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Haiti: Research Associate, Haiti

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Country: Haiti
Closing date: 16 Jul 2017

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment in the developing world. CHAI's solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Since its inception, CHAI's programs have helped more than 11.8 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medicines, saving the global health community billions of dollars. For more information, please visit:

CHAI's global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.

Overview of Role:

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with experience in disease surveillance systems and data analysis. This individual will assist with malaria surveillance system design and implementation, data analysis, and mapping activities related to malaria elimination efforts. The Research Associate will primarily support Haiti (and Mesoamerica if required). Strong communication and organizational skills are needed as s(he) will work closely with CHAI's Global and Regional Malaria Teams, and will help to translate epidemiological evidence to malaria programs and other partners in country. Further, it is expected that the Research Associate will need to collaborate with other academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI's elimination work is complementary and not duplicative.

  • Performing scientific literature review as needed;

  • Supporting the implementation of a new surveillance platform in Haiti for improved data collection, management, analysis and data visualization;

  • Assisting to monitor and evaluate the performance of new surveillance platforms;

  • Advocating for the use of surveillance data to inform elimination activities;

  • Supporting operational research projects (e.g. assisting with background research, survey design, implementation etc.);

  • Collating, organizing and cleaning collected data and assessing suitability for analyses

  • Conducting descriptive analyses of epidemiological and entomological data;

  • Analyzing geographic data with GIS software including mapping malaria incidence, vector distribution, and intervention coverage;

  • Translating results to national and sub-national government partners;

  • Assisting government partners to develop evidence-based policies and plans;

  • Building government capacity to conduct data management, validation, and analysis for evidence-based decision making;

  • Disseminating findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications;

  • Maintaining strong communication between CHAI in-country and global technical teams;

  • Fostering strong, proactive relationships with the Haitian malaria program and in country partners;

  • Attending weekly meetings with the Haitian malaria program and in country partners; and

  • Any other tasks identified.

  • This role requires travel to remote regions with limited infrastructure and medical care

  • Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field strongly preferred; or Bachelor's degree minimum with exceptional experience

  • 2+ years of work experience with responsibilities including quantitative data analyses;

  • 1+ years of experience working with government officials and multilateral organizations in developing countries;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;

  • Experience strengthening surveillance systems;

  • Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems and/or public health programs;

  • Ability to carry out advanced statistics on large data sets using relevant software (e.g. R, STATA);

  • Experience working with geospatial data (shapefiles, rasters etc.) in Google Earth, QGIS, ArcGIS and/or other relevant software;

  • Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems;

  • Ability to provide technical support and to manage several projects simultaneously;

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills;

  • Ability to work independently in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;

  • Ability to think strategically and to anticipate future consequences and trends;

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; and

  • Fluency in French.


  • Knowledge of malaria;
  • Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2) and/or data collection tools (e.g. ODK);
  • Experience living or working in resource-limited countries and challenging environments;
  • Experience working remotely with a decentralized team; and
  • Willingness to travel (20-25% of the time).


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