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Program Officer, Malaria Elimination

Program Officer, Malaria Elimination

Full Time
Business Unit 
Country Programs - Country Teams
Additional Location Description 
The position can be based in Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom or Siem Reap

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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.


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 (PPM), Village Malaria Workers (VMW) network and helping strengthen surveillance and analytics to improve prevention and response interventions. CHAI also provides program management support to CNM to improve grant and financial management with a goal to ensure maximum and effective utilization of donor-awarded resources.


In 2018, 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 team for sub-national malaria program at PHD/OD level in elimination areas.


Description: The key goal for the role of Program Officer will be to ensure the operationalization of the National Malaria Elimination Program in designated Operational Districts (ODs) of elimination provinces. Key focus areas of support will include the roll out of new surveillance strategies in the context of malaria elimination and strengthening of program management to ensure successful transition to and sustainability of the National Elimination Program in the long term and in compliance with Program Management Guidelines released by Principal Recipient of Global Fund grants of malaria in Cambodia. The Program Officer will establish and maintain direct relationships with the ODs and Health Centers (HC) in elimination provinces and will ensure the delivery of high quality CHAI support to these health levels. S/he will actively identify and resolve bottlenecks in implementation and work toward building the capacity at OD and HC levels as per CHAI program goals. S/he will serve as the focal point for CHAI support in designated ODs and will work in collaboration with the CHAI team at central level to ensure national-level policies and guidelines are operationalized appropriately and effectively on the ground.

The Program Officer will work in 2-3 ODs on a daily basis. The Program Officer reports to a Senior Program Officer. The position will be based in elimination-target ODs in provinces and substantial travel within designated elimination districts will be required.


The position can be based in Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom or Siem Reap.




Work closely with Senior Program Officer and Program Manager of Sub-National Malaria Programs and the CHAI team at central and global level to ensure CHAI overall support in priority areas is delivered effectively as per CHAI goals;

  • Lead operational assessments for the roll out of elimination program in designated ODs and prioritize the support areas for CHAI's sub-national malaria programs;
  • Work closely with PHDs, ODs, HCs, CNM and CHAI team at the central level to ensure smooth implementation of central-level strategies and policies;
  • Ensure the malaria program at OD and HC level is functioning in compliance with the donor guidelines; be responsible for the strengthening of program management including planning, budgeting, forecasting, monitoring and reporting in the designated ODs;
  • Provide regular capacity building support for the strengthening of surveillance system at OD and HC level; ensure that the new tools planned for immediate case-based notification and response are rolled out effectively;
  • Ensure the surveillance strategies are rolled out appropriately and problems are reported in time for troubleshooting by CNM;
  • Identify key impediments to the successful execution of the national malaria elimination strategies; mobilize CHAI resources within the country team and/or regional team, and partners to develop solutions to rapidly address these bottlenecks;
  • Regularly monitor and alert Senior Program Officer and Program Manager in case of emergency situations; contribute to response plan and oversee its execution as needed;
  • Support ODs in regular monitoring and supervision of HCs, VMW and PPM program;
  • Ensure early diagnosis and treatment services are available to communities at risk and their capacity is built for following the national malaria surveillance guidelines;
  • Contribute to the development of training materials and support the trainings led by CNM/PHDs/ODs on case management, surveillance and program management;
  • Represent CHAI in OD-level malaria task force meetings and other such coordination mechanisms at sub-nation level on regular basis;
  • Embody CHAI values to be trusted advisor of the governments we serve; work closely with the officials at OD and HC level within the CHAI framework of professional conduct;
  • Execute the work plan approved by Senior Program Officer and update as needed;
  • Collaborate with the Senior Program Officer to ensure that operations are in line with CHAI policies and procedures;
  • Identify strategic areas for expansion and contribute to internal strategic planning for CHAI's overall goals in malaria in Cambodia;
  • Work in team to promote effective communication within CHAI subnational team and support CHAI leadership in establishing effective coordination mechanisms with the CHAI team at central level;
  • Actively promote and adhere to CHAI's safety and security plans;
  • Other responsibilities as required by the Senior Program Officer.


CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a track record of delivering quality results with limited resources. S/he should be able to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously whilst mentoring a team to perform consistently. The ideal candidate will also possess cultural sensitivity skills and demonstrate high emotional intelligence, as they will be working closely with government and external partners.

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 3 years of work experience in public health or a health-related discipline, business administration or international development;
  • Prior experience of working with the Cambodian government at sub-national level with provincial and district health authorities; proven ability to work progressively in relationship-based environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to work remotely and with minimal supervision;
  • Strong problem solving skills and quantitative and qualitative analytical capabilities;
  • Result-oriented communication skills, a structured and assured oral and written communication style (both English and Khmer);
  • Ability to navigate complex organization processes and influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner;
  • Exceptional qualities to coordinate with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • Advanced analytical skills to create compelling, logical presentations using PowerPoint, and develop or use excel based tools for quantitative analysis;
  • 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;
  • Willing and comfortable to travel frequently within the province on motorbikes, at times in difficult conditions; travel to Phnom Penh for central-level meetings as needed. 


  • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems;
  • Prior work experience in malaria control and/or elimination projects.


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