Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
Provincial Program Officer, Sexual and Reproductive Health – Lao PDR
Base Location: Sekong Province
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) seeks an experienced, detail orientated, and highly motivated individual with to help rapidly increase women’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services and reduce maternal mortality in Lao PDR as a Provincial Program Officer on CHAI’s SRH team.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has made significant progress in increasing access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in Lao PDR. However, gaps still exist. Persistent access barriers to SRH services contribute to a high maternal deaths rate and a high adolescent birth rate. CHAI is partnering with the Ministry of Health in Lao PDR to implement a broad range of activities aimed at significantly increasing access to SRH services nationally for women and adolescent girls. This includes strengthening existing tools to track SRH commodity availability , ensuring quality services are available at all points of care, and developing systems to effectively use data to target interventions.
The Provincial Program Officer must be able to function independently and flexibly and have a strong commitment to excellence. S/He will work under the guidance of the SRH Senior Program Officer and Program Manager; and work closely with other key provincial government partners to provide strategic and operational assistance, technical inputs, and coordinate activities for the SRH CHAI project. The Provincial Program Officer will be based in Sekong Province, 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 has partnered with the Government in Lao PDR since 2014, supporting the MOH across several health programs: Supply Chain Strengthening, Malaria Elimination, HIV and TB Access, and Vaccines. In 2017, CHAI is building upon these programs and relationship with the Maternal and Child Health Center (MCHC) to support the Government to accelerate efforts to address gaps in SRH services and improve health outcomes for women and adolescent girls.
- Work together with the SRH team and provincial health department team in Sekong province particularly Mother and Child Health Unit (MCH) to identify and define a strategy for the province, developing clear operational plans for execution;
- Work together with the SRH Senior Program Officer and CHAI Lao PDR SRH team to continually help identify opportunities for CHAI to add value and maximize impact within the province;
- Build the capacity of the provincial staff of Sekong Department of Health in the following three areas:
Supply Chain and Commodity Availability
- Track SRH stock and medical equipment flow from central to the focal province and at all facilities in the focal province on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually);
- Ensure quality medical supply/equipment forecasting and procurement at provincial level, including systems to access funding from the provincial budget process where applicable;
- Identify gaps and challenges of using current stock/equipment tracking tools; and develop appropriate mechanism (if necessary) to eliminate the gaps and address challenges;
- Carry out targeted steps to ensure consistent stock availability
- Analyze and identify gaps of SRH services delivery through existing training database system and routine operation of health care provider;
- Develop necessary training plan to ensure the availability and quality of services at all health facilities in the focal province, and align plan with provincial budgeting process;
- Develop provincial-level monitoring mechanisms for ensuring availability of trained health care providers at all points of care, and ensure provincial systems are aligned with the national system;
Data driven response
- Conduct routine analysis of monthly data to target interventions and respond to gaps in supply and service availability;
- Ensure the data in the systems can be accessed by all provincial staff and analyzed effectively;
- Ensure the accuracy and quality of all supply and services data entered into the database system (mSupply and DHIS2);
- Conduct the quarterly monitoring and assessment of SRH activity in selected health facilities
- Develop/prepare agendas, budgets plan, travel schedules, training materials and logistics for any required meetings
- Other duties as assigned by management
- Bachelor’s degree or higher and at least 5 years of professional experience in the private or public sector
- Excellent written and oral English and Lao communication skills
- Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build professional and collaborative relationships with a range of stakeholders and drive results
- Demonstrated experience in project planning, budgeting, coordination and execution
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information, adapt quickly to new situations, and learn quickly on the job
- Ability to handle multiple work streams in parallel, set priorities, manage work load and work independently and quickly with limited supervision
- Ability to work in a diverse and geographically dispersed team using a range of communication channels and approaches
- Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet-based communications
- Experience working with the Government or other NGOs at the various levels of the health system
- Experience working in sexual and reproductive health, women’s health or health systems strengthening
- Knowledge of the province’s public sector in general.
Deadline to apply: 30 April 2019
How to apply: Candidates should submit resumes online to CHAI.LaoPDR@gmail.com