Clinton Health Access Initiative

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Senior Program Officer

Senior Program Officer

Full Time
Business Unit 
Country Programs - Country Teams
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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:

  • Development and implementation of an evaluation framework in 4-6 districts to identify best practices and bottlenecks to effective district-level planning, implementation, and financial management
  • Evaluation of key financial challenges and programmatic implications posed by decreasing Gavi funding over the next 5 years, including identification of strategic tradeoffs, synergies and/or efficiencies with other immunization or health program activities
  • Support NIP to prepare for the 2017 Gavi Board Meeting (being held in Lao PDR) and other relevant fora

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:


  • Work together with the Senior Program Manager and Country Director to identify and define CHAI's overall strategy within the program area, develop clear operational plans for execution and continually identify opportunities for CHAI to add value and maximize impact
  • Work together with the Program Officer and NIP team on executing project strategy, including the development of assessments, training materials, work plans, budgets, and other program materials to support effective execution of the program 
  • Coordinate project-wide outputs related to reporting, compliance and updates
  • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders in government, international partners, donors and NGOs, and ensure maximum coordination of resources and effort
  • Collaborate with government to ensure skills transfer and government ownership
  • Undertake any other duties as requested by the Senior Program Manager or Country Director


  • Bachelor's degree or higher and at least 3 years of professional experience in the private or public sector
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical, and quantitative skills
  • Experience in project planning and execution, including budgeting
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build professional and collaborative relationships with a range of stakeholders and drive results
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently with little guidance, and propose and implement new approaches/initiatives
  • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity, and problem solve in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, including the ability to prepare and present compelling presentations and program planning and memo documents
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Advantage: Excellent written and oral English and Lao communication skills

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