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Program Manager, Guatemala, Global Malaria

Guatemala (Guatemala)

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Guatemala (Guatemala)
  • Grade: Managerial Level - Open for both International and National Professionals - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
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Program Manager, Guatemala, Global Malaria

Full Time
Program (Division)
Infectious Disease - Global Malaria

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.

CHAI’s global 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, treatable disease. We support 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.


CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong management and relationship building skills to lead its Guatemala malaria team supporting the Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Program to plan and execute effective vector control, disease surveillance, and case management programs for malaria elimination. The Program Manager will manage a team of technical associates, helping them create work plans, prioritize activities, and provide a strong package of support to the Guatemalan Ministry of Health. The Program Manager will also coordinate closely with Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative (RMEI) partners to provide direct technical, operational, and strategic support to the national malaria program to help them reach their malaria elimination goals.

Given that the role will involve close collaboration with CHAI staff supporting other countries in the region, its technical teams, and a wide range of national stakeholders, the successful candidate must possess strong communication and organizational skills. The Program Manager must also be able to build and manage effective relationships, identify creative solutions to difficult problems, and have a deep personal commitment to producing results. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, hardworking, and willing to personally take on any task, while also having exceptional organizational, technical, and leadership skills to support staff working in the country. CHAI places great value on the resourcefulness, tenacity, patience, humility, and high ethical standards of its staff.

The base location for this position is Guatemala City. This role requires travel to higher risk, remote regions with limited infrastructure and medical care.

  • Engage closely with the RMEI partners and the Guatemalan national malaria program to identify gaps to malaria elimination and develop solutions to close gaps. 
  • Lead the planning of CHAIs operational and technical support to the national malaria program and oversee project performance against workplans.
  • Build strong relationships with stakeholders within the government and RMEI partners.
  • Assist the national malaria program to optimize the allocation of available funding while identifying any remaining financial gaps preventing robust implementation of national malaria strategic plans.
  • Evaluate the potential for new tools or strategies to contribute to national plans and, as appropriate, facilitate the process for planning and rolling out these tools in context-appropriate ways.
  • Collaborate with national malaria program and RMEI partners to design and implement local operational plans.
  • Assist government partners to develop evidence-based policies, plans, and strategies.
  • Participate in the analysis and interpretation of epidemiological, entomological, and intervention data, and support the government in using data for decision-making.
  • Support regional health offices in Escuintla and other high-risk areas of the country to implement, monitor, and evaluate malaria interventions.
  • Oversee the work of a team of CHAI country associates on a day to day basis, supporting staff to ensure optimal delivery of CHAI support.
  • Establish effective communication and coordination mechanisms within the CHAI malaria team in order to ensure well-coordinated work streams.
  • Work closely with CHAIs regional and global management teams and technical advisors to set strategic areas for expansion and guide strategic planning or proposal development as needed.
  • Work closely with CHAIs regional and global management to plan annual budgets, track expenditures, and write donor reports on progress.
  • Disseminate outputs through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications and communicate them internally and externally.
  • Work closely with CHAIs regional operations team to ensure compliance with safety, legal and financial protocols.
  • Maintain administrative responsibilities related to staff, including facilitating travel of regional staff, coordinating regional meetings, and supporting country staff with daily administrative functions.
  • Additional responsibilities as required by supervisor.
  • Master's degree in Public Health, Business Administration, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, including management experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships in a challenging environment.
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organization and management skills, including time management and project management.
  • Expertise in providing technical or operational support to government agencies, their stakeholders, or related complex organizations.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to create compelling presentations, briefs, and reports.
  • Proven experience in translating analysis into action and supervising execution of activities to meet results.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn technical subjects quickly and communicate complex issues clearly.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications.
  • Teaching, training, and mentoring experience.
  • Strong capacity to work diplomatically with policy-makers and other partners.
  • Experience working with governments and institutions from Latin America.
  • Ability to travel within Guatemala and/or Central America 30% of the time.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English.


  • Experience executing successful health projects in resource-limited countries, ideally malaria-specific projects and/operational research.
  • Technical expertise in infectious disease surveillance, entomology, vector control, and/or case management.
  • Experience working remotely with a decentralized team.
  • Experience living and working in Central America.


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