The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease. We work in low- and middle-income countries by strengthening the capabilities of governments and globally by using business-oriented strategies to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance.
CHAI began working in Cambodia in 2005 to help the Cambodian Ministry of Health reduce HIV mortality by introducing better treatment for adults and children and eliminating mother-to-child transmission. The office has grown rapidly since its inception to managing multiple projects. In addition to HIV, CHAI is now supporting the Ministry of Health to introduce treatment for hepatitis, scale up a short-course preventative therapy for tuberculosis (TB), eliminate malaria and address multi-drug resistance, save the lives of women through improved access to lifesaving reproductive health care, enhance immunization systems, increase oxygen availability at all levels of the health system, and more. Looking ahead, we wish to support the Cambodia Ministry of Health achieves its goals for non-communicable diseases (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, cancer, mental health, etc.).
- Schedule: Short-term
About the Oxygen Program
Treatment for those experiencing acute respiratory distress requires oxygen therapy to support breathing. In the context of COVID-19, published data on the literature has all in agreement that COVID-19 patients require hospitalization, particularly those severe and critical cases, almost all of whom require oxygen therapy. In the absence of a proven therapeutic, medical oxygen and supportive respiratory care is a vital lifesaving intervention. The CHAI’s oxygen program aims at improving the capacity and infrastructure for sustainable oxygen delivery to both COVID-19 patients as immediate support and scale-up of Oxygen therapy for broader respiratory diseases (including those that drive child mortality) in the long run.
Scope of Work
Contractor will report to CHAI Program Manager, Kimhong Gove, for the duration of this Agreement, with day-to-day tasks assigned by CHAI Senior Associate, Prabhat Aurora.
CHAI is supporting the Department of Hospital Services to improve access to medical oxygen for respirtary patients including COVID-19. The contractor will be asked to complete the following deliverables/projects under the guidance of a Senior Associate:
- Work on data management systems strengthening projects – medical equipments management system, health management information system, and logistics management information system. This is not limited to system upgrading interface, systems field testing, piloting, and rollouts for national scaleup;
- Support on expanding oxygen access and delivery to point of care through setup of PSA plant, troubleshooting support to ensure functionality of oxygen equipment, assess feasibility of Liquid Oxygen in Cambodia including a setup and rollout if feasible;
- Develop operationalization structure of Hub and Spoke Model for scaling up nationwide.
- Work with DHS (Department of Hospital Services, Ministry of Health) to develop a system for medical equipment and asset tracking & maintenance.
- Support DHS on field testing of the system and then launching of the system nationwide. Routinely troubleshooting of equipment and asset tracking system through analyzing completeness and utilization of the system to ensure broken equipment and asset are first reported into the system and then get fixed timely.
- Update oxygen supplies and consumables in the Essential Medicine List (EML) for oxygen to be essential commodities at all public health facilities.
- Coordinate a discussion between DHS and other MoH departments like Central Medical Store and Department of Drug and Food to ensure oxygen supplies and consumables are updated into existing LMIS – Logistics management information system (including store managers capacity building)
- Detailed study report on feasibility of Liquid Oxygen in Cambodia, identify the sites along with a costing analysis.
- Setup of liquid oxygen system, if feasible, in Cambodia.
- Support installation of PSA plants and develop operationalization structure of Hub and Spoke Model.
- Support in oxygen related procurement activities, including technical specification and tender drafting for O2 refill, equipment, consumables and other commodities as needed.
- Provide troubleshooting support to ensure functionality of oxygen equipment through development of supportive supervision to BME at subnational level and clarify how/who to fund repair.
- Training BMEs and expansion of technician/ BME network: Support DHS on design and implementation of training model on BME/technicians, including development of job aids and training materials.
- Other relevant tasks as requested.
- Bachelor’s degree with experience, or a graduate degree
- 3 years of relevant work experience in a demanding, results-driven environment; preferably in public or private health sector and supply chain
- Exceptional problem-solving skills, entrepreneurial spirit, goal-oriented with a willingness to improve, attention to detail, and analytical capabilities;
- High-level proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to build relationships with government and NGO representatives
- Experience managing multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently at a fast pace with minimal structure;
- Ability to work effectively and independently in a multicultural and high-pressure environment
- Strong command of written and spoken English for business purposes
- Fluency in Khmer language and strong command of written and spoken English for business