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Senior Research Study Coordinator Non-profit Careers - Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Organisation: Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Access to HIV Medicines Program Manager

About US:
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 required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Since its establishment in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, CHAI has worked on the demand and supply sides of the market to help more than 2 million HIV+ people access the medicines needed for treatment—representing nearly half of all people and 2 out of 3 children on HIV/AIDS treatment in developing countries. Building on this model, CHAI has expanded its scope to include efforts to strengthen healthcare delivery systems and to combat malaria and childhood illnesses.

Job Summary: The Senior Research Study Coordinator will work with the Uganda Ministry of Health to conduct a study to determine effects of strengthened facility level patient tracking systems on the retention children and adolescents receiving antiretroviral treatment. This work once concluded will support MOH develop national scale up plans of key strategies that are aimed at improving retention all patients in care. The Senior Research Study Coordinator will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including quantitative analysis, and leading stakeholder meetings to gain consensus on proposed recommendations. The Senior Research Study Coordinator will also spend time in the field, supporting study implementation activities and data collection at all levels of care.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The incumbent will play focal role in the identification of bottlenecks to retention in care through comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis, including field research, literature review and Key Informant Interviews
  • Develop a Study Protocol on interventions to improve retention rates amongst PLWHA receiving ART services in Uganda
  • Prepare a work plan for study planning, initiation, implementation and closure
  • Pursue IRB approval for implementation of research involving human participants
  • Carry out trainings at health facility level on strategies to improve rates of retention in care amongst PLWHA on ART
  • Work with the CHAI and MOH M&E Teams to monitor progress of the study
  • Prepare periodic updates to MOH on study progress, including interim and final study outcomes
  • Prepare the final report of the study and coordinate dissemination efforts in country and beyond
  • Serve as the main focal point person for the study with both in country, global team and MOH teams
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned. 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree with exceptional experience or Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics or any related field
  • At least three to five years’ experience in public health or research with good applied analytical skills.
  • Significant exposure and experience in Operations Research is an added advantage especially within the Uganda Health context
  • Previous experience in writing and publishing research is an added advantage
  • Demonstrated analytical skills with computerized packages including Microsoft office packages such as MS Excel or STATA
  • Prior exposure and experience working in Africa and/or developing countries and a good knowledge of Uganda AIDS Control Programme and Health systems is an added advantage.
  • Previous experience in working in public health, HIV or other infectious diseases
  • The Senior Research Study Coordinator must be a strategic thinker with exceptional quantitative skills and experience in managing complex programs, and/or research studies
  • The incumbent should have knowledge of public healthcare in resource limited settings, preferably in Sub Saharan Africa and easily understand the factors affecting patient retention on ART and be able to derive hypotheses on how to address these bottlenecks to quality of care. S/he must exhibit a passion for results and a commitment to excellence.
  • The incumbent should be a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials, analytical ability, and communication skills.
  • The Senior Research Study Coordinator must be able to function independently and flexibly, be a strong team player, build strong professional relationships, and have a strong commitment to excellence.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills, including advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to work in a diverse team
  • Ability to navigate complex government processes with multiple influencers and to negotiate and achieve consensus
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly and synthesize a broad range of information
  • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to travel in remote areas with limited services ~50% of the time
  • Strong work ethic and flexibility
  • CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic

How to Apply:
All candidates who wish to join the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to Apply Online by visiting Link below.



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