Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Clinton Health Access Initiative,Research Associate Jobs in Rwanda

 Laboratory Services Team

Closing date: 26 Aug 2016
Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organizat
ion 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.
Point-of-care (POC) products for HIV and tuberculosis bring diagnostics out of the laboratory and closer to the patient, reducing the burden to receive testing, and allowing tasks to shift to lower cadres of healthcare workers, particularly in rural areas. Several POC products for diagnosis, disease staging, and treatment monitoring have recently become available or are in development, with the potential to dramatically increase access to treatment, improve patient retention, and make healthcare systems more efficient. However, despite the potential advantages of these new technologies, there are barriers that prevent adoption and scale-up in developing countries, including regulatory hurdles and limited guidance on how to decentralize testing in rural areas. Laboratory Services Team (LST) works with high-volume, early-adopter countries to overcome these barriers and build a healthy, competitive global market for these products.
Prior to regulatory approval, new technologies must undergo independent technical performance evaluations to ensure performance is comparable to the gold standard technologies. Once approved, it will be critical to understand the best implementation practices for new technologies as they fit into the traditional diagnostic networks through evidence-based research.
As new technologies become available, the Research Associate will focus on supporting governments to technically evaluate these technologies and develop and conduct operational research studies under the direction and supervision of the POC Scientist. The Research Associate will work with CHAI country teams to support countries in developing monitoring and evaluation and research studies to understand optimal point-of-care technology implementation and patient impact. In doing so, the Research Associate will develop ethics protocols, data collection tools, and provide intensive in-country support throughout the duration of studies to ensure successful study execution. Upon completion, the Research Associate will assist with data analysis and report/manuscript generation. Furthermore, the Research Associate will support both global and country teams to develop best practice case studies for publication and distribution. Through this work the Research Associate will develop strong relationships with various teams within CHAI, as well as Ministries of Health, and National Reference Laboratories.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with strong scientific credentials, analytical capability, and good writing and communication skills. The Research Associate must be able to function independently and flexibly and have a deep commitment to excellence. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.

Job Requirements

  • Serve as a key technical advisor to CHAI country teams on the evaluation and operational research studies of new diagnostic products;
·         Assist CHAI country teams and Ministries of Health to conduct evaluations of new POC diagnostic products and research studies, including the following activities:
·         With the CHAI country teams, develop research ideas that address critical diagnostic gaps, both globally and country-specific;
·         Develop evaluation and study protocols, data collection tools, patient consent forms and additional study materials;
·         Support evaluation and study data collection in-country;
·         Assist with analysis and writing of scientific reports/manuscripts.
·         Support countries in developing and executing monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Compile and develop best practice case studies on POC implementation experiences from project countries
  • Regularly monitor and keep up-to-date with the literature on POC diagnostic products, critically review, and develop materials to concisely share to a varied audience;
  • Provide evidence-driven technical advice to governments and other partners on the creation of operational systems to support the wide-scale implementation of new POC diagnostic products.
·         Other responsibilities as needed by manager
·         Bacherlor's or Master's degree in microbiology, virology, immunology, epidemiology, or related biomedical field, plus 2-5 years work experience in a relevant field;
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations and write manuscripts for publication;
·         Strong analytical, problem solving, and quantitative skills;
·         Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity and work in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment;
·         Ability to learn on the job quickly;
  • Detail-oriented with strong organization skills;
  • Ability to handle multiple work streams simultaneously and work independently;
  • Based in East or Southern Africa and available for up to 75% travel;
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Proficiency in statistical packages (STATA, SAS or similar);
  • Experience living or working abroad, particularly in developing countries;
  • Familiarity with global health issues.
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