Research Assistant, Chemopad Project, Assistant de recherche, Projet Chemopad, Cameroun, The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI)

Research Assistant, Chemopad Project, Assistant de recherche, Projet Chemopad, Cameroun, 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 our mission of saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries. We work at the invitation of governments to support them and the private sector to create and sustain high-quality health systems.

CHAI was founded in 2002 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic with the goal of dramatically reducing the price of life-saving drugs and increasing access to these medicines in the countries with the highest burden of the disease. Over the following two decades, CHAI has expanded its focus. Today, along with HIV, we work in conjunction with our partners to prevent and treat infectious diseases such as COVID-19, malaria, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Our work has also expanded into cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other non-communicable diseases, and we work to accelerate the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, reduce maternal and child mortality, combat chronic malnutrition, and increase access to assistive technology. We are investing in horizontal approaches to strengthen health systems through programs in human resources for health, digital health, and health financing. With each new and innovative program, our strategy is grounded in maximizing sustainable impact at scale, ensuring that governments lead the solutions, that programs are designed to scale nationally, and learnings are shared globally.

At CHAI, our people are our greatest asset, and none of this work would be possible without their talent, time, dedication and passion for our mission and values. We are a highly diverse team of enthusiastic individuals across 40 countries with a broad range of skillsets and life experiences. CHAI is deeply grounded in the countries we work in, with majority of our staff based in program countries. Learn more about our exciting work:

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 Role:

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills to support the expanded surveillance and analytics scope of work in Cameroon. The Research Assistant will be responsible for gathering accurate, credible information on chemotherapy medicine quality surveillance in targeted chemotherapy treatment centers in Cameroon. They will be required to summarize findings of data collected to support senior research staff and PIs in scientific and academic conclusions.

The individual will work with team members across CHAI’s Global, Regional and Country Teams and will therefore need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. It is expected that the Research Assistant will need to collaborate with government programs, academics, and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s work is complementary and not duplicative other ongoing efforts.


Support CHAI country team, MOH, partners and targeted healthcare workers in the pursuit of adapting a point of use test card, for assessing the quality of chemotherapy drugs.

Collect qualitative and quantitative data to determine the market trend of chemotherapy products in Cameroon.

Implement post market surveys (PMS) of anti-cancer products in circulation in Cameroon using fast, reliable, affordable procedures like Spot-checks.

Develop a health and economic cost benefit analysis of instituting PMS on chemotherapy products for the country taking into consideration the impact on the health of patients.

Participate in the development and review of manuscripts for publication in peer review journals.

Collect relevant information to maximize access to scarce chemotherapy products and protect patient health in target health facilities.

Prepare preliminary analysis of data collected to guide leadership of investigators.

Collaborate closely with the team to proactively identify areas of opportunity as well as possible challenges and barriers to cancer treatment access.

Leverage strong analytical and problem-solving skills to accelerate progress towards the program’s milestones.

Provide additional technical assistance as needed in the areas of M&E, data management.

Prepare status reports and other required project update documents.

Prepares and submits relevant expense and activity reports within institutional timelines.

Carry out any other duties as may be required by CHAI leadership.


BSc with at least 2-year experience in Clinical research and Data analysis

Prior experience in clinical research and implementation setting is an added advantage.

Relevant laboratory systems strengthening experience including capacity building, service expansion and e-LIMS amongst others.

Very strong quantitative analytical skills.

Applicants with other relevant private and public sector experience are strongly encouraged.

Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and ability to build relationships

Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.

Strong communication skills, including the ability to prepare compelling presentations and state of the art reports.

Ability to multi-task and to be effective in high-pressure situations.

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