ACCESS Health International Job Vacancy: Country Director - Manila, Philippines


ACCESS Health International is seeking a dynamic and entrepreneurial Country Director with a minimum of ten years of experience in leading program management, health research, and policy development. Individuals with a strong background in health systems and quality and process improvement are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summary of the Organization
ACCESS Health is an international non profit think tank, advisory group, and knowledge and implementation partner, dedicated to improving access to high quality, affordable healthcare in low, middle, and high income countries. ACCESS Health advises governments, industry, and healthcare sectors on the design and management of healthcare finance and delivery systems. ACCESS Health fosters innovation ecosystems and establishes long term relationships across countries to address both national and local healthcare needs.

ACCESS Health’s vision is that all people, no matter where they live, no matter what their age, have a right to access high quality and affordable healthcare and to lead healthy and productive lives.

Work and Portfolio in the Philippines
ACCESS Health International provides research and policy support to the Philippines Department of Health, through both qualitative and quantitative research studies and policy development in areas including hospital management, healthcare regulation, incentives for health workers and service delivery models. ACCESS Health also has a larger operational program on innovative tuberculosis treatment models in partnership with UNOPS under the Stop TB Partnership. The Country Director will lead the health research and policy development work to assist national and local government to build evidence and develop policy recommendation to support the health programs mentioned above. The Country Director will drive development of all new programs and partnerships to expand ACCESS Health’s portfolio of work in the Philippines.

Overall Responsibilities
Together with his/her team, the Country Director will implement, execute, and develop the program portfolio mentioned above. The Country Director is also responsible for the financial and operational sustainability of the office. He/She will represent the office in liaising with ACCESS Health central office and global teams. As such he/she will foster relations with donors, in country partners and other international stakeholders.

The Country Director leads the development, implementation, and regular updating of the country work plan and manages the budget to ensure attainment of program goals and objectives. He/she supervises the team and ensures the timely delivery of high quality output and impact.

The Country Director should be willing to travel regularly, both internationally and domestically.

Specific Responsibilities

Vision, Technical Strategy, and Results
  • Develop and manage strategy, organizational growth, work plans, and budgets.
  • Manage the implementation of project activities at the national, provincial, and regional levels, ensuring that they adequately address the expectations of funders, partners and other stakeholders.
Operational Management
  • Manage the day to day operations of the country office and serve as a liaison with central office to ensure compliance.
  • Conduct budget monitoring and cost control based on sound financial and accounting principles.
  • Ensure the timely submission of financial and project reports to ACCESS Health’s central office
  • Ensure implementation of activities in compliance with program agreements.
  • Ensure project staffing, structure and reporting relationships are aligned with country needs, local context and available resources.
  • Facilitate staff participation in capacity building activities.
  • Manage human resources as per ACCESS Health’s values, policies, and guidelines, and implement an effective performance management program focusing on results and individual accountability, including regular check ins, annual appraisals, supportive supervision, rewards, training, coaching and career development support.
Relationship management
  • Foster strong working relations with current and potential internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide effective and timely responses to inquiries and concerns.
  • Ensure effective dialogue and relationships with funders, partners, coworkers, and other local and international stakeholders.
  • Manage and develop the customer relationship management system.
Documentation and Communication
  • Ensure a sound physical and online document management and customer relationship management system.
  • Protect and develop the ACCESS Health brand
  • Develop communication materials and resources promoting ACCESS Health’s programs
Placement and Reporting Lines
  • Based in Manila, the Country Director will report to the President of ACCESS Health in New York, USA.
Educational Level
  • Master's or PhD in Health, Economics, Business or any related field.
Required Skills and Experience
  • At least ten years of relevant work experience, including at least four years of experience at the senior management level.
  • Extensive experience in leading or managing large health projects, with multiple partners, for a range of both local and international donors or clients, including direct work with Ministry of Health.
  • Proven experience in business development and proposal writing
  • Familiar with human resource management in a cross-cultural context with the ability to build, coach, and mentor the team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Philippine Health Systems and donor landscape is a plus. Ability to understand global health development issues, goals, and strategies is a must.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across sectors and industries
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills
  • Experience with working in a low or middle income country
  • Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyze financial reports.
Desired Attributes

Dedication to the Mission
  • Commitment to the mission of ACCESS Health International is central to recruitment, promotion, and retention. Demonstrated commitment to our values and goals is the most important part of our evaluation. Strong interest in research, public health systems, and hospital management is essential.
  • We select and retain people who are resourceful, self motivated, and who engage partners and organizations that further our work and our impact. Our successful country, program, and project leaders create their own path within the organization consistent with our mission and goals. We foster a culture that allows people to reach their full potential.
  • The people at ACCESS Health are committed to excellence in performance of their work and their relationships with our partners and our supporters.  They employ strong leadership with proven capacity to direct and manage change, and inspire high performing teams.
  • We work as a team both within and between countries. We select people who have a demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively.
The impact of our work depends upon the ability to communicate our understanding of what works best to our partners in the government, the private sector, and fellow not for profit organizations. We look for excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to interact diplomatically with a wide array of clients and stakeholders. Written and oral communication skills are essential for this position.

Submission of interest
Interested candidates should email their CV along with a cover letter to and indicate “Country Director Application” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Only qualified applicants will correspondingly be notified.

Deadline of Applications is October 15, 2018, 24.00 hours GMT.