Clinton Health Access Initiative Job Vacancy: Associate, Health Financing - Lilongwe, Malawi

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment in the developing world. CHAI's solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Since its inception, CHAI's programs have helped more than 11.8 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medicines, saving the global health community billions of dollars.
In 2005, CHAI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Malawi (GoM) to strengthen health systems in the most challenged districts, provide national support to HIV/AIDS drug pricing and programmatic work, support the pilot and scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) initiatives, expand access to ART for children, strengthen Malawi's lab system, and scale-up an integrated nutrition Program for children. CHAI's support to Malawi has expanded to include Human Resources for Health (HRH), Vaccines (pneumococcal and rotavirus), and Health Financing.
At the request of our partner governments, CHAI has developed a health financing program across Africa. Currently, in developing countries, just 40% of the poor have access to basic health services, such as delivering babies in a safe environment. While policymakers are committed to universal health coverage, past growth in funding for health is beginning to slow, resulting in difficult decisions and trade-offs. Our health financing teams work with policymakers in Ministries of Health and key stakeholders to remove financing as a barrier to increased coverage of life saving interventions. We provide decision makers with the necessary programmatic and financial information for evidence-based planning and resource allocation. Furthermore, we help governments move towards a sustainable funding model that is increasingly nationally-owned and managed.
Position Overview:
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) seeks an Associate, Health Financing based in Lilongwe to help the Government of Malawi address critical funding shortfalls in the health sector. The Associate will report to the Program Manager, Health Financing, within the Evidence for Impact Cluster.
The Associate will support the government of Malawi identify and overcome health systems constraints to the provision of critical services to the entire population, including leading the quantification of key systems gaps and support the use of evidence in health financing policy decisions through targeted use of data. In addition, the Associate will be responsible for supporting the MOH to develop sustainable systems and processes to improve the allocation of donor and government resources to improve availability of services across the country. The Associate will be part of a team that works closely with senior leaders in the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance as well as donors, NGOs, and civil society organizations.
This is a challenging but rewarding position which will directly impact thousands of people in need of life-saving interventions. It presents an opportunity to work closely with a government that is committed to finding opportunities for sustainable financing of the health sector, providing strategic advice and developing tools that will deliver improved healthcare for the people of Malawi.
Working in close collaboration with MoH, the Associate, Health Financing will:
  • Serve as a trusted technical advisor to the MoH on a broad range of health financing and health systems strengthening issues, enabling MoH to mobilize more resources into the health sector and distribute them equitably, effectively and efficiently;
  • Build government capacity to effectively manage external funding, including tools and process improvements to streamline public financial management and to promote evidence-based decision-making;
  • Build strategic relationships and facilitate meetings with government and external stakeholders to drive operational and policy changes, including through strengthening processes for donor coordination, increased transparency and alignment to government priorities;
  • Support the development of a service readiness assessment at health facilities to identify ways to maximize allocative efficiency and coordination across the health sector;
  • Develop and carry out proposals to build capacity of MoH and increase sustainability of the aforementioned activities;
  • Manage communication and reporting requirements for internal and program donors;
  • Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the Health Financing Program Manager
  • Master's degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Health, or other related field preferred; or Bachelor's degree with exceptional experience
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience, at least two of which should be in public health, health research, public policy, public sector finance, health economics, health financing, clinical experience, or other relevant private and public sector experience
  • Knowledge of and experience in health systems and health care financing and/or public sector financing, particularly in low- and middle-income countries
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build strategic relationships
  • Strong writer, facilitator and oral communicator able to distill and explain complex concepts to varied audiences
  • Structured thinker with experience analyzing complex datasets to identify key trends and to translate them into actionable options for decision makers
  • Ability to think strategically about long-term program objectives and the detailed steps necessary to achieve them
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills without need for extensive structural or operational support
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively in fast-paced, high-pressure situations
  • Advanced technical proficiency with MS Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience working with government ministries (Ministries of Health, Finance, and/or local governments)
  • Experience working in resource-limited settings and in a multicultural office environment
  • Clinical expertise or experience working in health service delivery settings
  • Experience conducting large-scale primary research and data collection, cleaning, analysis, and reporting, including the management of research teams
  • Experience with or interest in shaping national health policy decisions
Closing Date: 26 May 2017