Clinton Health Access Initiative

Program Officer, Non-Communicable Diseases

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Cambodia
Additional Location Description
Kampot Province


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.


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 a program officer 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 program officer will manage different components of the program and engage with the sub-national stakeholders from the Prevention Medicine Department (PMD), the National Eye Health Program (NEHP), and any other relevant cross cutting MOH departments. The program office will be responsible to manage goal #4 of the program with the implementation of all activities in the learning province and the identification of best practices for future national scale up.


In strong collaboration with the other CHAI members seconded at the MOH, the Program Officer will be responsible to:

  • Support the establishment of integrated screening for diabetes, hypertension and eye screening in the learning province
  • Support and build capacities of PHD/OD to build quality NCD services with guidance from both the PMD and NEHP departments
  • Support all activities that will lead to high rates of integrated screening such as:
  • Pilot strategy for referral
  • Support health care worker training
  • On going quantification of commodities
  • Support careful analysis and documentation of innovative practice
  • Support the establishment of regular communication between the learning province PHD coordinator and the national level MoH (PMD and NEHP)
  • Support identification of key best practices that would lead to national scale up
  • 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.
  • 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 or equivalent in all fields
  • 1-2 years of professional experience, preferably in public health or NCD
  • Strong coordination skills, proven ability to independently carry out project work streams with a focus on outputs and outcomes
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with provincial health department, operational district and NGO representatives
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Strong problem solving skills, quantitative and qualitative analytical capabilities
  • Be able to speak and write in English, including the ability to prepare and present compelling presentations and program planning and memo documents
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication in Khmer
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural and high-pressure environment


  • 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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