Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. ("CHAI") is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment in the developing world.
Several countries in the Mesoamerica region have committed to eliminate malaria by 2020. To reach this target, countries will need to rapidly detect and effectively treat infections, to identify and aggressively target areas where malaria transmission persists, and to coordinate efforts closely to ensure movements of people and parasites do not jeopardize success. Achievement of this goal across the region will bring the world one step closer to global malaria eradication. Over the past two and half years, CHAI has helped malaria programs make meaningful steps towards orienting their national strategic plans and systems towards malaria elimination by 2020. CHAI is supporting malaria programs in Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Haiti, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, and Belize to strengthen surveillance systems, devise targeted and evidence-based plans, successfully implement these plans and interventions, and scale-up interventions in high-risk and hard-to-reach populations.
Overview of role
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong management and relationship building skills to lead its Guatemala malaria team supporting the Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Program to plan and execute effective vector control, disease surveillance, and case management programs for malaria elimination. The Program Manager will provide direct analytical, operational, and managerial support to the staff of the national malaria program to help them be more effective, efficient, and ultimately successful in planning, implementing, and evaluating malaria elimination activities. The Program Manager will also manage a team of technical associates, helping them create work plans, prioritize activities, and provide a strong package of support to the government.
Given that the role will involve close collaboration with CHAI staff supporting other countries in the region, its technical teams, and a wide range of national stakeholders, the successful candidate will need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. The Program Manager must also be able to build and manage effective relationships, identify creative solutions to difficult problems, and have a deep personal commitment to producing results. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, hardworking, and willing to personally take on any task, while also having exceptional organizational, technical, and leadership skills to support other staff working in the country. CHAI places great value on the resourcefulness, tenacity, patience, humility, and high ethical standards of its staff.
The base location for this position is Guatemala City. This role requires travel to higher risk, remote regions with limited infrastructure and medical care.