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Sunday 12 May 2013

Volunteer Opportunities - Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Uganda

Job Title: Volunteer - Global Fund TA

Job Location   Cameroon, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Uganda  Type   International Volunteer
Business Unit   Access Programs  
More information about this job:

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. 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 national and sub-national level management. By working in association with governments and other NGO partners, CHAI is focused on transformative impact.  In addition, CHAI’s teams are working side-by-side with over 25 governments to tackle many of the largest health system barriers to effective care and treatment.

Summary of Position:

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is looking for volunteer technical advisors to assist governments in developing proposals for funding from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), and in managing approved proposals. The Global Fund is one of the largest sources of funding for the three diseases, and to access resources countries are required to develop a complex, detailed proposal. Technical assistance to support proposal development requires strong coordination with the national government and other donor/NGO partners in country to identify high-priority program areas, the ability to interpret data and synthesize complex documents and issues into clear, straightforward prose, and quantitative skills to put together well-supported budgets and targets. Once resources are approved, governments often require technical assistance in ensuring the funds are effectively and efficiently utilized, and in building the management systems to ensure overall program effectiveness. CHAI provides staff support for the various coordinating, writing, quantification and systems building tasks necessary for a successful proposal and program implementation.

CHAI works in close partnership with the Ministries of Health (MOH) in these countries, procuring pediatric ARVs, and providing technical assistance in a variety of areas. The Technical Advisors will work closely with the CHAI country team on the ground to provide technical support to the MOH, cooperating on a regular basis with donors, NGOs and civil society.

These are challenging but very rewarding positions, which will have direct and immediate impact on tens of thousands of patients in need of life-saving medications. It is an opportunity to work closely with governments committed to HIV prevention, care and treatment, provide critical skills and build systems, tools and capacity that will enable access to and better management of funds to fight the disease.

Professionally fluent French and/or Portuguese language skills are required for some positions. Duration of position expected to run through December, 2013.

Responsibilities vary somewhat by country, but generally include:
  Work with the MOH and partners to map funding needs and available funds for HIV in developing countries in the short to medium term
    Work with the MOH and partners to align key stakeholders, including donors, local and international NGOs and civil society groups, behind the priorities in the HIV programs that require funding in the 3-5 year horizon
    Prepare required analysis, including mapping of current funding streams and existing programs and systems, in preparation for submission of Global Fund proposals
    Provide additional technical assistance as needed in the areas of M&E, data management, budgeting and financial planning in the area of HIV/AIDS and in the health sector overall
    Assist the MOH to build capacity and take a coordination and leadership role relative to donors and implementers

    Bachelor's degree plus 2+ years of work experience in private sector
    For many, but not all positions: very strong quantitative skills, including significant experience working in excel on budgeting
    For many, but not all positions: strong writing and synthesis skills, including experience in proposal writing
    Applicants with management consulting or other relevant private and public sector experience are strongly encouraged to apply
    Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and ability to build relationships
    Excellent organizational and problem solving skills
    Strong communication skills, including the ability to prepare compelling presentations
    Ability to multi-task and to be effective in high-pressure situations
    Ability to work independently on complex projects and proactively manage projects with minimal supervision

 Knowledge of/experience with the Global Fund proposal development process as well as knowledge of other donor funding mechanisms and processes (e.g., IHP, SWAp, HIPC funds, etc.)
    Experience with working in developing countries, particularly in health or HIV/AIDS-related issues
    Experience working with recipient country governments and international partners in country
    French and/or Portuguese required for some positions

How to Apply:

Deadline: 25th May 2013