Clinton Health Access Initiative

Senior Program Officer, NTDs, Francophone Africa

Full Time
Program (Division)
Infectious Disease - Global Malaria
Additional Location Description
Other Africa-based location pending Country Leadership approval


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:


CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.

CHAI’s global malaria and neglected tropical disease (NTD) program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their programs and reduce the burden of preventable, treatable diseases. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards elimination of malaria and NTDs in the long term.


Overview of Role:


NTDs, including schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis, soil-transmitted helminths, lymphatic filariasis and trachoma, affect more than one billion people worldwide, disproportionately impacting children and the world’s poorest populations. Preventative Chemotherapy (PC) NTDs can be prevented and treated with existing medicines and tools, and countries are aiming to eliminate these diseases by 2030. To achieve this goal while operating under significant resource constraints, national NTD programs need to make data-informed decisions to improve strategic planning, mobilize and make efficient use of increasingly limited resources, and inform the targeting and implementation of prevention and treatment campaigns for NTDs. CHAI will work directly with government NTD programs and local partners in five focus countries to build sustainable access to and local ownership of high-quality information across the health system and help NTD programs routinely use data and analytics to control and eliminate targeted NTDs.


CHAI is seeking a highly motivated and mission-driven Senior Program Officer to drive success of this initiative in the three francophone focus countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, and Senegal), communicating and executing against a coherent vision across countries. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of an exciting initiative that leverages both cutting-edge analytics and routine health systems data to eliminate PC-NTDs. 


The Senior Program Officer will have a deep personal commitment to producing results and be able to work independently to drive implementation. They must be a highly motivated, entrepreneurial individual with excellent project management, problem-solving, organizational, relationship management and communication skills. They must exhibit the capacity to facilitate operational and strategic discussions with a multi-cultural, multidisciplinary set of actors, and a willingness to provide support to different tasks. The Senior Program Officer will join an entrepreneurial and close-knit team who are committed to combatting the global burden of NTDs.


CHAI places great value on the following qualities in its staff: resourcefulness, responsibility, patience, tenacity, humility, independence, energy, and work ethic.


  • Contribute strategic vision and thought leadership for how NTD analytics and surveillance can be strengthened in the countries and regions where CHAI works
  • Serve as a focal point person and mentor to CHAI’s regional and country teams working with national NTD programs
  • Support CHAI regional and country teams to develop and drive the NTD technical strategy and shape a sound technical approach across countries in francophone West and Central Africa
  • Support CHAI’s global and country teams to proactively monitor and manage project execution (planning, implementation, and dissemination) to ensure that expected deliverables and targets are achieved on time and within budget
  • Review and provide feedback on products and documents produced by CHAI team members (country and GMAL), including strategic plans, budgets, guidelines and standard operating procedures, analysis and implementation updates, and/or communications with partners
  • Contribute to development of project donor reports, including supporting coordination of regular donor updates, soliciting inputs from relevant teams and ensuring adherence to reporting timelines
  • Lead knowledge management for team documents including workplans, scoping materials and internal and external reports
  • Ensure project compliance with all administrative, financial, and contractual requirements
  • Review and provide input to the budgeting process, including review of expenditures and decisions on reallocating funds
  • Represent CHAI at external technical meetings with international and local academic and technical partners
  • Other responsibilities as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Business Administration, or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional work experience
  • Experience in planning and project implementation
  • Ability to work independently without extensive structural or operational support
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with strong spoken and written French and English
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPointAbility to be effective, calm, and flexible in high-pressure situations
  • Ability to adapt to new environments and challenges
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the year


  • Master's degree in Public Health, Business Administration or related field
  • Knowledge of neglected tropical diseases, and understanding of disease surveillance with knowledge of global health issues
  • Experience working in management consulting, investment banking, or similar fast-paced, output-oriented environments
  • Experience living or working in francophone Africa

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