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;
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.