CHAI : South Africa Associate – Cancer

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI)
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Friday, 31 May, 2019
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Job title: South Africa Associate – Cancer

Location: Hatfield, Pretoria

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: .
CHAI approaches some of the most pressing issues in global health with a business-oriented strategy to fundamentally change the underlying economics. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for diagnosis and treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs.
CHAI South Africa is supporting the Department of Health at national and provincial levels to implement a broad range of activities, across demand generation, supply chain strengthening, service delivery planning and expansion, quality improvement and strengthened program monitoring and evaluation, across both public and private sector channels, aimed at significantly increasing uptake of quality health services. This is done through the provision of technical assistance to support the development and deployment of strategic and operational plans, resource optimization in the short and long term and galvanizing key stakeholder coordination.
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical capabilities to play a key role in the Cancer programme in South Africa.  The Associate will be required to provide support to CHAI country and global teams as necessary, engage extensively with DOH and key stakeholders on new and ongoing programmes and initiatives, and take ownership of required work packages. 
CHAI works in a fast-paced and results-driven environment. The individual must have exceptional communication and analytical skills, be a strong strategic thinker and be able to adapt to differing program needs. CHAI places great value on commitment to excellence, resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, flexibility, independence, work ethic and humility.
The Associate will be based in Pretoria, South Africa and report to CHAI South Africa’s Cancer Programme Manager.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ensuring CHAI’s ongoing alignment with NDoH strategic goals and priorities;
  • Supporting the National Department of Health (NDoH) in all areas of national cancer efforts, including planning and implementation ensuring CHAI’s ongoing alignment with NDoH strategic goals and priorities;
  • Overseeing the translation of objectives provided by the government, donors, and other partner organizations into clear, prioritised activity plans
  • Developing and managing collaborative relationships with the DoH, suppliers, partner organizations and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Ensuring communication and alignment of activities across government and partner stakeholders’ efforts and across other CHAI programs in South Africa to ensure coordination and successful execution of the programme;  
  • Overseeing analyses of policy and regulatory landscape to inform recommendations and support any revisions that may be required to ensure the smooth introduction of new products and/or services;
  • Overseeing quantification, costing, implementation and monitoring of detailed national commodity and equipment procurement optimization, introduction and scale up plans;
  • Conducting routine field supervision visits, data collection, and routine data analysis of national and program data;
  • Developing and maintaining programme databases and dashboards for performance monitoring and evaluation;
  • Oversee the development and input provided to relevant technical documents including health services provider training curricula, standard operating procedures and service delivery guidelines to support the programme scale up

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree economics, public health, financial management, or related;
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience with increasing levels of responsibility;
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, including attention to detail and advanced technical proficiency with MS Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Previous work experience in South Africa, preferably in the health and development sector
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, organizational, leadership and problem solving skills
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging environment
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressured, fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication skills, including delivery of compelling presentations and documents in Microsoft PowerPoint and Word;
  • Strong command of the English language;
  • Willingness to travel within South Africa as needed.


  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously under tight deadlines;
  • Previous experience working with the South African public sector desirable
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly and absorb and synthesize a broad range of information;
  • Experience in capacity building and in policy design and implementation, in collaboration with the government and stakeholders, is highly desirable;
  • Demonstrated ability to be effective in high-pressure situations with a strong commitment to excellence

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