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
In Cambodia, CHAI provides technical and management assistance to the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM) of the Ministry of Health of Cambodia with a long-term goal to enable Cambodia to achieve malaria elimination. The overall objective of CHAI’s malaria work in Cambodia is to ensure CNM has evidence-based strategies, strong operational plans and necessary financial resources to effectively implement interventions for elimination. In 2015, CHAI helped the Cambodia government develop Malaria Elimination Action Framework (MEAF) 2016-2020 for Plasmodium falciparum malaria elimination and has assisted in the mobilization of donor resources for the implementation of national strategies as per the MEAF. CHAI works closely on day-to-day basis with CNM technical units in multiple areas including strengthening clinical services through the Public-Private Mix Program (PPM), Village Malaria Workers (VMW) network and helping strengthen surveillance and analytics to improve prevention and response interventions. CHAI also provides program management support to CNM to improve grant and financial management with a goal to ensure maximum and effective utilization of donor-awarded resources.
In 2018, CNM plans to initiate the national malaria elimination program in the provinces of Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom and Kampong Chhnang in northwestern Cambodia. To provide technical and management assistance on the ground for this malaria elimination program of the Royal Government of Cambodia, CHAI is setting up a team for sub-national malaria program at Provincial Health Department (PHD)/Operational Health District (OD) level in elimination areas.
The Senior Program Officer (SPO) position will help accelerate Cambodia’s drive towards malaria elimination by providing support at provincial health levels for the roll out of new surveillance strategies in context of malaria elimination and strengthening of program management to ensure successful transition to and sustainability of the national elimination program in the long term. This work will focus on strengthening active surveillance systems, especially to apply new case-based reporting and investigation tools, and strengthening of program management in compliance with Program Management Guidelines released by Principal Recipient of Global Fund grants for malaria in Cambodia.
The SPO will establish and maintain relationships with PHDs and ODs in elimination areas and will ensure that the CHAI’s team of program officers in the elimination ODs is delivering high-quality, impactful work as per CHAI goals. S/he will actively identify bottlenecks in implementation and support areas for capacity-building across the health levels. The SPO will need to work very closely with the Program Manager and CHAI team at central level to ensure national-level policies are operationalized appropriately on the ground.
The SPO must be a highly motivated, entrepreneurial individual with outstanding problem-solving, managerial, analytical, and communication skills. S/he must be able to function independently and have a strong commitment to excellence. It’s highly important that the SPO feels comfortable in and is able to persist in unstructured environments with little available information and involving multiple stakeholders.
The SPO will oversee a team of 3-5 program officers working on a daily basis with different ODs in 1-3 elimination-targeted provinces. The position entails high level of coordination with the CHAI team at the central level. The position reports to the Program Manager, Malaria Elimination in Cambodia and will be based in Kampong Chhnang province. Substantial travel (50-75%) is expected within Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom provinces and occasional travel to Phnom Penh for central level meetings and trainings.
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, fast-paced 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.