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 began providing direct support to the Centre for Malariology, Parasitology, and Entomology (CMPE) in late-2014 to provide the national malaria control program with central-level operational support to accelerate progress toward elimination. Currently, CHAI is augmenting its existing support at the national level to provide hands-on implementation support to sub-national staff in the five southern provinces in Lao PDR, which represent approximately 95% of the national malaria burden. CHAI is seeking a Malaria Program Manager to lead the CHAI malaria team.
The Malaria Program Manager will manage CHAI’s malaria support program in Lao PDR. S/he will be required to use a hands-on approach to understand the Lao PDR’S health system and work directly with various stakeholders within the government to accelerate progress towards national goals. The Malaria Program Manager will lead a team at central level providing broad technical and management support to CMPE and partners. In addition, s/he will work closely with the five southern Provincial staff to establish CHAI support in the malaria burden provinces and ensure that CHAI’s focused support is aligned with national policies and priorities and effectively delivered in these areas.
The Malaria Program Manager will also take the lead on strategic planning and launching new project areas within malaria. The position entails high level of direct coordination with multiple stakeholders within the government, partners, and CHAI’s global technical teams. S/he will represent CHAI in high-level meetings with donors and other partners on policy-making and management-related matters. S/he will also assist the Country leadership on budgeting and financial planning for malaria programs. Frequent domestic travel may be required for the subnational support program. Limited international travel to participate in internal CHAI meetings or international conferences or meetings with donors and partners is also expected. This position reports to the Country Director in Lao PDR.
CHAI’s Program manager will provide effective day-to-day support to the Center of Malariology, Parasitology, and Entomology (CMPE) of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to optimize current strategies and develop and execute new strategies to eliminate malaria at both the central and provincial level. The Program manager will divide his/her time between CMPE and CHAI offices in Vientiane and will be expected to travel to peripheral health departments and health facilities, as needed. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Government and Partner Relations
Human Resource Management
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, unstructured 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.