Position: New Initiatives Manager (CHAI)__Deadline:06Jul

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: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org


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.

Country Program Overview

CHAI began working in Cambodia in 2005 to help the Ministry of Health tackle the rise in HIV by introducing better treatment for adults and children and eliminating mother-to-child transmission. The CHAI Cambodia office has grown rapidly since its inception to manage multiple projects. In addition to HIV, CHAI is now supporting the Ministry of Health to tackle the burden of disease TB, eliminate malaria and address multi-drug resistance, save the lives of women through improved access to lifesaving reproductive health care, enhance immunization systems, increase oxygen availability at all levels of the health system, strengthen laboratory services, and more. Looking ahead, we wish to support the Cambodia Ministry of Health achieves its goals for non-communicable diseases (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, cancer, mental health).


Position Overview 


CHAI is seeking a highly motivated, results-oriented individual with strong strategic thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills. The New Initiatives Manager will act as a thought partner to the Country Director and Deputy Country Director on new opportunities and will be responsible for a variety of activities from proposal development and design to supporting the launch of new projects and their monitoring. The position will be based in Phnom Penh with occasional travel. The New Initiatives Manager will report to the Country Director and interact closely with other CHAI Cambodia Project Managers on areas related to potential new initiatives.  


CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a track record of delivering quality results with limited resources. This individual should be able to work independently and effectively in a high-pressure, unstructured environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously. The ideal candidate will also possess cultural sensitivity skills and demonstrate high emotional intelligence, as they will be working closely with government and external partners.


1. New Program Design and proposal development

  • Scoping for potential new programs in areas of high need for Cambodia where CHAI Cambodia is not already operating; for instance, Cancer, Mental Health, School Health, Health Workforce, Health Financing, etc., in partnership with the relevant Senior Program Manager.
    • Develop a thorough understanding of the health landscape in Cambodia and the Ministry of Health’s key priorities, conduct landscape analysis by monitoring disease trends and developments in the Cambodian health system to understand how CHAI can best contribute to addressing identified bottlenecks.
    • Research technical content of prospective program areas and technical and clinical best practices through communicating with CHAI global teams and external experts, performing scientific literature reviews, etc.
    • Identify current partner activity in the country, liaising with internal and external stakeholders to identify gaps and potential areas of collaboration.
    • Carry out program design and develop theory of change, including quantitative aspects.
  • Scoping for areas where CHAI Cambodia is already working in the specific health area (e.g. HIV, TB, malaria, maternal and child health, NCD, etc.): Work closely with the relevant CHAI Cambodia Program Manager to understand how the proposed new project would best achieve additional impact and complement existing efforts.
  • Lead new project development and resource mobilization efforts, including drafting concept notes and proposals, etc.
    • Build the skills of CHAI Cambodia Program Managers and senior associates on impact-driven writing and proposal drafting, through coaching sessions and 1-1 interactions.
    • Track potential donors and their areas of interest to match with areas of highest impact in-country
    • For new health areas, interface with government and partners as required.

2. Ensure strong new program start up and operationalization.

  • For projects starting in the office after successful proposal writing, act as a temporary program manager whilst the permanent program manager is being hired/onboarded.
  • This may include supporting initial discussions with the government, partners, refining the scope of work from the approved proposed, agreeing a workplan, MOA and monitoring framework.
  • Once the team is hired, continue to provide decreasing levels of support until the project is able to function independently.

3. Support health system strengthening initiatives for CHAI Cambodia.

  • Engage in cross-office strategic thinking to strengthen our understanding of Cambodia’s “horizontal” health systems which impact all programs, e.g. procurement, supply chain, health financing, health data management, etc.
  • Identify links between CHAI programs and proactively identify opportunities to strengthen CHAI’s support to the Ministry of Health for greater health impact.


4. Ad hoc support to Ministry of Health or CHAI programs.

  • Upon request for CHAI support from the Ministry of Health, support strategic pieces of work to develop cross-cutting policies, national strategies, or costed budgets (e.g. related to primary health care, digital health, community health workforce, decentralization, non-communicable diseases, etc.)
  • Support Program Managers on key deliverables and ad-hoc requests, as needed (e.g. support to analyzing the results of the oxygen assessment, M&E).


  • Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Strong strategic/structured thinker, with a track record of creating a vision for new programs.
  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical (qualitative and quantitative) skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, oral and written.
  • Key strength in writing compelling, data-driven documents and experience writing impact-oriented proposals, reports, presentations, and policies.
  • Proven project management skills: ability to work effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently, self-motivate, and propose and implement new initiatives.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, dedicated team player, and ability to build consensus towards action.
  • Familiarity with key health systems strengthening concepts and approaches.
  • Strong commitment to CHAI’s mission.
  • Comfortable working in an international, multi-cultural setting.
  • Ability to learn quickly.


  • Advanced degree received with strong academic results from a top institution.
  • Strong knowledge of public health, including experience working on health programs in resource-limited settings.
  • Management consulting skillset and experience.
  • Experience working with government officials and external partner organizations.
  • M&E experience, including designing program assessments, impact evaluations or operational research projects in developing countries.
  • Experience coaching others on impact-driven writing.
  • Working experience in Asia and/or familiar with Asian cultures.

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