Clinton Health Access Initiative Program Officer in Cambodia

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: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

Underlying CHAI’s approach is the development of effective, government-led management systems that serve as the backbone towards facilitating program implementation; supports transition and enables governments to sustain progress, while also providing for the continued growth and evolution of national health programs.

Program Description

Every year over 300,000 mothers die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth with 99% of all maternal deaths occurring in the developing world. Unintended pregnancies contribute significantly to maternal mortality. In developing countries, 214 million women and girls have an unmet need for contraception, meaning they want to avoid or postpone pregnancy but are not using a modern contraceptive method. CHAI’s Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) approach to address these challenges begin with reaching adolescents with reproductive health education and services, and continues with supporting women through their reproductive years to ensure every woman is able to realize her reproductive intentions including: avoid unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, terminate a pregnancy safely under a country’s legal framework, have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth, see her newborn thrive from birth to childhood, and space and limit births

Position Summary

CHAI Cambodia is seeking two Program Officers for its SRH program with the National Maternal and Child Health Center (NMCHC), Ministry of Health, focused on increasing the coverage and quality of public-sector delivery of birth spacing and safe abortion services in Cambodia. The Program Officers will support the SRH team in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with provincial health departments (PHD), operational districts (OD) and health centers (HC). The Program Officers will also develop a strong understanding of the sexual and reproductive health landscape. He/she will mainly focus on providing direct technical and management support to PHD, OD, and HC staff on increasing commodity security for birth spacing and safe abortion commodities, strengthening of data reporting in the public sector and consolidation of service data across public and private sectors, improving the monitoring & evaluation (M&E) and supportive supervision (coaching and mentoring) programs to ensure quality assurance of the clinical services in the public sector.

The Program Officers will be required to work closely with other team members in the country. One Program Officer will be based in Kampong Chhnang province and one program officer will be based in Phnom Penh. Both Program Officers will report to the SRH Program Manager. This position will require regular travel to OD and HC facilities in the assigned province.

  • Provide management and technical support to PHD, OD, and HC staff to implement NMCHC’s SRH policies

  • Support PHD, OD and HC staff to develop strategic and operation plans, and their costing

  • Work with CHAI colleagues to implement comprehensive, feasible M&E framework for CHAI’s SRH program with NMCHC

  • Provide the necessary support to PHD, OD, and HC staff on service data consolidation, quantification and procurement of SRH commodities, and strengthening of stock management at district and facility level

  • Provide technical assistance as part of a national referral hospital mentorship program, through mentoring sessions, supervisory visits, training workshops, etc.

  • Introduce new training and provide refresher training to facility-based health workers to provide comprehensive abortion care (CAC) post abortion care (PAC), Postpartum family planning(PPFP), LARCs and other key SRH services

  • Work as part of the country team and in collaboration with partners in supporting NMCHC on the strengthening of supportive supervision programs in the form of quality improvement or coaching for the health staff at facility-level

  • Train community-based health workers to provide information and counselling for PPFP at the community level, as well as strengthen the referral pathway for women to health facilities for PPFP and PAC, where appropriate

  • Support development of facility-level micro plans to improve availability and access to SRH information, education, and contraceptive methods for populations with high unmet need, such as adolescent females and postpartum women

  • Support the demand generation activities at community level as part of the SRH program

  • Facilitate access to data information at the provincial level and provide key updates

  • Support other tasks that may be assigned by the Program Manager

  • A minimum of three (3) years of work experience in a demanding and fast-paced environment; candidates with a background managing SRH public health programs, including contraceptive and family planning (LARC methods such as implants, IUD), postpartum care, and/or comprehensive abortion care are encouraged to apply

  • Experience in operational planning and budgeting

  • Up-to-date knowledge of SRH clinical management practices and guidelines, as well as experience in providing coaching or mentoring to public health facility staff

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and an ability to communicate effectively and build durable relationships with people of varied professional and cultural backgrounds

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work well under pressure

  • Able to identify and comfortably pursue high-impact tactics in complex, uncertain, and continuously evolving environments

  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and quantitative skills, and ability to use data to inform program development and strategy

  • Possess self-motivation and comfort working independently with little oversight

  • Ability to work with humility and not seek personal credit for the work or contributions; commitment to ensuring the government partner is the owner of our supported work

  • Strong working knowledge of spoken and written Khmer

Description of additional job locations (City, Country): 1 post in Phnom Penh 1 post in Kampong Chhnang

External Company URL: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org/