• Full Time
  • Zambia

Website CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative

  • Organization: CHAI – Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Zambia
  • Grade: Associate Level – Open for both International and National Professionals
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Associate, SRMNCAHN

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs – Zambia


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:


Project Description:

CHAI seeks an Associate,  SRMNCAHN for the Sida supported strengthening accountability and program coordination for the People at the Center (PeaCe) health program. The broad objective is to strengthen the coordination and accountability for the SRMNCAH&N PeaCe health being implemented in Eastern and Southern provincesThis broad objective will be delivered through the following four pathways:

  1. Improve people-centered RMNCAHN Program Management & Coordination: This will involve strengthening strategic oversight and planning through a re-engineered program implementation committee and stakeholder engagement. Interventions under this pathway will ensure participatory planning and equity with key voices being part of the planning process.
  2. Adoption of IPCHCS approach in the provision of RMNCAHN services and improved human resources. This will be done by ensuring IPCHCS adoption in the provision of RMNCAHN
    services through capacity building and strengthening human resources to deliver People-Centered
    RMNCAHN services.
  3. Improve program performance, monitoring and evaluation of people-centered RMNCAHN services through the strong systems for tracking program progress which will seek to optimize program performance by monitoring key performance areas where necessary by drawing from CHAI’s experience on Result Based Financing.
  4. Improve documentation, dissemination and learning: This will be strengthened by improving the quality of program reports, knowledge products and how they are disseminated and translated into practice. People-centered research designs as well as participatory action research methods will be considered.
  5. Improve financial accountability for the PeaCe health program. This will be improved by supporting the effective use of Navision and other financial controls. This will ensure that beneficiaries enjoy the optimal benefits of the program.


The Associate SRMNCAHN will be based at the CHAI office in Lusaka and report to the Manager HSS. They will work closely and complement the efforts of the relevant MoH and seconded program staff at national and sub-national levels to strengthen collaboration, technical direction, participatory planning, equity, resilience, and human resource strategies using a people-centered approach in the course of program.


Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • In conjunction with the Manager HSS and National Program Coordinator, ensure regular, timely program review meetings which include the program steering meetings, Program Implementation committee meetings, steering committee meetings and program review meetings
  • Ensure that all relevant stakeholders at all levels are regularly mapped out and constantly and pro-actively engaged in a manner that improves communication, transparency, accountability and reduces duplication at all levels of implementation.
  • Ensure that emerging and persisting program performance challenges are identified and addressed
  • Along with the Manager HSS, represent CHAI in all the relevant committees and TWGs such as safe motherhood, adolescents, supply chain, nutrition etc. and national steering committees such as the ICC steering committee etc.
  • Ensure intersectoral collaboration, by working with other ministries such as the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Community Development, Education to address cross cutting challenges like teenage pregnancy and teenage marriages which reduces the possibility of girls completing school and increases the likelihood of maternal death during childbirth.
  • Work with MoH and the USAID TA partner- Family Health and Nutrition to ensure that work plans are developed in a participatory manner that speak to frontline needs and community level voices which is essential for IPCHCS.
  • Support pre-planning meetings with the districts and provinces so that developed work plans flow directly into the MTEF.
  • Support MoH with developing optimal tracking and deployment of health care workers in program districts to ensure program success.
  • Set up/plan, coordinate and communicate directly with GRZ and other relevant stakeholders to implement programs/initiatives that will help alleviate the HRH crisis in Zambia especially in pediatrics and child health.
  • Monitor trends related to quality of care and work with MoH and relevant partners to institute technical strategies to address such gaps
  • Work with relevant regulatory councils to address any concerns pertaining to health care workers’ attitudes by strengthening respectful nursing care and facilitating the availability of specialist care such as neonatal and pediatric health services.
  • Ensure that relevant staff at MoH and on the program are oriented in line with the IPCHCS approach.
  • Support MoH in navigating challenges relating to program planning and implementation due to the COVID19 pandemic which will adversely affect program outcomes
  • Support MOH to monitor and analyze the stock status of SRMCAH&N commodities and supplies in Eastern and Southern provinces.
  • Any other duties assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree Social Sciences, Nursing, Public Health or Business Administration with a minimum of five years’ work experience, with at least three years in RMNCAHN or similar integrated health programs using a people-centered approach in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and management skills especially in the RMNCAHN space
  • Experience working in public health and with international organizations in Zambia
  • Familiarity with GRZ healthcare worker’s training curriculums, teaching methodologies and the public health sector systems
  • Proven track record of effective project management and ability to generate results
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong interpersonal capabilities
  • Ability to drive evidence-based decision making
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work under pressure on complex projects in diverse teams
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Willingness to travel domestically

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