Clinton Health Access Initiative: Country Director - Malawi

Clinton Health Access Initiative
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Friday, 14 December, 2012
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The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global nonprofit health organisation that strengthens integrated health systems in the developing world and expands access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

In ten short years, President Clinton and CHAI have made a substantial impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  This includes seven breakthrough price reductions for drugs and diagnostics.  Today, more than two million people living with HIV/AIDS are on lifesaving treatment using medicines purchased under CHAI agreements with manufacturers.  This includes two out of every three children who are on HIV/AIDS treatment.  CHAI’s greatest work is as a trusted partner to national governments whose efforts have made possible tremendous gains in HIV/AIDS services and public health. In addition to programmes focused on HIV/AIDS, CHAI has expanded in recent years to assist efforts to fight malaria, lowering the prices and improving access to malaria medicines.  CHAI has also worked with a number of governments on improving the underlying systems needed to deliver comprehensive health care.

In 2006, CHAI signed an MOU with the Malawi government to strengthen health systems in the most challenged districts, provide national support to HIV/AIDS drug pricing and programmatic work, support the pilot and scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) initiatives, expand access to ART for children, strengthen the Malawi’s Lab system, and scale-up an integrated nutrition programme for children. CHAI’s support to Malawi has expanded to include a number of additional programmes: Human Resources for Health, Malaria, Vaccines and Health Financing.

CHAI works to identify the problems that are causing complex systems to fail patients and help governments design and test appropriate solutions; shape markets to work better for poor patients by acting as a critical facilitator between researchers, manufacturers and countries;  increase governments’ management capacity so that they can effectively achieve and sustain ambitious scale-up goals; support governments to secure the resources they need to achieve and sustain these ambitious   goals; and pursue innovative solutions that lead to ground-breaking change in under-addressed areas.

To support CHAI’s undertaking in partnership with the Malawi’s MOH, CHAI seeks to appoint a dynamic and self-driven individual of high integrity to fill the position of Country Director (CD) for its operations in Malawi.

Based in Lilongwe, the CD will be a key partner with Regional Director as well as global and HQ staff to ensure the overall success of the CHAI Malawi Programme.  The CD will help coordinate and support the Initiative’s team on the ground to achieve the Programme’s objectives and forge stronger relations with the Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Commission, Development Partners, other government agencies and partners.  The CD will also have overall responsibility for financial and administrative management of CHAI Malawi’s Operations. 


  • Work alongside the MoH to develop and implement the Initiative’s engagement;
  • Help establish and achieve aggressive operational milestones;
  • Help build cohesive, effective and high-achieving teams around new and existing programmes;
  • Provide leadership, support and strategic direction to Programme Managers in planning and executing programmatic initiatives;
  • Provide high-quality technical assistance to the government as needed/requested;
  • Coordinate efforts with the Initiative’s partners, and identify and establish additional partnerships as appropriate;
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the HIV/AIDS, malaria, vaccines, TB landscape and overall health systems priorities and gaps throughout the country;
  • Manage processes and tools for planning, budgeting, financial reporting, and monitoring and reporting programmatic progress;
  • Maintain appropriate bi-directional communication and information flow with HQ to ensure the Initiative’s capabilities are being fully leveraged on-the-ground;
  • Evolve, develop, and expand the position to be a most valued and trusted asset in CHAI and Malawi without being constrained by formal lists of responsibilities.


  • Minimum of eight years experience in private or public sector enterprise, with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership;
  • Experience conceiving, planning and executing programmes or projects with verifiable results;
  • Comfortable in a peer relationship with political leaders such as the Minister for Health, Senior MOH staff, Zone and District MOH staff, health sector leaders, as well as a broad array of civil servants;
  • Ability to navigate complex government processes with multiple influencers, as well as negotiate and achieve consensus;
  • Proficiency with working on highly complex problems without extensive structural or operational support from HQ;
  • Great mentor, manager, role model and team player who demonstrates exceptionally high performance him/her-self and is able to lead similar performance from the entire team;
  • Equally adept and comfortable from a broad strategic perspective and able to drill down to a very granular level of detail;
  • Able to effectively to lead and manage in a fast-paced and changing environment, both internally and externally;
  • Seasoned operator who knows how to get things done – on time and on budget;
  • Strong analytical skills and insight;
  • Ability to work within budgetary constraints typical in a small organization;
  • English language fluency, both written and verbal, required.  Knowledge of additional languages of Malawi a plus;
  • Excellent business-oriented verbal, visual, and written communication skills.


  • Master’s degree (preferably in Business or Public Health) from a well-recognised, high-calibre institution is strongly preferred; Bachelor’s degree, also from a well-recognised, high-calibre institution required;
  • Previous roles in strategy, programme development, grant writing, leading high performance teams, fundraising and management consultancy;
  • Professional experience in Malawi is a significant advantage;
  • While not specifically required, knowledge in HIV/AIDS, health financing and health systems is highly desired.

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