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 2014, CHAI established a partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Lao PDR to provide technical assistance focused on strengthening procurement and supply chain management. The primary objective of this work is to ensure consistent availability of high quality medicines and commodities at the points of patient care through the national scale-up of an integrated program strategy.
The program uses a cross-cutting approach focused on: 1) Increasing stock visibility through the scale-up of an electronic medicines inventory management system, 2) Institutionalizing processes and capacity to efficiently utilize information for decision-making and 3) Strengthening MOH staff capacity to address challenges affecting availability of medicines.
All activities are done together with the MOH, with the goal of building capacity of relevant MOH staff to effectively coordinate the supply chain for health commodities.
CHAI is seeking a highly-motivated individual with strong problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills to work as a Program Officer on the CHAI Access to Medicines and Supply Chain program based in Attapeau Province. The Program Officer will work together with the Food and Drug Unit staff in Attapeau Province to strengthen the implementation of the MOH's integrated supply chain strategy and support a pilot of the strategy at the health center level. This will include support on the development of materials, planning and facilitation of trainings, conducting supervision visits to health facilities, capacity building, and other support as needed. The PSM Program officer will be based in Attapeau Province, after completing one-two months of onboarding in Vientiane Capital. This role will involve significant travel to district hospitals and health facilities around Attapeau Province.
Key responsibilities of the PSM Program Officer include, but are not limited to: