Health Jobs – Malaria Diagnostics Coordinator at Clinton Health Access Initiative

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 Malaria Diagnostics Coordinator will work with the Malaria Program Manager to support the Ministry of Health and the private sector to enhance access to malaria diagnostics and medicines, with an emphasis on the private sector. It is estimated that ~60% of care and treatment in Uganda is sought in the private sector, yet a number of barriers can impede access to appropriate drugs and diagnostics, including high prices, limited product availability, and low provider/retailer awareness of treatment guidelines.
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
·         Provide technical assistance to MOH and private sector stakeholders on the introduction of RDTs, including forecasting, procurement and stock management in the public and private sectors
·         Analyze and map the private sector value chain to identify key decision makers and areas of inefficiency
·         Conduct market analyses and develop business cases to demonstrate to suppliers the market potential
·         Enhancement of private suppliers’ promotion efforts, including detailing and CMEs
·         Exploration of distribution opportunities beyond traditional pharmaceutical channels
·         Work with the Global Malaria Diagnostics Team to ensure CHAI’s resources and expertise are fully leveraged to meet needs in-country
·         Other responsibilities, as needed
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
·         At least two years of work experience in a demanding, results-oriented environment
·         Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop strong relationships in a challenging environment
·         Highly motivated individual who exhibits a passion for results and a commitment to excellence
·         Strong communications skills, both written and oral
·         Excellent problem solving, analytical, and quantitative skills, including fluency in Excel and PowerPoint
·         Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently
·         Ability to learn on the job quickly and absorb/synthesize a broad range of information
·         Ability to work within limited budgets and human resources
·         Strong work ethic and flexibility
·         CHAI places great value on the following qualities: flexibility, resourcefulness, responsibility, persistence, independence, energy and work ethic
Advantages:
·         Advanced degree in business, medicine, public health, or a related field
·         Experience working in management consulting, finance or a similarly quantitative/analytical capacity
·         Experience working in public health, especially diagnostics or malaria
·         Experience in private sector supply and distribution, ideally in the pharmaceutical or Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) fields

How to apply:
Deadline: 31 Jan 2013
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