Associate, Supply Chain

(Posted 9/10/2016)  Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Massachusetts

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.CHAI works in close partnership with country governments as well as with implementing partners and other major stakeholders to identify the key obstacles to access and scale-up of essential health services, and to develop sustainable strategies to overcome them. To do this, CHAI applies diverse approaches and skills, beyond the ones traditionally used in global health, including those from the private sector.

CHAI is driven by its mission and a set of values that are integral to its work.

Overview of CHAI's Vaccines program
Immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions in history. National immunization programs reach >100 million infants every year and have averted globally two to three million deaths every year since the launch of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) in 1974[1], whilst the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and rotavirus vaccines could save ~1 million lives per year[2]. Furthermore, great advances in discovering and financing new vaccines provides a great opportunity for countries to further reduce burden of disease such as human papillomavirus (HPV) or malaria. Despite these successes, 1.5 million children still die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases, many of them in low-income countries, as immunization programs there face unprecedented challenges.

In 2010, CHAI launched a vaccine program to reduce mortality and morbidity from vaccine preventable diseases by improving access to immunization services through national immunization programs. Since then, CHAI has become a core partner in the immunization space and is pursuing four complementary strategic objectives:

1. Increase the speed and efficiency with which new vaccines are introduced and reach target coverage.
2. Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of vaccines cold chain and logistics systems: CHAI aims to increase and sustain effective immunization coverage of existing and new vaccines by enhancing (1) the safety and potency of vaccines administered, (2) the adequacy of immunization supplies when and where they are needed, and (3) the value for money of the vaccine delivery system.
3. Enhance planning, resourcing & implementation of immunization strategies: CHAI aims to improve the systems and capabilities of national and sub-national vaccines programs in focus countries to develop and implement robust immunization strategies, as well as to sustainably improve key outcomes from these strategies
4. Improve pricing and offering of key vaccines and cold chain equipments by shaping markets and negotiating price reductions for major antigens and cold chain equipment and by accelerating introduction of appropriate and valuable new cold chain technologies.

CHAI's vaccine program very closely supports the national immunization programs in eight focus countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. CHAI's vaccine program also engages with global stakeholders such as Gavi, WHO and UNICEF to inform global policies and practices.
[1] With diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and measles. WHO/UNICEF Fact sheet No378, April 2013.
[2] Gavi (

We are seeking an Associate to join the global vaccines delivery team to shape CHAI's work in vaccine supply chain globally and across all its focus countries, in collaboration with another global Associates.

Key responsibilities for this role include but are not limited to the following:

1) Provide high-value strategic and programmatic support to design and implement in-country initiatives which will dramatically improve vaccines supply chain performance, in collaboration with CHAI country teams.

• Provide critical input on the approach needed to meet in-country grant and program objectives related to vaccines supply chain, in line with the program strategy and model
• Contribute to the design, planning and execution of high-impact projects with country teams to sustainably transform the vaccines supply chain in CHAI focal countries. Projects might include diagnosing the end-to-end vaccines supply chain and developing strategies and interventions for improvement, improving vaccines ordering and inventory management which may include improved used of technology and data for management, assessing opportunities to integrate vaccines supply chain with other commodities, and supporting thoughtful implementation of data management tools and systems.
• Lead continuous development and effective dissemination & use of programmatic "tool kit", lessons learned, and other know-how related to vaccines supply chain across CHAI's vaccines program.

2) Inform national and global practices and policies related to vaccines supply chain

• Inform practices & policies based on robust evidence base, insightful analytical perspective, and lessons learned from CHAI and other partners to promote improved outcomes of immunization programs
• Develop relationships with key stakeholders in vaccine supply chain and establish yourself as a respected and trusted thought leader in this area of focus within CHAI and within the global immunization community
• Disseminate CHAI's programmatic insights to the global immunization community as appropriate.

3) Support the development of CHAI's vaccines program around vaccines supply chain, in collaboration with program and country leadership

• Support development of program-wide and country-specific objectives and strategies regarding vaccines supply chain
• Support scoping and development of new grants
• Develop program thought leadership in supply chain to deliver against current and future goals
• Support ramp up of new CHAI staff and new focus countries and strengthen capabilities of existing CHAI staff in supply chain, leveraging the institutional knowledge from CHAI vaccines program

4) Support program and grant management, with a focus on vaccines supply chain work, in collaboration with program and country leadership

• Assess progress against overall objectives & milestones in areas of focus and help prepare high-quality briefings for donors and CHAI management, including achievements to date, action plan going forward, and key risks & opportunities
• Assess effectiveness of CHAI's theory of change and approach related to vaccines supply chain in focus countries and recommend improvement opportunities

Other responsibilities as requested by position's manager.

Desired location is flexible, with strong preference for program focus countries. Significant travel is expected.

• A Bachelor's degree; Masters level or above in business, science or engineering with a focus on supply chain management preferred
• At least 3 years of relevant professional experience, ideally in an analytical role related to inventory management or supply chain management
• Exceptional skills in problem-solving and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data (including quantitative modeling, data analysis, business case analysis, study design)
• Robust understanding in the design and execution of inventory control systems (e.g., understanding of min-max system, 2-bin system, Newsvendor problem) and supply chain management
• Excellent communication skills in English (including synthesis & presentation) with diverse audience
• Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong & effective relationships in a multicultural and often remote work environment
• Demonstrated capacity to synthesize evidence into an effective presentations and actionable recommendations for broad range of audience, including Ministries of Health, global donors and policy makers
• Exceptional ability to work independently, setting and achieving ambitious targets with limited guidance, managing competing and sometimes shifting priorities, often under tight deadline
• Ability to travel extensively (at least 30% of time) to focus countries and other locations as need for work (for in-country support, global working groups, conferences, etc.)

• Knowledge of vaccines, health programs or health supply chains
• Experience in a top tier management or supply chain consulting firm
• Experience working with government and in developing countries, notably in Sub-Saharan Africa

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