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Technical Advisor, Research

United States (United States of America)

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: United States (United States of America)
  • Grade: Managerial Level - Open for both International and National Professionals - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Project and Programme Management
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Technical Advisor, Research

Country
United States
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Global Health Sciences - Analytics and Implementation Research
Additional Location Description
Flexible base location, pending country leadership approval
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: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

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.

Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health (SRMNH) Program

 

CHAI’s SRMNH programs aim to achieve transformational impact in reducing unintended pregnancies and maternal and neonatal mortality. CHAI takes an integrated approach to addressing these challenges, beginning with reaching adolescents with reproductive health education and services, and continues with supporting women through their reproductive years. One component of this work focuses on increasing access to essential reproductive health products in partnership with governments by pursuing global and country-focused market-shaping opportunities and in-country engagement around guidelines, registration, tendering, procurement and service delivery. In cases where new reproductive health products are beign introduced, CHAI’s supports governments to understand the perspectives and experiences of key stakeholders on factors that could motivate or hinder utilization of the products.

Candidate Profile

 

AIR is seeking a Technical Advisor to support research and evidence-generating activities in collaboration with the SRMNH program to understand perspectives and experiences related to the introduction of hormonal intrauterine systems (H-IUS), self-injectable subcutaneously-administered depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC), and other products across multiple countries. They will be responsible for tasks including support for study design, protocol development, data collection tool development, training of data collectors, supervision and quality control in data collection, analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, data visualization, and preparation of dissemination materials. The ideal candidate would have strong quantitative and qualitative research skills and be familiar with global health and key reproductive health concepts and approaches. We are seeking a motivated and resourceful individual with superior problem-solving, communication, and analytical skills. This individual should be able to function independently and work collaboratively in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment.

The Technical Advisor will be a member of CHAI’s Analytics and Implementation Research (AIR) Team. The Technical Advisor will report to a Senior Technical Advisor on AIR, and will work closely with members from both CHAI country teams and global teams. While the focus of the work will be primarily on SRMNH, the candidate may also be asked to be flexible and simultaneously juggle projects in other program areas.

Responsibilities
  • Lead design of study protocols and tools to understand perspectives of users and health workers around reproductive health products that have been recently introduced or or are being considered
  • Coordinate input from country teams and global stakeholders in the development of study tools
  • Develop strategy for sample size requirements and sample selection
  • Develop materials and coordinate trainings for data collectors
  • Design systems for electronic data collection and monitoring of quantitative data
  • Ensure research activities comply with ethical standards and policies
  • Lead analysis of quantitative and qualitative research
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop dissemination materials, including presentations and manuscripts
  • Contribute to the development of strategies to act on research findings and recommendations
  • Other responsibilities as needed
Qualifications
  • Masters degree in public health, economics, or a related field
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in a field requiring analytical problem-solving
  • Applied research experience, including designing operational research in low- and middle-income countries
  • Experience with conducting and analyzing data from mixed methods or qualitative studies
  • Excellent skills in quantitative data management and statistical analysis, including use of 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
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and an ability to manage challenging multi-cultural, multi-stakeholder situations to achieve intended results
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including 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
  • Self-motivated with proven ability to work under pressure, set priorities and generate results
  • Demonstrated capacity to thrive in a work environment where juggling parallel deliverables is the norm
  • Ability to travel to focus countries and other locations as relevant to work (as permitted by COVID-related restrictions)

Advantages

  • Knowledge of family planning and reproductive health programs
  • Experience living or working in Sub-Saharan Africa

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