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Program Officer job at Clinton Health Access Initiative

About the Organization

CHAI was founded in 2002 with a transformational goal: help save the lives of millions of people living with HIV/AIDS. Today, we support government priorities across many areas, including other infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, women and children’s health, health workforce and financing, assistive technologies for disabilities, and the intersection of climate and health.

Job Description

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to our mission of saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries. We work at the invitation of governments to support them and the private sector to create and sustain high-quality health systems.CHAI was founded in 2002 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic with the goal of dramatically reducing the price of life-saving drugs and increasing access to these medicines in the countries with the highest burden of the disease. Over the following two decades, CHAI has expanded its focus. Today, along with HIV, we work in conjunction with our partners to prevent and treat infectious diseases such as COVID-19, malaria, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Our work has also expanded into cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other non-communicable diseases, and we work to accelerate the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, reduce maternal and child mortality, combat chronic malnutrition, and increase access to assistive technology. We are investing in horizontal approaches to strengthen health systems through programs in human resources for health, digital health, and health financing. With each new and innovative program, our strategy is grounded in maximizing sustainable impact at scale, ensuring that governments lead the solutions, that programs are designed to scale nationally, and learnings are shared globally.
At CHAI, our people are our greatest asset, and none of this work would be possible without their talent, time, dedication and passion for our mission and values. We are a highly diverse team of enthusiastic individuals across 40 countries with a broad range of skillsets and life experiences. CHAI is deeply grounded in the countries we work in, with majority of our staff based in program countries. Learn more about our exciting work:
CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.
Position Description:
The Program Officer will be responsible for providing cross cutting coordination, analytical and operations support for implementation of program activities. Based in Kampala, Uganda, the Program Officer is expected to be a self-starter knowledgeable, meticulous and resourceful to be successful and effective in a fast-moving environment. They must be excited by the challenge of tackling projects in new areas, quickly building knowledge, skills and effectively applying them.

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Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide coordination support during implementation of program activities to ensure expected deliverables are achieved.

  • Represent the program in designated fora at both national and sub-national levels.

  • Engage with a range of external stakeholders and internal programs for better coordination and planning. Identify and propose synergies to maximize program outputs.

  • Collaborate with health workers, facility in-charges, and local governments (including district health teams) to promote program interventions in the districts/regions of implementation.


  • Plan logistics for program activities, including procurement requests and managing third party payments.

  • Provide administrative and operational support to ensure smooth and successful program development and implementation.

  • Maintain calendar of donor reporting and coordinate inputs across workstreams for assembling donor reports

  • Perform basic finance functions related to program activities.

  • Support the program team to comply with CHAI Uganda Finance and Operations policies.

  • Analytics, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Support government partners with planning, analytics, problem-solving and operationalization of recommendations.

  • Facilitate the development and tracking of monthly, quarterly and annual work plans and budgets for planned program activities.

  • Ensure timely compilation of quality and accurate activity and program reports and presentations.

  • Support compilation of program proposals including drafting, editing and formatting.

  • In collaboration with program staff, support the process of documenting best practices in form of case studies, success stories, abstracts in addition to the routine monthly updates, quarterly and annual reports.

  • Cross-cutting

  • Perform any other tasks as requested by the supervisor.

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Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, business, public health, or a related field.

  • At least 3-4 years of working experience in a demanding, results driven environment.

  • Strong analytic skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office suite – Excel, Powerpoint and Word.

  • Strong process management skills, high level of organization and good attention to detail.

  • Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information.

  • A flexible, entrepreneurial and output-focused mindset, with strong self-motivation.

  • Exceptional time-management, with an ability to manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines.

  • High emotional intelligence, patience and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations.

  • Proven track record working in challenging multi-stakeholder environments amidst substantial ambiguity and changing circumstances.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.


  • Experience working with government stakeholders at the national and subnational level.

  • Experience in Health Systems Strengthening, Sexual Reproductive Maternal and Newborn Health and/or Health Financing.

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