Program Officer, Diagnostics

Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Eligible Citizenship: USA
Application Code: M04-Int
Job Function: Development / Fundraising / Grant-Writing, Program / Project Management
Issue Area: Health Systems Strengthening / Healthcare Access, HIV / AIDS


In 2002, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) began as the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in the developing world and strengthen health systems. Taking the lead from governments and working with partners, CHAI works to improve markets for life-saving medicines and diagnostics, lower the costs of treatments, and expand access to life-saving technologies—creating a sustainable model that can be owned and maintained by governments.

In 2005, CHAI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Malawi (GoM) to strengthen health systems in the most challenged districts, provide national support to HIV/AIDS drug pricing and programmatic work, support the pilot and scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) initiatives, expand access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for children, strengthen Malawi’s lab system, and scale-up an integrated nutrition program for children. CHAI’s support to Malawi has expanded to include human resources for health (HRH), vaccines (pneumococcal and rotavirus), and health financing.

Position Overview

As CHAI Malawi seeks to continue its support to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) efforts to provide high quality HIV diagnostics to Malawians the office is looking for a Program Officer, Diagnostics to lead a diverse set of activities designed to increase access to Early Infant Diagnosis (EID), Viral Load Testing (VLT) and linkage to second-line treatment for people living with HIV in Malawi. The Program Officer will work on devising and implementing innovative strategies for scaling-up testing and monitoring programs, which include EID and VLT for patients who are on ART. The Program Officer will report directly to the Program Manager, Diagnostics.


  • Conduct various analyses of bottlenecks and challenges with testing uptake and linkage to adherence counseling and second line treatment, recommend solutions to MOH, and support implementation of these solutions
  • Organize trainings for pilot studies and scale up of EID and VLT Point-Of-Care (POC) testing to ensure highest quality of trained personnel
  • Coordinate mentorship activities for sites that use POC devices
  • Attend policy meetings and prepare program update presentations for MOH and partners
  • Advise MOH impartially on policy and technological issues relating to VLT, linkage to treatment, POC, and other diagnostics in general
  • Coordinate quality assurance activities for both conventional and POC technologies for EID and VLT
  • Support resource mobilization efforts for VLT scale up, POC, and other diagnostics for Malawi

Desired Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree plus one to two years of work experience*
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills*
  • Strong quantitative analysis, problem solving, and analytical capabilities*
  • Proven ability to develop and present proposals and donor reports, for both internal and external audiences*
  • Experience in managing donor contracts and fundraising activities, including a sound understanding of Program Cycle Management
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Detail-oriented with strong organization skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently and flexibly with a strong commitment to excellence
  • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations and work in a fast-paced environment with limited-structural support
  • Ability to maintain strong relationships with a variety of people and organizations, including but not limited to high-level MOH officials, district health officers, laboratory professionals, partner NGO’s staff, and fellow CHAI employees

Fellowship Logistics

During the fellowship year, all fellows are provided with:

  • A living stipend of $650/month
  • Housing and utilities
  • Health insurance
  • A professional development grant of $600
  • An award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year
  • Travel costs covered to and from placement site, training and retreats

*Note: The living stipend and the completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization.

Living and Working in Malawi: Fellows are provided with basic housing and a utilities stipend during the fellowship year. GHC coordinates housing for fellows in shared apartments or houses that meet GHC's safety standards. Fellows at CHAI will be housed in Lilongwe, an urban city and capital of Malawi.

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