Senior Program Officer, Pediatric HIV

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Country Teams


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. For more information, please visit:


In Zambia, CHAI’s Pediatric HIV program is supporting the Government of Zambia (GRZ) to accelerate the scale up of pediatric antiretroviral therapy with funding from the ELMA Philanthropies. This 3 year follow on program builds on the work started in phase 1 of the ELMA supported pediatric HIV program that started in 2014 and has contributed to significant progress made on attaining the first 90 on pediatric testing. In order to build on the gains made in phase 1, efforts need to be intensified around the 2nd and 3rd 90 to attain 90% coverage on, initiation and retention on treatment including achieving viral suppression for all pediatric populations on ART. The program will build upon Phase I results, by focusing on (i) institutionalizing proven testing interventions; (ii) establishing strong linkage systems, and (iii) identifying effective strategies to improve pediatric retention/viral suppression.


CHAI seeks a full-time Senior Program Officer Pediatric HIV to work with the Pediatric HIV team, to be based in Lusaka, Zambia. Dynamic individuals with strong analytical skills, organizational skills, and ability to handle fast-paced work environments with immense responsibilities are sought for this role. This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with government in developing and implementing ‘smart’ strategies for scale-up of pediatric HIV care and treatment services for Zambia to reach 90/90/90 goals for children by 2020.


Organizational Setting:

The Senior Program Officer, Pediatric HIV will work under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, Pediatric HIV.


  • Assist in the programmatic design of strategies to scale up treatment and retention in order to close the gap between adult and pediatric ART coverage
  • Support GRZ’s implementation activities, trainings, supervision and mentoring at selected facilities and utilize data collected to determine the effectiveness of Pediatric HIV care scale up, and identify any remaining bottlenecks to optimal implementation
  • Lead in operationalization of program implementation activities such as trainings, mentorship visits, review meetings, and other activities in selected facilities by planning and budgeting, organizing logistics, liaising with GRZ at national and sub-national levels and other stakeholders
  • Contribute to the content, design and scale up of pediatric HIV job aids and training materials for MOH and CHAI as required
  • Contribute to program monitoring and evaluation and assessment of program impact
  • Contribute to the development and design of CHAI’s pediatric HIV and eMTCT strategy in Zambia and globally
  • Maintain communication with eMTCT/Pediatric global team and contribute to global project reporting as necessary
  • Meet all CHAI internal reporting requirements
  • Perform any other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree with a focus on public health, social sciences or clinical skills
  • Minimum of three years’ work experience in the public or private sector
  • Experience in Early Childhood Development will be an added advantage
  • Experience in coordinating facility-level pilots which includes district level sensitization, facility engagement, training material development, and leading trainings and mentoring visits
  • Project management experience, including experience working in diverse teams, managing budgets and financial reporting, engaging in procurement processes, and effective work planning
  • Proven ability to operate independently, multitasking, setting and achieving ambitious targets with limited guidance
  • Able to develop planning tools such as budgets, progress trackers, and work plans
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong interpersonal capabilities
  • Strong analytical skills (quantitative and qualitative) and proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to coordinate meetings, meet deadlines, generate data driven reports and work in a fast-paced environment with maximum efficiency and impact
  • Flexible and willing to travel as required
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the health sector in Zambia in general is an added advantage


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