Program Manager, Health Workforce Planning Infrastructure

Monrovia | Monrovia

Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other illnesses. Based on the premise that business oriented strategy can facilitate solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to save lives, via improved organization of commodity markets, strategy and policy development and more effective local management. CHAI's teams are working side-by-side with over 30 governments to tackle many of the largest barriers to effective treatment and care.

In 2006, after a decade of conflict and successful democratic elections, President Bill Clinton made the first high-level diplomatic visit to the country. Immediately thereafter, CHAI established an office in the country – the first international Non-Governmental Organization to help Liberia's government rebuild. Ever since, the partnership between the Ministry of Health and CHAI has evolved from being HIV specific to addressing key health system challenges, both horizontally and vertically. These include Reproductive Maternal and Newborn Health, HIV and TB, Supply Chain, and Health Workforce.

Health Workforce Program Overview:

CHAI's programs in Health Workforce aim to build the health education infrastructure and human resources necessary to create high quality, sustainable healthcare systems in developing countries. CHAI is focusing its efforts in three strategic focus areas: 1) significantly increasing the number of qualified health workers 2) optimizing the distribution and productivity of health workers and 3) improving management capacity of governments and health facilities

CHAI serves as a central advisor to the Ministry of Health and operates in a seconded fashion with offices located in the Ministry of Health. In 2014, CHAI supported the Government of Liberia to develop a bold, comprehensive Health Workforce Program to guide national and donor funds to achieve the objectives laid out in Liberia's 2011 National Human Resources Policy and Plan (HRPP). The resulting strategy articulates Liberia's need to increase health faculty at training institutions and medical infrastructure at training hospitals in order to achieve an aggressive scale-up plan that will increase the quality, skill-diversity and quantity of health professionals including physicians, nurses, midwives, community health workers and healthcare managers trained in Liberia. Additional interventions are planned to improve policy, planning and management of the health workforce at the Ministry of Health. The Program emphasizes the country's desire to move from Ebola containment and treatment to prevention of a recurrence, which will only be achieved through rebuilding and strengthening the health system holistically. Currently, CHAI is supporting the Government of Liberia to mobilize resources for Liberia's training institutions and government to ensure development and management of existing and new health professional training programs and construction of two major teaching hospitals. In addition, CHAI is leading a coalition of advocacy and implementation partners to support Liberia's Ministry of Health with implementation activities.

Position Overview:
The Health Workforce Program involves a multitude of infrastructure investments – across nine training institutions and training hospitals, in addition to other clinical training environments where nurses and midwives perform clinical rotations. CHAI is currently seeking a highly motivated and seasoned Infrastructure Program Manager (PM) to provide management and programmatic oversight to the Infrastructure investments within the Health Workforce Program. Candidates must have excellent planning, management, writing, analytical, organizational, communication and cultural sensitivity skills as they will be working closely with government and external partners. The candidate must also have relevant technical experience and a passion for results and a commitment to excellence.

The Infrastructure PM will report to the a Civil Engineer and will help oversee the implementation of all infrastructure investments in collaboration with the MOH Infrastructure Unit and other CHAI technical resources. While the Civil Engineer will provide technical expertise for all infrastructure investments, the PM will be responsible for ensuring projects are being proactively managed, monitored, and with CHAI's administration team will ensure that contracts are compliant with donor and government regulations.

Responsibilities to the Government of Liberia

  • Prepare annual work plans and monthly progress reports describing the physical and financial progress of each site, highlighting impediments to the quality and progress of the works and remedial actions for submission to the PIU
  • Manage project timelines and will develop and implement monitoring tools to track contractor timeline adherence
  • In collaboration with the MOH Project Implementation unit (PIU), ensure that all assigned civil activities are carried out within the agreed budgets and schedules
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders in government, implementing partners, donors and NGOs to ensure maximum coordination of resources and efforts to optimize implementation and scale-up
  • Support the development and maintenance of the Human Workforce Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Framework and ensure timely data collection and analysis
  • Monitor the progress of infrastructure projects on a quarterly basis and ensure that challenges are addressed in real-time and timelines maintained (estimated travel is 50%)
  • Work with the PIU and MOH Infrastructure Unit to develop terms of reference in order to contract a standards and guidelines technical expert to develop and revise national health facility standards and management guidelines
  • Monitor, evaluate, report, and troubleshoot on infrastructure investments, during the implementation of the program
  • Identify the most critical hurdles to scale-up and develop innovative strategies to address them

Responsibilities to CHAI

  • Develop and manage work plans and team deliverables, and facilitate cross-team communication to ensure program activities occur on time
  • Manage program budget, track and manage project milestones and deliverables, ensuring that goals are met and deliverables are provided on time
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential risks and devise contingency plans, and continually identify opportunities for CHAI to add value and maximize impact.
  • Support CHAI Country leadership and the Health Workforce global team with other tasks as required

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Business, Civil Engineering, or Project Management plus 6 years work experience; or Advance Degree or equivalent in Business, Civil Engineering, or Project Management plus 4 years work experience; or equivalent total work experience

  • Dynamic, entrepreneurial individuals with strong analytical, managerial, and diplomatic skills

  • Proven experience managing and leading sizeable teams to deliver high-impact results

  • Demonstrated strong project management, analytical, leadership, and problem solving skills

  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, unstructured environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Ability to work with teams across time zones and locations

  • Proven ability to work through sensitive political contexts and develop and build strong relationships with government officials, multilateral organizations, and other stakeholders to drive immediate results

  • Exceptional communications skills, both written and oral; high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word

  • Strong work ethic and flexibility, respectful of local norms and culture, ability to work with humility and urgency

  • Highest standards of ethics and integrity, a deep sense of collegiality, a commitment to prevent and address corruption and fraud, as well as a strong desire to create positive change on a big scale


  • Previous experience working in organization that receives World Bank and/or multi-lateral donor funding

  • Experience working/living in resource-poor settings

  • Degree in Civil Engineering a plus

  • Previous work experience in West Africa

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  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Monrovia | Monrovia
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Human Resources
    • Human Resources
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Urban Development, planning and design
    • Urban Development, planning and design
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-03

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