Health Financing Specialist (Consultancy)

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 6 December 2018

Job Description


MSH is recruiting Health Financing Specialists with a variety of backgrounds and expertise, from costing health services, benefits packages, and health technology assessments (HTAs) to health insurance, performance and results based financing, and strategic purchasing. Health Financing Specialists play a key role in designing and implementing activities across the spectrum of health financing functions (revenue raising, pooling, allocation / purchasing) that contribute to achieving UHC, including increasing financial protection, expanding equitable population coverage, and improving quality of people-centered health services. They work should-to-shoulder with host-country counterparts, including government, USAID Missions, private sector and civil society to develop and implement country-specific health financing solutions. They work both independently as a technical expert and collaboratively as part of extended project teams to realize project objectives under challenging circumstances and tight deadlines. They may work from head office and be deployed on short term technical assistance assignments to multiple countries or be field based and provide long-term assistance in primarily one country, according to their respective areas of expertise and interests.

Submit your resume today and begin a conversation about which opportunities are best suited to your expertise. We are currently recruiting technical staff for a number of new projects, including an anticipated 5-year, USAID-funded award that will support health systems strengthening as a means to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). The project will work in low and middle-income countries and focus on reducing financial barriers to healthcare, increasing equitable access to services and improving the quality of patient-centered care.

Consultancies are contingent on project award and funding.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Provide technical leadership and support, capacity building and technical assistance on the design and implementation of health economics and health financing activities related to domestic resource mobilization, pooling, resource allocation and strategic purchasing.
  • Lead, support or supervise analytical work and economic analysis in areas potentially including but are not limited to fiscal analysis, service costing, cost-effectiveness analysis, HTAs, equity analyses, national health accounts, efficiency assessments, and support the development of health financing reforms, policies and plans.
  • Lead, coordinate or participate in project responses to specific Mission buy-ins related to health financing.
  • Ensure the technical excellence within-budget and on-time delivery of activity results. Periodically evaluate progress towards the completion of project deliverables to verify alignment with strategic directions and defined targets.
  • Collaborate with the Project Leadership and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialists to ensure activities are closely monitored and documented throughout implementation and that actions are taken to continually improve activity performance (including re-orienting and adjusting strategies when needed).
  • Participate in efforts to document project results related to health financing and disseminate results as appropriate at national, regional and global levels.
  • Participate in technical forums, working groups, and other meetings with host country government, Mission, and other counterparts as needed.
  • Directly supervise other technical staff members as needed by project activities.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in a health economics or a related discipline combined with the following minimum years of experience working in health systems in low and middle income settings:
    • 15 years of direct relevant experience with a Bachelor’s degree
    • 12 years of direct relevant experience with a Master’s degree
    • 10 years of relevant experience with a JD/ABD (all but dissertation)
    • 8 years of direct relevant experience with a PhD
  • Significant experience designing, implementing, managing or evaluating health financing programs in low and middle income settings. Including technical knowledge of UHC, financial protection and relevant health financing topics.
  • Substantial professional experience interacting with governments, non-governmental organizations, USAID Missions and/or the private sector in low and middle income settings. Including excellent cross-cultural interpersonal skills.
  • Prior experience providing technical assistance to ministries of health in one or more areas of health financing described above.
  • Fluency in English required, fluency in French or other languages an asset.
  • Willingness to travel internationally up to 25%, or willingness to live abroad on a long-term project assignment.

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 is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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