Program Manager, Sustainable Health Financing

South Africa
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Country Teams


Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment in the developing world. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Since its inception, CHAI’s programs have helped more than 11.8 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medicines, saving the global health community billions of dollars. For more information, please visit:

SHF Team Overview
In South Africa, CHAI’s Sustainable Health Financing (SHF) Team is supporting the National Department of Health (NDOH) at the national and provincial levels in its implementation of scaling up HIV/TB services, and in strengthening health systems for the rollout of National Health Insurance (NHI). The work of the SHF Team is aligned to the CHAI Global Health Financing Framework and addresses three over-arching areas in which governments request support:

i) to improve understanding of resource gaps,

ii) to secure sustainable resources, and

iii) to improve management of existing resources.


Position Overview
CHAI is recruiting a Programme Manager for the Sustainable Health Financing (SHF) team. This post-holder will lead the team, supervise the technical work on a day-to-day basis, and work with the Senior Technical Advisor to provide strategic direction to the team in the medium to long term. The candidate will support senior and mid-level NDOH staff as well as subnational government personnel in understanding and deploying costing tools in their respective health systems, as well as engaging with both public and private sector stakeholders towards the implementation of new service delivery models and funding mechanisms within the national health system. The ideal candidate must be technically sound in health economics, be self-directed, be conversant with the health sector in South Africa, and be able to adapt to the differing needs of the programmes.


The Programme Manager will be based in Pretoria, South Africa and will report to the Senior Deputy Country Director. He/she will:

  • Partner with the Senior Technical Advisor to provide thought leadership, strategic guidance, and capacity-building to the SHF team towards medium to long term goals and objectives;
  • Manage a team that will provide technical support to the NDOH and Provincial and District Departments of Health in areas including, but not limited to:
  • Quantification of current actual and normative costs of providing health interventions;
  • Conducting of economic evaluations
  • Quantification and mapping of funding gaps, both present and future;
  • Assessment of opportunities for resource mobilization, both domestic and external, including innovative financing approaches;
  • Review of specific funding channels to identify potential areas of inefficiencies and opportunities for improved efficiency and effectiveness of health interventions;
  • Managing the provision of defined socio-economic impact assessments
  • Design the requirements to create, strengthen, and/or align existing health management information systems in the public and private sector to support a strengthened health system within which there is continuously improved capacity for evidence-based decision-making and thereby capacity for improved efficiency of service delivery;
  • Write grants and project proposals;
  • Develop and manage clear operational plans and budgets for timely execution and final delivery of multiple programme aims; and continually identify opportunities for CHAI to add value and maximize impact including new initiatives, team activities, workstreams and projects;
  • Document and prepare national level briefings;
  • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders in government, particularly National Treasury, as well as regulatory bodies, select private sector providers, international partners, donors and NGOs, and ensure coordination of resources and efforts and establishing of consensus;
  • Collaborate across national and sub-national levels of government throughout planning and implementation phases to ensure skills transfer (where applicable) and government ownership, and provide technical support as needed;
  • Manage and coach the team to ensure everyone is working towards the same objectives, and ensure coordination with other teams in the CHAI country office;
  • Any other responsibilities as assigned by the Stakeholders and Leadership.


  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, Public Health, Business or a related field;
  • A minimum of five years’ professional experience in public health in a private or public sector setting and with increasing levels of responsibility and experience;
  • Knowledge of health financing, health systems strengthening, and/or global healthcare systems;
  • Strong analytical skills and advanced technical proficiency with MS Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Previous work experience in economics and/or public sector financing, particularly in the health sector and in South Africa/Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, organizational, leadership, and problem solving skills;
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and multitask whilst mentoring a team to perform consistently;
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to prepare compelling presentations that translate the results of team activities into meaningful policy recommendations;
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;
  • English language fluency, both written and verbal.



  • Experience managing demanding work plans and tight budgets;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems;
  • Strategically minded, able to think creatively around long-term programme objectives and the detailed steps necessary to achieve these goals;
  • Demonstrated ability to be effective in high-pressure situations and adapt to fast-paced and changing environments with a strong commitment to excellence, both internally and externally, and with limited structural or operational support;
  • Experience working with international partners in country;
  • Management consulting or other relevant private and public sector experience.


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