Medical Advisor, Sexual and Reproductive 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:


Underlying CHAI’s approach is the development of effective, government-led management systems that serve as the backbone towards facilitating program implementation; supports transition and enables governments to sustain progress, while also providing for the continued growth and evolution of national health programs.


Program Description

Every year over 300,000 mothers die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth with 99% of all maternal deaths occurring in the developing world. Unintended pregnancies contribute significantly to maternal mortality. In developing countries, 214 million women and girls have an unmet need for contraception, meaning they want to avoid or postpone pregnancy but are not using a modern contraceptive method. CHAI’s Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) approach to address these challenges begin with reaching adolescents with reproductive health education and services, and continues with supporting women through their reproductive years to ensure every woman is able to realize her reproductive intentions including: avoid unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, terminate a pregnancy safely under a country’s legal framework, have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth, see her newborn thrive from birth to childhood, and space and limit births.


Position Summary

CHAI Cambodia is seeking an experienced Medical Advisor for their new SRH Program with the National Maternal and Child Health Center (NMCHC), Ministry of Health focused on increasing the coverage and quality of public-sector delivery of birth spacing and safe abortion services in Cambodia. The Medical Advisor will support the Program Manager in establishing collaborative relationships with related national-level government institutions and partner agencies to achieve our program objectives. S/he will serve as trusted source to the government and provide technical support to the NMCHC in collaboration with partners on the development and/or revision of guidelines, training and mentoring programs for the government health staff and community engagement. The Medical Advisor will also develop a strong understanding of the capacity building needs of the government staff for the delivery of clinical services in birth spacing and safe abortion to clients and will work with NMCHC and partners to design appropriate interventions for trainings and quality assurance. New programmatic needs may arise as the program is established and scaled up and therefore flexibility will be essential.


The Medical Advisor will be based in Phnom Penh and will report to the Program Manager. In addition to participation in CHAI meetings in and outside the country, in-country travel for work will be required (estimated at 30%).


  • Provide technical assistance for CHAI support to the MoH and NMCHC on focused SRH services
  • Contribute to developing clinically and scientifically sound strategies for CHAI Cambodia’s work in SRH
  • Provide guidance on service delivery and clinical protocols appropriate for low resource settings
  • Liaise with CHAI’s Clinical Science Team SRH experts to provide regular updates on the latest clinical, epidemiologic, and pharmacologic developments that impact CHAI's strategy
  • Provide technical guidance and training to CHAI staff on clinical management of sexual and reproductive health
  • Work with government and partners to design and implement training and quality assurance programs based on effective clinical approaches
  • Support NMCHC in the development of materials, protocols and practices for clinical trainings of the health staff as required
  • Provide health facility-focused technical assistance including training, clinical mentoring and skills building as needed
  • Work closely with the Program Manager to establish and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders in government, donors, and partner organizations
  • Support CHAI Global Markets Team and SRMNH Team by facilitating access to information and key stakeholders as necessary, and provide updates on national policies, strategies and plans
  • Perform other programmatic and management tasks that may be assigned by the Program Manager


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.


  • Advanced degree in public health, medicine, nursing and/or midwifery
  • 4 years of work experience in sexual and reproductive health care in Cambodia such as
    • Experience in training and mentoring public health professionals, designing and testing training curriculum, materials, and quality assurance strategies, and/or
    • Skilled in interpreting and adapting scientific clinical information for practical training and field application in low resource settings, and/or
    • Direct provision of abortion and contraception care, and/or
    • Up-to-date knowledge of birth spacing and safe abortion methods, diagnosis, and treatment guidelines and practices
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and an ability to communicate effectively and build durable relationships with people of varied professional and cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent written and oral English and Khmer communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work well under pressure
  • Possess self-motivation and comfort working independently with little oversight
  • Ability to work with humility and not seek personal credit for the work or contributions; commitment to ensuring the government partner is the owner of our supported work


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