United States of America: Research Associate, Malaria

Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 30 Nov 2016

Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other illnesses. Based on the premise that business oriented strategy can facilitate solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to save lives, via improved organization of commodity markets and more effective local management. By working in association with governments and other NGO partners, CHAI is focused on large scale impact and, to date, CHAI has secured lower pricing agreements for treatment options in more than 70 countries. In addition, CHAI’s teams are working side-by-side with over 30 governments to tackle many of the largest barriers to effective treatment and care.

Malaria is one of the world’s most important causes of illness, death, and lost economic productivity. Over the past decade, dramatic increases in donor funding have facilitated scale-up of effective interventions to prevent, diagnosis, and treat malaria. This investment has successfully reduced the burden of malaria in many settings, and some countries have begun planning to eliminate it altogether. CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct management and technical support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease.

Countries of the Mesoamerica and Hispaniola region have committed to eliminate malaria by 2020. To reach this target, countries will need to rapidly detect and effectively treat infections, to identify and aggressively target areas where malaria transmission persists, and to coordinate efforts closely to ensure movements of people and parasites do not jeopardize success. Achievement of this goal across Mesoamerica and Hispaniola will bring the world one step closer to global malaria eradication. CHAI is supporting malaria programs in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Haiti, and Dominican Republic to strengthen surveillance systems, devise targeted and evidence-based plans, successfully implement these plans, scale-up interventions in high-risk and hard-to-reach populations, and to coordinate activities regionally.

Overview of Role:

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health research experience and analytical skills. This individual will support surveillance, analytic, and mapping activities related to malaria elimination efforts. The Research Associate will focus on supporting countries of Mesoamerica and Hispaniola while working with a number of individuals on CHAI’s Global and Regional Malaria Teams and therefore, will need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. Emphasis will be placed on translating epidemiological evidence to malaria programs and other government partners in country. Further, it is expected that the Research Associate will need to partner with other academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s research is complementary and not duplicative.

Location of placement may be change to a Central America location.

  1. Performing scientific literature review as needed;
  2. Supporting the implementation of new surveillance platforms for improved data collection, data management, analysis and data visualization;
  3. Assisting to monitor and evaluate the performance of new surveillance platforms;
  4. Supporting operational research projects (e.g. assisting with background research, survey design, implementation etc.);
  5. Organizing and merging available data;
  6. Assessing the quality and suitability of available data for analysis;
  7. Conducting descriptive analyses of epidemiological and entomological data;
  8. Analyzing geographic data with GIS software including mapping malaria incidence and intervention coverage;
  9. Translating results to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making;
  10. Assisting government partners to develop evidence-based policies and plans;
  11. Synthesizing results and communicating them internally and externally at international venues;
  12. Disseminating findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications; and
  13. Any other tasks identified.


  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics or related field strongly preferred; or Bachelor’s degree minimum with equitable experience
  • 1+ years of work experience with responsibilities including quantitative data analyses;
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;
  • Ability to carry out advanced statistics using relevant software (e.g. R, STATA);
  • Experience working with geospatial data (shapefiles, rasters etc.) in Google Earth, QGIS, ArcGIS and/or other relevant software;
  • Knowledge of major global infectious disease problems;
  • Ability to work independently in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;
  • Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; and
  • Fluency in Spanish


  • Knowledge of malaria
  • Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations;
  • Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2), data collection tools (e.g. ODK) and/or data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau);
  • Experience living or working in resource-limited countries;
  • Experience working remotely with a decentralized team; and
  • Willingness to travel (25-50% of time).

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