Health Financing Lead & Project Director

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 26 October 2020

Job Description


Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a qualified candidate to serve in the dual role of Project Director and Senior Advisor for Health Financing within its Global Health Systems Innovation Department. As Project Director, s/he will be responsible for leading a two-year global initiative to collect and analyse data on the cost of primary health care (PHC) services and systems in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and Nigeria. In this role, s/he will lead the technical design and day-to-day operations of the project, oversee a team of staff and consultants, be accountable for project performance reporting and quality of results, and manage donor and government relationships.

As the Health Financing practice Lead, s/he will provide thought leadership to MSH and its clients in the areas of resource mobilization, revenue collection, public financial management; risk pooling; strategic purchasing and resource allocation; and benefit entitlement design. S/he will support MSH project activities and increase worldwide knowledge and understanding of MSH’s health financing work publications in journals; presentations to donors, stakeholders, and other development partners; and at conferences. S/he will also identify other project opportunities with health economic and financing elements and participate in developing new business development proposals as well as lead and design new projects and proposals for funding by major donors; and 5) manage and grow a team of experts in the practice area of interest.

Technical (50%)

  • Lead the existing PHC costing project technical activities and drive the development of MSH’s strategy for international programs in this practice area, leading new initiatives and seeking opportunities for improvement.
  • Define long and short-term area priorities and plans in close collaboration with the other Practice Leaders and provide strategic and technical leadership to the practice area activities.
  • Develop and implement MSH’s conceptual framework for practice area technical assistance, focusing on design, implementation and monitoring of programs, drawing upon MSH’s expertise in a range of practices, health areas and settings.
  • Increase MSH presence at relevant strategic meetings/global forums.
  • Lead MSH research to identify, evaluate and promote innovative approaches for achieving practice area goals, internally and externally; publish in peer-reviewed publications and other venues; represent MSH at conferences and other technical forums. Participate in relevant advocacy work as needed.
  • Develop a practice network of interested MSH staff and consultants who can organize around the vision and mission and support our efforts in the practice area.
  • Partner with MSH colleagues and projects to develop a strategic approach to building MSH’s project portfolio in this practice area, based on present work, our capabilities and the needs going forward.
  • Interact with and support projects, technical and country teams to pioneer and apply a superior technical lens and input into all MSH activities.

Business Development (20%)

  • Use network and connections to identify and build relationships with strategic partners and funders on practice priorities.
  • Develop strategic plans for growing the business portfolio for MSH in practice area.
  • As a technical leader, participate in new business development efforts and act as a reviewer of proposals.
  • Work in close coordination with MSH’s Business Development (BD) BD Unit reviewing bid opportunities, determining the opportunities that MSH should pursue in the practice area.
  • Provide critical strategic guidance and insight into pre-positioning for practice area bids as needed.
  • Work in coordination with BD Unit to track funding opportunities. Lead and/or participate in pitching ideas to donors and funders on practice area topics.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key players among US government and non-US government donors and partners.
  • Partner with MSH’s BD in scanning both the market and potential competitors.

Team Management (20%)

  • Lead and manage practice area team members assigned to be supervised by this position.
  • Ensure all staff performance annual reviews are completed by all practice unit members supervised by this practice area leader.
  • Monitor the workflow and work volume of all direct reports to maximize efficiency and productivity of practice area staffs supervised by this practice leader.
  • Review, approve, or request additional information for timesheets of direct reports.

External (10%)

  • Ensure strong representation of the MSH to local, regional and global partners - including funding agencies, governments, and donors – in the practice area. Strengthen collaboration with these partners to advance MSH’s global mission.
  • Establish and manage relationships with partner organizations. This will include prime and subcontractors.
  • Partner and build strong relationships with thought leaders and engage new audiences in the area of practice.
  • Represent MSH at industry conferences and workshops as appropriate and as funding permits.


Required: A postgraduate degree in health economics, public health, global health or similar related to the practice area.

Preferred: Health Economics, MD, PhD, or equivalent in a relevant field of study. An advanced degree in public health or in a related field with compelling, relevant experience will be considered



  • Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant work experience in leading health sector projects and activities in low-resource settings with an emphasis on managing and coordinating health sector costing projects, economic evaluations and analytical assessments.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience managing, leading, and/or developing a strong team of staff, program/project managers, and technical professionals in low-resource settings.
  • Significant and successful experience in providing technical assistance in the area of health sector costing and cost-effectiveness analysis as well as the development, design, implementation, and evaluation of health finance policies and programs at the country level.


  • Strong analytical and quantitative analysis skills with experience in model development and data analysis.
  • Demonstrated success in leading successful proposals to donors, especially USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, or the World Bank.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a track record of publications in the field of health economics in established peer-viewed journals and presentations at international conferences.
  • Extensive experience in providing capacity-building training in LMICs.
  • Good interpersonal and relationship-building competencies in both developed and developing country settings coupled with strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Energetic, forward thinking, independent, creative person with intellectual depth and high ethical standards.
  • Fluency in English required, working professional knowledge of French, Spanish, or Portuguese language preferred.


  • Collaborative leadership approach that contributes to positive team environment, and builds strong relationships with people from all backgrounds, genders, cultures and viewpoints.
  • Excellent ability to build personal networks at all levels, resulting in securing new opportunities and strategic growth for the organization in relation to the practice area.
  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative with intellectual flexibility and depth and strong ethical reasoning.
  • High level capacity to work in a variety of cultural settings, complex environment and fragile states.
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams towards a shared vision.

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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