2 Positions at Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI): (Deadline 28 January 2021)
Health Information Technical Advisor, Hepatitis at Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI): (Deadline 28 January 2021)
Title: Health Information Technical Advisor, Hepatitis
Preferred Base Location: Kigali, Rwanda | Flexible, pending country leadership approval
Job Type: Full Time
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
Summary of Position
CHAI launched its Viral Hepatitis program in 2015 with the goal of catalyzing and rapidly scaling screening and treatment programs in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), starting with a focus in seven countries (Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Vietnam). CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a Health Information Technical Advisor to play a critical role in helping Rwanda and other program focal countries improve how to collect and analyze data to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis.
The Technical Advisor will work with CHAI staff to provide technical assistance and support to national Hepatitis Programs on the optimization and application of information technology for data collection, management, analysis, and use. This will include creating, modifying, and maintaining potentially complex and diverse surveillance platforms, system integrations, and data analytics; assessing performance and data integrity of surveillance systems; supporting training of technology solutions; monitoring and evaluating the performance of different surveillance systems, and helping staff use and troubleshoot health information systems on an ongoing basis.
This role will have a specific focus supporting strengthening and decentralization of digital systems for Rwanda’s Hepatitis program to reduce the number of patients who are lost between the screening, diagnosis, and treatment stages and ensure Rwanda remains on track to achieve Hepatitis C (HCV) elimination by 2021. The Technical Advisor will also be responsible for ensuring lessons learned, best practices, and knowledge developed on the roll-out of digital solutions in Rwanda are documented and shared with other program focal countries.
A successful candidate will need to work with team members across CHAI’s Global, Regional, and Country Hepatitis Teams and will therefore need to possess strong communication, organizational, and management skills as well as be able to work independently to drive implementation and have deep personal commitment to producing results.
Technology Solution Assessment & Design
- Work with the Ministry of Health (MoH), CHAI country team and technical advisors, and external partners to understand requirements for Hepatitis elimination and planned interventions.
- Map existing digital health systems, information flows, infrastructure, stakeholders, and partner projects.
- Develop coherent and technology-appropriate specifications for meeting requirements for each intervention, particularly DHIS2-appropriate specifications.
- Advise on strategies for collecting, storing, cleaning, and analyzing data, and producing automated reports for more efficient and effective operational response.
- Play a translational role in communicating user requirements and technical specifications to non-technical staff within CHAI management and the MoH.
Technology Project Management
- Create and manage project plans with CHAI and MoH teams, including project management processes and communication mechanisms to progressively design, develop, document, and test systems and mobile tools.
- Select, liaise, and manage sub-contractors to build and configure applications according to the defined requirements and timelines.
- Manage ongoing tracking and prioritization of software development activities. Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential challenges and roadblocks, and develop contingency plans.
- Test developer outputs and provide regular feedback on bugs and functionally to ensure solutions are being developed according to specifications.
- Support the integration of the program’s system with other existing broader systems in the Ministry of Health.
Technology Implementation and Training
- Develop training materials and help train MoH staff, focal points, and health care workers in the use of information technology, including the system to be used, devices, and any other end-user challenges.
- Develop and iterate on data outputs with the national program team and focal points to produce user-appropriate dashboards across surveillance use cases.
- Support CHAI teams and MoH stakeholders to design and implement plans to routinely assess and document the performance and use of digital solutions.
- Assist with troubleshooting throughout installation, and implementation of systems, incorporation of user feedback.
Other Program Support
- Support resource mobilization efforts for digital solutions, including developing proposals.
- Provide strategic thinking around development of appropriate, effective, and integrated digital solutions for viral hepatitis elimination and contribute to program development and strategy.
- Other responsibilities as needed.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in relevant field (information systems, computer science, medical engineering, etc.) required. Master’s degree preferred
- At least 5 years of work experience, with at least 3 years’ experience as a software developer, technical product manager, or in a similar role delivering technology solutions
- Knowledge of and experience working with DHIS2 strongly preferred
- Experience with information technology architecture and design
- Experience working on integration of information management systems
- Proven experience in implementing technology-based solutions with users, preferably for disease surveillance and in low and middle income countries
- Familiarity with emerging technologies for data collection and reporting (including experience using open source data collection tools like ODK, and BI tools like PowerBI and Tableau); comfort with developing complex data collection forms and dashboards preferred
- Experience in data management and data analysis
- Proficiency in Access, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Ability to be effective, calm, and flexible in high-pressure situations, to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and to effectively prioritize
- Ability to communicate effectively with people of varied professional and cultural backgrounds
- Ability to travel approximately 15-30% of the year
- Any statistical and geospatial analysis experience (R, SAS, STATA, ArcGIS, and/or other relevant software)
- Experience with software development best practices (code review, dev-ops, continuous integration)
- Knowledge of viral hepatitis or other global infectious diseases; and understanding of disease surveillance (including surveillance platforms) with knowledge of global health issues;
- Experience living or working in resource-limited countries;
- Familiarity with emerging technologies for web or mobile application development for data visualization and analysis
Interested candidates should apply through https://careers-chai.icims.com/jobs/10496/health-information-technical-advisor%2c-hepatitis/job
Senior Associate, Vaccines Program at Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI): (Deadline 28 January 2021)
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 Vaccines Program:
Immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions in history. Since 2010, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has worked to save lives and reduce the burden from vaccine preventable diseases by improving access to immunization services in resource-limited settings by strengthening national immunization programs.
