The first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2019 and in January 2020, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) and subsequently in March 2020 as a pandemic. To respond to COVID-19, South Africa’s National Department of Health (NDoH) set up an Incident Management Team (IMT) and partnered working nationally and provincially to coordinate the health response and provide stewardship and strategic guidance to ensure successful and sustained implementation. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on South Africa’s health care system and has impacted overall health outcomes, specifically in the areas of child immunisation, comprehensive SRMNH, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV, and management of chronic diseases. As such, there is a need to support COVID-19 efforts while working cross functionally with a view of providing an integrated approach to services.
CHAI seeks a highly entrepreneurial, energetic, results-oriented and self-motivated individual to support CHAI’s COVID-19 efforts while working cross functionally with a view of providing an integrated approach to communication to drive behavior change and effectively improve health outcomes. The Associate will join a diverse team to support the Department of Health (DoH) develop and implement a brand strategy for mHealth intervetions, specifically targeting adolescents and youth in South Africa, including youth that are most marginalized and hard to reach. The Associate will also be responsible for developing and coordinating high-impact partnerships with the DoH, implementing NGOs, social businesses and educational institutions to build workable and sustainable solutions to strengthen self-care digital tools
targeting the adolescent market. This role is focused on implementation and will require a very “hands-on” approach.
Successful candidates will have excellent communications skills, be able to function independently, be self-motivated, can thrive in challenging environments, be able to adapt to the differing needs of the program and have a strong commitment to excellence. The Associate will provide support both strategically and analytically.
The position is based in Pretoria, South Africa and reports to the Program Manager for Community Based Programs and Communication.
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