CHAI International NGO Jobs – HIV Diagnostics Coordinator

Organisation: Clinton Health
Access Initiative (CHAI)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About CHAI:
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 on HIV 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.
Background:
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 HIV
Diagnostics Coordinator will support the HIV Systems Team to achieve the
overall goal of accelerating entry of HIV diagnostic devices to scale up access
to early initiation onto treatment and access to treatment monitoring to advise
on timely regimen switching. The work will involve working with the Ministry of
Health to support evaluation, adoption, and uptake of new innovative diagnostic
products for HIV/AIDS.
As new technologies become available, the HIV Diagnostics Coordinator
will focus on advocating for their use with the Ministry of Health and other
partners, and strengthening the capacity of the government to adopt them and
scale them up. The position will also provide analysis to support global
negotiations with diagnostics manufacturers, and the development of new
procurement strategies such as instrument rental deals and split tenders to
enable easier product switching and develop a market-shaping strategy for
fostering competition in the global diagnostics market. In doing so, he/she
will develop strong relationships with various teams within CHAI, as well as
Ministries of Health, diagnostics manufacturers, and other external partners in
other beneficiary countries. The position will also provide over-arching
support for optimizing existing resources and on-going capacity building in
molecular diagnostics
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Technically support the Ministry of Health
    to implement and effectively scale up access to critical molecular tests
    including Viral Load and Early Infant Diagnosis
  • Support Ministry of Health to build
    capacity to perform technical evaluations to drive regulatory approvals
    and ensure that new technologies perform accurately, conduct operational
    pilots to demonstrate the cost effectiveness and impact of new products on
    patient outcomes, and assist with analysis and writing of evaluation
    reports
  • Assist Ministry of Health in the
    development of HIV testing policies and national implementation plans, and
    the creation of operational systems to support the wide-scale
    implementation of new HIV diagnostic products, such as training, quality
    assurance, and data management
  • Offer technical advice and guidance to the
    government in support of work streams related to HIV laboratory
    diagnostics
  • Serve as a key advisor to in-country and
    global partners on the adoption of new diagnostic products and their
    integration into existing lab networks
  • Design and implement monitoring and
    evaluation (M&E) systems to measure the impact of POC testing and
    assess progress against project goals
  • Develop and share deployment models and
    strategies for how to maximize the impact of new HIV diagnostic
    technologies
  • Work closely with CHAI country teams,
    governments, and partners to identify funding for increased investment in
    new HIV diagnostic products
  • Assist the Laboratory Services Team to
    manage global supplier relationships through product demand forecasting,
    market analysis, sharing of market intelligence, and supporting price
    negotiations
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicant must preferably hold a
    Bachelor’s degree plus two to five years’ experience or Master’s degree in
    Public health or a related field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
    skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling
    presentations
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, and
    quantitative skills
  • Possess the ability to think
    strategically, handle ambiguity and work in a fast-paced,
    limited-structure, multicultural environment
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly
  • Detail-oriented with strong organization
    skills
  • Ability to handle multiple work streams
    simultaneously and work independently
  • Available for up to 75% travel
  • Computer literacy i.e. High level of
    proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Past experience working in HIV Diagnostics
    and Laboratories
  • Previous CHAI experience
  • Prior experience working with Governments/
    Ministry of health in developing countries is an added advantage
  • Good knowledge and understanding of global
    health issues
  • The applicant must be highly motivated
    with exceptional credentials, with some analytical ability, and
    communication skills.
  • The person must be able to function
    independently and flexibly and have a strong commitment to excellence.
  • CHAI places great value on relevant
    personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity,
    independence, energy, and work ethic.
How to Apply:
If you are passionate about humanities and desire to join this
prestigious health NGO founded by one of the United States of America’s Former
Presidents, please click web link below.
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