Program Manager, Optimization and Innovation- eMTCT & Pediatric HIV, United States 308 views

Country United States

Type Full Time

Program (Division) Infectious Disease – Global HIV Access Program


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:

Since its start in 2002, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has been a leader in expanding and accelerating patient access to HIV treatment, reducing the cost of drugs and diagnostic tests, and strengthening the capacity of governments to prevent, diagnose, and treat HIV. CHAI’s HIV Access Program addresses barriers that prevent people living in low- and middle-income countries from accessing the best available treatment and prevention services. CHAI is committed to identifying and implementing new, innovative solutions to address persistent gaps in improving treatment outcomes and quality of life for people living with HIV, and to reducing new HIV infections among those at the highest risk. CHAI has played a particularly important role in the pediatric HIV space, supporting governments to substantially expand access to appropriate drugs and diagnostics, and address gaps in in service delivery to meet the unique needs of children.

CHAI is looking for an Program Manager, Optimization and Innovation within CHAI’s HIV Access Program (HAP). The Program Manager will be a part of the global eMTCT & Pediatric HIV team on HAP, which is primarily responsible for driving strategy development and execution of country and global activities to achieve ambitious goals to improve pediatric ART coverage and achieve elimination in program countries. CHAI’s overall goal in pediatric HIV is to help our ministry partners catalyze more rapid progress towards ambitious UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for children by 2020 across program countries. The Optimization and Innovation Program Manager will play a critical role in identifying promising innovations and scalable solutions across the pediatric HIV testing and treatment cascade. They will also serve as trusted advisors to governments and CHAI country teams on a variety of pediatric treatment optimization-related topics, and will provide technical assistance in all aspects of developing and implementing pediatric product introduction and optimization strategies. The Program Manager will be responsible for developing and testing implementation models that significantly improve identification of pediatric HIV and viral suppression outcomes amongst children and adolescents. This work will require a solid understanding of effective testing strategies for children and adolescents, and the most optimal treatment regimens and delivery systems. The work will involve research on electronic or mobile health solutions, comprehensive care models for children and adolescents, and monitoring systems to routinely track outcomes. The Program Manager will ultimately be responsible for translating identified innovations into implementation at the country level.

The Program Manager will report to the Senior Program Manager of eMTCT & Pediatric HIV. This is a challenging but rewarding position, which will have direct impact on thousands of children in need of life-saving treatment.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials, demonstrated project and people management experience, research skills, analytical ability, and communication skills. The candidate must be able to function independently, and flexibly, possess strong leadership, have the ability to think creatively and strategically, and have a strong commitment to excellence. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, a strong sense of responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and a committed work ethic.

This role has flexibility to be based in the US or in a CHAI program country in Africa, pending country team leadership approval. This role requires travel up to 40-50%.


  • Serve as a trusted advisor and thought partner to governments, CHAI global teams, and CHAI country teams to identify and operationalize innovative solutions to address key barriers in HIV service delivery and optimize HIV care models for pediatrics and adolescents
  • Identify innovative solutions to enhance care delivery models for children and adolescents to fundamentally shift the cost, quality and experience and produce concept notes and action plans
  • Conduct analysis of global and program data to generate hypotheses on key indicators which drive pediatric HIV performance and identify new opportunities with potential for high impact, growth, and sustainability
  • Accelerate adoption of optimal pediatric ARVs by supporting the design of relevant guidance and training materials to fast track uptake and administration at facility level
  • Support countries to conduct early adopter research of new pediatric drug and diagnostic technologies, to inform broader rollout
  • Support monitoring of roll-out and uptake of new pediatric ARV formulations in focal countries
  • Catalyze and coordinate the drafting of rollout planning documents, policy guidance, and standard operating procedures that outline and ensure smooth implementation of a comprehensive pediatric and adolescent treatment and service delivery package of care.
  • Conduct research to explore opportunities for integration within other health areas to enhance coordination, alignment, and optimization of current/new investments
  • Develop investment cases for innovative initiatives through preparation of written documents, presentations, and analytical models
  • Support development of digital health strategy for enhancement of pediatric and adolescent HIV care delivery
  • Develop concept notes and action plans and collaborate with other stakeholders to operationalize mobile health interventions to improve linkage to care and treatment initiation for children and adolescents
  • Support countries to improve monitoring systems and improve the use of data to inform program management and decision-making.
  • Support engagement with key external pediatric HIV stakeholders and partner organizations to initiate new partnerships and collaborations
  • Support program reporting and budgeting of relevant project activities
  • Support concept note and proposal development for new opportunities
  • Leveraging human centered design to identify new interventions across the cascade
  • Other responsibilities as needed by team
  • Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least 5-7 years of relevant experience in a private or public sector enterprise, with increasing levels of responsibility and experience managing other individuals
  • Strong strategic thinker, creative problem solver, and innovator who is able to think creatively around long-term program objectives and the detailed steps necessary to achieve these goals
  • Demonstrated leadership experience through strategy development, project design, project execution, stakeholder consensus-building, and team-building
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and quantitative modelling skills and technical proficiency in MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Experience formulating and introducing strategies to optimize operation systems and processes and demonstrating proof of concept
  • Strong program management experience including managing teams, developing and evaluating budgets, creating and implementing work plans, and monitoring both program and staff performance
  • Excellent verbal, visual and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations and work on complex analyses
  • 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
  • Natural ability to build strategic relationships and interact with individuals of different backgrounds
  • English language fluency, both written and verbal
  • Understanding of global health issues
  • Advantages:

  • Work experience in management consulting, finance and similar private enterprises, or in economics and public sector financing
  • Work experience in optimizing operations and efficiency and/or evaluating new technologies
  • Experience working in developing countries, particularly with HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health programs
  • Experience working with country governments and international partners
  • Pharmaceuticals/healthcare industry experience
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