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Job Title: Research Associate, Nigeria SRMNH M&E
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Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Posted: 2/26/2018
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Massachusetts,  MA    USA
Position Description: The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:

Every year over 300,000 mothers die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth with 99% of all maternal deaths occurring in the developing world. Unintended pregnancies also contribute significantly to maternal mortality. In developing countries, 214 million women and girls have an unmet need for contraception, meaning they want to avoid or postpone pregnancy but are not using a modern contraceptive method. CHAI takes an integrated Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health (SRMNH) approach to addressing these challenges, beginning with reaching adolescents with reproductive health education and services, and continues with supporting women through their reproductive years to ensure every woman is able to realize her reproductive intentions including: avoid unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, terminate a pregnancy safely under a country's legal framework, have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth, see her newborn thrive from birth to childhood, and space and limit births.

To reduce maternal and neonatal mortality at childbirth CHAI focuses on averting preventable deaths that can occur in the 24- to 48-hour window around the birth process by building the health system's capabilities to prevent potential complications from becoming life-threatening, to apply proven and simple interventions to ensure survival, and to quickly refer cases to the appropriate health system level for proper treatment. To reduce unintended pregnancies and increase access to safe abortion services, CHAI aims to increase access to essential reproductive health products and services in partnership with governments by pursuing global and country-focused market-shaping opportunities and in-country engagement around guidelines, registration, tendering, procurement and service delivery. In addition, CHAI aims to strengthen government health systems and build the capabilities of ministries of health to deliver robust, integrated reproductive health programs and to counsel adolescent girls and young women on SRH.

Underlying CHAI's approach is the development of effective, government-led management systems that serve as the backbone towards facilitating program implementation, supports transition and enables governments to sustain progress, while also providing for the continued growth and evolution of a country's SRMNH program. In particular, clear protocols for each level of the health system and routine data collection mechanisms that monitor key indicators are established and strengthened to enable managers to ensure clarity of roles and responsibilities, develop data-based long-term plans, pinpoint weaknesses in the system and troubleshoot challenges.

CHAI's high-impact, transformational programs are built on our ability to apply a rigorous, analytical approach to identify actionable solutions, guide complex change processes, and measure program performance. Working at the intersection of CHAI's global and country teams, CHAI's Applied Analytics Team (AAT) is the organization's central hub of robust analytics for decision-making. The team is comprised of public health scientists with training in biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, mathematical modeling, and program evaluation. The team has programmatic expertise in CHAI's core areas including sexual, reproductive, maternal and neonatal health (SRMNH), HIV, vaccines, human resources for health, health financing, hepatitis, diarrhea, pneumonia, and TB.

The Applied Analytics Team at CHAI is seeking a Research Associate. Working with the CHAI country team, government and implementing partners in Nigeria, the Research Associate will contribute to achieving transformational impact in sustaining reductions in unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions; and sustaining reductions in maternal and neonatal mortality and stillbirths across Nigeria. S/he will be responsible for tasks including M&E systems design, data collection tool and protocol development, and analysis for both quantitative and qualitative data, and preparation of dissemination materials and manuscripts. The ideal candidate would be familiar with key health systems strengthening concepts and approaches, and would be up-to-speed in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) theories and techniques.


The Research Associate will be a member of CHAI's global Applied Analytics Team (AAT). The Research Associate will report to a Senior Technical Advisor on AAT, and will work closely with the CHAI country team in Nigeria. The Research Associate will also work in close collaboration with the government and will interact on a regular basis with donors, NGOs, companies, academic and research institutions and civil society.

Qualifications: The Research Associate will provide M&E support to the CHAI Nigeria SRMNH team's initiatives including but not limited to: • Provide technical support in the development of study design and research, monitoring and evaluation tools, including research protocols, ethics applications, and standard operating procedures, for the baseline survey, process evaluations and outcomes evaluations (quantitative and qualitative), as well as operations research, key performance indicator reporting framework and knowledge management • Develop and implement comprehensive, feasible M&E frameworks that will generate credible, actionable and timely information • Collate data from M&E interventions as well as routine data collection and assess quality and suitability for analysis • Develop and oversee performance assessment surveys of CHAI sexual and reproductive health (SRH) initiatives in Nigeria, including household and public health facility surveys, as well as other methods that are both rigorous and efficient • Build the capacity of country teams to analyze and use data generated from the program activities, including data management best practices through training and mentoring • Develop dissemination materials, including reports, presentations, briefs and visualizations • Produce regular monitoring and evaluation reports for CHAI, and synthesize and communicate relevant insights on national forums • Review M&E data regularly with program staff at the national and global level to ensure that the program is accomplishing its objectives and corrective actions are taken if required • Where relevant, liaise with academic institutions and/or other implementing partners that might have relevant data that can be leveraged for program monitoring • Act as key liaison on M&E and surveillance activities between CHAI's global and country teams • Support program manager in donor reporting activities including consolidation of relevant data and evidence of impact • Facilitate sharing of lessons and best practices across countries and ensure alignment where appropriate • Perform other duties as assigned

• Master's degree in public health, economics, or a related field strongly preferred, with a minimum of 2 years work experience; Bachelor's degree with exceptional experience considered • Experience with program monitoring systems • Statistical analysis skills • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Demonstrated capacity to synthesize data into an effective presentation of results for a variety of audiences • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of partners and stakeholders • Strong management skills and proven ability to generate results • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to make linkages between interventions and programs • Self-motivated and ability to work under pressure and set priorities • Ability to work collaboratively across multiple program teams with various priorities and deliverables • Ability to meet deadlines and work in a fast-paced environment with maximum efficiency and impact • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint • Willingness to travel to Nigeria up to 50%

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