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Program Manager, Diagnostics

Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo Democratic)

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo Democratic)
  • Grade: Managerial Level - Open for both International and National Professionals - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public Health and Health Service
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Program Manager, Diagnostics

Democratic Republic of Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Democratic Republic of Congo

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:


Project Overview:

The CHAI DRC Diagnostics team has been supporting the Ministry of Health (MOH) since 2018 to strengthen the laboratory system through the introduction and scale-up of the point-of-care (POC) technology in decentralized settings. The initial program was focused on HIV – improving access to early infant diagnosis for HIV exposed infants, and viral load testing for people living with HIV. The scope of the program has expanded to include TB and COVID-19 diagnostics as well as cervical cancer screening and treatment.

The program aims to ensure high-quality routine testing is established, and that test results are used for clinical decision making to have patient impact. The Diagnostics team provides technical assistance to the MOH to pilot and scale-up POC for HIV/TB, HPV and COVID-19 testing, to adopt World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and recommendations, to improve data management through connectivity solutions, to optimize the diagnostics network for improved sample transport, to strengthen the diagnostics supply chain, and to secure funding for national level scale-up.

Position Overview:

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical and managerial capabilities to lead the CHAI DRC Diagnostics team. This role will include managing the day-to-day diagnostics program activities and a team of associates. The Program Manager will play a key role in relationship building with stakeholders in the DRC MOH, donors, international organizations, bilateral entities, and academic partners. They will work closely with the MOH to design pilots, roll-out site level trainings, oversee data collection and analyses, develop national scale-up and transition plans, hold workshops, and strengthen strategic areas related to the diagnostics network, data management, and supply chain.

The desired candidate must be able to multi-task, have experience managing staff, and be able to delegate responsibilities effectively. Candidates should have experience managing relationships with high level government officials, and ideally have worked in the field of public health. Successful candidates must have a passion for results, a commitment to excellence, and a demonstrated capacity to work in high-stress environments.
The position will report to the CHAI DRC Associate Director of Programs and will coordinate with the Global Laboratory Services and Cervical Cancer teams.


Program Management

  • Develop, update, and oversee the work plan to organize CHAI DRC’s diagnostic efforts to support the government with the implementation of their HIV, TB, cervical cancer, and COVID-19 programs
  • Manage the program budget
  • Build and manage the CHAI DRC diagnostics team to support the MOH
  • Proactively identify and mitigate risks related to the program

Technical Assistance

  • Provide and manage internal and external technical outputs for all diagnostic program activities and deliverables
  • Provide strategic direction and technical oversight to the HIV, TB, cervical cancer, and COVID-19 programs in partnership with the MO
  • Provide technical guidance to the Diagnostic Associates to design and implement effective programs in partnership with the MOH

Resource Mobilization

  • Support the MOH to develop a resource mobilization and transition strategy for the scale-up of HIV and HPV testing
  • Identify, develop, and maintain strong relationships with potential and existing donors
  • Support the development of proposals to solicit resources for the government and CHAI DRC
  • Complete donor reporting requirements

Relationship Management

  • Serve as the CHAI focal point for engagement with the MOH for the diagnostics portfolio
  • Effectively engage and manage relationships with key MOH counterparts
  • Other activities and responsibilities, as needed.
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Public Health, Microbiology or other related field and 5-7 years’ work experience (at least 3 years of experience in the health sector)
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills in French and English
  • Demonstrated program management experience
  • Demonstrated excellent people management skills
  • Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance to governments or high-level stakeholders or clients
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, leadership, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of varied professional, cultural, and education backgrounds
  • Ability to work with humility and achieve results


  • Experience working in Global health, laboratory services, HIV, TB, cervical cancer, HPV, or COVID-19
  • Experience working in DRC
  • Experience working with resource-limited governments


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