Program Manager, Vaccines, Cameroon 448 views

Country Cameroon

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:

Program Overview: CHAI Cameroon launched its vaccines program in 2015, to support the Ministry of Public Health through its Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) to optimize policies and processes to ensure high quality of services. CHAI areas of focus are: (1) to support the EPI program in new vaccines introductions including planning, post-introduction reviews and evidence based decision making for new vaccines; (2) to strengthen vaccine delivery systems including cold chain expansion and rehabilitation, (3) to improve stock management tools and processes,(4) to improve temperature control processes and (5) to enhance vaccine distribution. Also, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) aims to address major barriers affecting Routine Immunization in Cameroon through two key objectives: (1) improve routine immunization, with a focus on improving coverage and equity in low performing districts and (2) strengthen district-level immunization program performance management in three target regions.

Position Overview: Based in Yaoundé, Cameroon; the Program Manager (PM) will oversee and provide strategic guidance to the country vaccines team as well as leading the execution of the CHAI vaccines support to the government at the central and sub-regional levels. The PM will report to the DCD or any other designated person.

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.


  • Lead and manage overall execution of Cameroon vaccines program strategy including the development of assessments, budgets, training materials and other program materials according to work plan;
  • Provide strategic and technical leadership for the country vaccines program as agreed with donors and Ministry of Health.
  • 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 EPI program
  • Maintain and build strong working relationships with EPI, 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.
  • Manage the vaccines team on a day-to-day basis including activity planning: provide 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 strategic orientations for future program development.
  • Lead in development of innovative approaches and tools as well as documentation and dissemination of best practices
  • Performance-manage the overall vaccine program delivery-taking corrective measures where necessary.
  • Perform other tasks as necessary
  • Help identify new opportunities and good practice both externally and from within
  • Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a scientific or health related discipline with 5 years relevant work experience
  • Experience in a healthcare 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, Words
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to prepare and present compelling presentations and program planning and memo documents in French and English
  • Very high fluency in English and French
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment
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