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Job Title: Program Manager, Sexual and Reproductive Health
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Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Posted: 2/15/2018
Type: Full-Time
Industry: Non Profit / NGO
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Freetown,      Sierra Leone
Position Description:

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment in the developing world. CHAI's solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Since its inception, CHAI's programs have helped more than 11.8 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medicines, saving the global health community billions of dollars. For more information, please visit:

Program Summary

CHAI provides technical assistance to Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health and Sanitation in two key focus areas: Human Resources for Health (HRH) and Supply Chain (SC). These teams closely collaborate with government to strengthen national health systems and played a vital role in post-Ebola recovery efforts. The HRH team has provided the MOHS with assistance in establishing a national health worker strategy, identifying cost-savings by completing a national payroll verification, increasing the number of salaried health workers, and improving the visibility and quality of the future health worker pipeline. The SC team has provided support with improved forecasting, procurement, and supply planning for the largest national drug and medical commodity supply chain, while also assisting the government with the national procurement unit's reform process. CHAI Sierra Leone will continue to build upon these accomplishments by expanding into another high priority space – Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Sierra Leone has the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world, with 1,360 mothers dying for every 100,000 live births. This makes Sierra Leone one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, especially an adolescent woman. Childbearing begins at a young age: 34% of pregnancies occur amongst teenage girls and 28% of adolescents (aged 15-19) have begun childbearing, representing one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world. Almost half (46.8%) of deaths among adolescent girls are related to complications in childbirth and 40% of maternal deaths are related to teenage pregnancy.

To reduce maternal mortality, CHAI focuses on averting preventable deaths by building the health system's capabilities to prevent potential complications from becoming life-threatening, to apply proven and simple interventions to ensure survival, and to quickly refer cases to the appropriate health system level for proper treatment. To reduce unintended pregnancies, CHAI aims to increase access to essential reproductive health products and services in partnership with government by pursuing global and country-focused market-shaping opportunities and in-country engagement around guidelines, registration, tendering, procurement, and service delivery. In addition, CHAI aims to strengthen government health systems and build MoHS capabilities to deliver robust, integrated, reproductive health programs and to counsel adolescent girls and young women on SRH.

CHAI entered this space in Sierra Leone in late 2017 with an initial focus on increasing access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). The Sierra Leone SRH team will continue to build upon this initiative with a more comprehensive view to target adolescents, post-partum women, and other vulnerable populations with improved access to essential health commodities and services.

The Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Manager will lead the SRH team's work in strategizing, developing, and implementing interventions aimed to increase contraceptive prevalence and reduce maternal mortality. The Program Manager will work closely with the MoHS and other partner agencies by providing technical assistance, project management, and implementation support, as needed. Other programmatic needs may arise, so flexibility will be essential.

The Program Manager will report to the Deputy Country Director and will regularly collaborate and communicate with the relevant CHAI global team. He/she will be based in Freetown, Sierra Leone with expected travel to the districts.

  • Program Leadership
    • Lead the development and maintenance of the SRH's theory of change, strategic initiatives, and performance management
    • Translate objectives provided by the government, donors, and other partner organizations to provide guidance to SRH team on prioritization of initiatives
    • Identify strategic areas for expansion and guide strategic planning or proposal development needed for future program development
    • Lead the SRH team to meet established program objectives under MOHS guidance, including, but not limited to: increasing contraceptive access and security, improving the distribution and quantity of trained SRH service providers, advocating for more adolescent friendly services, and promoting higher quality, comprehensive sexual education
  • Stakeholder Coordination
    • Establish collaborative relationships with the MOHS and other relevant national and local government bodies
    • Coordinate trainings, distributions, and other activities across government and partner stakeholders to ensure clear communication and successful execution
    • Collaborate with internal CHAI global and country teams to facilitate access to key information and stakeholders, provide updates, and leverage core competencies of the various teams including the Global Markets, Global SRH, Sierra Leone Human Resources for Health, and Sierra Leone Supply Chain teams
  • Donor Relationship Management
    • Coordinate with donor organizations to provide progress updates, performance metrics, and other reporting requirements
    • Manage the SRH program budget and liaise with appropriate CHAI internal and donor teams to meet all mandated requirements
    • Quantify any gaps in funding required to achieve goals, and provide appropriate rationale and analysis needed to advocate for any additional funding
  • Perform other duties that may be assigned by Deputy Country Director or Country Director


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field with a minimum of seven years of work experience or Master's degree in a related field with a minimum of 5 years of work experience in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Experience in sexual reproductive health and family planning
  • Experience in the planning and execution of large scale projects, including budgeting and activities planning
  • Experience building and maintaining collaborative, senior-level relationships and working with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience in health care and health system and experience working with the Ministry of Health or other government institutions
  • Experience managing lean teams and working with government bodies, government officers, INGOs, and other institutions related to this function
  • Excellent analytical (qualitative and quantitative) skills and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Fluency in English required; Fluency in Krio a plus


  • Experience working in developing countries
  • Experience working in pharmaceuticals
  • Experience working in management consulting, investment banking, or a similar fast-paced, results-oriented environment
  • Experience in supply chain management, HR management, and/or grant management

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Closing Date: 5/15/2018
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Contact Name: Human Resources,  Program Manager, Sexual and Reproductive Health
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