• Program Manager, SRMNH

    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
    Additional Location Description
    Lilongwe, Malawi
  • 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


    Program Summary:

    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 also 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 takes an integrated Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health (SRMNH) approach to addressing these challenges, beginning 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.


    CHAI aims to increase access to essential reproductive health products and services in partnership with governments by pursuing global and country-focused market-shaping opportunities and in-country engagement around guidelines, registration, tendering, procurement and service delivery. In addition, CHAI aims to strengthen government health systems and build the capabilities of ministries of health to deliver robust, integrated reproductive health programs and to counsel adolescent girls and young women on SRH.


    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 a country’s SRMNH program.


    Position Summary:

    Malawi ranks within the top 25 countries with the highest Maternal Mortality Ratio in the world. This is despite reductions over the past 15 years in the MMR from 1,120 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2000 to 439 maternal deaths per 100,000 in the 2015-16. Further only 43% of women in Malawi use a modern method of contraception although awareness of most contraceptive methods is high. Nineteen-percent of women have an unmet need for contraception.


    CHAI Malawi has begun a new sexual and reproductive health program, working in close partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) Department of Reproductive Health. The program aims to increase access to a broad contraceptive method-mix, through accelerating the introduction, uptake and scale up of two contraceptive commodities being newly introduced in Malawi. CHAI Malawi therefore seeks a motivated individual to initiate and lead the program, build and sustain partnerships, and provide ongoing technical assistance and coordination support to MOH to ensure successful introduction of these products.


    The Program Manager will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi with up to 25% travel in-country, and will report to the Senior Program Manager, Health Systems Strengthening.


    Program Management:

    • Develop and implement regular activity work plans and budgets for the program, and monitor overall program progress to ensure that deliverables and milestones are met in a timely fashion;
    • 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 donor reports and other program reports as needed;
    • Manage a Program Associate, including providing mentorship and performance feedback;
    • Oversee collection of 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 towards national objectives;
    • Provide regular reports on program and work progress to the Senior Program Manager and liaise with global SRMNH teams within CHAI.

    Technical Assistance:

    • Oversee development, costing, implementation and monitoring of detailed national commodity introduction and scale up plans;
    • Conduct financial gap analyses and prioritization of commodity scale up plans, and support efforts to mobilize resources towards underfunded areas of the plans;
    • Oversee development and implementation of a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan for commodity introduction and scale up, to support MOH to ensure accountability to the national plan;
    • Supervise the Program Associate in conducting routine field supervision visits, data collection, and routine data analysis of national and program data;
    • Oversee the Program Associate to develop, maintain and update program databases and dashboards;
    • Review health information and logistics management systems to ensure critical data on supply and consumption of the product are captured through these systems;
    • Provide input into relevant technical documents to support the product introduction and scale up (e.g. provider training curricula and SOPs, service delivery guidelines etc.);
    • Oversee analyses of policy and regulatory landscape to make recommendations and support any policy revisions that may be required to ensure the smooth introduction of the products;
    • Support annual quantification exercises as needed;
    • Coordinate closely with MOH and partners on the product introduction taskforces.



    • A Master’s Degree in Public Health, Social Sciences or other relevant field. Bachelor’s degree with relevant programmatic experience will be considered. A clinical background is an added advantage.
    • At least 5 years of experience in SRMNH or other health program management; at least 2 years of which should be with an international, donor-funded health program.
    • Experience and comfort developing and maintaining relationships with high-level staff in government and among development partners;
    • Experience in capacity building, and in policy design and implementation, in collaboration with the MOHs and stakeholders, is highly desirable;
    • 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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