• District Program Officer

    Independent Contractor
    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 has been working in India since 2004 in close partnership with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at the Central and States’ levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. Currently CHAI works across projects to expand access to quality care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, tuberculosis, cancer and immunisation. Additionally, CHAI is also supporting the government of Madhya Pradesh (MP) on large-scale programs to arrest childhood and maternal mortality due to malnutrition, anaemia, diarrhoea and pneumonia, and helping increase access to quality Family Planning services.


    Cancer Program:


    With over a million new cancer cases and ~680,000 cancer deaths, the Mortality Incidence Ratio (MIR) in India at 67% is far above many other countries (e.g. the US has an MIR of 38%); hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved if this gap is narrowed. CHAI is initiating a program to expand access to quality care by supporting solutions to improve affordability, availability and quality of treatment through market shaping and supply chain strengthening. Early detection of breast, oral, cervical and other common cancers by effective screening at the community level is to be improved through capacity building of frontline healthcare workers, innovative testing solution and strengthening of referral and data systems. 


    CHAI is currently building a new cancer access programme in India with a focus on public sector treatment facilities and health systems. CHAI intend to increase access to quality cancer treatment by supporting solutions that help improve affordability, availability and quality at treatment centres. CHAI plans to move levers related to market shaping and supply chain strengthening for triggering this change. CHAI also intends to intervene at the community-screening phase to improve screening and early detection outcomes for breast, oral, cervical and other common cancers through healthcare-worker capacity building, innovation testing and referral and data system strengthening. CHAI intends to support the states of Madhya Pradesh and Telangana in these endeavours. Globally, CHAI has collaborated with partners and governments in in the East African region to bring down the prices of 16 common chemotherapy drugs, thereby making the lifesaving treatment available to tens of thousands who could not access the same earlier.




    CHAI is seeking a highly motivated, results-oriented individual with strong quantitative and analytical skills to support with the strategizing and implementation of CHAI’s upcoming Cancer initiatives in India, which aim to ensure access to quality cancer care across the public healthcare sector. Candidates must have excellent problem-solving ability, communication and writing skills, be able to function independently, and have a strong commitment to excellence.


    • Develop understanding of the demography and healthcare infrastructure in the district and create district and block level profiles
    • Build and maintain relationships with key government officials and other stakeholders at divisional and district level and work in close collaboration for systematic implementation of the operational plan
    • Examine the current cancer care landscape in the district by assessing the current supply chain mechanism, screening and HR training landscape and referral mechanism. Also, identify gaps in the SCM, screening and referral process and create reports with recommendations to address the common gaps across facilities
    • Aid in operationalizing and roll out of solutions to improve current screening systems
      • Arrange for logistics and mobilize resources for training and capacity building on screening
      • Quarterly facility assessment at DH, CH/SDH, CHC and HWCs in terms of equipment, consumables and logistics with regard to screening and early detection of cancer
      • Continuous HR assessment DH, CH/SDH, CHC and HWCs with regard to service delivery
    • Develop robust knowledge of supply chain mechanism of anti-cancer drugs and assess facilities continuously to ensure smooth operationalization of SCM interventions
      • Comprehend the EDL list of anti-cancer drugs and their RC availability
      • Analyse the availability/stock-out/expiry of the 19 EDL drugs and determine the root cause for the stock-outs and expiry
      • Study the supply chain of anti-cancer drugs at the district level to assess key metrics like lead time, safety stock and other inventory management policies
      • Develop understanding of the demand and supply of the anti-cancer drugs along with roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders in managing the supply chai
      • Conduct HR assessment (Cancer Nodal officer/Trained Staff nurse) at the DH to understand the current situation of service delivery for administration of anti-cancer drugs
    • Ensure and aid in operationalization of NCD days at DH, CH/SDH, CHC and HWCs to enable screening & early detection of cases and ensure that women receive treatment for pre-cancerous lesions and that advanced lesions and/or cancer cases are referred to appropriate facilities
    • Establish referral mechanisms by usage of existing systems and also aid in building new systems to reduce LTFU cases
    • Advocate and showcase effective delivery models for screening, treatment, and linkages to a full continuum of care to officials at divisional and district level
    • Travel extensively across the district
    • Aid in operationalization and rollout of the reporting systems at secondary and tertiary care facilities by orienting the users on information collection, monitoring database and analyse service delivery and provisioning of cancer car
    • Hand hold users on reporting systems, timely reporting with focus on data quality
    • Support the government in designing bi-annual action plans for program implementation and monthly operational plans for internal purposes. Attend monthly and quarterly review meetings
    • Other responsibilities as needed 


    • Master's degree in a related field such as science, medicine, public health or management
    • At least 3-5 years of professional experience in demanding, results-oriented environments in the public sector and/or private sector
    • Ability to manage small teams
    • Prior experience working with health programs
    • Demonstrated ability to advocate and drive change in large programme settings
    • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work in cross functional teams
    • Strong command of English required, regional Indian languages is an advantage
    • Strong communication skills, including development of compelling presentations with the ability to translate technical content and results into formats suitable for various audiences
    • Ability to work independently on complex projects and proactively manage projects with minimal supervision
    • High EQ and excellent interpersonal skills, especially in cross-cultural settings and highly distributed work environments with demonstrated ability to build relationships quickly



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