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Senior Research Associate, AMBIT/Retain6 Research Projects
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI)
Country Programs - Zambia
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Posted 1 year ago
Job Description

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.

CHAI under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and in partnership with the University of Witwatersrand’s Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) and Boston University’s School of Public Health and with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been working on the Alternative Models of ART Delivery: Optimizing the Benefits (AMBIT) since 2019. AMBIT is a three-country evaluation of the coverage, uptake, outcomes, benefits, and costs of differentiated service delivery models (DSD) for HIV treatment. In Malawi, Zambia, and South Africa, AMBIT synthesizes existing data at the patient, facility, partner, and national levels and collects primary data from healthcare facilities and the national electronic medical record system.

Similarly, CHAI and the partners mentioned above are implementing a project called Retain6: Models of Care for the First Six Months of HIV Treatment. The overall goal of Retain6 is to apply the principles of patient-centered design to inform recommendations for differentiated models of care for the first six months on ART. Retain6 synthesizes existing data, collects primary data from healthcare providers and clients, and will design and evaluate new models of care.

CHAI is looking for a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials for the role of Senior Research Associate to lead these projects. The individual should be results-oriented with strong analytical and project management experience and a strong record of leadership. S/he will work under the supervision of the Associate Director, Infectious and Non-infectious diseases. The Senior Research Associate should be able to function independently and flexibly and have a strong commitment to excellence.



  • Participate in the design of qualitative and quantitative research studies and managing their execution.
  • Coordinate local ethical clearance and government approval processes and ensure compliance with all local research requirements and regulations
  • Obtain written government, partner, and site approval for access to individual data sets and their usage
  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with key internal and external stakeholders of AMBIT and Retain 6.
  • Take ownership in critical scientific thinking and development of key work streams
  • Assess and monitor progress against overall objectives and milestones in areas of focus and help prepare high-quality briefings for donors, MoH and key stakeholders, including achievements to date, action plans etc.
  • Develop and coordinate input for concept notes, abstracts, research articles, publications etc.
  • Lead data collection and data team management including:
  • Developing data collection SOPs, and monitoring tools for data collection teams
  • Participating in the training of data collection teams and ensuring that all staff have ethics training and are compliant with CHAI rules and regulations
  • Supervising data collection teams and quality assurance
  • Prepare final data sets for transfer to overall AMBIT & Retain 6 data teams
  • Participate in data analysis and abstract/manuscript writing in collaboration with the team at HE2RO and Boston University
  • Co-author reports, abstracts, presentations, and manuscripts
  • Participate in stakeholder DSD meetings and represent the two projects to the Ministry of Health, implementing partners, funders, and other stakeholders
  • Support, coach, and mentor project team members
  • Ensure all deliverables on allocated studies and those of any direct reports are met on time, within budget and in compliance to SOPs and regulations.
  • Perform other study-related tasks as requested by AMBIT/Retain 6 leadership in agreement with CHAI leadership.
  • Travel to study sites and to meetings and conferences within and outside Zambia as needed.
  • Perform other roles as assigned


  • A Master’s Degree in a social or health science with a minimum of 3 - 5 years of relevant experience in a private or public sector enterprise, with increasing levels of responsibility and experience
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Proven experience implementing, conducting research analysis and/or evaluation projects
  • Experience extracting data from electronic health data systems like the national EMR
  • Expertise in data management, in particular SQL (essential) and Access
  • Expertise in data analysis and use of at least one data analysis package (SPSS, STATA, SAS, or R)
  • Strong quantitative data analysis skills
  • Proven experience training and managing data collection teams
  • Proven experience in writing abstracts and research articles
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and communication skills
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary, multi-country team.

Added advantages

  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Evidence of presentation at international conferences

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