Placement Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Placement Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Eligible Citizenship: American
About: The Clinton Health Access Initiative 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 tuberculosis. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to life-saving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high quality care and treatment programs.
Position Overview: This position will be based in Kigali working with the Ministry of Health, mainly the pharmacy task force (PTF) as well as the Medical Procurement Division at Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), which is the relevant implementing entity of the MoH. These entities together are responsible for establishing policies for the management of the pharmacy system as well as the logistics and supply chain aspects. A key component of the success of the system is an effective coordination between the two agencies at the central level, the districts and implementing partners (other NGOs).
Responsibilities: The fellow will work in an integrated manner with the two central level agencies and under the overall guidance of the head of PTF. The main role will be to assist with an effective decentralization of pharmacy management to the district level, and participate with supervision of district pharmacies. The work will require providing operational support to district pharmacies, as well as providing suggestions at a central level to facilitate the supervision responsibilities as well as effective oversight. A strong liaison with RBC is also necessary to ensure the responsibilities are clearly delineated and the processes implemented as per the plans. Activities may include a strong analytical component in supply chain data analysis, and pharmaceutical / medical consumable forecasting.
- Language skills: English proficiency and ability to work in French (i.e. attend meetings and participate in discussions)
- Strong interest in global public health and prior exposure to global public health and/or development issues in Africa or other resource-poor settings
- Team-oriented but also highly self-sufficient and self-motivated
- Creative and innovative thinking with demonstrated analytical skills and attention to detail. A strong quantitative background is essential
- Strong interpersonal skills coupled with excellent communication skills: verbal, written, listening, presentation and facilitation
- Adaptable to working in new environments and cultures
- Adaptable multi-tasker who is flexible and capable of working under pressure and tight deadlines with demonstrated ability to prioritize across multiple projects and relationships
- Willingness to travel extensively in-country and work in rural, low-resource settings
- Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel & PowerPoint). Additional analytical software suites a plus
- A sense of humor, patience, and cultural sensitivity
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- A degree in a related field such as public health, economic development, management, finance or project management and planning.
- Experience with supply chain logistics or pharmacy a plus
- Experience with logistics management information systems (software) a plus
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included. [CHAI will supplement the GHC stipend for a total of $1250/month. CHAI will arrange transportation for professional reasons. We also offer a shuttle service for commuting in most areas of central Kigali, as moto-taxis are not authorized for commuting or professional use. More information about housing and living in Kigali can be found onhttp://www.livinginkigali.com/ andhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/kigalilife/.]