Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.
In Cambodia, CHAI provides technical and management assistance to the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM) with a goal to accelerate Cambodia’s drive to malaria elimination by 2025. 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 for implementation. In 2015, CHAI helped Cambodia develop Malaria Elimination Action Framework (MEAF) 2016-2020 for Plasmodium falciparum elimination and has assisted in the mobilization of donor resources for the implementation of national strategies as per the MEAF. CHAI plays a key role in coordinating the efforts of partners and donors on malaria elimination in Cambodia and works closely on day-to-day basis with CNM technical unit in multiple areas including public-private mix program (PPM), village malaria workers (VMWs) and surveillance for elimination. 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 launch the malaria elimination program in selected provinces in northwestern Cambodia. To provide technical and management assistance at lower health levels for government’s elimination program, CHAI is setting up a new sub-national team in elimination provinces. This new sub-national program will be focused on providing the capacity building support to provincial health departments (PHDs) and operational district offices (ODs) for the roll out of new surveillance strategies for malaria elimination and strengthening of the program management to increase sustainability of the national elimination program in long term.
This position is primarily based at the CMN office.
Description: The Senior Program Manager will lead CHAI’s malaria elimination support program in Cambodia at both national and sub-national level. S/he will possess exceptional team management skills and should be very comfortable to use hands-on approach to understand the Cambodian health system, manage relationships and work directly with various stakeholders within the government on several work streams to accelerate progress toward national goals. The Senior Program Manager will lead a team at central level providing broad technical and management support to CNM and partners, and will be responsible for the delivery of the CHAI support on the roll out of the national strategies per government’s operational plans in elimination provinces. S/he will work closely with the Program Manager for Subnational Malaria Programs to ensure that CHAI’s focused support in the elimination provinces is aligned with national policies and priorities, and delivered effectively. S/he will ensure that CNM mobilizes donor resources in line with the MEAF 2016-2020 strategies and the absorption of donor-awarded funds is high. At full team capacity, s/he will be responsible for the quality and delivery of work delivered by a team of estimated 15 staff at both national and sub-national level.
The Senior Program Manager will also take the lead on planning and budgeting as well as launching new project areas within malaria. The position entails high level of direct coordination with multiple stakeholders within the government, partners and CHAI’s global technical teams. S/he will represent CHAI and support CNM, in high-level meetings with donors and other partners on policy-making and management-related matters. In cooperation with the CHAI Global Malaria Team, s/he will be responsible for work planning and donor reporting for Cambodia. S/he will also assist the country leadership on budgeting and financial planning for malaria programs. Frequent domestic travel may be required for the subnational support program. Limited international travel to participate in internal CHAI meetings or international conferences or meetings with donors and partners is also expected. This position reports to the Deputy Country Director, Cambodia.
Government and Partner Relations
Team Set Up and Management
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, unstructured 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.