The LHSS Project is USAID’s flagship initiative in integrated health systems strengthening, with a goal to help low- and middle- income countries transition to sustainable, self-financed health systems as a means to support universal health coverage. The project will support country-level efforts to reduce financial barriers to health care, ensure equitable access to essential health services for all people, and improve the quality of health care. Equally important, it will equip host countries to sustain progress after the project ends. It will do so by ensuring that local institutions and organizations have the technical capacity and expertise to independently design, implement, and manage continued health system strengthening activities.
Abt Associates seeks a qualified Chief of Party for the upcoming USAID-funded Local Health System Sustainability (LHSS) Cambodia Activity. Through this activity, the LHSS project will assist the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) to increase support for the National Social Health Protection Council and sub-national health management and budget units. The LHSS support will increase efficiency and effectiveness of domestic resources at the subnational level, and enhance a sustainable transition of USG funded health programs. This SOW will focus on the areas of health financing and more broadly social security systems to: increase financing of health from domestic sources, while reducing out-of-pocket expenditures; reduce financial barriers that inhibit access to priority health services; and increase efficiency of health sector resource allocation at the subnational level.
LHSS will build on the work Health Policy Plus (HP+) conducted in 2018-2020 with the General Secretariat National Social Protection Council (GS-NSPC) to implement the National Social Protection Policy Framework (NSPPF). This will include improving the ability of the RGC to plan, finance, and implement solutions to its social health development challenges. It will support the implementation of the framework, and will leverage existing USAID investments by supporting the subnational budgeting and health finance work in six provinces: Battambang, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang, Pailin, Phnom Penh, and Tbong Khmum. Lastly, LHSS will enhance Cambodia’s journey to self-reliance through supporting a sustainable transition to domestic resources for health programs historically funded by external donors.
This work will span three key results:
- Result 1: Expand social protection systems through global standards and best practices incorporated into the implementation of the National Social Protection Framework to improve transparency and accountability.
- Result 2: Strengthen the decentralization of health financing functions to ensure effective use of resources for health to improve transparency and accountability.
- Result 3: Strengthen the RGC’s capacity to effectively and efficiently transition from externally funded health activities to a sustainable domestic funded program.
Across the three Results, the COP will represent the project and work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economics, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Interior, National Committee for sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD), National Social Security Fund (NSSF), National AIDS Authority (NAA), and health financing initiatives in Cambodia, including the Health Equity Fund, donors and technical organizations engaged in various aspects of health financing (e.g. GIZ, UNICEF, UNFPA, ILO, WHO, World Bank, JICA ), the Health Equity and Quality Improvement Program (H-EQIP), and the Enhancing Quality of Healthcare Activity (EQHA).
Key Roles and Responsibilities
The COP will:
- Provide strategic direction, technical leadership, and project management to successfully implement planned activities and produce results.
- Represent Abt Associates and LHSS to the USAID Mission, the RCG (including the general Secretariat, the NAA, and MEF), EQHA, H-EQIP, the Asian Development Bank, and other key stakeholders.
- Oversee timely implementation of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans for project activities.
- Oversee the operation of management systems and operating procedures for the implementation of project activities.
- Coordinate with and leverage similar projects from surrounding development partners and local stakeholders for better results and optimized cost efficiency.
- Supervise institutional sub-agreements with assistance from the Abt Senior Management Team.
- Monitor the progress and pace of project implementation, assuring that the full potential of the program is realized through the promotion of high quality work and internal control
- Coordinate closely with the home-office based Country Manager, Regional Manager and Project Operations Analyst to assure that all managerial and administrative matters are communicated and actions comply with the provisions of the contract and with USAID.
- Ensure that project budget projections, expenditure, tracking and reporting are in accordance with USAID requirements, procedures and practices.
- Ensure a successful start-up and completion of the project including the documentation and dissemination of project achievements and execution of administrative project close-out.
- The COP is expected to have the strategic vision, leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience, professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program description.
- Master’s Degree (minimum), or a Doctorate (desirable), in Health Economics/Health Finance (preferred), Public Health, Management, Medicine, Health Administration, or other relevant field.
- 10+ (15+ desirable) years of relevant professional experience in managing progressively complex health programs. Experience in managing USAID programs is preferred (but not required.) Previous experience as a Chief of Party is preferred but not required.
- Recognized expertise in heath financing, with demonstrated success in strengthening health financing, including social health protection schemes and domestic resource mobilization.
- Proven track record of working effectively with government counterparts at various levels, ideally in South East Asia. Experience in Cambodia is highly preferred.
- Substantial developing country context experience, combining health systems strengthening and broad competencies in HIV/AIDS (preferred).
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills and ability to lead and motivate multidisciplinary, multicultural teams.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with USAID, ministry officials, and other development partners and a proven track record of interacting with other projects, high-level host country governments and international agencies.
- A proven, successful record of achieving results.
- Fluency in English is required.
Both Cambodian nationals and international applicants encouraged to apply.
About the Organization
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