Clinton Health Access Initiative

Gender Technical Advisor

United States
Full Time
Program (Division)
Non Communicable Diseases - Global Vaccines Delivery
Additional Location Description
This role is flexible to be based in a CHAI program country, pending leadership approval.


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.

Program Overview


Immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions in history. National immunization programs reach >100 million infants every year and have averted globally two to three million deaths every year since the launch of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI). However, despite these successes, 1.5 million children still die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases. Many of these deaths occur in low-income countries, where immunization programs face unprecedented challenges (e.g., access to vaccines and ensuring vaccines reach all targeted people). On the bright side, advances in the development and financing of new vaccines provide great opportunities to tackle diseases and mortality through vaccine prevention.


Since 2010, CHAI has worked to save lives and reduce the burden of vaccine preventable diseases by improving coverage of immunization services in resource-limited settings. CHAI not only strengthens immunization systems but does so with an eye to make them a stronger backbone for primary health care. CHAI achieves this by working to strengthen national immunization programs across countries, by shaping relevant global markets, and by improving the global immunization ecosystem. CHAI’s portfolio includes six complementary strategic goals:

  • Improving affordability and supply security of immunization products;
  • Accelerating the uptake of new or under-utilized vaccines;
  • Enhancing the performance of vaccine cold chain and logistics systems to increase effective immunization coverage;
  • Improving the design and implementation of service delivery to reach the unreached;
  • Supporting successful transition from Gavi support; and
  • Strengthening the management system and capacity of immunization programs

CHAI's vaccine program closely supports the national immunization programs in focus countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. CHAI's vaccine program also engages with global stakeholders – including Gavi, WHO and UNICEF – to inform global policies and practices.


Position Overview


CHAI's Global Vaccine Delivery Team is seeking a Gender Technical Advisor to provide gender oversight, management, and technical assistance to CHAI’s vaccines teams. This Technical Advisor will have proven experience designing and implementing successful programs at the intersection of gender and health.


This Advisor will provide guidance and thought leadership to increase the sustainability and impact of CHAI’s vaccines work by embedding gender considerations throughout its programming. They will work closely with CHAI’s global and country immunization teams to advance gender and equity priorities and contribute to the development of innovative supply and demand-side strategies to address gender inequalities and ensure equitable access to immunization services. This person will contribute gender technical expertise to new business development, oversee and guide gender integration activities within the vaccines portfolio, and represent CHAI at global forums on gender transformative programming.


CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.


Technical and Programmatic  

  • Provide technical leadership and expertise, to CHAI’s vaccines program to mainstream gender considerations into program design and implementation.
  • Work closely with country teams to conduct comprehensive reviews of new and existing immunization program strategies, including zero-dose reduction strategies, to identify areas where programs can be refined to be gender informed and responsive, including development of country-level program outcomes related to gender.
  • Develop specific recommendations on how to embed a gender perspective more effectively throughout program lifecycles, from program conception, design, implementation, M&E and research, and transition/long-term sustainability of the work beyond CHAI. 
  • Support countries’ efforts to conduct gender analyses for in-depth understanding of differentiated health needs, design and implement gender sensitive/ transformative solutions to respond to these needs and monitor the impact of these interventions. Also support countries to take a more proactive stance on incorporating gender considerations into their immunization programming approaches.
  • Contribute to development of country-level and global learning agenda with a focus on gender, and lead systematic knowledge management, including distilling and documentation of learnings on best practices and barriers to integrating gender considerations in immunization programming within and across countries.
  • Lead the development of and provide technical guidance and quality review for gender inclusion in technical deliverables, including review of gender analysis research protocols, data analysis plans, and other documents such as reports, toolkits, conference presentations and journal articles.
  • Guide refinement of immunization programs based on learnings from the implementation of gender related interventions and where feasible, support the adoption of an iterative learning approach to gender interventions in-country.
  • Drive knowledge sharing on gender mainstreaming for vaccines internally and externally, strengthen CHAI’s sectoral influence on gender, with the goal of informing and strengthening the approach of global vaccine decision makers and partners on gender. This will include engagements with Gavi and other relevant stakeholders on topics related to gender mainstreaming in immunization, establishing a feedback mechanism where CHAI’s programmatic insights inform global best practices and vice versa.

