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Program OfficersClinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)Program Officers, Vaccines OverviewThe Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.orgCHAI Lao PDR Program Overview Supported by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), CHAI is working with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Lao PDR to support the National Immunization Program (NIP) in two areas:Gavi transition - CHAI is supporting the NIP to fully transition from GAVI funding by 2022 through:Developing and piloting a standardized assessment tool to evaluate district-level performance in planning, implementation and financial management of immunization activities;Building provincial and central level capacity to identify root causes of performance gaps and bottlenecks and plan targeted interventions to address them; andEvaluation of key financial challenges and programmatic implications posed by decreased Gavi funding over the next four years, including identification of strategic tradeoffs, synergies and/or efficiencies with other immunization or health program activitiesStrengthen supply chain management for vaccines, specifically through:Improve the performance of the Lao supply chain for vaccines addressing the stock out and performance management issues;Support the country to navigate the supply chain consequences of GAVI transition- identifying options that are effective, sustainable and scalable; andPotentially pilot and scale up a provincial integrated distribution model together with central and provincial level stakeholders.All activities will be conducted in close collaboration with NIP and relevant Ministry of Health (MOH) staff in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability and scalability of the activities.Summary of Position:CHAI is seeking two highly-motivated individuals with experience working in client-facing positions and strong planning, coordination and communication skills to work as Program Officers with the CHAI Lao PDR Vaccines Program, one with a focus on Financial Management and Planning, the other with a focus on supply chain strengthening. Both roles include supporting the development of materials, planning and facilitation of assessments, trainings, capacity building, and other support as needed. The Program Officers will be based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, but will be required to travel within the country up to 25% of the time. Major ResponsibilitiesKey responsibilities of the Program Officers, Vaccines will include, but are not limited to, the following:Assist the Program Manager and Senior Associates in the Lao PDR Vaccines team in executing project strategy, including developing assessment, training materials, work plans, budgets, and other program materials to support effective execution of the program Coordinate and plan logistics for meetings and team travel schedulesSupport written and verbal translation between English and Lao, specifically communication of technical processes, to support effective communication with government staff and other stakeholdersBuild capacity of MOH staff to strengthen usage and analysis of data and support the development of high-quality outputsSupport the team’s administrative tasks, as neededPerform other tasks as necessaryQualificationsBachelor’s degree or higher and at least 4 previous years of professional experienceExcellent written and oral English and Lao communication skillsStrong planning, coordination and organizational skillsExcellent problem-solving skillsAbility to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information, adapt quickly to new situations, and learn on the jobStrong diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and the ability to build professional and collaborative relationships with a range of stakeholdersAbility to handle multiple work streams in parallel, set priorities, and work independently and quickly with limited supervisionProficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet-based communicationsAbility to travel at short notice and on a regular basisExperience working with the Government or other NGOs at the various levels of the health system would be an advantage For the supply chain focused position – previous experience working in supply chain or logistics is desirable.Application Details Deadline to apply: 13th November 2018How to apply: Candidates should submit resumes online to CHAI.LaoPDR@gmail.com.Please indicate in your email if you are interested in financial management and planning or supply chain roles, or both.
Project CoordinatorsProject Coordinators, TB – Lao PDR Central Project Coordinator – VientianeProvincial Project Coordinator – PakseOverview and Summary of PositionsThe National Tuberculosis Centre (NTC) has been implementing national strategies to improve case finding, increase the case detection rate (CDR) and reduce incidence of, and mortality due to TB. To continue building upon these efforts, the NTC is launching a comprehensive case-finding pilot, and is seeking project coordinators at the central and provincial level to support successful implementation.The NTC is seeking highly entrepreneurial individuals with outstanding project management, operational, and communication skills. A background in TB clinical and/or health programmatic operations is an advantage. The central project coordinator will oversee the provincial project coordinator, to build capacity and ensure successful implementation of district-level TB case finding activities. The provincial project coordinator will support existing TB staff such as the district TB managers, to strengthen case finding activities. Technical activities within the pilot include facility staff trainings, supportive monitoring and supervision, data analysis and mapping, as well as oversight over active case finding campaigns, routine contact tracing, and a sputum transport network. Project coordinators will also support financial and administrative duties, draft and present key findings to senior management staff at the NTC and subnational authorities, and build strong relationships with all stakeholders. A self-motivated individual with experience implementing health programming would be a strong candidate. The ability to problem solve and communicate effectively in complex environments will be essential. For the central project coordinator, a demonstrated application of management skills is an advantage.The central project coordinator will be based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, and will be hired for a 6-month contract. They will be embedded at the NTC, and will be required to travel to pilot sites up to 70% of the time. The provincial project coordinator will be based in Pakse, and will be hired for a 6-month contract. They will be required to travel to health centers up to 70% of the time. Compensation will be commensurate with candidate’s background and experience.Key Responsibilities Key responsibilities of the project coordinators will include, but are not limited to, the following:Support NTC and CHAI in establishing ground operations at the district levelProvide technical support and supervision to ensure case finding efforts are implemented; and to support facility staff to address challenges and barriers to implementationAssist in developing operational or work plans to improve processes at district levels.Support facilities to conduct routine analysis of data to target interventions and respond to potential issuesCommunicate and work closely with NTC and CHAI teams on a routine basisSupport the development of training materials and conduct trainings to build the capacity of district staffManage project budget; collect and complete financial reporting and invoice payments as requiredQualificationsBachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field such as public administration or public health.Background working in public health or in a clinical setting, especially tuberculosis, is an advantageMinimum 3-5 years of work experienceStrong written and oral communication skills in Lao and English; translation skills is an advantageExtensive experience in project planning and execution, including budgetingExcellent problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills, including Excel experienceStrong diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and the ability to build collaborative relationshipsEntrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently with little guidance, and propose and implement new approaches/initiativesApplication InstructionsInterested candidates should apply for these opportunities by Friday, November 23. To apply, please email your CV and a short letter of interest to CHAI.LaoPDR@gmail.com. Please include whether you prefer to work in Vientiane or Pakse in the letter of interest, and include “TB Project Coordinator” in the email subject line.
Finance CoordinatorClinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)Finance CoordinatorOverviewFounded in 2002, 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 low- and middle-income, while strengthening the capabilities of governments to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org.In 2014, CHAI established a partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Lao PDR to provide technical assistance focused on Malaria elimination and strengthening supply chain management systems. Since this time, the office has grown rapidly with additional projects in vaccines, and sexual and reproductive health. CHAI is now seeking a Finance Coordinator to support the growing office.Summary of Position:CHAI is seeking an experienced individual with strong communication and problem-solving skills and the ability to work with diverse teams to join our Operations Team as Finance Coordinator. The Finance Coordinator will report to the Deputy Country Director and be responsible for managing finance systems and delivering timely financial report.Major ResponsibilitiesLead financial management processes across the office, including maintenance of accounting software, supporting documents and financial records in line with internal controlsProcess cash advances and expense reports for CHAI staff activities, including all relevant documentationManage petty cash and monthly cash requests based on forecasts created with CHAI teams and managementGuide program and project staff at sites on project finance and accounting related issuesConduct monthly budget reconciliations and work with CHAI Head Quarters to prepare timely financial reportsEnsure compliance with Lao and donor financial regulations, including liaising with tax authorities, conducting anti-terrorist screenings of vendors and working with both internal and external auditorsUpdate and maintain the office Finance and Compliance Manual in line with best practices in financial management and in liability and risk management.QualificationsBachelor’s degree or higher in relevant field such as economics, finance, businessStrong written and oral communication skills in Lao and English, including the ability to prepare compelling program planning and memo documentsGood computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and accounting software.Proficient problem solving, analytical and quantitative skillsStrong diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and the ability to build professional and collaborative relationshipsAbility to handle multiple work streams in parallel, set priorities and work independently and quicklyMinimum 3 years of relevant work experience in planning and managing of financial and accounting workApplication Details Deadline: July 15th, 2017How to apply: Candidates should submit resumes online to CHAI.LaoPDR@gmail.com