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Program Officer, Malaria - Short Term


  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Harare
  • Grade: Junior level - Entry Level - Open for both International and National Professionals
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2024-08-31

Program Officer, Malaria - Short Term

Temporary | Full-Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Zimbabwe
Additional Location Description
Mashonaland East

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:


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.

Program Overview:

CHAI’s malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable and treatable disease. CHAI supports governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.

In Zimbabwe, CHAI provides direct technical and operational support to the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to reduce the burden of malaria in high-burden districts while implementing a progressive sub-national malaria elimination program in the low-burden districts in the southern and central regions of the country. CHAI supports the NMCP on the scale-up of effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, in line with the National Malaria Control and Elimination Strategic Plan (2021-2026).


Position Overview:

CHAI Zimbabwe is seeking a Program Officer to support the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in executing their Malaria burden reduction and elimination program strategies. The Program Officer will be the focal point for CHAI’s provincial engagement. The Program Officer will provide direct day to day support to the provincial malaria team (PEDCO, PEHO, and other team members) to support the execution of malaria strategies and activities. The Program Officer will serve as a primary support person for the province, with an exclusive focus on activities that further the province’s malaria reduction agenda. This position will coordinate the implementation of all CHAI-supported work streams in Mashonaland East/Manicaland province.


This is a short-term position with an expected end date of 31 August 2024.


• Work as an integral part of the provincial team to provide focused support on the execution of the malaria reduction strategies;
• Support annual and monthly planning of malaria activities in the province;
• Serve as a liaison between CHAI’s malaria technical teams and the province to support translation of global guidance on malaria reduction into successful implementation at provincial level;
• Work very closely with provincial and district health teams to strengthen adherence to surveillance algorithms and tools, including participating in the training of district and health facility staff as needed;
• Support supervision of district health teams to ensure high standards in surveillance, reporting and resolving surveillance-related bottlenecks.
• Support capacity building of district staff to collect, analyze and use epidemiological and vector control data to identify drivers of transmission and inform decision making.
• Provide robust analytical and data management support to present progress in implementation of the malaria reduction strategies;
• Support presentation and discussion of policies and strategies on malaria reduction
• Any other duties as assigned by manager


• Bachelor’s degree with a focus on public health, development, or related field;
• 2 years of professional work experience in the public or private sector (candidates with public health experience preferred)
• Exceptional diplomatic interpersonal skills and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders
• Proficiency in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and data analysis and visualization software (R, STATA, SPSS, Power BI, Google Studio)
• Strong communication skills, including the ability to synthesize information and prepare compelling presentations and short reports
• Ability to work independently on complex projects
• Ability to multi-task, think innovatively and be effective in high-pressure situations
• Experience working with governments and global health institutions will be a strong advantage;
• Experience working on malaria projects or any projects of similar nature using tools such as DHIS2 will be an added advantage


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