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Manager, Covid, Diagnostics and Surveillance


  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: India
  • Grade: Managerial Level - Open for both International and National Professionals
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Security and Safety
    • Ebola
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Managerial positions
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Manager, Covid, Diagnostics and Surveillance

New Delhi
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - India

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: 

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.


CHAI, in partnership with its India affiliate William J Clinton Foundation (WJCF), works in close partnership with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at the Central and States' levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. Currently, CHAI supports government partners across projects to expand access to quality care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, tuberculosis, COVID-19, common cancers, sexual and reproductive health, immunization and essential medicines.

Talent is the fundamental driver of WJCF’s success in helping save lives and reduce the burden of disease. WJCF’s organizational values reflect its relentless endeavour of hiring, nurturing, empowering, and celebrating diverse and high calibre individuals who come together to work as cohesive teams. WJCF places a high premium on providing its staff with an enabling environment that encourages entrepreneurship, humility, respect, equal share of voice and fosters high impact innovation to address some of the most challenging healthcare issues. 




The world has not experienced a pandemic at the scale or pace of the current COVID-19 pandemic; the virus has ferociously attacked high- and low-income countries alike, but in so doing has exposed inequities in access to quality care within and across countries. While the indirect impacts of the COVID-19 on availability and utilization of routine health services cannot yet be known, lessons from previous crises suggest that service disruption and displacement will have grave impact on population health. In order to address these challenges, a robust response based on strengthened health workforce, improve disease surveillance, resilient supply chains and rapid increase in diagnostic capacity is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). 


Program Overview


WJCF supports the various departments at the national level and focus states in COVID-19 testing, treatment access, and program management. On testing and diagnostics, the program supports government partners on testing policy, strengthened data and delivery systems, and development of guidelines. The program has been supporting ICMR in the development of the strategic plan for scaling up testing, providing data-driven insights to support supply chain management including forecasting and inventory management, and helping build guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for downstream distribution of commodities. Separately, the program also supports selected states on localized strategies for testing scale up and equitable access, stronger engagement with the private sector, improved treatment readiness, robust awareness campaigns and capacity building initiatives, and analytics-based program management. WJCF, also supports focus states on strengthening surveillance systems, and in conducting needs assessment for establishing an Integrated Public Health Laboratory network.  



We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials for the role of Manager. The Manager will lead a team of associates and analysts positioned at the state and national level. They will  be responsible for engaging with key stakeholders from the government, donors and other development partners, developing work streams and positioning CHAI as a preferred partner. Importantly, the person coming in will be entrusted with portfolio growth as a key results area.


The candidate must be self-driven, entrepreneurial, adaptable and have a high level of comfort with ambiguity. They will be expected to lead a team and work independently with limited oversight. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.

  • Build and maintain trust-based relationships with key government officials and partners at a senior level
  • Act as a thought partner to government officials and donors, helping to shape thinking around surveillance and diagnostics strengthening
  • Co-create and monitor the strategic direction and implementation of the Covid-19, Diagnostics and Surveillance program
  • Play the high-level representational role with the government, donors, partners, and other stakeholders at the national and state levels.
  • Manage a team of analysts and associates and provide ongoing support to the team
  • Provide strategic insight at technical working groups and/or other high level meetings/conferences as a senior level representative of CHAI
  • Undertake donor and grant management and manage the operations and finances of the program to meet deliverables within the appropriate timeframes
  • Contribute to internal organization development initiatives
  • Undertake any other duties as requested by the program leader
  • Master's degree or PhD in a related field such as medicine, public health or management
  • At least 8 years of professional experience in demanding, results-oriented environments in the public sector and/or private sector
  • Strong established network with government stakeholders
  • Ability to manage large teams spread across multiple locations
  • Prior experience working with health programs
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work in cross functional teams
  • Strong communication skills, including development of compelling presentations with the ability to translate technical content and results into formats suitable for various audiences
  • Ability to work independently on complex projects and proactively manage projects with minimal supervision
  • High EQ and excellent interpersonal skills, especially in cross-cultural settings and highly distributed work environments with demonstrated ability to build relationships quickly
  • Willingness to travel frequently and at short notice

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