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: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

CHAI, in partnership with its India affiliate William J Clinton Foundation (WJCF), works in close partnership with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at the Central and States’ levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. Currently CHAI/WJCF works across projects to expand access to quality care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, tuberculosis, cancer and immunization.

Background

The world has not experienced a pandemic at the scale or pace of the current COVID-19 pandemic; the virus has ferociously attacked high- and low-income countries alike, but in so doing has exposed inequities in access to quality care within and across countries. Despite a proactive mitigation and stringent suppression strategy, the number of COVID cases in India continues to rise. While the indirect impacts of the COVID-19 on availability and utilization of routine health services cannot yet be known, lessons from previous crises suggest that service disruption and displacement will have grave impact on population health. In order to address these challenges, a robust response based on strengthened health workforce, resilient supply chains and rapid increase in diagnostic capacity is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Program Overview

WJCF, in partnership with its affiliate CHAI, is supporting the COVID-19 response in the areas of testing policy, strengthened data and delivery systems, and development of guidelines. The programme has been supporting the ICMR in scaling up testing, providing data-driven insights to support supply chain management including forecasting and inventory management, and helping build guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for downstream distribution of commodities. Separately, the programme also supports selected states on localized strategies for testing scale up and equitable access, stronger engagement with the private sector, improved treatment readiness, robust awareness campaigns and capacity building initiatives, and analytics-based programme management.

Role

We seek a highly motivated individual with demonstrated analytical abilities for the role of Consultant, Surveillance based at Delhi. The consultant will support COVID-19 surveillance program activities and analyse surveillance and/or epidemiological data to provide inputs into strategy for COVID-19 response.

A strong profile will include outstanding credentials, analytical ability, and communication skills. The candidate must be self-driven, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and have a high level of comfort with ambiguity. The Consultant must be able to function independently and flexibly with a strong commitment to excellence. We place great value on qualities such as resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.


  • Advise on the design, implementation, analysis and dissemination of projects related to surveillance and intervention effectiveness
  • Provide technical assistance to government stakeholders to develop, evaluate and/or update surveillance systems, epidemiologic and surveillance methods
  • Organize, clean, and integrate datasets; conduct statistical and spatial analyses
  • Ensure proper data management practices and conduct rigorous statistical analyses
  • Work with government stakeholders to better integrate epidemiological and programmatic data use and analysis into routine programmatic activities at all levels of the COVID-19 response
  • Provide quantitative inputs into evidence-based planning of intervention deployment, and design and implement monitoring and evaluation activities to measure impact
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date expertise on COVID-19 manufacturing, regulatory and quality issues, pricing, treatment guidelines, and market intelligence
  • Advocacy at relevant government stakeholders to promulgate new ideas and developments in the COVID-19 drugs and diagnostics
  • Assist in formulating national guidelines and technical evaluation protocols for new diagnostic platforms
  • Assisting in arranging lab and field evaluation of new technologies that are relevant in the Indian context, if required
  • Provide subject matter expertise for development of health or epidemiological models
  • Support capacity building of key government functionaries on relevant competencies for sustained ownership and delivery
  • Perform other responsibilities as requested by program leadership

  • Masters or PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatics or related field, or similar experience
  • 6 to 8 years of working experience related to the above responsibilities with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership
  • Experience in evaluating, working with, and strengthening disease surveillance systems
  • Experience with designing, conducting, and analysing epidemiological surveys (preferred)
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Statistical and geospatial analysis programming experience (including expertise with R, SAS, STATA, ArcGIS and/or other relevant software)
  • Experience in working and communicating with government officials and other external partners
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently, self-motivate, and propose and implement new initiatives
  • Exceptional stakeholder management capabilities
  • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity, and problem solve in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
  • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and set priorities

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