Director, AMP Health

North Africa and Middle East | Eastern Africa | West Africa | Southern Africa | Central Africa | Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 30 July 2018
Executive-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 31 May 2018

Job Description

Position: Director, AMP Health

Program/Dept: Aspen Global Innovators Group

Position Location: Africa (home country is flexible) / Washington, DC

Reports To: Executive Director, Aspen Global Innovators Group

Travel: International (up to 50%)

Full time/part time: Full Time

Position Description

Are you a seasoned executive with a passion for addressing urgent global health issues? Do you believe that effective leadership and management are essential for lasting impact? Do you enjoy rolling up your sleeves and getting things done while leading through a vision? Are you an inspiring, connected leader? Are you looking for your next challenge and interested in leading within a world class mission-driven institution that is, in fact, changing the world?

AMP Health is a partnership that resides at the Aspen Institute whose mission is to build stronger leadership and management of community health programs within Ministries of Health. This partnership includes country teams from 3 countries in Africa, as well as Gavi, GSK, Cargill Foundation, Merck for Mothers, Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Health, Pfizer, Sall Family Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, and Child Relief International. AMP Health has established a core model, demonstrated a proof of concept in three countries, and is now poised for a new leader to enter a significant growth phase. The Director will report to the Executive Director of Aspen Global Innovators Group.

Leading this organization requires three distinct competencies:

  1. Fundraising prowess | drives $3- 5+ million/year in funding from private and government sources
  2. Leading through growth | oversee and scale rapidly growing field operations and brand-building across the continent while maintaining deep in-country partnerships and impact
  3. Influence and relationship building | The stature, connections, and orientation to serve as a champion to drive governments, funders, and NGOs to significantly strengthen their community health programs and build lasting capacity.

Responsibilities include:

  • Strategy, Planning and Innovation: Collaborate with the executive team, board and funders to lead the development of strategy in close alignment with AMP mission and values. The strategic agenda includes setting key goals, business planning, budgets, health outcome metrics, and long term planning.
  • Thought Leadership: Influence global discussions related to leadership and management, community health and public private partnerships, building the brand of AMP Health in the region.
  • Country Operations: Engage with senior officials at the Ministry of Health and leaders of in-country partner organizations to maintain existing partnerships, and develop new ones. Cultivate and maintain relationships with local country partners providing guidance and support when necessary.
  • Talent, Leadership and Culture: Oversee the talent needed to achieve AMP’s goals. Provide effective leadership of teams. Ensure high staff engagement that drives performance, job satisfaction and retention. Cultivate a culture that reinforces and celebrates AMP’s core values and provide inspirational leadership to all team members. Facilitate effective teamwork across AMP’s offices and consistent values and culture across all teams.
  • Partnerships: Build respectful and robust collaboration with country governments as a key anchor of this strategy and become a champion for community health workers among top policy makers. Help country partners plan to scale and sustain their CHW systems.
  • Fundraising: Lead all AMP’s fundraising efforts and staff to ensure the financing needed to support the plans. Oversee communications, advocacy and marketing efforts to support influence and financing goals.
  • Impact and Measurement: Ensure all AMP actions serve the mission to improve the health and lives of our target beneficiaries and to strengthen ministries of health to effectively execute community health strategies. Drive the execution and ongoing refinement of AMP’s impact strategies to maximize gains in health for our country partners. Ensure teams focus and deliver on impact goals. Direct monitoring and evaluation efforts to ensure AMP achieves its impact goals and to generate insights to improve results that serve our mission and meet funder requirements.
  • Financial Management and Oversight: Oversee the financial accounting and reporting function. Ensure timely and accurate financial reports for the board and funders.
  • Partnership Board: Maintain a strong and transparent working relationship with the Partnership Board and ensure open, timely communication about financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated plans and goals.

The ideal candidate for this position:

  • Has lived and worked in Africa and has a deep understanding of African health systems and Ministries of Health in Africa
  • Has a minimum of 10-15 years of cross-sector experience, ideally with experience in or exposure to global health and/or healthcare
  • Can work collaboratively, managing multiple stakeholders to inform decisions
  • Has experience working closely with advisory boards, leveraging their resources and insights to drive better outcomes
  • Has a demonstrated ability to effectively engage governments and other constituents
  • Has demonstrated leadership skills including building teams, driving strategy, and providing clear direction
  • Enjoys public speaking and can captivate an audience
  • Has demonstrated expertise in designing and managing processes, and budgets, and navigating complex organizational structures
  • Entrepreneurial and very comfortable with ambiguity
  • Able to lead and to do—can operate with limited leverage and has a track record of scaling high performing teams
  • Demonstrates a track record of impact in creating large-scale change
  • Bilingual: French and English
  • Flexibility for extensive travel (30-50%)

About the Organization

About us

AMP Health resides at the Aspen Institute as part of Aspen’s Global Innovators Group and operates in partnership with GAVI, GSK, Merck for Mothers, Cargill Foundation, Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Health, Pfizer, Sall Family Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact and Child Relief International.

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, we promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, DC and its international locations include Berlin, Rome, Lyon, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Bucharest, Africa, Central America and India. The Aspen Global Innovators Group is a program within The Aspen Institute that widens access to health and prosperity for people living at the world’s margins.

Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health) works with Ministries of Health to build stronger leadership & management practices with a focus on supporting the expansion of community health systems in low and middle-income countries. AMP Health currently works in Kenya, Malawi, and Sierra Leone with the following key features:

  • Placement of Management Partners (MPs) engaging in real-time skills transfer
  • Leadership & management training programs
  • Platform for cross-country sharing of best practices

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