The American NGO CHAI is recruiting for this position (May 16, 2024)

The American NGO CHAI is recruiting for this position (May 16, 2024)
The American NGO CHAI is recruiting for this position (May 16, 2024)

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is an organization worldwide committed to our mission to save lives and reduce the burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries. We work at the invitation of governments to help them and the private sector create and maintain high-quality health systems.

Program Overview

  • CHAI’s global malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the world to strengthen their programs and reduce the burden of preventable and treatable diseases.
  • We support governments to scale up effective interventions in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and surveillance, with the aim of sustainably reducing global disease and death in the short term and accelerating progress towards long-term elimination of malaria and neglected tropical diseases.

Role Overview

  • CHAI is looking for a highly motivated individual to help countries in Africa rapidly reduce and eliminate malaria and neglected tropical diseases.
  • The Regional Director will play a critical role in shaping the government’s malaria and NTD strategy at regional and national levels in some of the most endemic countries in the world, including Nigeria.
  • To achieve this, the Regional Manager will coordinate and help lead work within CHAI’s national and regional technical teams to support countries to: develop evidence-based national strategic plans to guide strategic decision-making, develop Cost models to assess necessary financial resources and assist in data-driven cost optimization analysis for healthcare strategies to maximize limited resources.
  • The role will also help manage communications between countries, regions and teams, organize CHAI’s work and provide effective leadership to execute high-impact programs.
  • The Regional Director will bring exceptional analytical, problem-solving, organizational and communication skills and must be able to work independently and have a deep personal commitment to delivering results.
  • The successful candidate does not need to have prior expertise in malaria or NTDs, but must have the ability to quickly assimilate new concepts and be comfortable communicating them to a technical audience.
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to build relationships in a challenging multicultural environment will be essential.
  • They will have strong team management and leadership skills and the ability to facilitate high-level strategic discussions with a range of multicultural and multidisciplinary stakeholders.
  • CHAI places high value on the following qualities of its staff: resourcefulness, responsibility, patience, tenacity, humility, independence, energy and work ethic.


  • Work with government malaria and NTD staff and national CHAI teams to conduct malaria program reviews; update or draft national strategic plans; and optimize and cost national malaria programs by creating Excel-based cost and budget models.
  • Serve as a thought partner and contribute to a technically sound strategic vision to reduce the burden of malaria and NTDs in the region.
  • Promote the systematic use of data and analytics to assess the effectiveness of current interventions and inform government strategic planning.
  • Perform cost and financial analyzes and support the development of financing proposals and operational plans.
  • Assist governments in responding to Global Fund requests and meeting grant application requirements, including budget development.
  • Communicate effectively within a matrix organization and coordinate CHAI teams and resources to ensure specific project objectives are met.
  • Foster a strong team culture based on CHAI values, resulting in a cohesive and productive team.
  • Work with CHAI program managers to ensure actionable project plans are in place and integrated with team and government priorities.
  • Support capacity building and knowledge transfer for country and state teams
  • Organize and monitor program activities against project objectives and donor commitments.
  • Identify and resolve operational bottlenecks and work collaboratively with CHAI teams to achieve exceptional results within tight deadlines.
  • Provide input to technical deliverables (e.g. strategic plans, guidelines) and organize the development of donor reports, concept notes or other products for external communication.
  • Develop and manage relationships with key regional stakeholders, including government officials, donors and academic organizations, to foster collaboration and coordination.
  • Identify new opportunities within and outside the original project scope, anticipate risks, and be proactive in responding to them.
  • Other responsibilities as needed.


  • Master’s degree in public health, business administration, politics, international development or a relevant field
  • Minimum of 6 years of professional experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership
  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills, including the ability to develop and deliver compelling and visually compelling presentations.
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Experience in strategizing, planning and implementing projects
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly, connect the dots, and think outside the box
  • Experience in capacity building, mentoring and managing remote or decentralized teams
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently in unstructured environments and adapt to new environments and challenges
  • Strong work ethic, integrity, credibility and dedication to CHAI’s mission
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Willingness to travel 25 to 30%.

Benefits :

  • Knowledge of malaria, NTDs or other global infectious disease priorities
  • Experience living or working in resource-limited countries
  • Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations
  • Experience working remotely with a decentralized/remote team
  • Experience or knowledge of health financing, public finance or development financing.


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