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV 2) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2020 and partners have been working together globally and at the country, level to mitigate the spread and the impact of the disease on health systems, economies, and population wellbeing. Although Rwanda has been able to successfully contain the spread of the virus through the implementation of its COVID-19 preparedness and response plan with the support of partners including CHAI, significant risks remain as cases and deaths continue to rise globally. However, vaccines have been identified as the most promising sustainable solution to control the pandemic.
Rwanda has demonstrated its commitment to the introduction of vaccines for COVID-19 by joining the COVAX facility, the vaccines pillar of the ACT Accelerator. The ACT Accelerator is a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. As a key partner of the Rwandan Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) since 2004, CHAI is supporting the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) under the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) the implementing arm on the Ministry of Health, to plan and implement the introduction of approved COVID-19 vaccines to reach prioritized beneficiaries rapidly and effectively.
CHAI seeks a highly motivated action-oriented individual with sound analytical and interpersonal skills to be employed as a Senior Associate, Vaccines Program. S/he must be able to function independently and flexibly as well as build strong relationships with government officials and partners. Additionally, the successful candidate must be able live up to the CHAI values of humility, urgency, resourcefulness, flexibility, and work ethic. The Senior Associate will drive the CHAI Rwanda vaccines program in support of relevant institutions of government to achieve national COVID-19 vaccine introduction objectives. The initial programmatic areas of support include planning and budgeting; prioritization, targeting & surveillance; training and supervision, and strengthening of monitoring and evaluation systems. The Senior Associate, Vaccines Program will be based in Kigali, Rwanda but with some domestic travels.
The responsibilities of the Senior Associate, Vaccines Program will include the following:
- Provide technical support to the EPI team in planning and implementation of CHAI programmatic focus areas in the WHO/UNICEF COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction Readiness Assessment Tool (VIRAT)
- In liaison with relevant RBC teams, conduct detailed analytics, for example, to estimate potential numbers of target populations that will be prioritized for access to vaccines, stratified by target group and geographic location
- Finalize budgeted micro-plans for vaccination including plans for components such as demand generation, risk communications, and safety surveillance
- Develop a training plan to prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine introduction that includes key groups of participants, content topic areas, key training partners, and training methods (in-person or virtual).
- Organize and support the roll-out of virtual and/or in person training as outlined in the training plan
- Plan and execute the production and distribution of monitoring tools to eligible vaccination providers and/or the development, testing, and roll-out of any changes to electronic systems
- Organize and provide training for use of monitoring and evaluation tools and processes to traditional and new providers
- Represent CHAI at relevant technical working groups and meetings and provide appropriate technical support to the TWGs as necessary, ensuring that activities are well-coordinated and working group deliverables are met
- Develop a process report and document all lessons learned
- Perform any other duties as assigned by the Country Director.
- Minimum of four years of relevant work experience.
- Master’s degree in public health/epidemiology, vaccine science, economics, business administration, or related fields.
- Experience working closely with the government in any developing country
- Excellent understanding of immunization and vaccine issues in any developing country.
- Strong analytical and quantitative skills, including high proficiency in MS Excel.
- Experience planning, organizing, coordinating, and reporting on capacity building activities
- Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders.
- Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to adapt and manage changing priorities, timelines, and programmatic objectives
- Strong communication skills, including the ability to prepare compelling briefs, presentations, and reports.
- Ability to work independently on complex projects
- Fluency in English
Other useful skills:
- Project management experience
- Experience supporting COVID-19 response preferably in Rwanda
- Fluency in Kinyarwanda and French
Interested candidates should apply through https://careers-chai.icims.com/jobs/10748/senior-associate%2c-vaccines-program/job?