Type: Regular – Full Time (eligible for benefits)
Business Unit: Country Programs - Country Teams
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI – formerly the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative) has been working in Lesotho since 2004 to address some of the most urgent health care needs of the nation. CHAI’s work supports the rapid expansion of access to high quality, essential healthcare for all who need it by improving the organization of commodity markets and by enabling the effective delivery of health services and efficient management of health systems thereby optimizing the use of available resources to save more lives. CHAI has worked to strengthen the Lesotho health system by improving management of health services and availability of human resources for health, strengthening the supply and distribution system, improving laboratory services and planning for sustainable health financing.
In Lesotho, children with HIV are much less likely than adults to be identified and initiated on treatment, a critical challenge due to the high mortality for children with HIV. The country is stepping up efforts to rapidly identify and enroll these children for care before they pass away, with a target of enrolling 10,000 additional children in care by the end of 2016. CHAI is coordinating a consortium project aiming at addressing the low rates of identification and treatment for children living with HIV. This multi-year project will work with specialized partners to pilot and evaluate approaches for identification of children with HIV in the community in Year 1, with the most effective approaches being scaled up in later years. CHAI will place coordinators in the target districts, who will facilitate implementation of the approaches and lead monitoring and evaluation. In addition, CHAI will lead implementation of improved systems to deliver HIV results to HIV-positive children around the country using mobile health technologies, and promote utilization of data and analytics for decision making and project planning.
The candidate must have excellent communications skills and cultural sensitivity as s/he will be working closely with MoH partners. S/he must be able to manage multiple tasks and drive work plans forward. S/he must exhibit a passion for results and commitment to excellence. We place great value on the following qualities: entrepreneurship, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy and work ethic.
The position will be based in Maseru, with travel to project districts within Lesotho and occasional travel for international meetings.
The Program Manager, Pediatric HIV, will lead CHAI’s component of the overall pediatric HIV program, ensuring high standards and effective coordination. Specifically, the Program Manager will:
- Maintain close professional relationships between the project and the Ministry of Health in order to ensure that the project is aligned with Ministry priorities;
- Lead a project team of seven people to ensure achievement of desired results at a high standard of quality and on time, aligned with project goals;
- Foster information sharing and innovation within the project through frequent discussions, innovation, and leadership development sessions with the project staff;
- Lead strategy and project design for the project in order to ensure maximum effectiveness in identifying children with HIV;
- Lead coordination of project stakeholders to ensure harmonized implementation and effective monitoring and evaluation of project activities through regular meetings and clear communications;
- Oversee evaluation of pilot approaches to identify effective approaches to identifying children with HIV and support strategic dissemination of results;
- Ensure appropriate use of project funds by adhering to office financial procedures, overseeing monthly financial reporting, developing project financial tracking tools, and participating in CHAI budgeting and forecasting exercises;
- Lead programmatic and financial reporting required by the donor;
- Communicate effectively about the project within CHAI Lesotho and CHAI globally to ensure awareness of the project activities and that the project benefits from expertise and experience within CHAI;
- Attend technical forums to represent the interests of CHAI and to ensure that evidence generated by the project is available to stakeholders and leveraged to support effective national approaches to pediatric HIV;
- Liaise with CHAI global teams to ensure that the project incorporates best standards for pediatric HIV programming and evaluation;
- Assist with formulation and planning for activities for years 2-4 of the project based on best available evidence;
- Lead strategy, concept formulation, and proposal development for CHAI Lesotho’s pediatric program;
- Perform any other responsibilities assigned by the Country Director.
- Experience with planning and conducting monitoring and evaluation or research;
- Experience working in developing countries on health sector programming;
- Fluency in English, excellent written and oral communications skills; Knowledge of Sesotho is an advantage, but not required
- Strong problem solving skills and analytical capabilities;
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently in a fast-paced environment;
- High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications particularly Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
- Willing to travel within Lesotho and externally, up to 10% of time.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and an ability to build professional relationships
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent plus 5 years work experience; or Advanced Degree or equivalent plus 4 years work experience; or equivalent total work experience that includes people management and responsibility for project planning and implementation;