Clinton Health Access Initiative

Project Manager, Laboratory Systems Strengthening

Full Time
Program (Division)
Global Diagnostics Team
Additional Location Description
This position is approved to be based in a CHAI office in either Ghana, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Côte d'Ivoire. Pending country team leadership approval, this role may also be based in another CHAI program country in Africa.


The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to our mission of saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries. We work at the invitation of governments to support them and the private sector to create and sustain high-quality health systems. 


CHAI was founded in 2002 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic with the goal of dramatically reducing the price of life-saving drugs and increasing access to these medicines in the countries with the highest burden of the disease. Over the following two decades, CHAI has expanded its focus. Today, along with HIV, we work in conjunction with our partners to prevent and treat infectious diseases such as COVID-19, malaria, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Our work has also expanded into cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other non-communicable diseases, and we work to accelerate the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, reduce maternal and child mortality, combat chronic malnutrition, and increase access to assistive technology. We are investing in horizontal approaches to strengthen health systems through programs in human resources for health, digital health, and health financing. With each new and innovative program, our strategy is grounded in maximizing sustainable impact at scale, ensuring that governments lead the solutions, that programs are designed to scale nationally, and learnings are shared globally.  


At CHAI, our people are our greatest asset, and none of this work would be possible without their talent, time, dedication and passion for our mission and values. We are a highly diverse team of enthusiastic individuals across 40 countries with a broad range of skillsets and life experiences. CHAI is deeply grounded in the countries we work in, with majority of our staff based in program countries. Learn more about our exciting work:


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.


Overview of Team:


The Global Diagnostics Team (GDT) is a key source of support for Ministries of Health and CHAI's country teams. GDT works to address barriers to access and foster a healthy, competitive marketplace for essential diagnostic testing. The team coordinates global efforts on access to diagnostics, working closely with diagnostics manufacturers, governments, and multilateral organizations to lower prices, increase access to testing, and accelerate the entry and uptake of new innovative products.


Overview of Position:


The Project Manager (PM) – STELLAR, will oversee Global Fund-supported STELLAR program focused on providing laboratory technical assistance across sub-Saharan Africa. The PM will oversee grant operations and strategy for program supporting the rapid scale-up and effective management of high-quality diagnostics for COVID-19, transition of emergency COVID-19 response into routine response, integration of siloed laboratory systems, support lab system strengthening funding proposals, and other lab systems strengthening activities. The PM will lead grant operations, guide strategy, and maintain alignment between country teams, GDT, and partners working to achieve program objectives across countries.


The role requires moderate travel, the ability to cultivate and sustain relationships across levels of seniority and partners, exceptional communication skills, and organizational and project management skills. The candidate must be able to function independently and flexibly, operate effectively in an environment with a high level of ambiguity and uncertainty, and have a strong commitment to excellence and attention to detail.  CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: proactiveness, resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, entrepreneurship, and strong work ethic. For more senior experienced applicants, the hiring team may consider this at the Senior Project Manager (SPM) level. 


There is a strong preference for this Project Manager to be based in a CHAI program country in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, this position is approved to be based in a CHAI office in either Ghana, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Côte d'Ivoire.


  • Manage program by establishing goals and delivery plan, supervising task execution, and monitoring project progress to ensure that expected deliverables and targets are achieved on time and on budget
  • Monitor comprehensive work-plans with Country Support Managers (CSMs) and country teams in line with lab systems strengthening objectives and commitment
  • Lead internal and external reporting requirements and coordinate with global and country teams, to seek inputs
  • Lead external communications with Global Fund, Africa-CDC, and other regional partners supporting the AFRO COVID-19 and broader lab systems response
  • Support implementation of program
  • Develop dissemination materials to facilitate cross-country and global knowledge sharing.
  • Support preparations of presentations, reports, and other analyses to inform global and country-level strategy on Covid-19 testing
  • Engender practice of sharing best practices within team, and by extension country programs, to ensure strategies, tools and planning processes build upon prior experience and learnings
  • Provide technical support and bandwidth across country teams on their lab-systems strengthening work, including but not limited to Covid-19 testing-related strategy and planning, forecasting, procurements, and supply chain management, etc.
  • Work closely with country teams to support lab systems strengthening activities and facilitate involvement of topic area experts from GDT or other CHAI teams on country work streams as required
  • Identify and develop new program and funding opportunities and develop and manage relationships with existing and potential donors
  • Up to 30% international travel time could be required as needed
  • Perform other responsibilities, as requested by supervisor and program directors


  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least 7 years of work experience
  • Experience working in management consulting, business strategy groups, or similar fast-paced results-oriented environments
  • Experience managing and developing program plans and budgets
  • Ability to navigate government processes with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to problem solve without extensive structural or operational support
  • Able to adapt and guide team members within dynamic environments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations and work on analyses at varying levels of granularity
  • Strong analytical skills
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
  • Strong interest in programmatic and technical contents of GDT’s work
  • Fluent in English, proficiency in both written and verbal


  • Master’s degree (MPH, MBA, Laboratory Services, or other relevant degree)
  • Previous work experience in developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa
  • Experience navigating health financing processes (Global Fund, or other)
  • Experience developing National Lab Strategic Plans
  • Lab and diagnostics-related experience, either in a programmatic or clinical setting
  • Familiarity with global health issues, particularly COVID-19
  • Proficiency in French 

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