• Program Manager, Vaccines

    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
  • Overview

    Organization Overview


    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: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org


    Position Overview


    CHAI has partnered with the Government in Lao PDR since 2014, supporting the MOH across several health programs: Supply Chain Strengthening, Malaria Elimination, and HIV and TB Access.  In 2017, CHAI established a new partnership with Gavi, The Vaccines Alliance (Gavi) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Lao PDR to support the National Immunization Program (NIP) to smoothly transition from Gavi funding by 2022. To ensure gains in immunization coverage and equity do not diminish with the transition, CHAI is supporting the NIP to:


    • Identify and address key risks to successful transition from Gavi funding
    • Develop mitigation plans to promote transition ready systems, find efficiencies and raise domestic resources
    • Build capacity of the NIP to coordinate the transition


    The Vaccines Program Manager will lead a diverse team to support the Ministry of Health to perform high quality analyses and assessments, create informed mitigation plans and ensure that these plans are translated into strong operational plans at the subnational level and are implemented effectively to support health facilities smoothly transition from Gavi funding.


    The Program Manager will report to the Country Director and will be based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, but may be required to travel within the country up to 25% of the time.


    Working together with and supported by the CHAI Lao PDR leadership team, the Vaccines Program Manager will be responsible for:


    Program Leadership

    • Lead the development and refinement of the vaccines program’s strategic initiatives, ensuring ongoing alignment with the MOH strategic goals and priorities
    • Translate objectives provided by the government, donors, and other partner organizations into clear activity plans, and provide guidance to vaccines team on prioritization of initiatives
    • Lead the vaccines team in Laos to meet established program objectives under NIP’s guidance
    • Identify strategic areas for expansion and guide proposal development needed for future program development


    Stakeholder Coordination

    • Establish collaborative relationships with the MOH, partner organizations and other relevant stakeholders
    • Ensure communication and alignment of activities across government and partner stakeholders efforts and across other CHAI programs in Lao PDR to ensure coordination and successful execution of the vaccines program
    • Collaborate with internal CHAI global and country teams to facilitate access to key information and stakeholders, provide updates, and leverage core competencies of the various CHAI teams


    Donor Relationship Management

    • Coordinate with donor organizations to provide progress updates, performance metrics, and other reporting requirements
    • Manage the vaccines program budget and liaise with appropriate CHAI internal and donor teams to meet all mandated requirements


    Perform other duties that may be assigned by country leadership.



    • Bachelor's degree in a related field with a minimum of 5 years of work experience in a demanding and fast-paced environment
    • Demonstrated experience in:
      • Planning and execution of large scale projects, including strategy development, budgeting and activities planning and prioritization
      • Team management, specifically mentoring and shaping diverse teams
      • Thinking strategically, handling ambiguity, and problem solving in a fast-paced, limited-structure and multicultural environment
      • Managing numerous work streams simultaneously in high-pressure situations
      • Building and maintaining collaborative, senior-level relationships and working with multiple stakeholders
    • Exposure to health care and/or health systems strengthening and/or experience working with Government bodies
    • Excellent analytical (qualitative and quantitative) skills and communication (written and verbal) skills, including the ability to prepare and present compelling presentations and program planning and memo documents
    • Fluency in English



    • Experience in vaccines and/or health financing
    • Experience working in resource-limited settings
    • Experience working in pharmaceuticals, management consulting, investment banking, or a similar fast-paced, results-oriented environment
    • Fluency in Lao or Thai language


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