Executive Director, Joint Learning Network (JLN) Network Manager

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 July 2018

Job Description


Management Sciences for Health (MSH) seeks an Executive Director for an anticipated 3-year project to support the execution of the Joint Learning Network (JLN) strategic plan and core network operations to achieve the 2022 vision of the network.

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 40 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia, and Medford, Massachusetts, US headquarters, our staff from more than 70 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission 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.

The Executive Director for the Joint Learning Network (JLN) Network Manager (NM) supports the daily operations, programmatic management, and financial oversight of the JLN, a network of 30 member countries that brings together a global community of practitioners and policymakers to develop practical approaches and resources to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). The JLN’s activities focus on expanding coverage, particularly to poor and vulnerable populations; expanding access to essential health services; improving quality and safety of health care; and increasing financial sustainability. The NM Executive Director will work under the direction of the JLN Steering Committee comprised of 17 representatives from member countries and development partners, which oversees strategic direction of the JLN and ensures its alignment with country priorities. The JLN receives financial support from development partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Lead the daily operations of the JLN Network Manager with responsibility for the smooth delivery of operational, financial and technical implementation of JLN priorities.
  • Execute the JLN strategy and specific directives of the Steering Group to ensure effective, high-quality implementation of the JLN strategy.
  • Oversee the effective execution of the Network Manager’s core functions - Network Coordination, Technical Initiatives, Monitoring & Evaluation, Membership Management, and Knowledge Management & Communications - and supervise staff in each role.
  • Work closely with Country Core Groups (CCGs), the World Bank, and other partners to support country engagement and participation with the network to advance countries’ UHC agenda and achieve UHC objectives.
  • Advocate for and contribute to the growth of the JLN, including increasing membership of member countries and CCGs.
  • Lead and/or actively in fundraising activities to ensure JLN meets its fundraising requirements;
  • Oversee centralized fund management for the JLN and lead the annual budgeting and work planning.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly reports to the Steering Group on Network Manager activities, financial status, M&E and quality assurance.
Qualifications and Experience

Required Experience

  • Minimum 10-15 years’ experience in global health, international development or other related area.
  • Post graduate degree in Public Health, Health Economics, Policy or related fields.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience managing diverse, multifunctional teams.
  • 5 years of experience working or living in low and middle income countries (LMICs) is preferred.
  • Recognized expertise and technical achievement within the UHC community, as demonstrated by UHC focused publications and participation in high-level working groups.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English required.

Key Competencies

  • Previous experience managing a global network or secretariat is preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, with the ability to balance multiple priorities including technical and operational work streams.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate staff and create a high-functioning team;
  • Commitment to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to advancing the global UHC agenda.
  • Knowledge of other global networks, partners and organizations working within the UHC space.
  • Strong organizational, planning and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
  • Proven record of working with and aligning diverse, multi-cultural teams with a common mission and vision. Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, cooperative agencies, and donor organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills evidenced by effective collaboration with professional colleagues in a broad range of nongovernmental, governmental, and international organizations, in varied socio-cultural contexts.

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.


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.



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.


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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