Panama: Associate, Regional Commodity Access

Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Country: Panama
Closing date: 10 Feb 2017

Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other illnesses. Based on the premise that business oriented strategy can facilitate solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to save lives, via improved organization of commodity markets and more effective local management. By working in association with governments and other NGO partners, CHAI is focused on large scale impact and, to date, CHAI has secured lower pricing agreements for treatment options in more than 70 countries. In addition, CHAI's teams are working side-by-side with over 30 governments to tackle many of the largest barriers to effective treatment and care.

Malaria is one of the world's most important causes of illness, death and lost economic productivity. Over the past decade, dramatic increases in donor funding have facilitated scale-up of effective interventions to prevent, diagnosis, and treat malaria. This investment has successfully reduced the burden of malaria in many settings, and some countries have begun planning to eliminate it altogether. Yet these gains are fragile: global funding for malaria remains short of what is needed, last decade's rapid growth in malaria financing appears to have halted, and resistance to insecticides and drugs threatens to set back efforts. CHAI's global malaria program provides direct management and technical 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.

Overview of Role:

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as part of CHAI's Global Malaria Commodity Access Team supporting Program Support Teams and Country Teams to plan and execute effective programs in the Central America region. Over the last year, CHAI has been rapidly engaging with countries across the region and supported them to make initial but meaningful steps towards orienting their national strategic plans and systems towards malaria elimination.

One of CHAI's primary areas of focus is providing access to critical malaria commodities, including diagnosis and treatment. As countries move closer to elimination, it becomes imperative that all cases are confirmed by parasitological diagnostic test prior to receiving treatment with antimalarial drugs and subsequently reported into the national surveillance system. While many countries in the region have made great progress to making confirmatory diagnosis available, work remains to promote and ensure access at the community level.

To improve access to these and other commodities in our focus countries Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama, the Associate is expected to support the country teams in further developing the elimination strategies tailored to each of the countries and best supporting the teams to execute against these strategies.

The Associate will be part of CHAI's Global Malaria Team, based in one of the four focus countries in the region and will report directly to the global malaria diagnosis manager as well as the regional malaria manager. Due to multi-country support function of this role, up to 50% travel is expected. The candidate will work closely with CHAI's other Technical Teams to advance access to prevention and treatment commodities in this region.

The individual will bring a generalist skillset to the team and be willing to take on a variety of tasks ranging from data analytics to guidance for teams on leading workshops with government stakeholders. Examples of the country support include the design and implementation of community health workers expansion or forecasting the multi-year need for malaria commodities; in addition to other commodity access needs (i.e. in prevention) that may arise.

The candidate must be able to work independently to drive implementation and have deep personal commitment to producing results. H/she will bring outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills, be able to work independently and have deep personal commitment to producing results. CHAI places great value on the resourcefulness, tenacity, patience, humility, and high ethical standards of its staff.

Anticipated travel to Panama, Haiti, Honduras, and Guatemala.

Placement location may change to another Central American country based on leadership approval.

  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the Global Malaria Program Support Teams and CHAI Country Teams in the Central America region.
  • Work with CHAI's Regional Managers to provide coordinated support on access to diagnosis and treatment for malaria
  • Assist in the national forecasting and quantification of diagnosis and treatment commodities to support accurate procurement of all malaria-related health products
  • Draft presentations and reports for national and global teams on topics related to commodity access
  • Coordinate meetings and facilitate knowledge sharing between the government program and partner organizations in the region to ensure effective coordination
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis to support Program Support Teams and CHAI Country Teams
  • Support Country Teams in designing strategic plans and concept note development for fundraising efforts
  • Support donor reporting as necessary working with Regional Managers and Country Team on coordination and information synthesis
  • Explore and assess new areas of interest for the Commodity Access Team.

  • Bachelor's degree minimum with 3+ years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership;

  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;

  • Demonstrated excellent analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills;

  • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems;

  • Ability to work independently in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;

  • Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems; and,

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills


  • Strong spoken and written Spanish and French
  • Experience working in management consulting, investment banking, or similar fast-paced, output-oriented environments
  • Experience working in health system strengthening and/or healthcare worker engagement
  • Preferred to have some knowledge in the following areas: malaria, diagnosis, supply chain, forecasting, training, and quality assurance systems
  • Advanced degree
  • Experience with infectious disease control programs
  • Experience working in a developing country context on multicultural teams

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