Program Manager, Malaria Elimination

CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative



The Program Manager will establish and scale up CHAI’s sub-national program at PHD/OD level to help Cambodia make a successful transition to a sustainable elimination program on ground level. The Program Manager will play a critical role in supporting the national program in the operationalization of national elimination strategies. S/he will establish and maintain relationships with provincial health departments (PHDs) and operational district (ODs) in elimination areas and will ensure that the CHAI’s team in elimination areas is delivering high-quality, impactful work as per CHAI goals. S/he will actively identify bottlenecks in implementation and support areas for capacity-building across the health levels. The Program manager will also need to work very closely with the national program and CHAI team at the central level in order to ensure a smooth translation of national-level policies to ground-level implementation.

The Program Manager will oversee a team of more than six staff working on daily basis with different PHDs and ODs. The position entails high level of coordination with the CHAI team and CNM at the central level. The position reports to the Senior Malaria Program Manager in Cambodia and will be based in Phnom Penh, with extensive travel within the country expected.


Set-up of CHAI’s Sub-national Malaria Elimination Program

  • Be responsible for hiring and training of the team for CHAI’s sub-national elimination program with support from CHAI leadership;
  • Establish CHAI ground operations at the provincial and district levels, including signing Memorandums of Understanding with provincial and district authorities and establishing field offices with help from CHAI support staff;
  • Establish and maintain direct relationships with the leadership at PHDs/ODs in elimination areas; train senior program officers and program officers to maintain existing and establish new relationships with malaria teams of PHDs/ODs.

Program Management

  • Oversee operational assessments for the roll out of elimination program in targeted areas and prioritize the support areas for CHAIs’ sub-national program;
  • Train, develop work plans, and oversee the provincial and district CHAI malaria team on a day to day basis, supporting staff to ensure optimal delivery;
  • Oversee CHAI team’s support to the PHDs and ODs with strong emphasis on the roll out of surveillance strategies for elimination and strengthening of program management including planning, budgeting, forecasting, monitoring and reporting at the sub-national level to ensure sustainability of the national elimination program;
  • Work closely with CNM and CHAI team at the central level to ensure smooth implementation of central-level policies and to troubleshoot any implementation issues that may arise from time to time;
  • Be responsible for the management of CHAI budgets for implementation of the sub-national program;
  • Ensure CHAI’s representation in provincial level malaria task force meetings and other such coordination mechanisms at sub-nation level on regular basis;
  • Identify key impediments to the successful execution of the malaria elimination strategy at the provincial and district levels; mobilize CHAI resources within Country and Regional Malaria Teams to develop solutions to rapidly address these bottlenecks;
  • Work with CHAI Global Malaria Team for the generation of evidence from the implementation of national elimination strategies;
  • Develop and present progress reports on CHAI’s sub-national support to CNM/CHAI leadership as needed.

Strategic Vision

  • Identify strategic areas for expansion and contribute to internal strategic planning or proposal development at CHAI as needed;
  • Work closely with the Country Director, Senior Program Manager, the Program Manager based at CNM and the Regional and Global Malaria Teams to maintain overall strategic direction of the program;
  • Promote effective communication within CHAI team at PHD/OD level and work with CHAI leadership to establish effective coordination mechanisms for maximum impact;
  • Other responsibilities as needed.


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, fast-paced 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.

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 6 years of work experience preferably in public health and managing multi-work stream projects and teams with diverse backgrounds and skills;
  • Ability to speak, read, and write Khmer;
  • Prior experience of working with the Cambodian government at sub-national level with provincial and district health authorities;
  • Ability to navigate complex government processes and influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner;
  • Proven ability to build relationships and influence stakeholders;
  • Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to create compelling, logical presentations, using PowerPoint and other tools, and a structured and assured oral and written communication style;
  • Advanced analytical skills and problem-solving with proven ability to develop and apply quantitative models using Excel and other tools to address specific challenges and improve working practices with a focus on outcomes.


  • Advanced degree in public health or a health-related discipline, business administration or international development;
  • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems;
  • Proven experience in establishing a team and/or scaling up field operations.

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