CHAI South Africa : Associate

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) – South Africa
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 31 May, 2019
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Paediatric HIV Programs


Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) – South Africa


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. By addressing global market failures and accelerating access to the most effective, high quality health products at affordable and sustainable prices, CHAI helps patients access the care and treatment they need.

Team Overview:

Over the last several decades, South Africa’s Department of Health (DOH) has made significant progress to achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 (90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained ART and 90% of all people receiving ART are virally suppressed) for the paediatric and adolescent populations. However, gaps still exist. Due to South Africa’s high disease burden, South Africa falls short and does not meet the 90-90-90 targets. To address these challenges, CHAI South Africa’s (CHAI SA) team is supporting the DOH, at national and provincial levels to implement a broad range of activities across the 90-90-90 matrix, including assessing and costing proven and/or new innovative intervention strategies focused on identification, establishing strong linkage systems, improving paediatric retention/viral suppression and building an investment case for scale and sustainability. This work will be done through the provision of technical assistance to support the development and deployment of strategic interventions and operational plans, resource optimization in the short and long term and galvanizing key stakeholder coordination.

Position Overview:

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with proven relationship management skills, excellent analytical ability and strong communication skills to play a key role in the Paediatric HIV program in South Africa. The Associate will input to a growing CHAI team and will be expected to support the DoH create and execute evidence-based plans and strategies. The Associate will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks, from quantitative analysis to collaborating with stakeholders and will be expected to lead areas of engagement relating to either costed investment cases, improvements in supply chain, market intelligence, demand forecasting and/or quantification.

The Associate will be based in Pretoria, South Africa and report to the to the relevant Program Manager.


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

  • Perform financial/economic analysis of key health systems investments and intervention related to paediatric HIV to highlight investment areas in which to maximize value for money and public health impact with the aim to inform decision making on those investments;
  • Support NDoH in all aspects of strategy, costing, planning and implementation, ensuring CHAI’s ongoing alignment with the DoH strategic goals and priorities;
  • Develop thorough understanding of the healthcare, pharmaceutical and diagnostic landscape related to the medicines and equipment portfolio within South Africa and globally including key priorities, challenges and gaps in order to inform program development;
  • Compile, synthesize and analyse data to inform the development of assessments, reports and other program materials to ensure effective program execution;
  • Translate objectives provided by the government, donors, and other partner organizations into clear activity plans, and provide guidance to DoH on prioritization of initiatives;
  • Manage and establish collaborative relationships with the DoH, suppliers, partner organizations and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Ensure 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 program;
  • Represent the program in meetings and workshops;
  • Support the Program Manager on key deliverables and ad-hoc requirements, as needed.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, Public Health, Business or a related field;
  • A minimum of three years professional experience in a private or public sector setting and with increasing levels of responsibility and experience;
  • Advanced problem solving, analytical, and quantitative skills, including significant experience working in Excel (modelling) and PowerPoint, and presenting findings and recommendations ((analytical skills and proficiency levels will be evaluated during recruiting process);
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set; demonstrated ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems, in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment;
  • Strategically minded, able to think creatively around long-term program objectives and the detailed steps necessary to achieve these goals;
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task with a strong commitment to excellence, both internally and externally, and with limited structural support;
  • Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills;
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to navigate complex governmental and organizational processes and favorably influence decision making in a professional and collaborative manner;
  • Willingness to travel within South Africa as needed.


  • Demonstrated experience managing demanding work plans and tight budgets;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems;
  • Demonstrated ability to be effective in high-pressure situations and adapt to fast-paced and changing; environments with a strong commitment to excellence, both internally and externally, and with limited structural or operational support;
  • Management consulting or other relevant private and public-sector experience

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