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Cameroon Program Overview
CHAI started working in Cameroon in 2007 with a focus on improving access to HIV diagnosis, care, and treatment. We are helping to increase access to pediatric and second line antiretrovirals as well as strengthening HIV laboratory systems to better diagnose the disease. Since then, our partnership with the government of Cameroon has evolved to include cross-cutting health system strengthening efforts, including supporting the roll out of universal health coverage. We are also working to strengthen the health product supply chain, introduce and roll out innovative point-of-care technologies and cold chain equipment to ensure the potency and delivery of lifesaving vaccinations. CHAI has also supported the government in its efforts to save the lives of women and infants through mentoring of healthcare workers, increasing access to long-acting contraceptives, and introducing new and improved vaccines for diseases such as cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV), rotavirus, diarrhea, and poliomyelitis.
CHAI is equally supporting the government to improve access to medical oxygen and the national public health laboratory to decentralize COVID-19 testing. In addition, we are collaborating with the ministry of health to improve access to cancer treatment by lowering prices and enabling procurement of key chemotherapy drugs. Furthermore, we are working with the government through its National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), to build sustainable access to timely and high-quality information across relevant levels of the health system and help programs to routinely use data and generated analytics to inform programmatic and strategic planning and operations.
CHAI recently initiated engagement with the Cameroon Ministry of Public Health (MoH) to strengthen the clinical research ecosystem in Cameroon, the Central African Sub-region and Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole. Through this engagement, CHAI in collaboration with the Design Analyze and Communicate (DAC) arm of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to promote an enabling environment for the conduct of clinical research in Cameroon and the African continent, with informativeness as a core guiding principle and foundational value for planning and running clinical research projects. The project seeks to help investigators to optimize their studies for informativeness and impact by building their capacity to integrate the 16 DAC best practices for clinical research in their research protocols, as well as the use of other novel tools such as the open-source clinical trial simulation software, target policy profile, statistical analysis and communication plan templates amongst others. Towards this vision, the DAC-Africa (DAC-A) Pilot will establish a local presence in Cameroon, with the vision of constructing an Africa-based network of clinical research experts to customize and apply DAC processes and tools for the African context.
Overview of Role
CHAI is seeking for a highly motivated, results-oriented, resourceful, entrepreneurial individual with outstanding problem-solving ability to work as Program Analyst, DAC-A pilot. The Analyst will be expected to provide analytical support for all DAC-A pilot related work. In particular, the Analyst will drive digitization related program work. The Analyst will also be responsible for supporting the development of policies and procedures, assisting with budgeting processes, tracking, and evaluating operational and program performance, and identifying and resolving any issues.
The successful candidate will be required to work with government officials, implementing partners and team members across CHAI, as well as with DAC-A leadership and steering committees. The right candidate should, therefore, possess excellent data science, communication/negotiation, organizational and management skills, as well as a high degree of self-confidence. The Analyst must be able to function independently and have a strong commitment to excellence.
The Program Analyst will report to the Program Manager, DAC-A pilot. This position will be based in Yaoundé – Cameroon with 20 to 30% of domestic travel envisaged.
- Lead activities related to the development and use of a digital platform by the National regulatory authority and the National Ethics Committee to review clinical research protocols.
- Take the lead in the development and trial of an Electronic Medical Record platform (EMR) in health facilities of partner organizations.
- Lead efforts to convert existing paper based medical records into digitized data stored in the EMR platform.
- Support in maintaining the DAC-A website and submission portals.
- Ensure DAC-A resources are available in both English and French.
- Establish and maintain strong working relationships with individuals across government programs, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local academic institutions and other key stakeholders to ensure skills transfer and ownership.
- Support the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems to assess progress against project goals on a regular basis in coordination with the Program Manager and provide prioritized recommendations to address key identified gaps.
- Support in strategic areas for expansion and fundraising efforts.
- Support implementing partners, CHAI country and global teams in the development and review of strategic plans, national guidelines, standard operating procedures (SOPs), training materials and other project related documents with help from the Program Manager.
- Collect and analyze data (quantitative and qualitative), identify trends, and prepare reports as needed to support decision making.
- Represent CHAI at external technical meetings within the country and assist to develop and document dissemination materials from these meetings.
- Assist the program manager with the development of guidelines, workplans, budgets and other materials for key activities, and in the planning, analysis, and evaluation of the effectiveness of operations and programs.
- Perform other duties that may be assigned by the Program Manager.
- Bachelor's degree in Business, Computer Science, data science or a related field.
- 2+ years of experience as a Program Analyst, or in a similar role in the private/public sector.
- Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
- Knowledge in various programming languages such as Python, R, SQL etc.
- Solid mastery in the use of data visualization software's such as Tableau, Power BI, google analytics etc.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, multicultural and high-pressure environment, to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and to effectively prioritize.
- Experience in composing briefs, proposals, technical reports, guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures etc.
- Experience in conceiving, planning, and executing programs or projects with verifiable results and little oversight.
- Ability to collect and analyse both quantitative and qualitative data.
- Good critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build effective working relationships with government and NGO representatives.
- Excellent command of written and spoken French for business purposes, proficiency in English.
- Strong openness to constructive feedback and willingness to improve.
- Advanced degree such as master's degree in computer science, statistics, data science or related field.
- Experience managing large data.
- Experience managing websites and portals.
- Experience living or working in resource-limited settings.
- Experience in conducting academic or medical research.
- Peer-reviewed publication history.