Research Associate, Malaria Analytics, Surveillance, and Technology (West Africa) Vacancy at the Clinton Health Access Initiative

On 16/May/2019 / In NGO Jobs

Clinton Health Access Initiative - Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment in the developing world. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs.
 
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
 
Job Title: Research Associate, Malaria Analytics, Surveillance, and Technology
 
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
 
Overview of Role
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills to support the expanded surveillance and analytics scope of work across West Africa, with an initial focus on Benin and Burkina Faso. The project will initially focus on the design and implementation of a landscaping assessment to identify of critical technical, operational and financial bottlenecks in surveillance (data collection, reporting, analysis and feedback) at all levels of the health system (health facility up to national) in 2-4 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and provide prioritized recommendations to address these gaps. Specific activities will include: desktop review of relevant policy, scientific and grey literature, qualitative assessments of surveillance system performance through interviews with key stakeholders at national and local level, as well as other relevant partners, designing and implementing health facility survey to quantify the performance of surveillance system, and epidemiological analysis of malaria surveillance, case management, entomological and intervention data and key malaria indicators.
The individual will report to the Technical advisor for East, Central, West Africa and work with team members across CHAI’s Global, Regional and Country Malaria Teams and will therefore need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. It is expected that the Research Associate will need to collaborate with government programs, academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s work is complementary and not duplicative other ongoing efforts. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.
 
Responsibilities
Implement analytical projects related to malaria epidemiology, intervention and surveillance, as required;
Design and facilitate surveillance assessments and related projects: identifying knowledge gaps, defining research questions, protocol development, survey and sampling design, seeking IRB, formulating training material, training and monitoring survey data collectors, data management, analysis, and dissemination;
Organize and merge available data, assessing its quality and suitability for analysis, data management and conduct statistical analyses;
Appropriately and concisely visualize data in the form of charts and maps;
Provide technical supervision, training and ad-hoc programmatic support to staff members involved in epidemiological activities such monitoring and evaluation of existing activities, study implementation and all data cleaning, management and analysis tasks;
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions, with support from program managers;
Synthesize results, translate them to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making, and disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications internally and externally at international venues;
Any other tasks identified.
 
Qualifications
Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field preferred;
2 years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership, including in program management;
Experience conducting and managing epidemiological surveys in country, including the analysis of surveillance and survey data;
Experience in monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems and/or public health programs;
Experience working and communicating with government officials and other external partners;
Familiarity with disease surveillance and strengthening information systems;
High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;
Familiarity with data entry, data management and data epidemiological analysis using statistical software (R, SAS, STATA and/or other relevant software);
Ability to work independently in remote and unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;
Ability to collaborate and operate as part of a multi-cultural team;
Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems;
Willingness to travel (50% of time); and
Fluent in English and French languages.
 
Advantages:
Experience working in fast-paced, output-oriented environments such as management consulting, investment banking or industry;
Experience living or working in high-risk countries;
Experience working with a decentralized team;
Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2) and data collection tools (e.g. ODK and Survey CTO); and
Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems.
 
Application Closing Date
Not Specified.
 
Method of Application 
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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