Technical Advisor, Human Resources for Health

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Country Teams


The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:


In 2005, CHAI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Malawi (GoM) to strengthen health systems in the most challenged districts, provide national support to HIV/AIDS drug pricing and programmatic work, support the pilot and scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) initiatives, expand access to ART for children, strengthen Malawi’s lab system, and scale-up an integrated nutrition program for children. CHAI’s support to Malawi has expanded to include Human Resources for Health (HRH), Vaccines (pneumococcal and rotavirus), and Health Financing, among other areas. 


Position Overview

Malawi is experiencing a critical shortage of human resources of health (HRH), in particular in rural and hard-to-reach areas, with many facilities having less than two full-time nurse/midwives staffed per facility. Nurse/midwives are the primary providers of emergency obstetric care and family planning services, and therefore their insufficient numbers have a significant impact on the lives of patients, especially mothers and newborns.


The Human Resources for Health (HRH) Technical Advisor will play a critical role in a program to scale-up production of essential health workers (eg. nurses, midwives, and community health workers), increase deployment of health workers to high-need areas and improve retention of health workers in these areas. The program seeks to train and deploy over 2,000 new health workers by the end of 2018, making a significant impact on the availability of health workers, particularly nurse/midwives, in providing maternal and child health services in Malawi.


The HRH Technical Advisor will provide policy and technical leadership to the team implementing this large-scale HRH program, as well as supporting conceptualization of future program phases. The Technical Advisor will support the Ministry of Health in developing national policies and implementation plans, and utilizing evidence and best practices to make HRH policy decisions to ensure optimal use of limited resources to achieve high-impact change. The Technical Advisor will manage a range of partnerships with Ministry of Health and HRH stakeholders, provide guidance and oversight on policy development, and support translation of policy into actionable implementation plans. The Technical Advisor will also work closely with the Ministry of Health to develop models of optimal health worker distribution and deployment to high-need areas, and will provide oversight for operational research studies leading to data-informed policies. Finally, the Technical Advisor will carry out a range of grant management responsibilities.


The HRH Technical Advisor will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi with up to 25% travel in-country, and will report to the Senior Program Manager.


Working in close collaboration with the Government of Malawi’s Ministry of Health (MOH), the HRH Technical Advisor will:


Technical Assistance:

  • Provide leadership in design and implementation of national HRH policies and plans;
  • Contribute to the translation and monitoring of HRH policies into operational implementation plans;
  • Provide broad technical assistance to MOH on matters relating to strengthening HRH in Malawi;
  • Build the capacity and skills of MOH and key stakeholders to ensure local leadership and sustainability of HRH programs;
  • Provider oversight and guidance to operational research work streams in collaboration with the Senior Program Manager to ensure that evidence is translated into policy and practice, in particular in areas of rural retention strategies and optimal / equitable deployment of health workers;
  • Lead consultations, workshop and policy dialogues in key areas of HRH policy and practice, providing guidance and technical assistance on policy decisions;
  • Provide thought leadership on HRH implementation challenges while identifying opportunities for related interventions;
  • Design and implement targeted quality improvement interventions to improve quality of nursing and midwifery training, regulation and practice;
  • Document and present policy recommendations to MOH and stakeholders in presentations, policy briefs and reports;
  • Coordinate network-building efforts of CHAI and/or program team with both government and implementing partners.


Program Management

  • Support development of regular activity work plans and budgets and ensure that deliverables and milestones are met in a timely fashion;
  • Monitor the program progress and deliverables against the work plan; 
  • Collaborate with the Senior Program Manager to ensure overall program targets are being met;
  • Assume responsibility for the program budget including liaising with CHAI Headquarters and donors, ensuring compliance with donor rules and regulations, tracking expenditures, forecasting costs, and ensuring sound financial transactions;
  • Prepare annual and biannual donor reports in conjunction with the Senior Program Manager;
  • Manage a team of program officers, including providing mentorship and performance feedback;
  • Collaborate with HRH team to collect program data to allow for monitoring and evaluation of the program and reporting against program indicators;
  • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders in government, international partners, donors and NGOs, and ensure coordination of resources and efforts;
  • Support conceptualization of future HRH programming in Malawi, and identify new strategies for HRH program implementation including potential partnerships with donors;
  • Provide regular reports on program and work progress to the Senior Program Manager.


  • A Master’s Degree in Nursing or Midwifery, Public Health, Social Sciences or other relevant field;
  • At least 5-7 years of experience in health systems strengthening or health program management; at least 2 years of which should be with an international, donor-funded health program;
  • Experience in capacity building, and policy design and implementation, in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and stakeholders is highly desirable;
  • Experience and comfort developing and maintaining relationships with high-level staff in government and development partners;
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and ability to make linkages between interventions/programs;
  • Self-driven team-player, with the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and to set priorities;
  • Ability to organize and coordinate meetings and workshops, meet deadlines, generate data-driven reports and work in a fast-paced environment with maximum efficiency and impact;
  • Proven track record of effective project management and ability to generate results;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong interpersonal capabilities;
  • Strong analytical skills and proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Strong budgeting and financial expenditure analysis skills;
  • Experience working internationally, particularly in Malawi or other resource-poor settings;
  • Excellent English language fluency, both written and verbal required. 


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