• Program Manager, Vaccines (6 months)

    Papua New Guinea
    Port Moresby
    Temporary | Full-Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
  • 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



    CHAI's Vaccines Program


    Immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions in history. National immunization programs reach >100 million infants every year and have averted globally, two to three million deaths every year since the launch of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) in 1974, whilst the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and rotavirus vaccines could save ~1 million lives per year. Furthermore, great advances in discovering and financing new vaccines provide a great opportunity for countries to further reduce the burden of disease due to virus such as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Despite these successes, 1.5 million children still die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases, many of them in low-income countries, as immunization programs there face unprecedented challenges.


    Since 2010, the Clinton Health Access Initiative has worked to save lives and reduce the burden of vaccine-preventable-diseases by improving access to immunization services in resource-limited setting, by strengthening national immunization programs, and by leveraging its experience working in low income countries to improve the global immunization ecosystem. CHAI's vaccine program works closely with the national immunization programs in 11 focus countries - Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam. CHAI also engages with key global stakeholders such as Gavi, WHO, UNICEF and BMGF to inform global policies and practices.


    CHAI is pursuing six complementary strategic goals as part of its vaccine strategy:

    • Improving affordability and supply security of immunization products
    • Accelerating the uptake of new or under-utilized vaccines
    • Enhancing the performance of vaccine cold chain and logistics systems to increase effective immunization coverage
    • Improving the design and implementation of service delivery to reach the unreached
    • Supporting successful transition from Gavi support
    • Strengthening the management system and capacity of immunization programs

    Gavi Transition

    Once countries have an average GNI/capita of $1,580 over 3 consecutive years, they begin the Gavi Transition process[1] where over a five year time-period they bear a greater share of the cost of their immunization programs until they are fully self-financing. When countries transition out of Gavi support, they are expected to have successfully expanded their national immunization programmes with critical life-saving vaccines. In addition, robust systems and decision-making processes should also be in place to sustain current and new vaccines post-transition with high and equitable coverage. Countries approaching or currently in transition thus need to think strategically about their financial planning, which new vaccines to introduce, and to plan and mobilize domestic and external resources early to ensure those new vaccine costs can be sustained post-transition. To address these challenges, CHAI will be working with the governments in Vietnam, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Kenya, and Nigeria to sustain high immunization coverage, while effectively deploying the limited amount of Gavi support they have before it phases out and ensure high risks and dependencies at the national and subnational level are addressed.


    PNG is another country that is facing significant challenges as it continues to transition from Gavi support with important gaps in coverage and equity for immunization at the national and provincial level. CHAI will develop potential scope for support to the PNG government in transitioning from Gavi support. CHAI’s long-term engagement in PNG, as the 12th and the newest program country in vaccines will be based on the scoping exercise and discussions with the government and donor.



    CHAI’s PNG office opened in 2006 and has been a highly recognized partner of the HIV program. Since its inception, CHAI PNG supported the implementation of Prevention, Care and Treatment for the National HIV Program both at the national and sub-national level with a goal to build a sustainable HIV program and ensure capacity building of government human resources in PNG. Recently, CHAI PNG has ceased its HIV work and is working toward establishing newer health programs in the country. CHAI PNG currently does not have a Vaccines Delivery team. The Program Manager will be the first senior member of the team and will have to work closely with the PNG Country Director.


    [1] Gavi, Eligibility and transition policy (https://www.gavi.org/about/programme-policies/eligibility-and-transition/)


    CHAI PNG is looking for a Program Manager to join the team to lead the vaccines scoping work in PNG, beginning as a six-month project which could be extended as longer-term support to PNG MOH pending a decision from CHAI and the donor. The goal of this work will be to identify gaps and needs that are emerging as PNG is transitioning from Gavi support and to develop potential scope of support for CHAI to implement as part of its Gavi Transition support to the PNG MOH.


    We are seeking a highly motivated individual with exceptional qualitative and quantitative analytical abilities, and leadership and communication skills. The Program Manager must be able to function independently and flexibly and have a strong commitment to excellence. Successful candidates demonstrate resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, work ethic and emotional intelligence.


    The successful candidate will work with the Global Vaccines team as well as with the CHAI PNG country leadership team on the following roles and responsibilities, but not only limited to the following:


    • Scoping exercise for potential long-term CHAI support in Gavi Transition to PNG MOH
      • Conduct a diagnostic of PNG’s Gavi Transition related needs and challenges:
        • Conduct a desk review of pertinent country reports to develop key understanding of the country context, routine immunization system and government priorities;
        • Work with the government and other partners to conduct a needs assessment, including interviewing government and partner officials along with field visits to generate quantitative and qualitative data;
        • Participate in relevant vaccines working groups, identify interventions and activities already planned by government and/or partners for the coming months;
        • Summarize and synthesize findings of assessment into a key report to be shared with MoH and CHAI vaccines program leadership. 
      • Lead the development and refinement of definite scope of work for CHAI in PNG to better support the government to successfully transition from Gavi support;
        • Identify priorities, at the national and sub-national level, where CHAI can add value and create transformational change;
        • Develop a scope of work detailing how CHAI will support the Government of PNG address priorities and define projected impact;
        • Engage with the MoH, donors, and external partners to develop this scope of work to ensure coordination of efforts and strong collaboration with relevant stakeholders;
        • Define and package budgetary needs, timelines, target indicators, and a proposed work-plan for the new scope of work and support dissemination of proposal package. 
    • Government and Partner Relationships
      • Work closely with the EPI program manager and develop relationships with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance to gather inputs, and ensure alignment and buy-in as the work progresses;
      • Establish and manage relationships with a network of other partners operating in the vaccines space in PNG (in particular: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Gavi, World Bank, UNICEF SD), providing strategic and technical input, proactively identifying opportunities and synergies synergies with other key objective areas of CHAI Vaccines Strategy.
    • Program Implementation and Management
      • Oversee the implementation of the potential long-term vaccines program in PNG and maintain responsibility for the high quality delivery of CHAI support at national and sub-national level;
    • Donor Relationship Management
      • Contribute to building and maintaining strong relationships with CHAI donors (BMGF and Gavi);
      • Work closely with CHAI PNG Country Director and Global Vaccines Delivery Team for donor updates and reporting;
      • Other responsibilities as needed.


    • Master's degree strongly preferred in a business administration, scientific or health related discipline; or Bachelor's degree minimum with exceptional experience
    • At least 6 years of working experience in the private or public sector, with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership
    • Proven ability to build relationships; navigate complex government processes and influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner
    • Proven program management skills, based on several years of experience in strategic, operational, and/or financial management of complex, multi-stakeholder programs/projects;
    • Understanding of global health and development approaches
    • Experience in the planning and execution of large scale projects; including budgeting and activity planning
    • Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to create compelling, logical presentations, using PowerPoint and other tools, and a structured and assured oral and written communication style
    • Self motivated with excellent interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects involving multiple teams
    • Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently and perform in low resource settings
    • Ability to work in an unpredictable and quick-to-respond environment


    • Knowledge of PNG health system; experience of working with the PNG MOH or other government institutions is highly preffered
    • Knowledge of vaccines, health systems strengthening, and/or health financing
    • Experience working in management consulting, investment banking, or similar fast-paced, output-oriented environments
    • Experience of working with bilateral or multilateral organizations in developing countries
    • Past experience of working at CHAI 
    • Past working experience in another country in the Western Pacific


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