Namibia: Program Manager, Malaria

Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Country: Namibia
Closing date: 17 Mar 2017

Job Summary: The Program Manager will represent CHAI in-country to provide day-to-day management and technical support to the National Vector-borne Diseases Control Programme (NVDCP) under the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), based in Windhoek, Namibia. The candidate will assist the NVDCP in implementing their objectives, provide on-going project management and strategic planning support, and will working closely with the MoHSS and other key stakeholders in country to promote malaria elimination activities in Namibia. The Program Manager will manage the CHAI team in Namibia under the supervision of the CHAI Malaria Senior Regional Manager. The position will be based in Namibia, but is expected to include some travel within the region.

  • Provide assistance to national and sub-national malaria management teams in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and documentation of elimination interventions and best practices.
  • Support the NVDCP in formulating and finalizing a new National Strategic Plan (2018-2022), based on findings from the end-term Malaria Program Review.
  • Support the NVDCP in finalizing the 2018-2020 Global Fund grant application, grant signing, and implementation of that grant.
  • Support the NVDCP and MoHSS on mobilization of domestic resources to fill key programmatic gaps in the Strategic Plan.
  • Support the NVDCP to ensure that testing, treatment, and surveillance are sustainably extended into the community to capture and cure all incident symptomatic cases.
  • Provide operational support for ongoing efforts to strengthen surveillance systems, particularly around adherence to reporting guidelines and data usage for decision-making.
  • Support development of detailed operational plans for successful deployment of targeted interventions.
  • Support policy-relevant operational research pilots in partnership with the University of Namibia (UNAM), including cross-border research collaboration with neighboring countries.
  • Identify key impediments to the successful execution of malaria elimination plans and work with malaria programs and other partners to develop solutions to rapidly address those bottlenecks.
  • Manage the CHAI team in Namibia, including administrative management related to CHAI office, budget, logistics and safety and security.
  • Represent the interests of CHAI in Namibia in technical working groups, development workshops, policy dialogues, and advocacy events where critical.
  • Other responsibilities as needed

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in public heath or related field, international development, or business administration.

  • Minimum 3-5 years relevant experience in management of public health programs, including both implementation and financial management aspects.

  • Experience working in an international context and/or entrepreneurial environment

  • Ability to think strategically and anticipate future consequences and trends

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team

  • Strong work ethic, integrity, credibility, and dedication to CHAI’s mission

  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of varied professional and cultural backgrounds

  • Proven ability to function in a fast-paced work environment

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a sense of urgency and timeliness

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Demonstrated excellent analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills

  • Ability to oversee multiple work streams simultaneously, to set priorities, and to work independently and flexibly with a strong commitment to excellence in high-pressure situations

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills

  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships in a challenging multicultural environment

  • Willingness to travel


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public heath or related field, international development, or business administration.
  • Experience living and working in Southern Africa, including as a native of the region
  • Experience working with government institutions
  • Experience in working with malaria and/or other infectious diseases
  • Work experience in the following areas: developing and managing grants, monitoring and evaluation, health systems, program coordination.

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