Program Manager, Vaccine Markets

CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative

Program Manager, Vaccine Markets


South Africa

Full Time
Program (Division)

Non Communicable Diseases – Vaccines Market Team
Additional Location Description

This position is flexible to be based in a country where CHAI operates, subject to country leadership approval where applicable.


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.

Overview of CHAI’s Vaccines Program


To ensure all children have access to effective and affordable immunization, addressing the main causes of child mortality, CHAI’s Vaccines Markets Team works with vaccine manufacturers, Gavi and other global stakeholders to improve availability, affordability and diversity of supply for existing and future Gavi vaccines. In doing this, CHAI is applying the techniques it has used successfully to improve access to HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment: improving market demand transparency for individual suppliers, and working closely with these suppliers to optimize their commercial, costing and pricing strategies in low- and middle-income markets. In doing so, this ensures the availability of vaccines at affordable yet commercially sustainable prices. The pandemic context has only reinforced the importance of CHAI’s Vaccines Markets team’s work.

The Vaccines Markets team is seeking a Program Manager to support partner- and supplier-facing engagements, with a focus on accelerating the go-to-market of novel antigens. The Program Manager will identify key market risks for those novel antigens and define and execute relevant market-shaping interventions in collaboration with partners. Over time, the Program Manager will support further strategic initiatives, e.g., improving tiered pricing strategies to enhance vaccine affordability in Middle Income Countries, conceptualizing market-shaping approaches for antigen markets facing higher uncertainty and volatility, etc. This will require extensive collaboration with CHAI’s vaccine delivery and country teams, external partners (e.g., Gavi, BMGF, UNICEF, WHO, CEPI, Linksbridge) and other members of the Vaccines Markets team.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical, conceptual, communication and teamwork skills. The successful candidate will adhere to the core CHAI values of resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic. The Program Manager will report to the Director, Vaccine Markets Team.

This position is flexible to be based in a country where CHAI operates, subject to country leadership approval where applicable.


The duration of this contract will be 12 months. 


  • Lead the development of market intelligence on novel vaccines and its dissemination to global health partners, investors and vaccine manufacturers
  • Cultivate and lead relationships with key global health partners, donors and vaccine manufacturers
  • Develop an understanding of global market dynamics and lead the development of market-shaping interventions for novel vaccines by providing analyses, sharing insights and technical know-how with suppliers, governments and partners (incl. bilateral supplier engagements) as well as conceptualizing innovative financing tools
  • Manage a remote team of 1-2 Associates to conduct analyses that strengthen the business case for vaccine access (e.g., coverage analysis, demand forecasts, uptake models and market access strategies; production development, cost reduction and manufacturing strategies)
  • Lead preparations of presentations, reports, and other analyses to inform global policy and increase the evidence base for high-impact interventions
  • Creatively scope and initiate projects that could contribute to further improving supply sustainability and accessibility of vaccines for LMICs, e.g., tiered pricing strategies to enhance vaccine affordability in Middle Income Countries
  • Support strategic initiatives at the global ecosystem level, e.g., understanding key market-shaping trends and defining market-shaping best practices for different antigen segments
  • Support the development of concept notes and new projects
  • Any other duties as required


  • Analytical – You are comfortable working with large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data and effectively extracting logical conclusions and recommendations from this analysis.
  • Insightful – You develop coherent conceptual frameworks and draw cogent conclusions from large amounts of analysis, sharing what is relevant for real-world challenges faced in the vaccine markets.
  • Intellectually Curious – You proactively seek out knowledge and are interested in developing innovative solutions rather than accepting existing strategies or statements at face-value.
  • Practical – You demonstrate judgment in how you allocate your and your team’s efforts when balancing multiple priorities, focusing on the most decision-critical aspects, and dynamically changing these priorities as required.
  • Communicative – You respectfully and effectively navigate varied and sensitive stakeholder environments.
  • Responsible – You take pride and ownership in your work and have high standards for what you and your team produce, ensuring it can stand up to the scrutiny of internal and external parties.
  • Passionate – You are passionate about improving vaccine markets.


  • Minimum Advanced Degree 
  • Minimum 6 years of professional experience in a fast paced, results-oriented work environment (e.g., strategy consulting, pharmaceuticals, health economics)
  • Proven team management skills with a good eye for people development/coaching
  • Clear strategic/structured thinker with very strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Proven project management skills and the ability to work independently and effectively in a high-performance, dynamic environment and handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with individuals of varying levels of seniority
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and remote environment
  • Available for up to 20-30% travel
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • English language fluency, both written and verbal


  • Experience working remotely with a decentralized team
  • Experience in vaccines, biotechnology, or pharmaceuticals
  • Experience working in or supporting low- and middle-income countries
  • Prior knowledge or experience of global health partners within the vaccine ecosystem
  • Fluency in language in addition to English

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