Epidemiologist, Technical Advisor, GMS

Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. - Expires on Oct 27, 2019
  • Country
  • Location
  • Job Type
  • Experience
  • Eligibility
  • Laos
  • Vientiane
  • Contract
  • 5+ years
  • Expat and local
Function
Healthcare / Medical
Job Category
Charity / NGO / Non Profit
Salary
Competitive

Job Description

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.
 
Countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) are progressing towards malaria elimination, and their malaria programs will need to rapidly detect and effectively treat infections, map areas where malaria transmission persists, and tailor and target intervention packages according to local contexts. CHAI is working to help malaria programs across the region achieve their ambitious goals by providing operational and technical support to strengthen surveillance systems, improve evidence-based planning, better manage programs, and coordinate activities regionally.
 
Overview of Role:
 
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills to serve as an epidemiologist and technical advisor to its teams across the GMS. This role offers a unique opportunity for a talented individual to apply epidemiological and analytical skills to guide the operations of a cross-country disease elimination program. The successful candidate will lead a small team of epidemiologists working directly with government counterparts and the CHAI staff who support them to assess, design, and scale-up disease surveillance systems; conduct robust data analysis; and monitor and evaluate the success of ongoing efforts to achieve malaria elimination. The individual will collaborate with a diverse team based across multiple countries (primarily but not exclusively in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos), government programs, academics and public health agencies.
 
The successful candidate will possess strong communication, organizational, and management skills; work independently to drive implementation; have the potential to grow into a global health leader; and have deep personal commitment to producing results. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.

Responsibilities:
 
  • Serve as an expert/technical advisor for epidemiological and other technical questions to CHAI’s regional team and lead all the malaria surveillance and analytics work for the Greater Mekong Subregion
  • Provide technical mentorship, supervision, training and ongoing management to a small team of epidemiologists based across the region
  • Proactively review evidence and conduct analyses to evaluate effectiveness of the current operations, and identify potential approaches or strategies to accelerate progress
  • Provide high-quality analytic support related to malaria epidemiology, intervention, surveillance, and other programmatic decisions to CHAI country teams, government staff, and other partners and translate findings to support evidence-based decisions; this includes:
    • Oversee the implementation of analytical projects related to malaria epidemiology, intervention and surveillance (data management, spatial and mapping analyses, data interpretation, etc.)
    • Lead the monitoring and evaluation of the performance of existing and new surveillance processes and platforms, and identify ways of improving them
    • Supporting the development and deployment of surveillance systems in country, liaising with Health Information Technical Advisor
    • Work directly with country teams and governmental staff to better integrate epidemiological, entomological, and programmatic data use and analysis into routine programmatic activities at all levels of the health system, and to translate analytical findings for non-technical audiences (i.e. political and programmatic stakeholders)
    • Review and ensure high quality of surveillance guidelines and SOPs, M&E plans, lessons learned documents and operational manuals
    • Oversee design, implementation, analysis and dissemination of operational research projects related to surveillance, intervention effectiveness, and entomology
    • Develop and maintain relationships with regional partners from academic institutions to identify research with potential application to programs
    • Organize, clean, and integrate datasets; conduct statistical analyses; and develop and interpret malaria risk maps and stratifications
    • Support rigorous evidence-based planning of intervention deployment, and design and implement monitoring and evaluation activities to measure impact (e.g. community health workers programs, bednet distribution campaigns, etc.)
  • Manage and develop resources and best practices to share lessons across teams, and synthesize and disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications
  • Represent CHAI at external technical meetings, acting as the face of our organization to academic/technical partners within the region, including via the dissemination of findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications
  • Cultivate and establish relationships with other CHAI teams, government organizations, and regional and in-country partners working on data analysis or surveillance to inform elimination goals
  • Participate to the formulation of grant proposals related to malaria surveillance and analytics in the GMS region when required
  • Any other tasks identified

Job Requirements

  • MPH in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field
  • 5+ years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership, including management experience
  • Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems
  • Experience with designing, conducting, and analyzing epidemiological surveys
  • Experience in evaluating, working with, and strengthening disease surveillance systems
  • Experience in working and communicating with government officials and other external partners
  • Exceptional skills in the epidemiological analysis of health data and the application of analyses for decision-making
  • Statistical and geospatial analysis programming experience (including expertise with 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 remote and unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges
  • Ability to collaborate and operate as part of a multi-cultural team
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to travel extensively (40-60% of time)
  • Fluency in English
 Advantages:
  • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems
  • Experience in programming and/or working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2), data collection tools (e.g. ODK) and/or data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau)
  • Experience working in fast-paced, output-oriented environments
  • Experience living or working in resource-limited settings
  • Experience living or working in Asia

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