Program Officer, Health Financing

Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Eligible Citizenship: Malawi
Application Code: M04-Nat
Job Function: Database Management / Data Analysis / Statistics, Finance / Budgeting, 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

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) seeks a Program Officer, Health Financing to help the Government of Malawi (GoM) address challenges of limited resources for the health sector. The Program Officer will work in projects quantifying the financial gaps in the health sector, helping the government make health financing policy decisions through targeted use of collected data. The Program Officer will also support the program’s work on assisting the Ministry of Health (MOH) with planning and budgeting, designing and implementing various health reforms, driving operational efficiencies in the health sector, and tracking outcomes and impact in the health sector. The Program Officer will work very closely with departments of the MOH, particularly the Department of Planning and Policy Development (DPPD), in addition to cooperating on a regular basis with donors, NGOs, and civil society. This position presents an opportunity to work very closely with a government that is committed to finding opportunities for sustainable financing of the health sector, with large potential impact on access to essential health services for the people of Malawi.


  • Provide technical support to the MOH on a broad range of health financing and systems issues, enabling MOH to mobilize more resources into the health sector and distribute them equitably, effectively and efficiently
  • Collect, clean, and analyze data on various areas of the health sector to quantify the available resources, costs, and gaps in the health sector to inform planning and budgeting
  • Assist the MOH with the implementation of a new sector-wide strategic plan and a revised Essential Health Package
  • Provide technical support on public financial management reform processes across the health sector
  • Support the development of investment cases for disease programs and health systems areas
  • Liaise with stakeholders in the health sector to drive evidence-based operational and policy changes
  • Assist in building capacity at all levels of the MOH
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Program Manager

Desired Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, public health, public policy, economics, finance, business, or related field*
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in international development, public health, public policy, economics, finance, business, or related field*
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task in fast-paced, high-pressure environments*
  • Strong analytical, organization, and problem-solving skills*
  • Exceptional attention to detail*
  • Strong judgment and cultural sensitivity*
  • Familiarity with public health issues in Malawi or in comparable low-income country settings
  • Experience in quantitative analysis to inform decision-making, either through coursework or prior work experience
  • Advanced technical proficiency with MS Excel (VBA coding preferred)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • English and Chichewa language fluency

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. National fellows have the option to remain in their own housing and receive a supplemental housing stipend.

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