Point of Care Diagnostics Analyst, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) works to broaden access to life-saving treatment for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria patients in the poorest parts of the world. As part of this mission, CHAI’s “Access Programs” approach global public health challenges with market-based strategies, using simultaneous engagement on both the supply and demand sides of the market. On the supply side, CHAI engages with suppliers of essential drugs and diagnostics to improve access to products by lowering prices, accelerating new products to market, and sharing market intelligence. On the demand side, CHAI organizes and consolidates demand for health commodities by helping governments to scale up treatment programs, mobilize new resources, improve procurement processes, and enhance local human resource capacity. Working with over 30 governments and other partners, CHAI is focused on large-scale impact on many of the largest barriers to effective treatment and care.

The Laboratory Services Team (LST) is a key source of support for Ministries of Health and CHAI's country teams, and works to address barriers to access and foster a healthy competitive marketplace for essential diagnostic testing. LST plays the lead role in coordinating work globally on access to diagnostics, working closely with diagnostics manufacturers, governments, and multilateral organizations to lower prices, increase access to testing, and accelerate the entry and uptake of new innovative products.

Position:

The Point-Of-Care Diagnostics Analyst will work with LST to support countries in the evaluation, adoption, and uptake of new innovative diagnostic products for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.  Point-of-care (POC) products 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. LST works with high-volume, early-adopter countries to overcome these barriers and build a healthy, competitive global market for these products, while negotiating with manufacturers to lower prices.

As new technologies become available, the POC Diagnostics Analyst will focus on advocating for their use with governments and other partners, and strengthening the capacity of governments to adopt them and scale them up. The POC Diagnostics Analyst will also provide analysis to support LST in global negotiations with diagnostics manufacturers, and the development of new procurement strategies such as instrument rental deals and split tenders to enable easier product switching. Finally, the POC Diagnostics Analyst will help develop LST’s market-shaping strategy for fostering competition in the global diagnostics market. In doing so, the POC Diagnostics Analyst will develop strong relationships with various teams within CHAI, as well as Ministries of Health, diagnostics manufacturers, and other external partners in beneficiary countries.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials, analytical ability, and communication skills. The Analyst must be able to function independently and flexibly and have a strong commitment to excellence. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a key advisor to CHAI country teams and in-country and global partners on the adoption of new diagnostic products and their integration into existing lab networks
  • Assist Ministries of Health to build capacity to perform technical evaluations to drive regulatory approvals and ensure that new technologies perform accurately, conduct operational pilots to demonstrate the cost effectiveness and impact of new products on patient outcomes, and assist with analysis and writing of evaluation reports
  • Develop and share deployment models and strategies for how to maximize the impact of new POC diagnostics
  • Assist Ministries of Health in the development of POC testing policies and national implementation plans, and the creation of operational systems to support the wide-scale implementation of new POC diagnostic products, such as training, quality assurance, and data management
  • Work with CHAI country teams, governments, and partners to identify funding for increased investment in new POC diagnostic products
  • Design and implement monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems to measure the impact of POC testing and assess progress against project goals
  • Assist LST to manage global supplier relationships through product demand forecasting, market analysis, sharing of market intelligence, and supporting price negotiations
  • Provide remote and in-country technical assistance to CHAI country teams and governments in support of work streams related to POC diagnostics

Qualifications:

  • Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree plus 2-5 years work experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations
  • 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
  • Available for up to 75% travel
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word

Pluses:

  • Previous CHAI experience
  • Pharmaceutical / healthcare industry experience
  • Experience working in management consulting, investment banking, or similar environment
  • Experience living or working in developing countries
  • Familiarity with global health issues
  • Fluency in French, Portuguese and/or Spanish

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania + 70% travel

Salary: USD 40k-50k per year

To apply, please visit https://careers-chai.icims.com/jobs/2569/login

Deadline for applications is 20 September 2012.

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