• Associate, HIV Testing Services Strengthening

    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


    Position Overview:

    Malawi has over 1M people living with HIV (PLHIV), and currently only 70% of those are on life saving treatment. The country faces the challenging task of identifying, initiating, and retaining 120,000 new people on treatment in the next few years to reach national targets. Identifying and linking the remaining PLHIV is the primary limiting factor to ART scale-up, and currently the largest gap across the treatment cascade. While current testing modalities have been effective at reaching certain populations, they are not reaching all those at risk and will not be sufficient to find the remaining PLHIV. With Support from the Bill and Melinda Gate foundation (BMGF), CHAI will work closely with the Department of HIV and AIDs (DHA) within the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) and key partners to strengthen national HIV testing service (HTS) programs to reach ambitious targets for identification of PLHIV and initiation on life-saving treatment. To reach this outcome, CHAI will work with the GoM and partners to drive uptake of effective strategies to find and link PLHIV on treatment, including introduction and scale-up of innovative testing strategies such as HIV self-testing.


    CHAI will strengthen planning and implementation of HTS programs, to ensure efforts are aggressively focused on proven strategies that effectively reach high-priority population groups and geographies. CHAI will support MoHP to adopt evidence based targets, develop national plans aligned with these targets and within the resources available, strengthen resource mobilization efforts to enable targeted testing, improve management and coordination of testing and linkage efforts, and continuously monitor and update these plans based on program data and emerging evidence. In addition, CHAI will work with MoHP and partners to support the introduction and strategic deployment of innovative testing modalities, including HIVST.


    CHAI is hiring a Program Associate who will support the HTS Senior Associate and the Infectious Diseases Senior Program Manager on this work. The associate will support the MOHP across a range of activities required for this project including data collection, development of optimization and costing analyses, and development of plans and tools to guide national implementation and coordination of efforts.


    The Program Associate will report directly to the HTS Senior Associate, and will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi with a 30% travel local and international.



    • Serve as a trusted technical advisor to the MoHP on a range of HTS strengthening issues, enabling MoHP to routinely review and utilize evidence for programmatic decision making for Malawi’s HIV response and ensure effective implementation.
    • Work with MoHP and partners to map all HTS activities and develop effective, evidence based annual national HTS targets through development of a costed HTS optimization model.
    • Strengthen national planning through supporting the MoHP routinely review HTS indicators through coordinate HTC core group and sub group meetings. The Associate will play a significant role in conceptualizing and developing HTS M&E dashboards for MoHP utilization to facilitate ease of data visualization and programmatic decision making.
    • Support design of additional M&E tools necessary to improve the use of data for decision making, including design of data collection tools, leading data collection, managing and analyzing data sets, and presentation of analyses to support decision making.
    • Strengthen the capacity of program management and coordination of efforts for effective implementation and of an optimized HTS program by working with Ministry of Health and partners to revitalize HTS core group and subgroup meetings.
    • Support HTS team to provide updates on grant performance and progress to BMGF as requested
    • Any other duties as assigned by the Senior Associate


    • A minimum of a Bachelors’ degree;
    • A minimum of 3 years’ professional experience;
    • Strong analytical skills and advanced technical proficiency with MS Excel and PowerPoint;
    • Natural ability to build strategic relationships and interact with individuals of different backgrounds;
    • Demonstrated experience building and analysing quantitative models to inform decision-making;
    • Structured thinker with experience analyzing complex datasets to identify key trends and to translate them into actionable options for decision makers;
    • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills without need for extensive structural or operational support;
    • Tenacity and a can-do attitude;
    • Ability to manage ambiguity and navigate political environments;
    • Demonstrated ability to thrive in high-pressure and ever-changing environments;
    • Excellent verbal, visual and written communication skills;
    • English language fluency, both written and verbal.


    • Masters’ degree in Economics, Business, or Public Health;
    • Experience working with government ministries and partners within the HIV sector;
    • Professional experience in public sector policy/planning, health policy, public sector finance, banking, management consulting, or other relevant private and public sector experience;
    • Experience with or interest in shaping national health policy decisions;
    • Experience working in developing countries, particularly in the health sector and in Sub-Saharan Africa;
    • Experience working with country governments and international partners.


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