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Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Program Manager, Health Financing

Job Contact Information: Recruitment Team <recruitment@clintonhealthaccess.org>
Location: Harare, Other / Non-US, Zimbabwe, 9000

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) works in partnership with country governments, partners, and other major stakeholders to identify the key obstacles to access and scale-up of essential health services, and to develop sustainable strategies to overcome them. At the request of our partner governments, and given the current global funding landscape, CHAI is increasing the technical support it is providing to governments in overcoming financing barriers to achieving universal access of health services.

Summary of Position:

CHAI is looking for a Health Financing Program Manager to support the development of health financing reforms currently underway, being led by the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC). CHAI’s work in sustainable health financing will provide process management and technical support to the Ministry over the next three years. The support will include convening key policy forums to finalize a national health financing policy, developing costing methodologies to better understand costs of health care and national health plans, as well as feasibility assessments for new innovative financing mechanisms.

CHAI works in close partnership with the MOHCC in Zimbabwe across various complementary program areas, enabling access to high-quality health services to all in need, and partnering with the government to strengthen healthcare systems, and develop sustainable strategies to overcome obstacles to scale-up. The program manager will be part of a team that works very closely with the Ministry of Health, interacting on a regular basis with donors, NGOs and civil society.

This position offers an opportunity to work closely with a government that is committed to universal access to health care through innovative reforms.

Job Requirements

  • Identify critical hurdles to improving access to sustainable health financing, both short-term and long-term, and develop innovative strategies to address them in collaboration with government and non-government stakeholders

  • Develop clear operational plans for execution of program aims, and continually identify opportunities for CHAI to add value and maximize impact

  • Collaborate with government at national and sub-national levels throughout planning and implementation phases to ensure skills transfer and government ownership, and provide technical support as needed

  • Manage a small team that will provide technical support the Ministry of Health in areas including, but not limited to:

    • Drafting a national health financing policy
    • Quantifying current costs of providing health interventions at the national and facility level, and identifying efficiencies
    • Developing a framework to guide national implementation of public-private partnerships in health
    • Mapping current funding flows in the health sector and forecasting future scenarios
    • Quantification and mapping of funding needs, both present and future, and identification of funding gaps
    • Assessing opportunities for resource mobilization – both domestic and external – including innovative financing approaches
    • Reviewing specific funding channels to identify potential areas of inefficiencies and opportunities for improved efficiency and effectiveness of health interventions
  • Ensure execution of multiple program interventions simultaneously along aggressive timelines

  • Work with Country Director and Deputy to manage program budgets

  • Manage and coach team to ensure everyone is working towards the same objectives, and ensure coordination with other teams in the CHAI country office

  • Liaise closely with technical partners in government to monitor and evaluate interventions against objectives and targets, bringing in technical expertise when needed

  • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders in government, international partners, donors and NGOs, and ensure coordination of resources and effort

  • Coordinate collaboration with other CHAI country teams and global teams

Minimum requirements:

  • Master’s degree and at least 5 years of professional experience in the private or public sector, with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership
  • Demonstrated experience in health systems planning and/or financing at a policy and strategic level
  • Excellent oral and written communication, including experience leading drafting and reviewing of technical and policy writing
  • Experience managing a team, program budgets, and government relationships
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and able to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously whilst mentoring a team to perform consistently
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to prepare compelling presentations
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, organizational, leadership, and problem solving skills
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications


  • Experience working on health related issues in resource-limited settings, and working in a multicultural office environment
  • Management consulting or other relevant private and public sector experience
  • Experience with risk-pooling mechanisms – design, risk analysis, or administration

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