Senior Program Officer Curriculum Review, Mentorship and System Strengthening, Lusaka, Zambia

CHAI/Zambia’s Human Resources for Health (HRH) team works directly with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry of Community Development Maternal and Child Health (MCDMCH) to plan, design, and implement National Training Operational Plan 2013-2016 to alleviate the human resources for health crisis in the country.

The HRH team partners with the Government of Zambia (GRZ) to: (i) expand the number of healthcare workers in the country, (ii) optimize the distribution of the health workforce to improve equity of access and meet the needs of communities, and (iii) enhance the productivity of the existing health workforce.

The Senior Program Officer Curriculum Review, Mentorship and System Strengthening is responsible for assisting with the national scale up of training of health care workers in partnership with Government. The Senior Program Officer Curriculum Review, Mentorship and System Strengthening is a part of the CHAI Zambia HRH team, and reports to the HRH Program Manager SBA. The Senior Program Officer Curriculum Review, Mentorship and System Strengthening will work in close collaboration with the government and will interact on a regular basis with donors, NGOs, academic and research institutions and civil society.


  • In coordination with GRZ, the General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNC) and Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ), coordinate a comprehensive curriculum review of the Certified Midwifery program and the Clinical Officer General training program that creates training efficiencies and enhances teaching methodologies
  • Collaborate with HRH team to support GRZ in developing a sound and cost effective implementation strategy for SBA scale up, with particular focus on incorporating all curriculum and/or policy changes as a result of the curriculum reviews
  • Support targeted SBA training institutions to utilizing the revised curriculums
  • In collaboration with GRZ, enhance the SBA mentorship and supervision system using best practices
  • Coordinate systems strengthening efforts with GRZ, such as enforcement of the compulsory service scheme, HR systems management, and supply chain system strengthening efforts
  • Collaborate with HRH team to collect data regarding SBA training, supportive supervision and mentorship to allow for monitoring and evaluation of the program and reporting against program indicators.
  • Collaborate with GRZ and the HRH team to strengthen government systems as they relate to the SBAs and their referral health facilities
  • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders in government, international partners, donors and NGOs, and ensure coordination of resources and efforts
  • Support the SBA HRH Program Manager in all programmatic matters including report writing
  • Provide support to core HRH team to ensure that the objectives and deliverables of the CHAI Zambia HRH Program are met.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree  with a minimum of four years work experience within a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Proven track record of effective project management and ability to generate results
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong interpersonal capabilities
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and ability to make linkages between interventions/programs
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and set priorities
  • Self-motivated and ability to work under pressure and set priorities
  • Ability to deal with sparse data and ambiguity
  • Ability to maximize available data to provide strategic recommendations
  • Strong analytical skills and proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work cohesively with many stakeholders (e.g. MoH, MCDMCH, GNC, HPCZ etc.)
  • Ability to coordinate meetings, meet deadlines, generate data driven reports and work in a fast-paced environment with maximum efficiency and impact
  • Willingness to travel domestically
  • Zambian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Advantages:
  • Experience working in public health and with international organizations in Zambia
  • Familiarity with GRZ healthcare worker’s training curriculums, teaching methodologies and the public health sector systems

 Level of Education: Masters

Compensation: $30,000 – $40,000 Annually

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2 thoughts on “Senior Program Officer Curriculum Review, Mentorship and System Strengthening, Lusaka, Zambia

  1. I am Indian doctor , presently undergoing masters in public health in Finland . my course is to finish by March 2014. I would like to know am I eligible for the position.

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