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Volunteer Associate, Global Health Workforce

Website Clinton Health Access Initiative

World Health Organization (WHO) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Volunteer Associate, Global Health Workforce in Addis Ababa.

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Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira 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: www.clintonhealthaccess.org.


CHAI Health Workforce Background:


A skilled health workforce is the backbone of every health system and therefore an essential precondition for progress toward universal health coverage (UHC). However, the WHO estimates that there is a global shortage of 17 million health workers. The gap is most acute in Africa (with a shortage of 4.2 million), which bears 24% of the global burden of disease yet has only 4% of the world’s health workforce.


CHAI assists governments to develop their health workforces by enhancing their capacity to train highly qualified health workers and by strengthening national systems to finance, deploy, and manage those health workers.


CHAI’s approach to national heath workforce strengthening emphasizes three strategies: (i) improving the quality and strategically increasing the scale of education for health workers, (ii) expanding and optimizing health workforce financing, and (iii) providing technical assistance to governments to strengthen their overall health workforce planning and management systems.


Two key principles guide CHAI’s approach to workforce development. The first is focusing on the right kind of health workers—from community health workers to midwives, nurses, health managers, general physicians and medical specialists—based on national need and service delivery objectives. CHAI’s approach also emphasizes sustainability by building the institutional capacity of the schools and universities where health workers are trained, training new generations of health professions educators, and developing systems and individual capabilities within governments to better plan and manage their own health workforces.


CHAI’s health workforce programs vary by country, as they reflect the major barriers and opportunities to workforce development in that specific context, as well as the priorities of the host government.


Position Overview:


CHAI Ethiopia is currently jointly working with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) of Ethiopia to develop a plan and mobilize resources to improve the quality of pre-service training for specialist health care providers, with a focus on eleven specialty service areas: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dermatology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Pathology, Pediatrics and Radiology. CHAI supported FMOH to establish national training standards and harmonized curricula for postgraduate medical training programs in these specialty areas, and subsequently to conduct capacity assessments of universities/institutions against these standards. Findings from the capacity assessment will inform the development of a costed, prioritized strategy to strengthen specialty training programs across 12 teaching institutions. Concurrently CHAI and FMOH are repeating the standards development and assessment process for 17 mid-level provider training programs; findings from these assessments will also be included in the operational plan.


CHAI Ethiopia’s health workforce program seeks a volunteer based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to support the development of a costing  tool/model, collection of cost data, analysis, and report writing. The volunteer’s work will contribute to the preparation of a costed resource mobilization plan to strengthen the quality of training for specialist health care providers in Ethiopia.


The candidate will work with close consultation and guidance of both the global and country team. He/she is expected to be flexible in her/his tasks based on emerging needs.


·         Work closely with the country team to review and utilize quality standards for each of the 11 specialties and capacity assessment reports for each of the 11 specialty programs across 12 universities (in total 78 reports) and the corresponding intervention priority setting reports to determine discrete interventions for inclusion in the plan

·         Develop a costing tool/model that will capture program-specific interventions (such as faculty training, visiting faculty deployment, diagnostic equipment, infrastructure, etc.) and which also provides functionality for prioritizing and bundling interventions

·         Collect cost inputs from a wide range of sources, including FMOH departments, Regional Health Bureaus and training institutions

·         Support country team to convene stakeholders and facilitate costing TWG comprised of FMoH, professional societies Universities and  stakeholders to gather comments, inputs and validate the the costing process and report

·         Prepare briefing materials to support interim validation and input from stakeholders

·         Prepare compressive and standard report including narratives to inform the costed operational plan.

·         Support the development of a resource mobilization plan

·         Other responsibilities as assigned by the Senior Program Manager


·         Experience developing and implementing analytical tools and models

·         Experience developing and using costing tools

·         Demonstrated strong project management, analytical, and problem-solving skills

·         Ability to work independently and effectively in unstructured environments and handle multiple tasks simultaneously; highly organized

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

·         Ability to work with teams across time zones and locations

·         Ability to work with humility and achieve results

·         High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word

·         Bachelor’s Degree in management, finance, economics, public health or other related field plus 2+ years management experience


Preferred qualifications

·         Advanced Degree in business, public health, or other relevant fields

·         Experience working in the health sector in LMICs

·         Experience working in pre-service health professions education

To apply for this job please visit clintonhealthaccess.org.

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