Clinton Health Access Initiative

Deputy Country Director, Cameroon

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Cameroon


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 Role:

CHAI seeks a dynamic, driven individual with broad experience in management to join the leadership team of CHAI’s office in Cameroon. CHAI’s office in Cameroon, established in 2007, has grown rapidly since its inception, and has become an established office with nearly 30 staff, capable of managing multiple projects and steady growth.

The Deputy Country Director (DCD) will share strategic and operational responsibilities with the Country Director and the leadership team, holding responsibility for ensuring the effective operations of the team, shaping the future direction of CHAI’s support to and partnership with the government of Cameroon, as well as direct management of one or more of the program teams.

The DCD is a senior leader of the CHAI Cameroon team, responsible for overseeing the effective execution of multiple programmatic strategies and ensuring CHAI provides high-quality support to the Ministry of Health. The role requires strong managerial, communication, and organizational skills. Responsibilities cover both internal and external areas, including designing, implementing, and overseeing impactful health programs. The DCD will work closely with the Country Director and other key stakeholders to design, implement, and oversee impactful health programs.


Strategic Leadership

  • Collaborate with the Country Director to develop and execute strategic plans, ensuring alignment with UN SDG, CHAI's global and country-specific objectives

Program Management

  • Provide oversight for programmatic initiatives, ensuring effective operational planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of health programs
  • Drive innovation and efficiency in program delivery

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Cultivate and manage relationships with key partners, including government agencies, NGOs, donors and other relevant stakeholders
  • Represent CHAI in high-level meetings and forums, including the development of presentations and materials for external audiences, as necessary

Team Management

  • Lead and mentor a multidisciplinary team (example: program managers and senior technical staff), fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence
    • Provide direct oversight of one or more program teams; provide support and guidance to program managers and junior staff on strategy and project deliverables.
  • Provide guidance on professional development and performance management

Financial and Operational Oversight

  • Work closely with the Country Director to ensure sound financial management, adherence to budgets, and efficient use of resources
  • Monitor program performance against targets and address challenges proactively
  • Strengthen and formalize systems and processes for budgeting, financial tracking, and donor and government reporting
  • Support the operations team to implement and strengthen the internal management of daily operations and ensure alignment with CHAI global policy and practice including:
    • Human Resource processes and systems including recruiting, onboarding, benefits management
    • Financial management practices including monthly cash flow and financial reporting
    • Safety and security policies and ensure consistent implementation across program teams and project locations

Technical Expertise

  • Stay abreast of the latest developments in global health and provide technical expertise to inform program strategies
  • Ensure programmatic interventions are evidence-based and aligned with best practices

Risk Management

  • Identify potential risks to program implementation and develop mitigation strategies
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and CHAI policies


  • Undertake other country tasks as the CD may direct from time to time


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent plus 10 years work experience; or Advanced Degree or equivalent plus 8 years work experience; or equivalent work experience
  • Proficiency in French and English at a professional level
  • Experience conceiving, planning, and executing complex programs or projects with verifiable results
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to work through sensitive political contexts and develop strong relationships with government officials and multilateral organizations
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously with minimal supervision; set priorities, delegate, and work independently
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly and absorb/synthesize a broad range of information
  • Ability to mentor and lead teams for strong consistent performance
  • Ability to work with limited budgets and human resources without extensive structural or operational support
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong work ethic and flexibility, respect for local norms and culture, ability to work with humility and urgency
  • Knowledge of global healthcare systems
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint


  • Experience working in International NGO
  • Experience in Operations
  • Experience in multi donor environment
  • Advanced qualifications such as PMP, Ph.D.
  • Provide track record in knowledge dissemination via, via publications in peer reviewed journals, or contributing to the development of key technical documents for policy or donor organizations

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