Clinton Health Access Initiative

Program Officer Short-Term (6-8 months)

Temporary | Full-Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - China


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.


Position Overview:

The key project that the Program Officer will oversee focuses on enhancing global market access for malaria products from Chinese high quality suppliers. Despite substantial investments by global health donors, malaria remains a significant global health challenge with over 200 million cases annually. China, as a leading developing country committed to health sector development, has established expertise in research and development, as well as scalable production of antimalarial products and technologies, including drugs, diagnostic tools, and drug resistance research. The objective of this project is to leverage the innovation and manufacturing capabilities of Chinese suppliers to address current challenges in global malaria control and elimination. The project entails comprehensive desk research, market analysis, stakeholder management involving both private and public sectors, and engagement with global experts. Collaboration with global experts is a pivotal aspect of this project, with key partners including, but not limited to, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO, and Tsinghua University.


We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical ability and communication skills. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, tenacity, independence, humility, and work ethics. This individual will:

  • Be a part of the global effort at improving market access for health commodities for malaria and other life-threatening diseases.
  • Harness the innovative and manufacturing capabilities of Chinese suppliers to tackle existing challenges in global health.
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders including global health experts, academic institutions, suppliers and manufacturers, and other global health partners and organizations.
  • Work in a flexible, entrepreneurial and results-driven manner under pressure, but still with optimism even in the face of complex challenges.

This is a full-time opportunity with an anticipated duration of 6 to 8 months to ideally begin in November 2023. This Program Officer will report to the Senior Program Officer who is based in Shenzhen, and this role may be based remotely in China but preferably in Shenzhen. 


  • Assist the China Senior Program Officer and relevant disease program teams to develop and implement the project activities as required by the partnership framework, work plan and budget;
  • Lead desk research on specific diseases, data collection, stakeholder and company interviews, quantitative analysis, market intelligence analysis, report drafting to generate evidence-based policy and formulate recommendations in strategic scenarios;
  • Lead financial modelling and form business strategy proposals for Chinese health commodity suppliers;
  • Develop methodologies including tools, processes, key performance/success indicators that are highly relevant and appropriate for analyses, project management and goal fulfillment;
  • Provide strategic recommendations for development of new programs, project management, communication and process improvement;
  • Maintain strong connections with CHAI global markets teams and China team to ensure the project is aligned with best practices within CHAI and other related projects;
  • Other responsibilities as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, public health, political sciences, or in a related field
  • 2-4 years of work experience in strategic consulting, international organizations, investment banking and/or similar functions
  • Fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese (speaking, reading, and writing in a professional setting)
  • Exceptional analytical, research and presentation skills for both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Proficient in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Ability to work independently without extensive structural or operational support
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in high-pressure situations and a fast-paced, multicultural environment
  • Ability to achieve maximum efficiency and impact with limited human and financial resources

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the healthcare industry (e.g., healthcare consulting, clinical trials, drug manufacturing, regulatory issues, supply chain, or commercial drug development)
  • Experience working and living in low-income countries or resource-limited settings



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