >600 health facilities throughout Uganda regularly receive the right mix of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and over 2,000 health facilities regularly receive the required antimalarial drugs, to ensure that patients have continual access to lifesaving treatment.
Field Work: Piloting systems to improve patient treatment in health facilities and then scaling these initiatives nationally (e.g. systems that adjust patient visit schedules to reduce wait time.)
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
· Identifying critical hurdles to increasing the number of people accessing lifesaving medicines, and developing and implementing innovative strategies to address them
· Identifying supply chain bottlenecks through comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis, including field research, data analysis, and developing pilot programs to address these bottlenecks
· Forecasting the need for drugs and diagnostics in collaboration with multiple government and NGO stakeholders
· Overseeing the procurement of commodities, tracking and processing orders, and liaising with international pharmaceuticals, the National Drug Authority, and the National Medical Stores to ensure timely delivery
· Monitoring stock levels of HIV drugs throughout the country and negotiating the transfer of commodities in order to minimize avoidable stock outs at facilities
· Identifying and pursuing new areas of work and partnerships that will have dramatic and leveraged impact on health outcomes for patients
· Navigating political complexities to build and maintain strong working relationships with senior stakeholders in government, international partners, donors and NGOs, and ensure coordination of resources and efforts
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
· Minimum of 2 years professional experience in a demanding, results-oriented environment
· Experience conceiving, planning, and executing complex programs or projects with verifiable results
· Exceptional leadership potential and strategic development skills, and the ability to identify and pursue high-impact strategies in complex and evolving environments
· Highly motivated with outstanding credentials and a strong record of achievement
· Exceptional analytical (quantitative and qualitative) and communication (written and verbal) skills, including mastery of Excel and PowerPoint
· Entrepreneurial mindset, including the ability to work independently, self-motivate, and propose and implement new initiatives
· Ability to perform in high-pressure situations, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and set priorities
· Strong desire to work in a fast-paced, limited-structure environment
· Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information
· Must exhibit a passion for results and a commitment to excellence
· CHAI places great value on the following qualities: flexibility, resourcefulness, responsibility, persistence, independence, energy, and work ethic
· Master’s Degree (preferably in Business, Public Health or related field) is preferred
· Experience in a rigorous private sector environment such as strategy consulting or finance
· Experience working in public health, particularly with a focus on HIV/AIDS or logistics
· Expertise in IT and mHealth applications
How to apply:
Please apply to this position at https://careers-chai.icims.com/jobs/3076/access-to-medicines-coordinator/job
Deadline: 31 Jan 2013
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