Project Management

  • Oversee and manage the prioritization, planning and execution of gender integration recommendations working closely with multiple global and country team members throughout the process.
  • Collaborate with country teams on gender components of annual workplans; support and contribute to project planning and implementation that is responsive to country needs.
  • Manage project-level budgets (e.g., if gender-specific grants are awarded) and provide oversight and guidance to project staff.
  • Support recruitment, hiring, and management of project consultants if needed to support the gender-related work.

New Business Development

  • Provide strategic thought leadership on gender considerations for vaccine delivery and contribute to technical components of concept notes/ proposals to drive gender equality and inclusive development.
  • Identify new funding opportunities for gender programming relevant to CHAI vaccines delivery priorities (including opportunities for integration with primary healthcare)
  • Support CHAI vaccines to strategize on its unique role in gender mainstreaming in the vaccine ecosystem.

Organizational Strengthening

  • Contribute towards strengthening CHAI’s vaccine teams’ capacity and application of pro-gender thinking to contribute to CHAI wide gender policies and practices, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies, and the broader organizational strategy.
  • Develop a plan to support and build the capacity of CHAI vaccines global and country teams on a consistent basis to build up gender expertise and skills on the vaccines team and ensure incorporation of a gender lens in the design, planning, implementation and monitoring of the program work going forward.
  • Design and deliver training sessions and workshops reaching CHAI staff at both global and country levels to enhance their understanding of gender issues and how they relate to immunization. This may include provision of one-on-one mentoring to key staff members, to help develop their skills and understanding in gender-responsive and -transformative program design and implementation.
  • Create and disseminate gender-related resources, toolkits, and best practice guidelines to support CHAI teams in integrating gender into their work.
    Help advance cross-disease program opportunities across CHAI including through direct participation in CHAI’s Gender Equity Network which aims to strengthen gender programming to ensure that high impact, sustainable work is being conducted to advance CHAI’s mission.
  • Champion the importance of a gender perspective within and outside of CHAI, connecting CHAI with external gender experts and organizations to foster collaborations, share knowledge, stay updated with the latest research and best practices in gender integration, and periodically share updates with the team to generate discussions on aspects to consider in vaccines programming for greater impact.

Travel requirement

  • International and domestical travel, as needed and in alignment with COVID-19 related travel recommendations.


  • Bachelor's degree in international development, gender and development, public health, social science, or a related field.
  • Minimum 7 years of work experience in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
  • Progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of global health implementation or research projects in LMICs with focus on gender mainstreaming and the empowerment of women.
  • Strong gender analysis, integration, and capacity building skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relationships internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated experience working with multiple internal and external stakeholders including donors, partners, consultants, and sub-contractors.
  • Experience in designing and facilitating different types of meetings and workshops using a variety of participatory, adult-learning methodologies and approaches.
  • Experience leading gender and social inclusion projects (including overall responsibility for technical quality, managing budgets, and leading intercultural teams).
  • Demonstrated presence and participation in gender equality and inclusive development networks.
  • In-depth understanding of global health processes, actors, and client cultures.
  • Ability to think strategically and integrate diverse information from varied sources.


  • Masters degree or above preferred in international development, gender and development, public health, social science, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of vaccines, service delivery at facility and community level, and/or primary health care systems.
  • Knowledge of or experience in applying participatory approaches highly desirable.
  • Experience in stakeholder and partner management in high-stakes global environments.
  • Ability to use an appreciative approach in client and colleague interactions, and model that approach for others.
  • Experience working with government and in developing countries in resource limited settings, notably in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
  • Professional proficiency in a second language of a vaccine program country.

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