Senior Program Officer, Malaria

Kampong Chhnang
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Country Teams
Additional Location Description
Cambodia, Phnom Penh; Banteay Meanchey; Kampong Thom; Pailin;


Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.


In Cambodia, CHAI provides technical and management assistance to the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM) of the Ministry of Health of Cambodia with a long-term goal to enable Cambodia to achieve malaria elimination. The overall objective of CHAI’s malaria work in Cambodia is to ensure CNM has evidence-based strategies, strong operational plans and necessary financial resources to effectively implement interventions for elimination. In 2015, CHAI helped the Cambodia government develop Malaria Elimination Action Framework (MEAF) 2016-2020 for Plasmodium falciparum malaria elimination and has assisted in the mobilization of donor resources for the implementation of national strategies as per the MEAF. CHAI works closely on day-to-day basis with CNM technical units in multiple areas including strengthening clinical services through the public-private mix program, village malaria workers network and helping strengthen surveillance and analytics to improve prevention and response interventions. In late 2017, CNM plans to initiate the national malaria elimination program in the provinces of Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom and Kampong Chhnang in northwestern Cambodia. To provide technical and management assistance on the ground for this malaria elimination program of the Royal Government of Cambodia, CHAI plans to set up a sub-national team at PHD/OD level in elimination areas.


The Senior Program Officer will help accelerate Cambodia’s drive towards malaria elimination by providing support at provincial health levels for the roll out of new surveillance strategies in context of malaria elimination and strengthening of program management to ensure successful transition to and sustainability of the national elimination program in long term. This work will focus on strengthening active surveillance systems, especially to apply new case-based reporting and investigation tools, and strengthening of program management in compliance with Program management Guidelines released by Principal Recipient of Global Fund grants in malaria in Cambodia.


The Senior Program Officer will establish and maintain relationships with provincial health departments (PHDs) and operational district (ODs) in elimination areas and will ensure that the CHAI’s team of program officers in the elimination ODs is delivering high-quality, impactful work as per CHAI goals.  S/he will actively identify bottlenecks in implementation and support areas for capacity-building across the health levels. The Program manager will need to work very closely with the Program Manager and CHAI team at central level to ensure national-level policies are operationalized appropriately on the ground.


The Senior Program Officer must be a highly motivated, entrepreneurial individual with outstanding problem-solving, managerial, analytical, and communication skills.  He/she must be able to function independently and have a strong commitment to excellence. It’s highly important that the Senior Program Officer feels comfortable in and is able to persist in unstructured environments with little available information and involving multiple stakeholders.

The Senior Program Officer will oversee a team of 2-5 program officers working on daily basis with different ODs in 1-3 elimination-targeted provinces. The position entails high level of coordination with the CHAI team at the central level. The position reports to the Program Manager, Malaria Elimination in Cambodia and will be based in a CHAI office in an elimination-targeted province in north-western Cambodia. Substantial travel within designated elimination provinces is expected. 


Set-up of CHAI’s Sub-national Malaria Elimination Program

  • Support Program Manager in the hiring and training of the program officers for CHAI’s sub-national elimination program; 
  • Support Program Manager in establishing CHAI ground operations at the provincial and district levels, including signing Memorandums of Understanding with provincial and district authorities and establishing field offices;
  • Establish and maintain direct relationships with the PHDs/ODs in elimination areas; train program officers to maintain existing and establish new relationships with malaria teams of ODs/HCs
  • Train, develop work plans, and oversee the team of 2-4 Program Officers on a day to day basis, to ensure optimal delivery of CHAI support in elimination-targeted provinces


Program Management

  • Conduct operational assessments for the roll out of elimination program in targeted areas and prioritize the support areas for CHAIs’ sub-national program
  • Be responsible for the roll out of surveillance strategies for elimination in the designated provinces
  • Be responsible for the strengthening of program management including planning, budgeting, forecasting, monitoring and reporting at PHD/OD level in the designated provinces
  •  Work closely with PHDs, ODs, CNM and CHAI team at the central level to ensure smooth implementation of central-level policies and to troubleshoot any implementation issues that may arise from time to time; 
  • Support the development of training materials and trainings to build the capacity of provincial, district and health centers active surveillance
  • Be responsible for the management of CHAI budgets for implementation of the sub-national program 
  • Ensure CHAI’s representation in provincial level malaria task force meetings and other such coordination mechanisms at sub-nation level on regular basis;
  • Identify key impediments to the successful execution of the malaria elimination strategy at the provincial and district levels; mobilize CHAI resources within Country and Regional Malaria Teams to develop solutions to rapidly address these bottlenecks;
  • Work with CHAI Global Malaria Team for the generation of evidence from the implementation of national elimination strategies
  • Develop and present progress reports on CHAI’s sub-national support to CNM/CHAI leadership as needed; 
  • Other responsibilities as allotted by the Program Manager


Strategic Vision

  • Identify strategic areas for expansion and contribute to internal strategic planning or proposal development at CHAI as needed; 
  • Work closely with the Program Manager, CHAI team based at CNM, CHAI regional malaria team and the CHAI leadership in the country to maintain overall strategic direction of the program 
  • Promote effective communication within CHAI team at PHD/OD level and work with CHAI leadership to establish effective coordination mechanisms for maximum impact;


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 4 years of work experience in public health or a health-related discipline, business administration or international development 
  • Proven experience in managing a team with multiple work streams; 
  • Ability to speak, read, and write Khmer
  • Ability to navigate complex organization processes and influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner;
  • Proven ability to build relationships and influence stakeholders;
  • Exceptional communication skills in English, including the ability to create compelling, logical presentations, using PowerPoint and other tools, and a structured and assured oral and written communication style;
  • Advanced analytical skills and problem-solving with proven ability to develop and apply quantitative models using Excel and other tools to address specific challenges and improve working practices with a focus on outcomes;


  • Prior experience of working with the Cambodian government at sub-national level with provincial and district health authorities 
  • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems;
  • Proven experience in setting up a team and/or scaling up field operations


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