Associate, Economics, Health Service Delivery

Job Description:

CHAI is seeking an Economics Associate, Health Service Delivery to support the MoH in the completion of the EHCP assessment and the translation of the results to inform service scale-up planning and decision making.  The Associate will work with the EHCP Office to create a case study for fully scaling up EHCP services, specifically illustrating overall feasibility based on cost, cost effectiveness, prioritization and existing resource gaps.  The Associate will also work with the MoH to identify key barriers to service delivery and strategically plan to overcome them.

The Associate must be a highly motivated, entrepreneurial individual with outstanding problem-solving, analytical and communication skills. The Associate must be able to function independently and provide thought leadership as well as oversight to the team and the MoH. This position is based in Mbabane, Swaziland, and reports to the Health Financing Program Manager.

Responsibilities:

The Economics Associate will be responsible for providing analytical support and thought leadership to the MOH by actively participating and implementing evidence-based approaches to scaling up essential health services and addressing health service delivery barriers. His/her primary responsibilities will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Supervise the development of quantitative models to understand resource needs of health service delivery based on EHCP assessment outputs;
  • Cost resource gaps identified by the assessment to determine funding gap and inform budgeting, prioritization and investment discussions;
  • Support the development and implementation of qualitative data collection tools;
  • Identify trends in service delivery barriers at facilities based on assessment outputs and communicate national level implications to key MoH stakeholders;
  • Liaise with the EHCP Office and other relevant MoH stakeholders to employ evidence from the assessment in policy discussions;
  • Support the key stakeholders in implementing operational plans associated with policy changes; and
  • Other responsibilities as requested by supervisor.

    Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 3-5 years of professional experience in public sector policy/planning, public sector finance, management consulting, or other relevant private and public sector experience with leadership experience;
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and able to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment;
  • Robust problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitative analytical capabilities;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including ability to communicate effectively while addressing a broad-ranged audience;
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Potential to take on increasing levels of responsibility and leadership on the team; and
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications, particularly Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

    Advantages:

  • Master’s degree in public health, health economics, health finance, health management or other relevant field;
  • Experience in cost analysis, economic evaluation, or economic evaluation;
  • Experience working in national health system benefits package design;
  • Experience in working in health care financing, particularly in relation to developing countries;
  • Experience working in public health and with international organisations;
  • Familiarity with a broad range of key global health issues, including health systems challenges in developing countries; and
  • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa.

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