Deputy Country Director

Clinton Health Access Initiative, Monrovia, Liberia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th June, 2017

Job 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:

Liberia Office Overview:

  • In 2006, CHAI was the first international NGO to help Liberia's government rebuild after a decade-long Civil War in Liberia had killed an estimated 270,000 people, decimated the nations' health infrastructure and hindered the country's ability to deliver vital health and social services. The partnership between Liberia's Ministry of Health (MOH) and CHAI evolved from being HIV specific to addressing key healthcare challenges ranging from supply chain management, health workforce, and health financing, across various vertical programs including HIV, Maternal and Neonatal Health and Malaria. To date the CHAI Liberia office has since helped the government achieve a nine-fold increase in HIV care and treatment and more than doubled access to a basic package of health care services.
  • During the 2014-2015 Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa, CHAI Liberia played a prominent role supporting the MOH with case management, health worker training and supply chain logistics. During the outbreak, CHAI also supported an assessment of Liberia's chronic health workforce shortage to inform the country's post-Ebola strategy aimed at building a resilient health system. The Ministry developed the Health Workforce Program: a 7 year, comprehensive intervention aimed at scaling up training of physicians, nurses, midwives, health managers and community health assistants while, also, improving the quality of education provided. This became Liberia's top post-Ebola priority, with program activities launching in 2016. CHAI serves as the Contract Management partner on the project; all of CHAI Liberia's programmatic staff is dedicated to supporting the government's successful implementation of the Health Workforce Program.

Description of DCD Position:

  • Reporting to the Country Director (CD), the Deputy Country Director (DCD) is responsible for realizing the CD's vision and strategy for the country office by coordinating and managing the day to day efforts of both the office's administrative and technical staff. The DCD will oversee operations responsibilities for the Liberia country office pertaining to team safety, logistics, human resources and finances. Specific responsibilities include programmatic and financial planning/reporting, fundraising and monitoring and evaluation efforts for all work areas. The DCD will support the CD's efforts to manage relationships across all stakeholders ranging from Government leadership, Ministry technical experts, key Liberian stakeholders, in country partners, to global counterparts within CHAI and donors. The DCD will also ensure the office's ongoing compliance with all CHAI policies and procedures.
  • CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as Liberia's DCD, a role that also includes leading the office's Health Workforce Team in supporting the MOH's implementation of the Health Workforce Program. In conjunction with the CD, the DCD will set strategy and direction for the CHAI Health Workforce Team, specifically identifying opportunities for CHAI to add additional value and maximize impact. S/he will directly manage the team's programmatic work areas and support team members to achieve program objectives. S/he will act as a technical and program advisor to the government, attending technical working groups and liaising closely with Ministry officials leading the project.



  • Support the CD in defining the country office's overall strategy, develop clear operational plans for execution, and continually identify opportunities for CHAI to add value and maximize impact
  • Support robust financial, administrative, and human resource policies and systems, ensuring they are aligned with CHAI global policies and compliant with local law
  • Support the CD in human resources management, including recruitment, retention and management of existing staff
  • Ensure adequate on-boarding for new staff and identify training needs and professional development opportunities for existing team members
  • Work with the Associate Director and Finance Administrator (ADOFA) to oversee the office's daily operations, including contracting with vendors, ensuring compliance with local laws, and interfacing with CHAI's legal, security and financial teams
  • Work with the ADOFA to develop and manage annual office and program budgets in collaboration with program staff, oversee the financial management of the office, including monthly cash flow and financial reporting, cash allocations and budget forecasting and planning
  • Manage administrative team to ensure proper office functioning for security, logistics and finance
  • Maintain appropriate bi-directional communication with CHAI headquarters to ensure that CHAI's global capabilities are being fully leveraged
  • Undertake other country tasks as the CD may direct from time to time


  • Provide high-quality technical assistance to the government as needed/requested, and nurture a trusted relationship with government partners based on a track record of delivering results that exceed expectations in speed and quality
  • Build and leverage strong effective relationships with key partners and stakeholders, identify and establish additional partnerships as appropriate
  • Foster a team-based approach to work streams that balances priorities and resources to execute deliverables in an efficient manner

Health Workforce Program Management Team:

  • Train, develop work plans, and oversee the work of the Liberia Health Workforce Team on a day to day basis, supporting staff to ensure optimal delivery of CHAI support
  • Establish effective communication and coordination mechanisms within the Liberia Health Workforce Team in order to ensure well-coordinated work streams and maximum impact of CHAI's support to the national program;
  • Drive internal strategic planning and budgeting processes related to the Health Workforce Program work streams and oversee project performance against work plans and budget
  • Identify key impediments to the successful execution of the Health Workforce Program strategy and work with the MOH and partners to develop and implement solutions to rapidly address these bottlenecks
  • Work closely with the Country Director, CHAI team members and MOH leadership to maintain overall strategic direction of the Health Workforce Program
  • Identify strategic areas for expansion or redirection and guide strategic planning or proposal development as needed
  • Facilitate donor communication and manage monitoring and reporting of financial and programmatic progress
  • Develop communication materials, make presentations and represent CHAI at public forums

Other responsibilities as needed.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and a track record of consensus building and managing relationships with a range of stakeholders across sectors
  • Excellent diplomacy skills, work ethic, and flexibility
  • Highly motivated, independent, dynamic and entrepreneurial thinker with strong managerial experience and interpersonal skills
  • Proven experience as a strong leader, as well as team player, with an ability to mentor and manage a team for consistently high performance
  • Demonstrated strategic project management skills; ability to attend to details while always maintaining focus on larger goals
  • Experience and understanding of monitoring and evaluation for large, complex projects
  • Ability to demonstrate high performance conceiving, planning, and executing on complex programs in unstructured and demanding environments without extensive operational support
  • Experience living and working in resource-limited setting, and willingness to learn in a culturally diverse work environment
  • Demonstrated strong problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills, including high level of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications


  • Master in Business Administration (MBA) or MPH strongly preferred plus 5 years work experience; or a minimum Bachelor's degree with exceptional equivalent experience
  • Minimal five (5) years of project management and at least 2 years of experience as program lead.


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