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: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
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’s integrated Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health (SRMNH) approach to address these challenges includes reaching adolescents with reproductive health education and services and 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 is looking for a Volunteer to assist the Global SRH team, and country teams as needed, in their mission the scale up access to SRH services globally. The Volunteer will report to the Senior Regional Manager West, Central Africa and South East Asia Regions. In accordance with CHAI policy, the Volunteer position shall be unpaid and last no longer than four months. The Volunteer should expect to work 8-10 hours per week, with flexible scheduling and availability for calls/meetings.
To provide value to Volunteer, the experience will be beneficial by exposing the applicant to details of SRH country-specific contexts and program activities at the country level across a range of topics and by providing training and coaching in professional presentation of information and results. Other benefits will include access to Global SRH team members for informational interviews, networking, and learning about CHAI’s approach to improve outcomes in SRMNH.
The Volunteer will assist the Global SRH team in areas such as: