Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other illnesses. Based on the premise that business oriented strategy can facilitate solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to save lives, via improved organization of commodity markets and more effective local management. Unlike other implementers, CHAI does not operate stand-alone programs, nor does it build parallel health systems. Rather, CHAI works at the invitation and in support of governments. We focus on large-scale impact and have secured lower pricing agreements for treatment options in more than 70 countries, including cutting the costs of Viral Load laboratory tests by 50% in South Africa. CHAI’s teams are working side-by-side with over 30 governments to tackle many of the largest barriers to effective health care.
CHAI’s health financing program is working with 10 governments to substantially and sustainably improve access to and utilization of essential health services for their populations. These governments are committed to increasing access, but face financial barriers to doing so. Financing for health is often insufficient, inefficiently spent and overly reliant on donor funding, which is not sustainable. Healthcare providers face stock-outs, ration services among patients and charge informal or formal user fees, which can act as a deterrent for patients, and particularly the poor, to seek care when needed.
CHAI’s approach includes working on a day to day basis with senior leadership and technical staff in Ministries of Health from the national to subnational level and at the facility level, in order to address financial barriers to access to health services. This includes supporting decisions to define health priorities, quantify resource gaps and secure resources for these priorities from donor and domestic sources, moving towards aid independence over time. In countries like Ethiopia and South Africa, CHAI is supporting roll-out of national health insurance. In countries like Malawi and Swaziland, CHAI is working with governments to improve how the available general revenue and donor resources are managed through existing financial management systems.
CHAI is looking for a Program Manager with relevant experience in health financing, and ideally public financial management, to provide technical, strategic and management support to design and implementation of health financing programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Myanmar.
Please note that while the base location is flexible, this role will include up to 60-70% travel and will support multiple country locations in Africa and Asia.
Placement is flexible per leadership approval with preference for CHAI program country in Southern and Eastern Africa.
This is a challenging, fast-paced and rewarding position. The Program Manager will be part of a small global health financing team. He or she will work closely with in-country teams strengthening the ability of Ministries of Health to design and implement financial management and other health financing reforms. He or she will also contribute to shape CHAI’s health financing strategy and emerging programs and priorities in areas such as health insurance and public financial management.
Key responsibilities include the following:
- Work with country teams to support partner governments on design and roll-out of health financing reforms and interventions to strengthen financial management;
- Design and implement new tools and processes for improved budgeting or resource allocation and performance management, and support their institutionalization within governments;
- Support country teams to undertake research and quantitative analyses and to present results to inform senior management decisions that improve efficiency, effectiveness, equity and sustainability of health financing;
- Research methods used in the roll-out of health financing reforms in other countries and support adaptation of lessons to new contexts;
- Collaborate and share work with global, regional and national stakeholders, through day to day work as well as presentations at key global fora;
- Onboard, train and provide day to day troubleshooting support to CHAI staff in health financing, financial modeling and other areas as needed;
- Provide strategic support to country program managers in work planning, monitoring and evaluation and management;
- Support monitoring and evaluation across CHAI country programs, as well as reporting to donors;
- Contribute to knowledge management activities internally and disseminate methods and lessons learned through internal and external materials including peer-reviewed publications;
- Other responsibilities as requested by manager.
Qualifications include the following:
- A minimum of 5-7+ years of experience in a relevant field (e.g. financial management, health economics, health insurance) in the public or private sector with increasing responsibilities;
- Advanced degree in health economics, public health, public policy, economics or other relevant disciplines preferred; or Bachelor’s degree with exceptional experience.
- Experience working in developing countries and with governments an advantage;
- Project management experience, including program design and execution as well as monitoring and evaluation;
- Strong strategic and problem solving skills, including excellent analytical and quantitative skills;
- Strong writer, facilitator and oral communicator able to explain complex concepts to a variety of audiences;
- Ability to work independently, self-motivate and propose new initiatives;
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and quickly adapt to changing priorities;
- Full proficiency of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
- Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build relationships in a multicultural environment; and
- English language fluency.
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