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Senior Program Manager, Malaria and NTD


  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Cotonou
  • Grade: Senior level - Managerial Level - Open for both International and National Professionals
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Senior Program Manager, Malaria and NTD

Full Time
Program (Division)
Infectious Disease - Global Malaria

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 was founded in 2002 with a transformational goal: to help save the lives of millions of people living with HIV worldwide by dramatically increasing access to antiretroviral treatment. When CHAI was founded, many thought this goal was unrealistic because health systems in resource-limited countries were too weak and the prices of drugs and diagnostic tests were too high. CHAI has played a catalytic role, working alongside governments and other partners to reduce treatment costs and help build the national systems needed to provide life-saving treatments to millions of people.


While the organization remains committed to its original focus on HIV, CHAI has broadened its scope of work to focus on other under-addressed global health priorities where CHAI's approach and expertise could have a transformative impact. These areas include: HIV; malaria; tuberculosis (TB); hepatitis C; cancer and non-communicable diseases; sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; vaccines, diarrhea, pneumonia, chronic malnutrition and universal health coverage, including financing and human resources. In keeping with CHAI's flexible approach and commitment to meeting the needs of governments, CHAI also implements programs outside of strategic areas at the request of government partners to address crises that arise in the countries where CHAI works. CHAI has a presence in more than 30 countries, operates more than 25 country offices and has more than 1,200 employees worldwide.


Position Overview:

Based in Cotonou, the Senior Program Manager, Malaria and NTD will report to the Benin Country Lead and will help ensure the overall success and shape CHAI’s malaria and NTD strategy for CHAI Benin. The Senior Program Manager will directly manage the CHAI malaria and NTD country team in Benin and oversee CHAI’s operational and technical support to the government. This is an exciting opportunity to lead and drive success of a new and ambitious malaria and NTD program in Benin. The successful candidate will manage all operational and programmatic aspects of CHAI’s malaria and NTD work in Benin, act as a trusted partner to government health officials and local organizations, and facilitate the involvement of CHAI’s global malaria and NTD team to support high-impact programs designed to reduce malaria and NTD mortality and morbidity.  


CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic. The Senior Program Manager does not need to have prior experience in malaria and NTD or health programs but should be someone skilled at solving difficult problems in complex settings. They must be fluent in French and English and have excellent relationship building and communication skills. They must also be able to function independently with minimal oversight and have a strong commitment to excellence with a keen eye for detail.  


  • Lead and drive the success of CHAI’s malaria and NTD program in Benin including setting the vision and goals, prioritizing resources, and developing country-specific work plans 
  • Proactively monitor and manage execution of CHAI’s malaria and NTD program in Benin to ensure that expected deliverables and targets are achieved on time and within budget  
  • Identify and problem-solve challenges in meeting objectives including internal and external conflict resolution, budget constraints, and other operational challenge and apply strategic and critical thinking to adjust objectives and activities accordingly 
  • Build strong relationships with stakeholders from government, partner organizations and local institutions to facilitate coordination, problem solving, alignment of objectives and delivery of results 
  • Work closely with CHAI’s regional technical teams and managers to identify strategic areas for expansion or redirection and guide strategic planning or proposal development as needed
  • Demonstrate leadership and directly manage all members of the CHAI Benin Malaria and NTD team  
  • Synthesize results and communicate them internally and externally at national and regional venues through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications
  • Oversee the operational and financial management of the country program, including budget planning and reporting, as well as leading the finalization of CHAI’s corporate setup in Benin.  This may include the need to serve on the local Board of Directors of the CHAI Benin entity and act as the point person for vendor relationships
  • Act in an official signing capacity as the official CHAI, Inc. representative in Benin with the government 
  • Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor 
  • Fluency in English and French language, both written and oral
  • Master's Degree (Public Health, Business Administration or related field) strongly preferred; or Bachelor’s degree with at 5 years of work experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership  
  • Experience planning and executing complex programs or projects with verifiable results 
  • Experience in strategy development, planning, and project implementation
  • Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations, preferably in Africa
  • Exceptional strategic thinking, problem-solving, team building and interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable in peer relationships with senior managers and leadership at the Ministry of Health, including civil servants
  • Ability to navigate complex government processes 
  • Ability to favorably influence decision making processes in a diplomatic and collaborative manner
  • Ability to work independently without extensive structural or operational support (handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, delegate, and work independently) 
  • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations and work in a fast-paced, multicultural environment
  • Ability be patient and to achieve maximum efficiency and impact with limited human and financial resources
  • Strong mentor, manager, role model and team player who demands 100% performance from self and entire team
  • Excellent business-oriented oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed (mainly in-country)


  • Knowledge of malaria and NTD or other global infectious diseases 
  • Experience living or working in Benin 


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