Program Officer

Clinton Health Access Initiative, Bhopal, India

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th April, 2019

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. For more information, please visit:

CHAI has been working in India since 2004 in close partnership with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at the Central and States’ levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. Currently CHAI works across projects to expand access to quality care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, tuberculosis, cancer and immunisation.

Project Background

India has the highest burden of Tuberculosis (TB) in the world, accounting for more than 27% of the global TB incidence. Of the 2.8 million annual estimated incidence, more than half access diagnosis and care in the private sector, where there are significant gaps across the care cascade because of diagnostic delays, irrational and non-standardized regimens and catastrophic health expenditure to patients.

India has outlined an ambitious agenda of eliminating tuberculosis by the year 2025. As outlined in the National Strategic Plan (2017-25), the cornerstone for India’s TB elimination plans hinges on scaling up of public private mix (PPM) initiatives, rolling out incentives through Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) and scaling up ICT based solutions. Existing state health society’s capacity to contract services is limited. This has resulted in limited uptake of PPM initiatives and major gaps in private sector engagement.

Program Officer Position

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials for the role of Program Officer. The individual will support the state health society in scaling up PPM initiative across the state. She/he will manage a small team and provide necessary technical, operational and management support to implement PPM initiatives. She/he will work closely with the State TB Office, National Health Mission and other key stakeholders.

The Program Officer will ultimately accelerate rollout of PPM initiatives, drive uptake of private sector notifications and DBT payments.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials, strong analytical abilities, and communication skills. The candidate must be self-driven, entrepreneurial, adaptable and have a high level of comfort with ambiguity. They will be expected to lead a team and work independently with limited oversight. They must be able to push the thinking of program staff and drive results. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.


  • Provide technical guidance to the State Tuberculosis Office (STO) to frame a PPM Strategy for TB Control
  • Liaise with National Health Mission (NHM) and STO to drive contracting of PPM initiatives
  • Establish and promote new contracting mechanism for private sector engagement
  • Directly manage a team of 2 to 3 individuals to provide necessary technical, managerial and M&E support to the program at the state and district level
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders at the state and district level, enabling quick rollout of the PPM initiatives
  • Work with the RNTCP staff to facilitate availability of public sector commodities (diagnostics and FDCs) and streamline FDC supply chain mechanism for private sector patients
  • Support RNTCP in roll out of DBT and scale up of ICT supported adherence systems
  • Support STO in periodically reviewing (and monitoring) various PPM initiatives
  • Provide strategic guidance to implementing partners to improve program implementation effectiveness
  • Ensure cross learning across the state enabling faster uptake of PPM initiatives
  • Support the team in building capacity of program staff to effectively manage PPM initiatives
  • Other responsibilities as needed


  • Master's degree or PhD in a related field such as medicine, public health or management
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in demanding, results-oriented environments in the public sector and/or private sector
  • Ability to manage small teams
  • Prior experience working with health programs
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate and drive change in large programme settings
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work in cross functional teams
  • Strong command of English required, regional Indian languages is an advantage
  • Strong communication skills, including development of compelling presentations with the ability to translate technical content and results into formats suitable for various audiences
  • Ability to work independently on complex projects and proactively manage projects with minimal supervision
  • High EQ and excellent interpersonal skills, especially in cross-cultural settings and highly distributed work environments with demonstrated ability to build relationships quickly


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