Technical Advisor, Global Diagnostics Team, Conseiller technique, équipe mondiale de diagnostic, Yaoundé, The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI)

Technical Advisor, Global Diagnostics Team, Conseiller technique, équipe mondiale de diagnostic, Yaoundé, The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI)

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

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 strengthen and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:

CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.

Overview of Team and Position:

The Global Diagnostics Team (GDT) is a key source of support for Ministries of Health and CHAI’s country teams. GDT works to address barriers to access and foster a healthy, competitive marketplace for essential diagnostic testing. The team coordinates global efforts 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.

The Technical Advisor will closely support 3-5 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to carry out diagnostic network optimization (DNO) activities to inform the implementation of optimized networks. They will support DNO sensitization for CHAI teams and MOHs where invited, engagement with modelling TA, identification of DNO scope, data collection design and data consolidation, baseline network visualization and review, identification of optimization opportunities, network scenario development, and ultimately implementation and monitoring of optimized networks.

The Technical Advisor will serve an immediate role of ensuring that prioritized country teams are adequately reflecting optimized and integrated networks in Global Fund applications and other resource mobilization opportunities.

Guided by the project’s Senior Program Manager and Director, the DNO Technical Advisor will also support CHAI’s engagement in the Integrated Diagnostics Consortium’s DNO Taskforce, an established partnership of member organizations that are involved in several global DNO activities. It is expected that the Technical Advisor will be able to provide regular updates for quarterly Taskforce meetings, identify opportunities for collaboration, and support collaboration directly at both global and country level.

The Technical Advisor will serve as a critical member of GDT’s country facing team and will also join regular country facing team calls to align support activities with other country priorities. The DNO Technical Advisor will thus contribute to identification of internal opportunities for efficiency in our country engagement and may be requested to support DNO adjacent activities from time to time.

CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, work ethic and emotional intelligence. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials, qualitative and quantitative analytical abilities, and communication skills. The DNO Technical Advisor must be able to function independently and flexibly and have a strong commitment to excellence. This is a challenging but rewarding role, which will have direct and near-term impact on thousands of patients in need of life-saving health services.

The role will require up to 30% travel time. There is a strong preference for this Technical Advisor to be based in a CHAI program country in sub-Saharan Africa.


Country DNO support

Develop and monitor country DNO workplans to ensure that the MOH-led, CHAI supported DNO activities are completed within grant timelines; workplans should include key milestones related to finalization of DNO scope and objectives, baseline network visualization and review, scenario development using optimization models, implementation of key network recommendations, and eventually routine network monitoring to flag future optimization opportunities.

Serve as a key DNO advisor to CHAI country teams, to inform the positioning of a comprehensive DNO aligned with MOH priorities where teams are carrying out DNO activities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Manage engagement between network optimization TA providing modeling support and CHAI country teams to ensure that country inputs are understood and correctly reflected in model inputs and outputs.

Gather and document country optimization recommendations that can be leveraged for resource mobilization opportunities including but not limited to Global Fund NFM4.

DNO strategy

Support development of strategies to institutionalize DNO as an approach that countries plan to do when informing laboratory national strategies.

Work with the global program teams to identify synergies across programs (including HIV, HCV, HPV, TB, and AHDP) and support efforts to enable collaboration across programs

Share best practices across the Infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases Programs to ensure knowledge is shared on the strategies, tools and experiences of all projects

Identify and develop new program and funding opportunities and develop and manage relationships with existing and potential donors

Global engagement

Gather and document country updates and learnings on the DNO process that can be consolidated into Integrated Disease Consortium updates and advocacy materials for DNO.

Support IDC DNO Taskforce assigned activities


Other responsibilities as needed including lab systems country support

Up to 30% international travel time could be required as needed

Perform other responsibilities, as requested by supervisor and program directors


Bachelor Degree

A minimum of 3 to 5 years’ professional work experience in global health, with background in System Strengthening.

Experience managing and developing demanding work plans and budgets

Exceptional stakeholder management skills including experience collaborating closely with government, private sector, and NGO representatives

Technical proficiency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Ability to solve challenging problems without extensive structural or operational support

Able to adapt and guide team members within dynamic environments

Ability to navigate government processes with multiple stakeholders

Able to adapt to fast-paced and changing environments, both internally and externally

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations and work on complex analyses

Fluent in English, proficiency in both written and verbal

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree (MPH, MBA, Laboratory Services, or other relevant degree)

Previous work experience in developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa

DNO experience

Experience developing National Lab Strategic Plans

Lab and diagnostics-related experience, either in a programmatic or clinical setting

Familiarity with global health issues

Proficiency in French is preferred

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