Country Associate, Central America

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
  • Location
    Panama City, Panama
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 10

Position description

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment in the developing world. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Since its inception, CHAI’s programs have helped more than 11.8 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medicines, saving the global health community billions of dollars. For more information, please visit:


Malaria is one of the world's most important causes of illness, death, and lost economic productivity. Over the past decade, dramatic increases in donor funding have facilitated scale-up of effective interventions to prevent, diagnosis, and treat malaria. This investment has successfully reduced the burden of malaria in many settings, and some countries have begun planning to eliminate it altogether. Yet these gains are fragile: global funding for malaria remains short of what is needed, last decade's rapid growth in malaria financing appears to have halted, and resistance to insecticides and drugs threatens to set back efforts. The great majority of the growth in funding for malaria programs has come from potentially volatile international donors rather than from domestic contributions, making the sustainability of recent gains an open question.


CHAI provides direct management and technical support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.


Overview of Role:

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as part of its Global Malaria Team supporting Program Support Teams and Country Teams to plan and execute effective programs in the Central America region. Over the past two years, CHAI has rapidly engaged countries across the region and helped them make meaningful steps towards orienting their national strategic plans and systems towards historic elimination by 2020. The candidate will work closely with CHAI's other Technical Teams to advance access to prevention and treatment commodities in this region. 

The associate will bring outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills, and be able to work independently and have deep personal commitment to producing results. The associate also will be expected to be highly fluent in in Excel and be able to build quantitative models independently without daily supervision. CHAI places great value on the resourcefulness, tenacity, patience, humility, and high ethical standards of its staff.

This role requires travel to remote regions with limited infrastructure and medical care. 


The Country Associate will:

  • Work with the National Malaria Program in the target country and the CHAI global malaria team to conduct a rapid country assessment to identify the technical, operational and financial requirements for sustainably achieving elimination
    • Lead the assembly and compilation of epidemiological, operational, and financial data 
    • Coordinate evaluation of program processes, capacity, guidelines and field activities to define implementation barriers and identify areas that require strengthening to achieve elimination 
  • Build strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government and non-governmental organizations
  • Work with the CHAI Regional Manager to develop a country work plan for delivering a coordinated program of support to the National Malaria Program
  • Support the National Malaria Program on the reorientation of their program towards elimination, specific activities will include: 
    • Revising national malaria strategic plan
    • Updating national guidelines and policies to align with global elimination recommendations
    • Developing detailed operational plans, SOPs and associated training materials to build government capacity and support effective execution of malaria program 
  • 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
  • Work with the MoH and partners to accelerate introduction and uptake of new tools and diagnostics 
  • Serve as a trusted adviser to the government on malaria elimination 
  • Provide program and budget updates for progress reports and best practice sharing
  • Compile inputs and draft necessary presentations/reports for internal stakeholders and donors 
  • Travel 40%-50% of the time to the respective Country


  • Bachelor’s degree plus 3 - 5 years of work experience
  • Strong problem solving skills and analytical capabilities
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Detail-oriented with strong organization skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently
  • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations and work in a fast-paced, multicultural environment
  • Ability to be patient and thoughtful even under stress
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Spanish fluency (written and oral)


  • Knowledge of Malaria
  • Experience with infectious disease control programs
  • Experience living and/or working in developing countries 
  • Language skills in Spanish, Portuguese, or French
  • Advanced degree

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