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.
CHAI Lao PDR Program Overview
In 2017, CHAI established a new partnership with Gavi, The Vaccines Alliance (Gavi) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Lao PDR to support the National Immunization Program (NIP) to fully transition from Gavi funding by 2022. Specifically, CHAI will support the NIP to identify and address key risks to successful transition from Gavi funding, particularly those pertaining to district-level planning and financial management processes. CHAI's support to the NIP will be structured in two phases over the course of two years. In Phase 1 (6 months), CHAI will work with NIP on three main activities:
All activities will be conducted in close collaboration with NIP and relevant Ministry of Health (MOH) staff in order to build capacity and ensure ownership of Phase 1 recommendations. Recommendations resulting from this 6-month scope of work will inform Phase 2 of CHAI support, which would focus on supporting NIP to implement those recommendations that best fit CHAI's skills and areas of expertise.
In addition to the newly established Vaccines Program, CHAI has also been supporting the MOH since 2014 on strengthening procurement and supply chain management for public health commodities and strengthening the MOH efforts towards achieving Malaria Elimination 2030.
Summary of Position:
CHAI is seeking a highly entrepreneurial individual with outstanding problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills to work as a Senior Program Officer with the CHAI Lao PDR Vaccines Program. Together with the CHAI and the NIP/MOH team, the Senior Program Officer will lead the execution of CHAI support to the NIP to strengthen district-level strategic planning and financial management, and realize efficiency gains and effectively deliver services as Gavi funding diminishes. A dynamic, energetic, self-motivated individual with exceptional people skills and experience working in challenging environments would make for a strong candidate for this role. Demonstrated application of analytical skills and problem solving in complex environments is essential.
The Senior Program Officer will be based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, but will be required to travel within the country up to 25% of the time.
Key responsibilities of the Senior Program Officer, Vaccines will include, but are not limited to, the following: