Associate, Vaccines Markets
United States (United States of America)
Associate, Vaccines Markets
- United States
- Full Time
- Program (Division)
- Women and Children's Health - Global Vaccines
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.
Overview of CHAI’s Global Vaccines Program
To ensure all children have access to effective and affordable immunization, addressing the main causes of child mortality, CHAI’s Vaccines Markets Team works with vaccine manufacturers, Gavi and other global stakeholders to improve availability, affordability and diversity of supply for existing and future Gavi vaccines. In doing this, CHAI is applying the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment: improving market demand transparency for individual suppliers, and working closely with these suppliers to optimize their commercial, costing and pricing strategies in low and middle income markets, to ensure availability of vaccines, keep prices in these markets affordable, yet commercially sustainable.
Given the urgency of COVID-19 vaccine introductions globally, CHAI is currently working closely with COVAX. COVAX is the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. The ACT Accelerator is a ground-breaking global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and WHO. Its aim is to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world. For more information, please visit: https://www.gavi.org/covax-facility.
Associate – COVAX Communication, Vaccines Market Team
As part of the Global Vaccines team, CHAI is looking for an Associate to join a small team of 3 people who are seconded to COVAX to extend support to improve and streamline the communications that COVAX and its partners are having with participating economies. The two main challenges with today’s communications have been (1) effectively communicating to countries the (inherent) uncertainties (e.g., in vaccine volumes, timelines for delivery, availability of funding, status of indemnity agreements), despite of the complexity and changing nature of these topics; and (2) streamlining communication to countries between the COVAX Facility and its partners (e.g., Gavi, WHO, CEPI, UNICEF) – each of which are engaging with country governments.
Improved, clear and streamlined communication on the knowns and unknowns with country governments will be critical, in order to maintain trust in COVAX and support countries manage the inherent uncertainties and plan for vaccine introduction to the best of their ability.
CHAI secondees are embedded in the COVAX Country Communications Team; its core responsibilities are the following:
- Mapping country information needs and developing an integrated communication roadmap and plan, including setting up the COVAX communication plan to plan and track engagement moments with participants and country-facing staff
- Executing on the country-facing communication plan: Instituting regularly scheduled communications to governments, incl. preparation of materials (e.g., gov’t meetings, webinars); providing weekly updates of priorities with leadership and technical staff; and creating, owning and keeping live a country-facing information repository as a clear reference point for internal use and external information sharing (e.g., website, online repository)
- Establishing a streamlined communication approach across all COVAX partners: Ensuring that country-facing teams (incl. WHO Regional/Country Offices, UNICEF teams, SCMs/CEs, and individual content leads) are getting the same up-to-date information to communicate consistently, and monitoring performance & reporting.
The Country Communications Team does not take ownership over decisions but will help to translate decisions into clear and consistent communications to countries.
- Managing content that is being shared with partners and participants via several communications channels; e.g. ensuring version control and dissemination of content and updates via online portal and other channels
- Drafting communications (incl. formal letters, presentations) to be shared with COVAX country participants or COVAX country-facing teams
- Connecting and coordinating with partners to help establish and maintain repository of key country communications documents
- Support team in leading meetings with stakeholders interfacing with COVAX
- Managing any potential issues that might require communication with participants and country-facing staff
- Support team with brainstorming and solving key design questions on country communications for COVAX
- Additional responsibilities as needed.
- Bachelor's degree and a minimum 4 years of work experience
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Well-organized, structured thinker and communicator
- Proven project management skills: ability to work effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
- Experience in content management for complex multi-stakeholder communication efforts, including the ability to navigate potential sensitivities between different partners when it comes to streamlining communications.
- Experience in issues management, i.e. monitoring trends and proactively identifying any potential issues, as well as assessing opportunities for communicative actions to prevent and resolve any issues
- Experience in drafting concise messages for internal and external communication across channels (content hubs, newsletter, websites, letters etc.)
- Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently, self-motivate, and propose and implement new initiatives
- Strong commitment to CHAI’s and the team’s mission, dedicated team player.
- Experience working in the vaccines or pharmaceutical industry, global health/development, communications or strategy consulting is considered a plus.
- Experience living and working in L/MICs