Community Health 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.
CHAI is seeking an Associate to join the CHAI malaria program to support and strengthen CHW networks within Hispaniola and Mesoamerica. This individual will grow the CHAI malaria team CHW portfolio, and contribute to implementing a broader, organization-wide CHW strategy.
Although globally there is heavy reliance on CHWs to deliver care and conduct disease surveillance, management, coordination, accountability, and uptake of best practices within these systems remain poor. CHAI malaria sees opportunities to improve CHW networks in key ways that are both short- and long-term: to position them for greater impact in extension of malaria case management and surveillance, and then solidify them as crosscutting “leave behind” systems within a country’s health infrastructure.
In elimination countries (such as the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama), the Community Health Associate will support countries to explore potential avenues for transition of vertical CHW networks or institutionalization of community-based surveillance within integrated models of community-based service delivery. In higher endemic settings (such as Haiti) where malaria continues to take a substantial toll on vulnerable populations, the Community Health Associate will help to refine existing networks or advocate for the establishment of community-based systems where appropriate. Support to existing programming will require both independent research and synthesis of learnings and in-person collaboration.
In addition to supporting existing CHW program engagements, the Associate will work closely with colleagues to grow the team’s CHW portfolio. This will require generation of evidence (documenting and disseminating experience across regions), research on new grant opportunities, and engagement with regional and country teams to identify context specific opportunities. The candidate must have excellent communications skills and cultural sensitivity, as s/he will be working closely with global and country partners. The successful Associate will have strong organizational and project management skills, and will be capable of conducting rapid quantitative analysis and communicating such analysis on a regular basis in a clear and concise manner to colleagues and partners. The successful candidate will be able to function efficiently in a semi-independent setting, and thus will be a self-motivated individual capable of managing multiple tasks at once and making sound independent decisions regarding data analysis. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.
This role is based in Hispaniola (Haiti), with frequent travel (up to 50%) in Hispaniola and Mesoamerica.
This is an unaccompanied post. Dependents, including spouses, may not relocate with the accepted candidate.
• In coordination with Haiti Country Manager and Mesoamerica Program Managers, facilitate the refinement of current CHW activities within Hispaniola and Mesoamerica, promoting uptake of best practices in CHW program design and integration of case management, surveillance, and vector control functions at CHW level
• Conduct collaborative evaluations of existing CHW programs to highlight key strengths and weaknesses, and support in the development of plans to address them (short-term, medium-term, and long-term)
• Engage other CHAI malaria sub-teams to involve, account and advocate for existing CHW networks in strategic planning and implementation
• Establish and continually update an internal clearing house of CHW program evidence, design, policy, and implementation resources (e.g. training and mentorship material)
• Support global, regional and country colleagues to generate, document, and publish evidence and experience working with CHWs towards malaria control or elimination agendas
• Scope new opportunities within Hispaniola and Mesoamerica – with ministries, partners, and new funding opportunities (research grant opportunities)
• Pursue opportunities for collaboration with other CHAI teams, helping to build a cross-cutting community of practice within country, region and organization
• Assist in pursuing CHAI organizational involvement in external CHW communities of practice (i.e., technical working groups)
• Other responsibilities as needed
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus 3 years work experience; or advanced degree plus 2 years relevant work experience
• Proficiency in both French and Spanish
• Demonstrated technical expertise/experience in community health systems and community health workers
• Demonstrated analytical, leadership, and problem solving skills
• Experience conducting literature reviews and synthesizing evidence
• Ability to work both independently and with teams across time zones and locations
• Experience working in high risk and low/middle income countries, particularly on health related issues
• High levels of proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• An MPH, MS in public health, Epidemiology, or experience working in public health, particularly international health/health policy and management
• Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems and/or public health programs
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