Clinton Health Access Initiative

Senior Associate, Non-Communicable Diseases

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Cambodia
Additional Location Description
Phnom Penh


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.


In Cambodia, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, hypertension and eye health conditions, are becoming among the highest causes of morbidity and mortality, especially among older populations. Despite this, availability of services remains low in the public sector; only 10% of health centers and 50% of hospitals are able to provide the WHO Package for Essential NCDs, and there are only 18 vision centers nationwide. WHO estimates that yearly only about 1% of the target population is currently screened for NCDs. The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has made a significant commitment to dramatically increase access to NCD services through investments from a pooled donor and government funding mechanism. To support the RGC, CHAI secured a new investment aiming to rapidly expand service availability for Cambodians, upskilling health centers and community workers in screening for NCDs and referring patients for appropriate care. The program has four key goals:


  • Scale up diagnosis and treatment of NCD
  • Increase availability and affordability of NCD treatments
  • Strengthen availability and use of NCD data for decision-making by policy makers
  • Scale up best practices from the chosen learning province


This work will be conducted through technical assistance provided to the national level, and through more intensive support to a learning province. CHAI is seeking an Associate NCD to support the RGC to achieve the objectives of the MoH at national and sub national level, under the guidance and direction of the Senior Program Manager and other CHAI Cambodia leadership team members. The Associate will manage different components of the program and engage with national and sub-national stakeholders from the National Eye Health Program (NEHP), the Prevention Medicine Department (PMD) and any other relevant cross cutting MOH departments. The Associate will be embedded at the NEHP and provide both strategic and technical support to meet project-specific objectives and milestones within stipulated timeframes.  


The position will be based in Phnom Penh with domestic travel expected.


In strong collaboration with the other CHAI members seconded at the MOH or the subnational level, the Senior Associate will be responsible to:

  • Support and build capacity for the inclusion of NCD diagnosis and case management and support the development of referral pathways between NEHP and PMD
  • Support the PMD to identify gaps in data availability and support analysis to inform the government’s decision making
  • Support the government for the advocacy, the development of SOPs and the establishment of pooled procurement mechanisms
  • Support the target learning province to effectively and identify best practices that would lead to national scale up
  • Support the establishment of regular communication between the national level MoH (PMD and NEHP) and the learning province PHD coordinator
  • Support the development of guidelines, workplans, budgets and other materials for key activities
  • Develop the program progress report against the work plan and consultation with the senior program manager
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders in government, donors, and partner organizations
  • Collaborate with government to ensure skills transfer and government ownership
  • Perform other duties that may be assigned by the Senior Program Manager.


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field with a minimum of 4-5 years of work experience in a fast-paced environment
  • Exposure to global public health challenges, health systems strengthening and/or experience working with Government bodies
  • Goal-oriented and with high attention to detail
  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to operate without extensive structural or operational support
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to build strong and effective working relationships with government and NGO representatives
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication in Khmer
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English for business purposes, including the ability to prepare and present compelling presentations
  • Proficiency at Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and/or other data-analysis tools
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural and high-pressure environment
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities and work independently with minimal instruction
  • Strong openness to feedback and willingness to improve 


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field like public health, development, policy, biology, or science
  • Experience in healthcare and knowledge of the Cambodia MOH and provincial and district health offices is an advantage
  • Technical knowledge and experience in the area of NCD
  • Management consulting or private sector experience with a focus on excel modelling, report/grant writing and project management
  • Previous work experience in Southeast Asia

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