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Program Manager, Global Cancer

United States (United States of America)

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: United States (United States of America)
  • Grade: Managerial Level - Open for both International and National Professionals - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
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Program Manager, Global Cancer

United States
Full Time
Program (Division)
Non Communicable Diseases - Global Cancer
Additional Location Description
Flexible to program countries

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:


Program Background


The state of cancer treatment in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) today looks similar to that of HIV in the early 2000s. There are effective tools to diagnose and treat cancer, but access is largely limited to wealthy countries. LMIC’s cancer burden is significant and growing. In 2012, there were over 8 million new cases of cancer and 5.3 million deaths from cancer in LMICs. Yet the global market for cancer treatment functions poorly for people with cancer in these regions, resulting in high prices and limited availability. Key diagnostics, medicines and devices are not accessible to the vast majority of patients who need it. In addition, significant human resource challenges limit access to quality care. As a result, cancer in LMICs is almost twice as lethal as in the United States.


The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), is working to improve access to cancer treatment by working with governments and pharmaceutical manufacturers to improve the market for oncology products and deliver quality cancer services to more patients. This work recently received coverage in The New York Times.


CHAI’s program pursues four complementary strategic objectives to improve access to quality, affordable screening, diagnosis and treatment, in partnership with country governments.


1. Strengthen the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer by designing and rolling out affordable and scalable cervical cancer screening and treatment;

2. Increase access to essential health products by organizing the oncology market to consolidate around quality products, reduce prices, and ensure consistent supply;

3. Create an enabling environment at the regional and national level, supporting governments to develop the policy, regulatory, and clinical frameworks in which access to cancer treatment can expand; and

4. Increase access to quality cancer care at hospitals by optimizing the utilization of human resources, strengthening diagnostic capacity, and improving procurement and stock management processes.


CHAI is working with partner governments to develop affordable and scalable cancer screening programs, as part of a broader effort to eliminate cervical cancer. CHAI is also working with governments to develop treatment guidelines, conduct accurate forecasts, optimize procurement, and coordinate the national cancer response in order to significantly scale up quality cancer care.


The Program Manager will work across CHAI’s cancer strategy to support the development of a healthy and competitive market for cancer medicines, diagnostics and devices, as well as robust country plans for the scale up of quality cancer care.


Please Note: Preference for this position to be based in West, South or East Africa, pending country leadership approval. This position requires 30-40% travel.


1) Support market shaping strategy and implementation:

  • Oversee program analytics and identify opportunities for strategic analysis and interpretation
  • In-depth investigations into specific products facing shortages or other market distortions
  • Conduct market analysis across target product areas, including supplier analysis and demand quantification.
  • Compare and assess various health products and technologies to determine the optimal product mix for various country contexts.
  • Supplier Engagement:
  • Oversight and tracking of new supplier engagement opportunities
  • Research and strategy setting for targeted suppliers
  • Direct engagement with companies for the access discussions
  • Provide support to country teams to drive uptake of market shaping agreements (notably Ethiopia, Rwanda, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, French West Africa, South-East Asia countries, India)

2) Provide strategic and programmatic support for the design and implementation of in-country work to improve cancer care:

  • Advise country teams and government on national cancer care priorities, including robust planning, budgeting for cancer care rollout, identification of risks and design of mitigation strategies.
  • Oversee program analytics, in partnership with country teams and other global team members, including forecasting, procurement, and distribution planning.
  • Develop tools, manage projects and donor reporting in partnership with country teams (notably in in Cameroon and Ghana for pediatric access work, Ethiopia for breast cancer decentralization).
  • Identify opportunities to increase uptake of Allied Against Cancer initiatives in country

4) Support Cancer Program strategy development, scoping and development of new opportunities:

  • Co-develop and refine CHAI’s market shaping strategy.
  • Support strategy development for pediatric cancer, biologics and diagnostics

Scope new opportunities areas for CHAI to have significant impact in cancer care including potential funding opportunities and new program areas and support development of grant proposals.


5) Support overall program management:

  • Assess progress against objectives and milestones and help prepare high-quality briefings for donors and CHAI management, including achievements, action plan going forward, key risks and mitigation.
  • Thought partnership on overall program
  • Contribute to team members’ deliverables – providing feedback on documents, presentations, strategic approaches
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a rigorous position, with 3 years spent leading dynamic teams
  • Strong analytical and / or quantitative skills
  • Master’s Degree in Health, Business or a related field is preferred
  • Exceptional communication and relationship management skills with ability to diplomatically and clearly articulate structure and sell ideas
  • Ability to work independently and flexibly to meet program targets
  • Ability to navigate complex government processes, trouble shoot and favorably influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner
  • Ability to develop and execute a coherent programmatic strategy, amidst substantial ambiguity
  • Ability to create compelling, logical presentations and reports


  • Competent program management skills, increasingly able to operate independently and coach others
  • Ability to manages multiple projects or work streams
  • Creativity at problem solving and suggesting new initiatives, team activities, work streams, projects
  • Leadership skills to motivate the team
  • Ability to speak and write French would be desirable

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