Clinton Foundation Vacancy: Program Manager, Health Financing, Yaoundé

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 technical support to governments in overcoming financing barriers to achieving universal access to health services.

Since 2007, CHAI has been supporting the Government of Cameroon to introduce and scale up lifesaving Pediatric and second line treatments for HIV as well as helping to strengthen HIV laboratory systems and improving malaria diagnostics. At the request of the Ministry of Health, CHAI will begin a formal sustainable health financing program in Cameroon in March 2014.

CHAI is looking for a Health Financing Program Manager to develop and implement this program. The vision of the program will be to assist the Government of Cameroon to reach its goal of universal health coverage. This will be achieved by supporting the Ministry of Health to develop an evidence base and use this evidence to make key decisions and to advocate for health priorities with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy and Planning and donors.

CHAI’s work in sustainable health financing will provide process management and technical support. This will include participating in key forums on sustainable health financing, developing costing methodologies to better understand costs of health care and national health plans, tracking available resources to quantify funding gaps and assessing the feasibility for innovative financing mechanisms.

The program manager will be part of an established team in Cameroon that works very closely with the Ministry of Health, interacting on a regular basis with government officials, donors, NGOs and civil society.


Reporting to the Country Director, the Health Financing Program Manager will lead a team to achieve the following:

  • Identify critical hurdles to improving the sustainability of health financing, both short-term and long-term;
  • Develop clear operational plans for execution of program aims, and continually identify opportunities for CHAI to add value and maximize impact;
  • Quantify financial resource gaps across the health sector;
  • Evaluate existing and potential innovative financing mechanisms to support the MOH in resource mobilization;
  • Support the MOH to become a better advocate of health priorities with government bodies and donors;
  • 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;
  • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders in government, international partners, donors and NGOs, and ensure coordination of resources and efforts;
  • Ensure execution of multiple program interventions simultaneously along aggressive timelines;
  • Work with Country Director to manage program budgets; and
  • Coordinate collaboration with other CHAI country teams and global teams.
Minimum requirements:
  • Master's degree in Economics, Public Health, Business or a related field or equivalent job experience;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a rigorous private or public position, with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership;
  • Experience managing a team, program budgets, and donor relationships;
  • Exceptional communication and relationship management skills with ability to clearly communicate complex ideas;
  • Exceptionally strong quantitative and analytical skills;
  • Understanding of principles of health economics and related quantitative methodologies;
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills;
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications; and
  • Fluency in spoken and written French and English is a must.
  • Management consulting or other relevant private and public sector experience;
  • Experience working on health related issues in resource-limited settings;
  • Relevant experience working in a multi-cultural setting;
  • Knowledge of health systems strengthening and/or global healthcare systems;
  • Understanding of Global Fund proposal development process as well as other donor funding mechanisms and processes; and
  •  Personal qualities including resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility and strong work ethic.
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