CHAI Senior Associate Cold Chain Equipment Jobs in Nigeria
CHAI Senior Associate Cold Chain Equipment Jobs in Nigeria
Cold Chain Equipment Most vaccines must be stored and transported at refrigerated temperatures of two to eight degrees Celsius to maintain their potency. This network of storage and transport points is known as the “cold chain”, and is the backbone of immunization programs around the world.
However, countries often struggle to maintain their cold chains in good condition, particularly as an influx of newer vaccines increases the strain on an already-taxed system.
A recent study estimated that 37% percent of vaccines in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs) are exposed to freezing temperatures while in storage, risking their effectiveness. A further 20% is exposed while in transport.
Countries’ existing cold chains are often under-capacity to store new, life-saving vaccines. For example, the introduction of PCV and Rotavirus vaccines increases storage demands by 232% per fully immunized child.
Finally, maintaining this equipment in good condition is a complicated task, and many countries struggle to find and manage the necessary resources. As a result, Gavi estimates that over 20% of existing cold chain equipment (CCE) is non-functional today, disrupting both supply chains and immunization services.
To manage this, countries must improve both the makeup and management of their cold chains. In practice, this means enabling immunization programs to:
Equip their cold chain with sufficient and high-performing storage and transport capacity, with that aim of ensuring consistent vaccine availability and potency.
Manage the performance of the cold chain, including both monitoring platforms and the systems that maintain equipment in functional condition.
Identify cold chain interventions (e.g. network extension) that can increase the reach and accessibility of immunization services.
Implement logistics systems in a sustainable and affordable manner, to ensure that provide performance over the long term.
We are seeking an Associate to join the Global Vaccines Delivery Team to strengthen CHAI's work in Cold Chain Infrastructure and Management, both at global level and in focal countries. This role falls within the global Cold Chain Logistics (CCL) team, which works with governments to remove cold- and supply-chain issues as a barrier to improved coverage.
This role is preferably based in one of CHAI’s Vaccine Program focus countries in West Africa (pursuant to CHAI country team leadership approval). Significant travel (at least 35%) is expected.
In collaboration with CHAI country teams, CCL team leadership/members, and regional managers, provide high-value strategic and programmatic support to dramatically improve the performance of country cold chains
Provide critical input on the approaches needed to meet in-country grant and program objectives related to cold chain, in line with the program strategy and model
Support development of both program-wide and country-specific objectives and strategies regarding cold chain, emphasizing ambitious and transformational goals
Contribute to the design, planning and execution of high-impact projects to sustainably transform the vaccines cold chain in CHAI focal countries. Projects could include:
Supporting in-country and global efforts to procure and deploy high-performing cold chain equipment, with a focus on the design and implementation of Gavi’s $250M Gavi Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform (CCEOP)
Introducing effective cold chain management systems, with a focus on the routine performance monitoring, maintenance of CCE, and planning for capacity needs
Identifying cold chain network extension strategies that increase access to immunization in under-served and/or low coverage areas
Supporting the piloting of next-generation vaccine carriers and coldboxes, and developing business cases to bring successful products to scale
Support CHAI’s ability to deliver high-quality and impactful work across diverse operating contexts and content areas
Support the continuous development and effective dissemination of programmatic strategy across CHAI teams, including the development ‘tool kits’, lessons learned, and other know-how related to cold chain
Support the ramp up of new and existing CHAI staff (at both global level and in focus countries) in cold chain topics, leveraging the institutional knowledge from the CHAI vaccines program and new insights developed by the associate
global practices and policies related to vaccines cold chain
Cultivate robust evidence bases, insightful analytical perspectives, and lessons-learned from CHAI and other partners in order to inform global policies/practices and promote improved cold chain outcomes
Distill CHAI’s programmatic insights into formats that can influence the global immunization community, global policies and country practices beyond CHAI focus countries. This includes supporting CHAI’s participation in key working groups (e.g., EPI manager meetings, ESA regional meetings, Immunization Supply Chain Steering Committee, CCEOP Working Group, TechNet, etc.)
Develop and expand productive relationships with critical global stakeholders (e.g., Gavi, BMGF, UNICEF SD/PD, PATH, JSI, VillageReach) and foster effective exchange of know-how across them
Support program and grant management (with a focus on vaccines cold chain work) in collaboration with program, regional and country leadership
Assess progress against overall objectives and milestones in focus areas and help prepare high-quality briefings for donors and CHAI management, including achievements to date, action plan going forward, and key risks/opportunities
Working with regional and program management, ensure that progress is properly monitored and evaluated, in line with grant commitments and internal review needs
Contribute as a member of the global vaccine team to the effectiveness and collegiality of the team, helping identify opportunities and improve CHAI’s vaccines program and team
Bachelor's degree (Master’s preferred); preference for fields related to business, health policy, logistics systems
At least 4 or 5 years of relevant professional experience
Exceptional skills in problem-solving and system design
Strong analytical skills, including qualitative and quantitative data (e.g. data, business case, and health impact analyses)
Excellent communication skills in English, including synthesis and presentation across common business media (summary reports, slide decks, other presentations)
Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, with a proven ability to build relationships in a multicultural (and often remote) work environment
Demonstrated capacity to synthesize evidence into an effective presentations and actionable recommendations for a broad range of audiences, anticipating working in-country (e.g. Ministries of Health, district officials) and globally (e.g. donors, policy makers)
High emotional intelligence, patience and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations. This includes a proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships in a complex environment with occasional tensions or conflicts
Proven project management skills, including the ability to work effectively in a high-pressure environment, handling multiple tasks simultaneously
Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to set priorities, self-motivate, propose and implement new initiatives
Strong commitment to CHAI’s and the Vaccine team’s mission; a dedicated team player
Ability to travel extensively (at least 35% of time) to focus countries and other locations as need for work (for in-country support, global working groups, conferences, etc.)
Knowledge of vaccines, health programs, health supply chains, or cold chain
Understanding of capacity development and change management approaches
Experience in a top tier management or supply chain consulting firm
Experience working with in developing countries or ‘last mile’ operating environments – preferably within health or public sectors
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