Program Manager, Cervical Cancer, Lusaka, Zambia 416 views

Country Zambia

City Lusaka

Type Full Time

Program (Division) Country Programs – Country Teams


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:

Cervical cancer affects more than half a million women each year, and disproportionately impacts women in middle and low income countries, where access to effective screening and treatment for pre-cancerous lesions is limited. With Unitaid support and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, CHAI will be working over the coming 2.5 years to catalyze the development and introduction of effective, affordable tools for cervical cancer screening and treatment that will facilitate widespread scale-up.

CHAI Zambia is seeking a Program Manager, Cervical Cancer to play a driving role in CHAI’s support to the Ministry of Health in the Cervical Cancer program. The Program Manager will play a cross-cutting role in program management, interfacing directly with internal and external stakeholders and coordinating execution of the country work plan. S/he will report to the Associate Director, HIV/AIDS, Cancer and Health Financing and take a leading role in ensuring that donor deliverables are met, collecting and synthesizing information from CHAI Zambia’s key partners on the grant. S/he will be expected to rapidly learn key technical content and understand the technical resources available to the program, and then serve as an internal resource for support in reaching the program’s goals.

The Program Manager must be a highly motivated individual with deep passion and commitment to achieving the program’s ambitious goals for the cervical cancer program in Zambia. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is able to drive execution independently, but also be an effective collaborator across various technical teams.

The incumbent will be stationed in the CHAI, Zambia country office in Lusaka.


  • Working with country and program leadership, to support strategy development and implementation for the cervical cancer program.
  • Be the CHAI lead working with the AVE study team that is conducting clinical research on novel Cervical Cancer screening technologies in Zambia
  • Be the principle liaison between the in-country AVE study lead and CHAI ensuring that all agreed project deliverables are executed and met as agreed in the sub-grant agreement.
  • Develop, refine, and execute against robust project management plans, ensuring that country-specific work plans are executed, and monitored as planned.
  • Liaise closely with technical partners in government to monitor and evaluate interventions against set objectives and targets
  • Play a lead role in developing program reports and other donor deliverables, including compelling text and graphics.
  • Support program, operations, collaborating closely with cross-functional CHAI teams, such as Finance, Research and Development, Diagnostics, and Clinical Sciences
  • Review plans and compile reports at key milestones, identifying project risks and helping develop solutions.
  • Work with the CHAI global team to develop country specific tools to support costing of scale-up plans, concept note development and project proposal writing to support program activities
  • Manage financial resources and communication with and reporting to program donors
  • Participate in resource mobilization for the program including and not limited to identifying key partners to leverage resources on the program.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by senior leadership.
  • Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Science and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Strong program management skills including developing and evaluating budgets, and implementing and monitoring projects
  • Strong understanding of health research principles and ethics
  • Experience working with the Ministry of Health
  • Excellent verbal, visual and written communication skills
  • Ability to quickly learn and synthesize technical and clinical information
  • Natural ability to build strategic relationships and interact with individuals of different backgrounds
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills
  • Strong analytical skills and technical proficiency with MS Excel and PowerPoint
  • Good strategic thinker able to think creatively around long-term program objectives and the detailed steps necessary to achieve these goals.
  • Ability to multi-task and to be effective in high-pressure situations, and able to adapt to fast-paced and changing environments, both internally and externally
  • Ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems with limited structural or operational support
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