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Program Officer

Program Officer

Country 
Laos
City 
Vientiane
Type 
Full Time
Business Unit 
Country Programs - Country Teams
Additional Location Description 
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Overview

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' 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-motivated individual with experience working in client-facing positions and strong planning, coordination and communication skills to work as a Program Officer with the CHAI Lao PDR Vaccines Program. Together with the CHAI and the NIP/MOH team, the Program Officer will support the NIP to strengthen district-level strategic planning and financial management, and realize efficiency gains and effectively deliver services as Gavi funding diminishes. This will include supporting the development of materials, planning and facilitation of assessments, trainings, capacity building, and other support as needed. The Program Officer will be based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, but will be required to travel within the country up to 25% of the time.   

Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the Program Officer, Vaccines will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist the Senior Associate, Vaccines in executing project strategy, including developing assessment, training materials, work plans, budgets, and other program materials to support effective execution of the program 
  • Coordinate and plan logistics for meetings and team travel schedules
  • Support written and verbal translation between English and Lao, specifically communication of technical processes, to support effective communication with government staff and other stakeholders
  • Build capacity of MOH staff to strengthen usage and analysis of data and support the development of high-quality outputs
  • Support the team's administrative tasks, as needed
  • Perform other tasks as necessary

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or higher and at least 2 previous years of professional experience
  • Excellent written and oral English and Lao communication skills
  • Strong planning, coordination and organizational skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information, adapt quickly to new situations, and learn on the job
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and the ability to build professional and collaborative relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to handle multiple work streams in parallel, set priorities, and work independently and quickly with limited supervision
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet-based communications
  • Ability to travel at short notice and on a regular basis
  • Experience working with the Government or other NGOs at the various levels of the health system would be an advantage 

 

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