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Senior Associate, Essential Medicines and Oxygen


  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Bhopal
  • Grade: Mid level - Associate Level - Open for both International and National Professionals
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Administrative support
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Pharmacy
    • Ebola
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Senior Associate, Essential Medicines and Oxygen

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - India

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. 

In India, CHAI works in partnership with its India registered affiliate William J Clinton Foundation (WJCF) under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at the Central and States' levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. Currently, WJCF supports government partners across projects to expand access to quality care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, tuberculosis, COVID-19, common cancers, sexual and reproductive health, immunization, and essential medicines.

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With the objective of reducing maternal, child, and overall mortality from hypoxemia related cases, WJCF, under the guidance of health departments in the states of Madhya Pradesh (MP), Chhattisgarh, and Punjab is supporting initiatives to strengthen prevention and diagnosis practices and improve the supply and use of high-quality oxygen services. To that end, the Essential Medicines and Oxygen (EM O2) program focuses on the following key elements:

  • Effective planning and strategies to manage oxygen systems
  • Affordable, efficient, and high-quality oxygen procurement and distribution systems
  • Improved clinical administration and technical management of oxygen
  • Improved information systems and monitoring for oxygen access

The Program supports the state health and facility level leadership to strengthen governance structures, ensure optimal maintenance and upkeep of oxygen assets, and build capacity for management of assets and provision of clinical care. Through this support WJCF expects to ensure prevention, early diagnosis and timely access to high quality medical oxygen to manage hypoxemia cases, while ensuring adequate preparedness to manage surge of Covid-19 cases or on account of other acute or seasonal respiratory ailments. 

Position Summary


The Senior Associate, EM O2 (Madhya Pradesh) will work closely with the state and national teams under the guidance of the program leadership, on refining strategy, guiding and monitoring execution, and actively solving challenges for EM O2 program implementation in MP in partnership with the relevant stakeholders. This role entails a combination of strategy building, implementation management, team mentorship, and stakeholder engagement. The Senior Associate will represent WJCF and strengthen relationships with the state government leadership towards ensuring that WJCF functions as a trusted and impactful partner.

We seek a highly qualified and motivated individual with strong analytical, quantitative, and strategy development skills and an exemplary record of leadership and management. The successful candidate will have excellent communications skills, be able to function independently with flexibility in a dynamic and often uncertain situation, be self-motivated, can thrive in challenging environments, and have a strong commitment to excellence. The successful candidate will also to be adept at coordinating the operations of cross-functional and multi-location teams and have a strong commitment to excellence. We place great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.

  • Support development of strategies to improve access to medical oxygen and implementation at the state, and facility levels based on in-depth understanding of oxygen needs and landscape i.e., oxygen manufacturers, suppliers, users, and intermediaries.
  • Build, execute, and closely monitor execution of workplan to ensure that expected deliverables and targets are achieved on time and on budget.
  • Work with the team on problem solving and engage with the leadership to underline risks, solve for challenges and/or build on opportunities.
  • Support the state government in all aspects of strategy, planning, and implementation of initiatives for hypoxemia management and health systems strengthening.
  • Develop critical insights, identify, advocate for and implement new initiatives in related space, in conjunction with the national team and the state government.
  • Establish and manage collaborative relationships with the state government, technical and clinical experts, development partners, suppliers, and other relevant stakeholders in the state.
  • Synthesize and document key learnings, and support dissemination to key stakeholders through reports, briefs, presentation decks and other collaterals as needed.
  • Support development of compelling presentations and reports for internal and external stakeholders, such as progress narratives, update notes, etc.
  • Support program leadership in donor and grant management and managing the operations and finances of the program to meet deliverables within the appropriate timeframes.
  • Support with other responsibilities as requested by programme leadership.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Economics, Public Health, Business Studies, Development Studies, Sociology, Social Work, or a related field.
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in a demanding result-oriented environment in private or public sector.
  • Experience of working with government stakeholders and familiarity with the Indian public health system/social impact sector will be a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability in designing and managing large, complex projects.
  • Demonstrated success in team management, developing relationships and coordinating various stakeholders/interests.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Hindi, including ability to create persuasive presentations and written reports.
  • High emotional intelligence, patience, and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritise, and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within and outside the program states and districts.
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