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Research Associate

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    Clinton Health Access Initiative

    Closing date:
    16 Jan 2020


    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:


    Immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions in history; national programs reach >100 million infants every year and have, across the globe, averted more than two million deaths every year since the launch of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI). However despite these successes, 1.5 million children still die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases. Many are disproportionately among low-income countries, where immunization programs face unprecedented challenges in accessing vaccines and ensuring they reach all children. Despite the unprecedented immunization program advanced, there is still tremendous room to improve.

    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. CHAI does this by strengthening national immunization programs at the country level, and then leveraging that experience to improve the global immunization ecosystem. CHAI closely supports the national immunization programs in 12 focus countries – Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam – and also engages with global stakeholders such as Gavi, WHO and UNICEF to inform global policies and practices. The CHAI Vaccines program is pursuing six complementary strategic goals:

    • Improving affordability and supply security of immunization products;
    • Accelerating the uptake of new or under-utilized vaccines;
    • Enhancing the performance of vaccine cold chain and logistics systems to increase effective immunization coverage;
    • Improving the design and implementation of service delivery to reach the unreached;
    • Supporting successful transition from Gavi support; and
    • Strengthening the management system and capacity of immunization programs.

    Analytics and Implementation Research Team

    CHAI’s high-impact, transformational programs are built on our ability to apply a rigorous, analytical approach to identify actionable solutions, guide complex change processes, and measure program performance. Working at the intersection of CHAI’s global and country teams, CHAI’s Analytics and Implementation Research (AIR) Team is the organization’s central hub of robust analytics for decision-making. The team is comprised of public health scientists with training in biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, mathematical modeling, and program evaluation. The team has programmatic expertise in CHAI’s core areas including vaccines, sexual, reproductive, maternal and neonatal health (SRMNH), HIV, human resources for health, health financing, hepatitis, diarrhea, pneumonia, and TB.


    The Research Associate will be a member of CHAI’s Analytics and Implementation Research Team. The Research Associate will report to an AIR Senior Technical Advisor, and will work closely with members from both CHAI country teams and the Global Vaccines Team. The Research Associate will also work in close collaboration with the government and will interact on a regular basis with donors, NGOs, companies, academic and research institutions and civil society.

    Candidate Profile

    AIR is seeking a Research Associate to work with CHAI country teams, the Global Vaccines Team, county government partners and implementing partners, and will contribute to achieving transformational impact. While the focus of the work will be primarily on vaccines, the candidate will need to be flexible and able to simultaneously juggle projects outside of the vaccines portfolio, including supporting, as needed, CHAI’s infectious diseases and maternal and child health workstreams. The ideal candidate would have strong quantitative and analytical skills, be familiar with global health and key health systems strengthening concepts and approaches, and would be up-to-speed in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) theories and techniques. We are seeking a motivated individual with superior problem-solving and analytical skills, who is resourceful, strong at analyses and a clear communicator. The candidate should be particularly strong in applied analytics and evidence-base decision-making approaches, developing impact-oriented recommendations, able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment, and function independently.

    This role has flexibility to be based on the East Coast, US or in a CHAI program country in Africa, pending country team leadership approval.


    • Contribute to the planning and execution of high-impact strategies and projects to dramatically improve the effectiveness and efficiency of immunization programs in CHAI focal countries
    • Design and support implementation of result-oriented operational research and impact evaluation projects, including study protocol development, questionnaire design, data collection and analysis, project management
    • Carry out research, analyses and quantitative models and translate their results into actionable and policy-relevant recommendations, including quantitative modeling
    • Support evaluation, documentation and dissemination of results and lessons learned from CHAI’s work
    • Develop good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
    • Assist with program development and grant management
    • Other responsibilities as neededQualifications

    • At least Masters degree with significant focus on quantitative skills (e.g., epidemiology and public/global health, economics, biology, engineering)

    • At least 3 years of relevant work experience in a field requiring analytical problem-solving

    • Excellent skills in quantitative modeling, data management and statistical analysis

    • Excellent with MS Office and demonstrates advanced Excel skills
    • Proficient using statistical software such as Stata or SAS
    • Exceptional ability to work independently, to develop and execute work-plans, and to achieve specified goals with limited guidance and oversight in a fast-paced environment
    • Demonstrated capacity to synthesize evidence into effective presentations and actionable recommendations for broad range of audience, including Ministries of Health, global donors and policy makers
    • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and an ability to manage challenging multi-cultural, multi-stakeholder situations to achieve intended results
    • Demonstrated capacity to thrive in a work environment where juggling parallel deliverables is the norm
    • Ability to travel extensively to focus countries and other locations as relevant to work (for in-country support, global meetings, etc)


    • Knowledge of vaccines and immunization programs, health programs or health supply chains in developing countries
    • Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, both within anglophone and francophone environments
    • Experience designing and implementing quantitative models and/or impact evaluation and/or qualitative research
    • Experience in a top tier global/public health development organization or management consulting firm
    • Experience in designing governance and reporting structures and/or redesigning delivery systems
    • Experience working with governments in developing countries



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