Regional Manager, HIV Access Program, Southern Africa


Overview

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:

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The hallmark of CHAI’s approach is simultaneous and intensive engagement on the demand and supply sides of the market. On the demand side, CHAI’s country teams help governments to overcome barriers to scale up treatment and prevention programs. Meanwhile, the CHAI global access teams work to address supply-side barriers to access and foster a healthy marketplace to ensure the sustainable supply of essential medicines and diagnostic commodities. CHAI works to attract new suppliers, lower drug prices, encourage the adoption of stringent quality standards, and facilitate the uptake of important new or improved products.

CHAI’s HIV Access Program (HAP) works to address barriers to treatment scale-up by engaging across the treatment cascade and addressing commodity and service delivery barriers to ensure patients treatment, care, and prevention services they need.

Position Overview

The Southern Africa Regional Manager will work to ensure the introduction and scale-up of high-quality antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS patients. The Regional Manager will be responsible for supporting several countries in Southern Africa, including Eswatini, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The Regional Manager will travel frequently between countries to provide end-to-end technical assistance to Ministries of Health to enable rapid uptake of optimal ARVs. This will include building strong, trusted relationships with CHAI country teams, Ministry of Health counterparts and partner organisations and providing technical assistance in all aspects of developing and costing optimal ARV introduction strategies. S/he will be expected to build consensus among a range of stakeholders and to independently find creative solutions to systems or process challenges that delay progress towards program goals.

This role has flexibility to be based in a CHAI program country in Southern Africa, pending CHAI Country Leadership approval

Responsibilities

  • Support country teams across the region to effectively implement CHAI’s programs accelerating access to high quality adult and pediatric treatment and ensuring achievement of CHAI’s grant objectives
  • Act as a thought leader of CHAI’s HIV Access Program across the Southern Africa region, working in collaboration with country teams and leadership to develop and guide strategies to improve access to high-quality HIV treatment across the region and address service gaps, identify national and regional priorities, support the development and implementation of appropriate programs and interventions, and fundraising as needed
  • Through a blend of advocacy, relationship-building, and evidence dissemination, and in coordination with the country and HIV Access Program leadership, make an effective case for optimal ARV introduction to governments and key opinion leaders. This may include preparing cost analyses to help governments see the budgetary impact of product shifts, developing different introduction scenarios, and collating, translating, and disseminating clinical information
  • Help governments ensure an uninterrupted supply of optimal ARVs to the region by building stock monitoring tools and dashboards and working closely with procurement agents and government logistics units to understand and map funding flows, ordering cycles, and delivery timelines
  • Help countries build their capacity on quantification issues through leadership in forecasting workshops, participation in technical working groups, and/or training of forecasting models, in order to avoid stock-outs, reduce waste, and minimize costs
  • Catalyze and coordinate the drafting of rollout planning documents, policy guidance, and standard operating procedures that clarify and ensure smooth implementation of ARV product shifts
  • With a client-focused approach, serve as a trusted, accessible advisor to governments and CHAI country teams on a variety of ARV access topics
  • Conduct routine grant management and reporting activities
  • Support the country team and program leadership in other relevant duties, such as fundraising or capacity building initiatives, as required

    Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor of Arts or Science degree (BA/BSc)
  • At least five years of professional experience in global health, international development, and/or management consulting
  • High level of comfort conducting quantitative analyses and using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Exceptional communication skills, with a structured and assured oral and written communication style
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships independently with senior government and NGO representatives and navigate complex government processes in a collaborative manner
  • Strong strategic thinking, analytical skills and problem-solving approach
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfort working in low-resource settings
  • Willingness to travel regionally up to 60%

Advantages

  • Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), Business Administration (MBA), or other graduate degree
  • Experience working in management consultancy
  • Experience leading teams
  • Pharmaceutical/healthcare industry experience
  • Experience working on procurement and supply chain management
  • Experience working with governments and/or international organizations

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