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Clinton Health Access Initiative Closing Date : 2019-11-28
Duty Station : Kampala, Uganda
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Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 28 Nov 2019


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:

Program Overview

Each year, an estimated 112,000 children in Uganda will have hypoxemia or low levels of oxygen in the blood. Without appropriate treatment, it is estimated that up to 30,000 of these children will die. Hypoxemia is a life-threatening condition, correlated with disease severity, and increases the risk of death by up to 5.4 times.

Access to oxygen is essential in a health system, and oxygen therapy is required across a wide range of conditions, including pneumonia, sepsis, malaria, obstructed labor, and birth asphyxia. Availability of oxygen varies significantly, and is often complicated by inadequate provider knowledge on administration of oxygen therapy, scarcity of equipment, and where available, it is often non-functional. Newborns and young children are especially vulnerable; ~20% of neonate admissions and ~13% of pediatric pneumonia cases require oxygen therapy.

CHAI supported the government of Uganda to develop the oxygen scale up plan and helped prioritize actions for immediate attention. Some of the priorities identified include strengthening providers’ capacity to manage hypoxemia, ensuring continued functionality of the oxygen equipment though proper repair and maintenance; improving the distribution of oxygen leveraging off the newly constructed plants and sustainable financing for distribution. With funding from ELMA and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; CHAI will support the government accelerate implementation of the prioritized activities outlined above; in a scalable and sustainable way.

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Senior Associate will provide lead the design and implementation of a sustainable financing and distribution system for Oxygen to expand access to treatment of Hypoxemia in Uganda.

CHAI is seeking a motivated and mission oriented individual with strong analytic, problem solving and cross-cultural communication skills. This individual should have strong business intelligence skills and analytics experience, a good record of accomplishment of project delivery in a results focused environment and first-hand experience in building sustainable financing and supply chain systems. The Senior Associate should be experienced at presenting data and messages powerfully through written documentation and presentations; working collaboratively in a fast paced, multi-cultural environment and functioning independently with minimal guidance.


Lead the scoping, design and buy in for sustainable distribution and financing models to improve oxygen access for management of hypoxemiaDevelop tools and lead the resource mapping exercise to establish resources currently available for scale up of the national oxygen scale up planDesign an investment case for additional resources for scale up of oxygen distribution in Uganda using information from the resource mapping exercise.Diagnose supply and demand- side service delivery bottlenecks and develop interventions for improvementWork with Ministry of Health , Regional Referral Hospitals (RRHs) and partners to design a hub-and-spoke supply chain model for oxygen distributionSupport the Ministry of Health, National Medical Stores and others to prepare and implement realistic distribution plans which will ensure that oxygen equipment and consumables are distributed adequately and appropriately usedScope opportunities for public private partnerships to tap into the commercial viability of the sale of excess oxygen, strengthen systems for oxygen cylinder provisionLead collaborative efforts between facilities and in partnership with Biomedical Engineer experts to ensure repair and maintenance of oxygen, equipment is adequately performed.Work with the Program Manager to ensure steady supply and access to high quality diagnostic devices, consumables and cylinders.

Perform any other duties assigned.**Qualifications**

Bachelor’s degree in business, statistics or a related field

At least 3-5-years of working experience in in a demanding results driven environment, with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership.

Demonstrated experience managing complex projects involving multiple teams, including priority setting, planning, budgeting, performance review and management; and influencing with limited authority

Advanced proficiency in computer packages such as Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. Experience with statistical analysis packages such as STATA , EPI info etc.

High emotional intelligence, patience and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations

Excellent analytical (qualitative and quantitative) and communication (written and verbal) skills

Demonstrated capacity to synthesize data into an effective presentation of results for a variety of audiences

Excellent communication and presentation skills

Exceptional time-management, with an ability to manage multiple tasks under tight deadline


Experience in health systems strengthening, and/or health financingExperience in management or consultingExperience working with governments



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