Associate, Health Financing – Clinton Health Initiative

Country : Swaziland
City : Mbabane
Type : Full Time
Business Unit : Country Programs – Country Teams

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Overview:

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. By working in association with governments and other NGO partners, CHAI is focused on large scale impact and, to date, CHAI has secured lower pricing agreements for treatment options in more than 70 countries. In addition, CHAI’s teams are working side-by-side with over 30 governments to tackle many of the largest barriers to effective treatment and care.

CHAI is seeking a Health Financing Associate to support the Ministry of Health (MoH) to improve financial and performance management. The Associate will work with the MoH to address key health financing issues, ensuring adequate funding for health as well as improving the use of existing health resources. Amidst concerns of rising health care costs and the uncertainty around the future availability of resources, it is essential to also identify and implement cost-savings and operational efficiencies. Accordingly, the Associate will also support efforts to explore opportunities for efficiency gains to ensure optimal, effective and efficient utilization of resources.

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 Health Financing Associate will be responsible for providing analytical support and thought leadership to the MoH by actively participating in developing and implementing evidence-based approaches to addressing health financing challenges, with a focus on financial management. His/her primary responsibilities will include (but will not be limited to):

 

  • Working with the MoH to implement robust financial management processes including the development of well-substantiated government budgets as well as expenditure and performance management processes;
  • Identifying cost-effective strategies and opportunities for efficiency gains by conducting analyses for improved efficiency and effectiveness of health interventions;
  • Supporting relevant MoH stakeholders to realize identified opportunities for efficiency
  • Capacity building the MoH stakeholders throughout planning and implementation phases of projects to ensure skills transfer and government ownership; and
  • Identifying critical hurdles to improving access to sustainable health financing, both short-term and long-term, and implementing innovative strategies to address them in collaboration with government and non-government stakeholders;

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
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications, particularly Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word

Advantages

  • 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
  • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa