Program Manager, Vaccine Program

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Near Simeuang Temple, across Ministry of Health Si Muang Sisattanak Vientiane Capital


Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) 

Position: Program Manager, Vaccine Program – Lao PDR


The 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.org

CHAI Lao PDR Program Overview:

Supported by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), CHAI commenced in 2018 working with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and National Immunization Program (NIP) in Lao PDR, to strengthen and sustain immunization services in the context of declining external resources, and transition from Gavi support at end 2021.

CHAI’s work with the NIP focuses on three areas:

  • Institutional strengthening at national and sub-national levels to plan, budget, manage, review and adapt the immunization program towards sustained improvements in immunization outcomes, including coverage;
  • Sustainable financing of the immunization program in the context of health sector and service delivery reforms such as integration of with maternal and child health services; and
  • Supply chain strengthening, with focus on improving data visibility and ability to address supply chain management issues across the health system and improving distribution systems particularly at the sub-national level.

Summary of Position:

Based in Vientiane Capital; the Program Manager (PM) will oversee and provide strategic guidance to the country vaccines team as well as leading implementation of the CHAI vaccines support to the government at the national and sub-national levels. The PM will report to the Senior Program Manager – Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health.

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials, excellent grounding and experience in vaccine delivery, preferably in developing country setting, analytical ability, and communication skills. The candidate must be self-driven, adaptable and have a high level of comfort with fast-paced work. They must be self-assured, a fast learner, resilient, and a strong team player.  They should have proven ability at capacity building others as this will be an integral part of the role. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. Travel will be required within Lao PDR up to 30% of the time.   


  • Lead and manage overall implementation of the Lao PDR vaccines program strategy including the development of assessments, budgets, dashboards, training and other program materials according to work plan;
  • Provide strategic and technical leadership for the country vaccines program in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, in country development partners and donors;
  • Drive internal strategic planning and budgeting processes related to the program work streams and oversee performance against work plans and budgets;
  • Serve as the primary point person to the National Immunization Program (NIP)
  • Maintain and build strong working relationships with NIP, MOH and key stakeholders in government, international partners, donors and NGOs, to leverage opportunities for synergies and enhance program impact;
  • Produce high-quality reports for donors and government counterparts, ensuring the appropriate data is collected during project periods to support adequate reporting and assessment;
  • Manage the vaccines team comprised of national and sub-national staff on a day-to-day basis including activity planning, provide mentoring and feedback, and encourage innovative, sound approaches to achieving program results;
  • Working closely with the CHAI Global Vaccines Team to enlist support, capture emerging best practices and ensure alignment with global standards;
  • Take a leading role in guiding future program development.
  • Lead in development of innovative approaches and tools as well as documentation and dissemination of best practices;
  • Perform other tasks as necessary


  • Master's degree in a scientific or health related discipline with 5 years relevant work experience
  • Experience in a health systems and public health, preferably with solid experience in vaccines delivery work in developing country setting or related field
  • Proven program management skills, based on several years of experience in strategic, operational, and/or financial management of complex, multi-stakeholder programs/projects
  • Proven track records in the planning and execution of large scale projects; including budgeting and activity planning
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills
  • Ability to navigate complex government processes and influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously whilst mentoring a team to perform consistently
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, Word
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to prepare and present compelling presentations and program planning and memo documents in English


  • Fluency in Lao

Deadline: Jan 15th, 2020

How to apply:


Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Near Simeuang Temple, across Ministry of Health Si Muang Sisattanak Vientiane Capital

Contact Name : N/A
Email : CHAI.LaoPDR@gmail.com
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