Program Assistant

Clinton Health Access Initiative, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st July, 2018

Job Description


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. 

The team in Sierra Leone has been engaged by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to support the health sector's recovery in the wake of the devastating Ebola crisis and has evolved that support to a broader health system strengthening approach. This is a unique moment for Sierra Leone as global attention offers the country an opportunity to build a more resilient and robust health system. The MoHS has taken this opportunity to think strategically and ambitiously about their plans for the future and CHAI has supported these efforts, with a particular focus on dramatically improving the number, skill, and distribution of its health workforce across Sierra Leone. The national Human Resources for Health (HRH) Strategy 2017-2021 is currently being implemented and CHAI is supporting decentralization of HRH management, increasing rural retention, and developing continuous education plans, as well as increasing quality of training.

CHAI has been working with the Directorate of HRH of the MoHS and related agencies, such as the Health Services Commission and key HRH working groups, to assist the MoHS in:

  • Clearly articulating the HRH challenges;
  • Generating data and analysis around the health workforce to inform decision-making and planning;
  • Developing specific plans and policies in response to those needs; and
  • Improving data management processes and structures to enable informed decision-making on an ongoing basis

The Program Assistant will report to the HRH Program Manager, supporting the Senior Program Officer across workstreams as an integral member of the CHAI Sierra Leone HRH team and contributing to critical projects—especially the ongoing decentralization of HR management. Because of the fluid nature of our work, specific responsibilities may change over time. The Program Assistant will be hired fulltime to support general program administration. The role will be based in Freetown with potential travel to districts.


The Program Assistant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Assisting the Directorate of HRH to organize and prepare meetings of technical working groups
  • Coordinating HRH stakeholders within public and private sector and ensuring efficient information sharing
  • Providing knowledge management support to ensure appropriate documents/materials are available/accessible to team members and key partners
  • Assisting with the development and execution of robust quantitative and qualitative analyses to assess impact of all priority interventions
  • Oversee general administrative tasks, such as office environment, operational forms being available, solving logistical problems as they arise
  • Ensure the proper filing and maintenance of documents (hard and soft copies), for the CHAI team and the Directorate of HRH
  • Perform other tasks as necessary


CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a desire to be part of a team delivering quality results with limited resources. The individual must be able to function independently and flexibly in a swift manner. The ideal candidate will possess cultural sensitivity skills and demonstrate high emotional intelligence, as they will be working closely government and external partners.

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 2-4 years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities and work independently
  • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity and work in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
  • Proven ability to build relationships in cross-cultural contexts
  • Detail-oriented with good organizational skills
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly
  • Ability to innovate and adapt for changing project needs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations and reports or willingness to learn
  • Experience living and/or working in the Global South
  • Familiarity with global health issues
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word


  • Knowledge of Krio
  • Knowledge of Mende and/or Temne a plus


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