Coordinator - UHC2030 Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (Senior Technical Advisor)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 March 2021
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Job Description

Overview

UHC2030 is a multi-stakeholder partnership co-hosted by the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the overall aim of supporting a movement for accelerated, equitable and sustainable progress towards UHC as well as the other health targets in the SDGs, including global security and equity. The UHC2030 Steering Committee agreed to establish a Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) to become the civil society arm of the UHC movement and a critical contributor to UHC2030. The CSEM is raising civil society voices in UHC2030 for inclusive & equitable Universal Health Coverage (UHC) policies that prioritize the marginalized & vulnerable, and leave no one behind.

The CSEM seeks to strengthen an inclusive and broad civil society movement on UHC, influence policy design and implementation, strengthen citizen-led and social accountability mechanisms, and promote coordination and harmonization between civil society organization (CSO) platforms and networks working on health related issues. The CSEM is a growing global civil society movement with over 1,000 members from more than 950 organizations in over 100 countries. For more information on the work and membership of the CSEM, visit https://csemonline.net/

Management Sciences for Health has served as host of the Secretariat for the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) since 2018, and this year has welcomed a co-host organization WACI Health, an African regional advocacy organization.

The Coordinator, as a member of the UHC2030 Civil Society Engagement Mechanism Secretariat, is responsible for leading, coordinating and promoting the activities of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism and CSEM Secretariat Team. Working closely with the CSEM Communications Officer, based at WACI Health, and with the global CSEM Advisory Group, the Coordinator will be responsible for facilitating the overall CSEM strategy, work plan, activities, and advocacy efforts of the CSO representatives on the UHC2030 Steering Committee and of the CSEM Advisory Group. The Coordinator will represent the Secretariat in external meetings and working groups and will work to build up the international profile of the CSEM and to expand the membership of the CSEM.

The post will report to the Senior Director of the FCI Program of MSH who serves as Technical Focal Point for the CSEM Secretariat’s work, with a dotted line to the UHC2030 CSEM Advisory Group.

Key Performance Areas

Lead, coordinate and promote the activities of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism and CSEM Secretariat Team (50%)

  • Facilitate CSEM strategy, work plan and activities of the official CSO representatives on the UHC2030 Steering Committee, the CSEM Advisory Group and the CSO focal points at national and regional level. Ensure the CSEM strategy, workplan and activities align with UHC2030 goals, objectives and activities.
  • Participate in all UHC2030 Steering Committee meetings and teleconferences. Organize and lead facilitation of pre-meetings for the civil society delegation prior to each biannual UHC2030 Steering Committee meeting
  • Ensure that civil society priorities are well reflected in Steering Committee (the governance mechanism for UHC2030) meetings. Collaborate with civil society representatives and prepare talking points, presentations or other materials for use at each meeting to ensure the views of civil society are well represented in the Steering Committee discussions. Conduct preparatory meetings with the official civil society representatives on the Steering Committee to ensure they are well briefed and prepared for the meetings. Following the meetings, work with the Communications Officer to ensure a report out on key decisions and follow up needed are shared with the CSEM.
  • Seek input from and report back to the civil society delegations’ broader constituencies (UHC, global public health communities) on key issues related to UHC2030 Steering Committee decisions, predominantly through the delegations’ advisory and reference contact groups.
  • Increase engagement of CSOs in the UHC2030 thematic Working Groups and/or global initiatives.
  • Provide coordination support to the Advisory Group, including for regular virtual meetings; development of advocacy messages, tools, and position papers; and collaborating with the CSEM Communications Officer on organizing side events and identifying speaking opportunities for Advisory Group members or other CSEM representatives at key global and national events/conferences. On some occasions the CSEM Coordinator will be asked to participate in events as a speaker, facilitator/moderator representing the CSEM.
  • Serve as a liaison between the CSEM, CSO representatives on the Steering Committee, Advisory Group and the UHC2030 Core Team in Geneva and Washington, DC. Manage potential conflicts of interest.
  • Collaborate with the UHC2030 core team on resource mobilization for support of CSEM and UHC2030 activities

Support the implementation of targeted advocacy, communications, and mobilization efforts for CSEM activities at global, national and sub-national levels (50%)

  • Together with the Communications Officer, provide technical assistance to advocates working at the national level in developing ambitious and achievable advocacy and communication strategies on UHC.
  • Utilize opportunities to raise awareness of the civil society delegation to UHC2030, and issues relating to UHC2030’s work, within broader civil society.
  • Utilize opportunities for advocacy around issues of importance to the civil society delegation, both within UHC2030 circles, and also more broadly in the global health community.
  • Advocate for the participation of civil society representatives in the design, implementation and evaluation of UHC2030 and other international UHC related policies and programs.
  • Inspire, encourage and motivate civil society actors to get involved in the CSEM and UHC advocacy and accountability.
  • Build the international profile of the CSEM including through outreach and engagement with the UHC2030 Steering Committee and other UHC2030 members, through publishing of research and blogs, and through participation in global, regional and national events.
  • Enable cross-learning and knowledge exchange between the CSO constituencies of other global health initiatives (such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, GAVI, PMNCH, etc.) and coordinate CSEM engagement with other initiatives such as the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, the Social Participation Technical Network (SPTN) for UHC, and others.

Education

Graduate degree required

Experience

Required:

7 years of relevant and related experience with at least 3 years’ experience in leading advocacy efforts, providing technical assistance to civil society organizations and/or working on global health issues.

Preferred:

4 years of progressively responsible experience is preferred. Experience in international public health is strongly preferred.

About the Organization

Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.


EXPERTISE


MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.


Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by

  • Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
  • Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
  • Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.

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Leadership, Governance, & Management

They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:

    • the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
    • the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
    • the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.

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Health Service Delivery


MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:

    • HIV & AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Maternal, newborn, and child health
    • Family planning and reproductive health
    • Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza

Human Resources for Health

MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.


Pharmaceutical Management


Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.

Health Care Financing


MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.

Health Information


MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.


MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.

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