Clinton Health Access Initiative

Associate, Management Systems and Capacity/Gavi Transition

Full Time
Program (Division)
Non Communicable Diseases - Global Vaccines Delivery
Additional Location Description
This role will be based in a CHAI program country, pending country team leadership approval. Strong preference for SSA or a similar time zone.


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:

Position Overview


CHAI is seeking an Associate to join the Global Vaccines Delivery team and support CHAI's work in helping focus countries (Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia) navigate and plan for Gavi transition and strengthen the management systems and capacity of the immunization program.


This is an opportunity to join a fast paced, energized, matrixed team focused on implementing lasting, transformational impact to the global vaccines' delivery space. Candidates should be experienced at analyzing & presenting data and messaging powerfully through written documents and presentations; working collaboratively in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment; and functioning independently with minimal guidance.  This role is perfect for someone with management consulting or analytical experience, who is motivated and mission-oriented with strong quantitative, problem-solving, and cross-cultural communication skills-  with a deep personal commitment to enhancing immunization outcomes.


The Associate, MSC/GTR will provide strategic guidance to Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda with significant autonomy and develop thought leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  • Management systems and capacity, including strategic planning, capacity strengthening and program performance management
  • Sustainable financing for immunization, including the introduction of new vaccines
  • Access to affordable vaccines via effective procurement, payment and financing processes
  • Strengthening of institutional capabilities, in the context of the transition, to ensure sustained program performance
  • Adequate and timely preparations for a successful transition from Gavi support

Key responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to:


1. Provide strategic and programmatic support for the design and implementation of in-country work which will dramatically improve immunization management systems and successful Gavi transition of focus countries

  • Provide input on the high-level approach needed to meet in-country grant and program objectives related to immunization management systems and Gavi transition in line with the program strategy
  • Contribute to the design, planning and implementation of high-impact work with CHAI country teams to sustainably transform and successfully transition immunization management systems to Ministries of Health
    • This may include diagnosing key risks to a successful transition in the areas of financial sustainability, procurement, and organizational capacity; supporting the development of strategic plans to address those key risks at national and sub-national levels; mapping and identifying cost-saving synergies; etc.
  • Support continuous development and effective dissemination and use of programmatic “tool kits", lessons learned, and other know-how related to immunization management systems and Gavi transition across CHAI's vaccines program focus countries

2. At the Global level, provide strategic and programmatic support to inform national and global practices and policies related to Management Systems and Capacity/Gavi transition, and to develop CHAI’s vaccines program

  • Inform global practices & policies based on a robust evidence base, insightful analytical perspective, and lessons learned from CHAI and other partners to promote improved outcomes of immunization management systems and capacity, and Gavi transition
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders in relevant areas (ie. Gavi, WHO, UNICEF SD, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH, JSI, Sabin etc.) and establish yourself as a respected and trusted thought leader in this area of focus within CHAI and within the global immunization community
  • Disseminate CHAI's programmatic insights to the global immunization community to inform policy and practices (participate in global forums such as the Learning Network for Countries in Transition)
  • Support thought leadership and the development of CHAI's vaccines program, in collaboration with program and country leadership, including the development of objectives and strategies regarding Gavi transition and immunization management systems and capacity, and the delivery of the program against current and future goals
  • Support ramp-up of new CHAI staff and scope new focus countries where applicable. Strengthen capabilities of existing CHAI staff for immunization management systems and Gavi transition, leveraging the institutional knowledge from CHAI vaccines program
  • Assess progress against overall objectives & milestones in areas of focus and help prepare high-quality briefings for donors and CHAI management, including achievements to date, action plan going forward, and key risks & opportunities
  • Assess and continue to improve the effectiveness of CHAI's theory of change and approach related to immunization management systems and Gavi transition in focus countries
  • Contribute as a member of the global vaccine team to the effectiveness and collegiality of the team, help identify opportunities and improve CHAI’s vaccines program and team


  • Bachelor's degree (Masters-level or above in business, finance, or health science preferred) and at least 3 years of relevant professional experience in the public or private sector
  • Exceptional Technical Capacity, including:
    • Problem-solving and analytical skills (qualitative and quantitative), including experience with data analysis, business case analysis, and study design
    • Proficiency at Microsoft Excel or other data-analysis tools (specialized modelling or programming experience is NOT required)
    • Proven program and project management skills, ability to work effectively in a high-pressure environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent Communication and Relationship Management:
    • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, with a proven track record of building strong & effective working relationships remotely with a diverse audience
    • Demonstrated capacity to synthesize evidence into effective presentations and actionable recommendations for a broad range of audiences, including Ministries of Health, global donors and policymakers
    • High emotional intelligence, patience and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations; proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships in a complex environment with occasional tensions or conflicts
    • Proven track record of building strong & effective working relationships remotely
    • Proven ability to influence without authority (in decision making, to achieve consensus or alignment, or to drive programmatic work)
  • Team Culture and Autonomy
    • Entrepreneurial mindset, including the ability to set priorities, self-motivated, propose and implement new initiatives
    • Comfort working in ambiguous circumstances to solve problems and generate a course of action, sometimes shifting priorities, often under tight or shifting deadlines
    • Strong commitment to CHAI’s and the team’s mission, dedicated team player
    • Ability to travel extensively (at least 35% of the time) to focus countries and other locations as needed for work

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