Country Director, South Africa at Clinton Health Access Initiative

Associate, Maternal and Newborn Health at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Position: Country Director, South Africa


The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to our mission of saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries. We work at the invitation of governments to support them and the private sector to create and sustain high-quality health systems.

CHAI was founded in 2002 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic with the goal of dramatically reducing the price of life-saving drugs and increasing access to these medicines in the countries with the highest burden of the disease. Over the following two decades, CHAI has expanded its focus. Today, along with HIV, we work in conjunction with our partners to prevent and treat infectious diseases such as COVID-19, malaria, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Our work has also expanded into cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other non-communicable diseases, and we work to accelerate the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, reduce maternal and child mortality, combat chronic malnutrition, and increase access to assistive technology. We are investing in horizontal approaches to strengthen health systems through programs in human resources for health, digital health, and health financing. With each new and innovative program, our strategy is grounded in maximizing sustainable impact at scale, ensuring that governments lead the solutions, that programs are designed to scale nationally, and learnings are shared globally.

At CHAI, our people are our greatest asset, and none of this work would be possible without their talent, time, dedication and passion for our mission and values. We are a highly diverse team of enthusiastic individuals across 40 countries with a broad range of skillsets and life experiences. CHAI is deeply grounded in the countries we work in, with majority of our staff based in program countries. Learn more about our exciting work:

CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture. CHAI welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and encourages people from historically disadvantaged groups to apply.

Position overview:

To support CHAI’s growing work in South Africa in partnership with South Africa’s National Department of Health (NDOH), CHAI is seeking a dynamic and self-driven individual of high integrity to fill the position of Country Director.

Based in Pretoria, South Africa, the Country Director (CD) will be a key partner to South Africa’s NDOH, as well as global program and operations staff to ensure the overall success of the CHAI South Africa Program. The CD is responsible for realizing the vision and strategy for the country office by leading the strategic and operational management. Specific responsibilities include strategic alignment of the country’s programs with Government’s priorities and the overall CHAI program strategy. The role also includes programmatic and financial planning/reporting, fundraising, and monitoring and evaluation efforts for all program areas. The Country Director will manage relationships across multiple stakeholders ranging from Government leadership, Ministry technical experts, in country partners, to global counterparts within CHAI and its donors. The Country Director will also ensure the office’s ongoing compliance with all CHAI policies and procedures, as well the Government of South Africa compliance requirements.


As a representative of the Clinton Health Access Initiative in South Africa, the Country Director will:

  • Define the overall country strategy, develop clear operational plans, and continually identify opportunities for CHAI to add value and maximize impact
  • Serve on and report to the CHAI-SA Board as directed by the Board
  • Work alongside the National Department of Health (NDOH) to develop and implement CHAI’s engagement, in cooperation with the South African government
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the national and provincial level health system’s priorities and gaps, and ensure effective implementation and long-term sustainability of CHAI South Africa’s program areas (including, but not limited to, HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, Vaccines, Health Financing, Assistive Technology, Maternal Newborn Health, and COVID-19)
  • Provide high-quality technical assistance to the government as needed
  • Facilitate communication and coordination between government, partners, donors, and other key stakeholders
  • Lead and support fundraising efforts, including new program development and relationship management with existing and potential donors
  • Build cohesive, effective, and high-performing teams around new and existing programs
  • Provide leadership, support and strategic direction to senior management and Program Managers in planning and executing programmatic initiatives
  • Oversee the country program’s financial management, including development of program budgets, monthly cash flow and financial reporting, cash allocations and budget forecasting and planning
  • Oversee internal and donor reporting.
  • Maintain appropriate bi-directional communication and information flow with central operations teams


Qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, required
  • A minimum of 10 years’ work experience in a senior management role within a private or public sector enterprise; or a Masters or PhD degree plus a minimum of 8 years work experience in a senior management role within the health sector
  • Demonstrated people management skills and verifiable experience in managing cross cultural teams in a high performing result driven environment.
  • Experience being a mentor, manager, role model and team player who demonstrates high performance, and can lead similar performance from the entire team
  • Experience conceiving, planning and executing programs or projects with verifiable results
  • Comfortable in peer relationships with political leaders such as the Minister for Health, Senior National and Provincial health department staff, District Health staff, health sector leaders, as well as a broad array of civil servants
  • Ability to navigate complex government processes with multiple influencers, as well as negotiate and achieve consensus
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the organization’s leadership on strategic, operational, and organizational issues, as a strong yet collaborative team member
  • Proficiency with working on highly complex problems without extensive structural, financial, or operational support
  • Equally adept and comfortable from a broad strategic perspective and able to drill down to a very granular level of detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • English language fluency, both written and verbal, required
  • Excellent verbal, visual, and written communication skills


  • Master’s Degree (preferably in Business or Public Health)
  • Knowledge of Health Systems is preferred, but not required
  • Professional experience in South Africa is highly desired
  • Knowledge of additional languages of South Africa

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