The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
In 2006, CHAI signed an MOU with the Government of Malawi to strengthen health systems in the most challenged districts, provide national support to HIV/AIDS drug pricing and programmatic work, support the pilot and scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) initiatives, expand access to ART for children, strengthen Malawi’s lab system, and scale-up an integrated nutrition program for children. Since then, CHAI’s support to the Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH) has expanded to include health workforce and financing; sexual, reproductive maternal and newborn health; eHealth; infectious diseases; and noncommunicable diseases.
CHAI Malawi’s work is organized into major programmatic clusters. We are seeking an Associate Director to lead the Universal Health Coverage and Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health (UHC & SRMNH) cluster, which includes a diverse set of programs to strengthen the health system as Malawi progressively moves towards UHC, and to improve access to and quality of SRMNH services. The programs in this cluster are designed around core health system building blocks, and also focus on strengthening and expanding the SRMNH service delivery system as a mechanism to build the health system. CHAI’s support to the Ministry of Health (MoH) through these programs focuses on provision of technical assistance to build an evidence-base to improve national policies, and strengthen planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs, in particular through:
The Associate Director (AD) reports to the Country Director and manages a high-achieving team of approximately 15 individuals to achieve multiple deliverables across the different programs. The AD provides leadership and strategic thinking around program direction, ensures high quality program deliverables, manages human resources within the cluster, and oversees a wide-range of internal and external partnerships. The AD will need to take a broad view and ensure effective linkages and synergies among the programs in this cluster, and between clusters in the office. The AD is also a member of the Senior Management Team, which makes decisions for the CHAI Malawi office as a whole, and ensures effective linkage and reporting between the CHAI Malawi office and the relevant CHAI global teams and program donors. Lastly, the AD is responsible for providing strategic direction and ensuring the coordination of resource mobilization efforts across the CHAI Malawi office, as well as technical leadership in the development of proposals and concept notes for new initiatives that pertain to the work of the UHC & SRMNH cluster.
This is a challenging, but rewarding position, which will have direct impact on the health sector in Malawi. It is an opportunity to work closely with a government that has made a commitment to UHC. The AD will benefit from working with a strong internal team, and building on the deep and dynamic relationships that CHAI Malawi has cultivated with the MoH. CHAI Malawi is dynamic, ambitious, energetic, and guided constantly by our values, including our desire to create transformative change. The position requires flexibility, creativity, and a willingness to take on new challenges and opportunities as they emerge.
The AD will have overall responsibilities for all programs in the UHC & SRMNH cluster, with specific responsibilities that include:
Technical Assistance and Relationship Management
Resource Mobilization, New Initiatives and Grant Management