Epidemiologist, Research Associate, Haiti
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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’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.
Overview of role:
CHAI seeks a highly motivated individual with experience in disease surveillance systems, data analysis and public health research to spearhead and coordinate CHAI’s epidemiological surveillance and analytics work in Haiti. This individual will collaborate with the Ministry of Health and its partners to further improve and scale up reporting via the case-based malaria surveillance platform at both facility and community levels, expand functionalities of the platform (including GPS mapping of cases) and strengthen routine analytics of the data it generates. The aim of this support is to ensure that robust evidence is available to inform the Ministry’s strategic and operational decisions. Strong communication, technical, innovation and organizational skills are needed as the Research Associate will work closely with a wide range of partners (i.e. government, (international) academia and CHAI’s global, regional and Haiti country team) to generate and translate epidemiological evidence.
The Research Associate will report directly to CHAI’s Country Manager in Haiti while technical guidance and backstopping from regional epidemiologists and Health Information Specialists.
The candidate must be able to multi-task, work independently, and build strong relationships to consolidate CHAI’s partnerships and drive progress. Furthermore, the candidate must have deep personal commitment to producing results, and willingness to travel to relatively remote regions with limited infrastructure and medical care.
Additionally, the candidate will be highly motivated with robust organizational, problem-solving, and communication skills. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.
Please note that this is an unaccompanied post. CHAI will not be supporting relocation, housing and transportation for dependents & spouses of employees based in Haiti, at this time.
Strengthen the malaria surveillance system, including improving data collection, data management, analysis, and data visualization:
- Support the scale up of the DHIS2-based malaria surveillance system, and promote its integration with other flows of information (e.g. interventions, entomology, LMIS, etc.);
- Identify factors that hamper reporting via DHIS2 at health facility and community levels, to devise and implement strategies that effectively address bottlenecks and increase both reporting rates and the quality of submitted reports;
- Help to design new reporting forms for the inclusion of additional malaria-related variables, including intervention data;
- Plan for and help to implement the use of new mobile reporting tools;
- Facilitate updates to the design of the DHIS2 dashboard;
- Assist with the supervision of surveillance processes in health facilities;
- Monitor and evaluate the performance of the malaria surveillance platform and pilot any new functionalities;
- Coordinate implementation of activities to strengthening malaria surveillance system with CHAI’s sub-national associates and CHAI’s Community Health Associate.
Provide analytical support to the National Malaria Program, the Department of Epidemiology and the CHAI Country Team:
- Collate, organize and merge available data, assessing its quality and suitability for various analyses;
- Conduct descriptive analyses of epidemiological and entomological data;
- Analyze geographic data with GIS software, including mapping malaria incidence and intervention coverage;
- Monitor and evaluate the roll-out of any malaria specific interventions;
- Work with academic partners and CHAI Regional Technical Advisors to conduct hypothesis tests, linear and multiple regressions, spatial analyses and risk mapping;
- Translate results to government and non-government partners to support evidence-based decision making;
- Promote and implement activities to strengthen the routine use of surveillance data by the malaria program to inform elimination activities;
- Coordinate the analytical surveillance work of subnational associates in Grand’Anse and Sud.
Serve as a trusted adviser to the Ministry of Health staff on issues related to surveillance and malaria elimination:
- Proactively develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government and non-governmental organizations;
- Attend weekly meetings with the Haitian malaria program and in-country partners; and
- Assist with the development of operational plans to support malaria case detection, case management and vector control activities.
Participate in research and discussion of topics relevant to the goal of malaria elimination:
- Synthesize results and communicate them internally and externally at international venues;
- Disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications;
- Perform scientific literature review as needed;
- Any other tasks identified.
- Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field;
- 3+ years of related working experience;
- Fluency in French or Haitian Creole (written and oral), and English;
- Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems and disease surveillance and information systems;
- Proven experience with monitoring, evaluating and strengthening surveillance systems
- Experience working with electronic surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2), data collection tools (e.g. ODK) and/or data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau);
- Expertise in epidemiological and spatial analysis of disease data, and statistical and geospatial analysis programming (e.g. using R, SAS, STATA, ArcGIS and/or other relevant software);
- High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;
- Ability to work independently in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;
- Experience applying research methods to address global health problems;
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
- Willingness to travel in country (up to 25% of the time) and internationally (~5%).
- Expertise in M&E of public health programs;
- Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations;
- Experience living or working in resource-limited countries.
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