Associate, East Africa Pharmaceutical Manufacture and Supply

Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization 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.

CHAI is undertaking a series of market shaping initiatives designed to strengthen the East African pharmaceutical industry’s competitive position and market share of the health pharmaceutical market, while increasing access to international quality and affordable medicines. This role will involve engaging with senior private sector and government stakeholders across Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

The ultimate goal is for at least two East African local manufacturers to produce international quality pharmaceuticals at a cost competitive price point, and for these products to be procured by international buyer(s) by year-end 2015. This test case will connect local manufacturers to international buyers, strengthen the long-term viability of industry, and provide a roadmap for other initiatives supporting local industry to drive broader transformation.

The Associate will be primarily focused on identifying and operationalizing cost reduction opportunities for local manufacturers. This will span sourcing of inputs (API/Excipients/Packaging), transportation, operational efficiency, and inventory management.  

The Associate must be able to function independently and flexibly as well as build strong relationships with government officials and partners across the public and private sectors. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, integrity, independence, humility, and a positive work ethic.

This is a challenging though rewarding position that directly impacts the quality and cost of pharmaceutical products in East Africa. Further, it will build local industry and technical capacity for continued advancement in the manufacturing sector. It is an opportunity to work on a unique market transformation, and collaborate closely with partner governments, private sector entities, and international agencies.

The Associate will provide robust technical and analytical support to the EAC local manufacturing team, and actively participate in structuring the analytical approach and problem solving in areas such as:

  • Diagnosis of cost reduction opportunities for local manufacturers, and modelling potential efficiency gains by intervention
  • Development of business case for key quality and cost-saving interventions for C-level audience
  • Support to local manufacturers implementing quality/cost-saving interventions, ensuring responsiveness to evolving priorities/opportunities, and adherence to tight deadlines.
  • Engagement of international buyer segment, and ensuring buyer specific needs are integrated into broader workplan
  • Supporting evaluation and documentation of results and impact from CHAI's work
  • Performing other tasks as necessary

Bachelor's Degree plus 3+ years of experience in a private or public sector enterprise, with increasing levels of responsibility. 

  • Strategic thinker able to take a creative approach to long-term program objectives and the detailed steps necessary to achieve these goals
  • Strong quantitative skills and technical proficiency with MS Excel, including experience developing or evaluating financial models
  • Ability to leverage data to create solution orientated analyses for C-Level stakeholders
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to multi-task and adapt to fast-paced and changing environments, both internally and externally
  • Ability to work independently on complex projects and be effective in high pressure situations
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • Willingness to travel to focus countries and other locations with limited advance notice


A Master’s degree from a high-calibre institution in business, chemistry, engineering, or related field.

Work experience in management consulting, finance (and similar private enterprises), or Government/Regulatory authorities in the pharmaceutical industry.

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