Clinton Health Access Initiative

Regional Malaria Strategy and Financing Associate, Greater Mekong Subregion

Full Time
Program (Division)
Infectious Disease - Global Malaria


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:


Overview of role


CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a Regional Malaria Strategy and Financing (MSaF) Associate to help governments in Southeast Asia obtain and manage the financial resources necessary to achieve historic malaria elimination. Over the last decade, Southeast Asia has received close to a $1B USD in financing from the Global Fund to progress towards elimination of drug-resistant malaria. As part of the Global Malaria Elimination Team, the MSaF Associate will be responsible for providing direct support to the Ministries of Health across four countries (Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar, and Vietnam) in achieving their elimination goals within the next five years. The MSaF Associate will support the development of strategic plans for sustainably eliminating malaria and preventing resurgence and develop the cost models to determine the resources required. The MSaF Associate will collaborate with several partners, including the Global Fund and the World Health Organization, to identify and obtain sustainable funding streams, including securing government financing for key interventions, and ensure appropriate transitioning away from donor resources. The MSaF Associate will also conduct cost optimization analysis for specific interventions and work with country governments and donors to improve financial and program management. The Associate will report to the Senior Manager of the Global Malaria MSaF Team.


The Associate will bring outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills and must be able to work independently and have deep personal commitment to producing results. No background in finance or malaria is required, but the Associate will be expected to be fluent in Excel. Most of all, CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.


  • Work with national malaria staff and CHAI country teams to optimize and cost national malaria program strategies through building Excel-based budget models;
  • Conduct costing, cost optimization, and financial analyses to identify resource gaps and prioritize activities based on cost-effectiveness;
  • Support Ministries of Health in drafting strategies for sustainably eliminating malaria and transitioning away from donor financing, by forecasting future funding gaps, mapping and assessing funding opportunities (both innovative and traditional), and working with Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, and other partners, to integrate and/or absorb donor-funded malaria interventions to achieve sustainability;
  • Develop new funding proposals in collaboration with national governments;
  • Support governments to meet Global Fund requests and satisfy application and implementation requirements for access and distribution of funding for malaria, including budget development and re-programming, quarterly work planning and budgeting at sub-national level, and performance reporting;
  • Support national malaria programs to streamline financial planning, disbursement, and tracking processes to reduce impediments to implementation;
  • Identify key financial management impediments to programmatic goals and work with donors and country governments to devise targeted solutions to address them;
  • Assist national and sub-national government administrations to strengthen routine project management and planning processes to ensure effective implementation;
  • Collaborate with CHAI country teams, country governments, and domestic and international donors to improve financial and program management structures and processes;
  • Draft presentations and reports for internal and external stakeholders related to malaria financing work in target countries;
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing between country teams in the region to ensure coordination; and share best practice;
  • Travel to remote regions with limited infrastructure and medical care; and
  • Other responsibilities as needed.


  • Fluent in English;
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Policy, or related field with a minimum of 3+ years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in management consulting, financial services, or other relevant fields;
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint;
  • Demonstrated excellent analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to oversee multiple work streams simultaneously, to set priorities, and to work independently and flexibly with a strong commitment to excellence in high-pressure situations and in remote settings;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships in a challenging multicultural environment; experience working with government officials or multilateral agencies is advantageous;
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently (30-50% of time) and extensively across Southeast Asia, including potential trips to rural areas.


  • Master's degree in Business, Policy, or related field;
  • Experience working and communicating with government officials, multilateral organizations, or development donors;
  • Experience living or working in resource-limited countries;
  • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems;
  • Speaking or writing skills in Khmer, Vietnamese, Burmese, or Lao language.

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