Health Policy Technical Advisor

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 November 2020

Job Description

Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care (SP4PHC) is a five-year program supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that supports countries to improve how funds are allocated to healthcare providers in order to achieve the goal of universal health coverage. ThinkWell is working with purchasers and policy makers in five countries (Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, and Uganda) to design and test policy options to more effectively purchase primary health care services, with a focus on family planning and maternal, neonatal, and child health.

THE ROLE

The Health Financing Technical Advisor provides technical assistance, analytical, and operational support across a range of ThinkWell in-country public or private sector projects. The Health Financing Technical Advisor brings strong quantitative and qualitative skills and research capacity (typically in health economics and financing), as well as a solid understanding of the design, implementation, and evaluation of health financing policy reform. The Health Financing Technical Advisor may supervise staff but typically serves as an individual contributor on a project team.

In Indonesia, the SP4PHC/Indonesia team works with the Ministry of Health (MoH). The Health Financing Technical Advisor will have an excellent comprehension and network of the stakeholders in the MoH, private sector, professional bodies, and local level governance partnerships required for reforming how health financing and strategic purchasing are implemented with a focus on how to improve quality and coherence.

The role will require a Health Financing Technical Advisor who is able to work with a range of health financing, policy and planning specialists, supporting, and often leading the development of learning products that are focused on Health Financing and Strategic Purchasing. The Health Financing Technical Advisor will also lead research studies that engage stakeholders from all levels of government to develop strategic purchasing policies and technical systems solutions in partnership with other development partners and MoH technical secretariats.

The Health Financing Technical Advisor will report to the Country Director and provide research support to inform policies related to strategic purchasing. This is a full-time position based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Program design and implementation

  • Support ministries of health on development of national health financing strategies, budget planning, preparation and execution, and budget advocacy.
  • Lead engagement with government stakeholders at the national and sub-national levels to expand SP4PHC’s local network, collect information, share findings, and build support for strategic purchasing strategies.
  • Support sub-national actors in decentralized settings by strengthening capacity to respond to increased autonomy for planning, budgeting, and public financial management.
  • Design and advocate for innovative health financing policies, such as strengthening public health at the District level.
  • Lead analyses on health expenditure, including out-of-pocket spending, financial forecasting, benefit incidence analysis, and resource tracking.
  • Produce high quality written reports and presentations, including technical documents, project status reports, policy briefs, and publications for conferences and journals.
  • Create graphics and visualizations of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Contribute to business development, including desk research, technical input, and proposal and concept note writing.

Research

  • Develop research protocols, including data collection instruments such as interview questionnaires and guidelines, and support validation of instruments.
  • Conduct desk research including literature reviews, data mining and analysis on relevant technical and policy issues and effectively summarize findings.
  • Data collection and analysis for country research studies. Data collection may entail working closely with stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Health, BPJS-K, and international stakeholders.
  • Provide quantitative and qualitative data analyses across a range of subjects.

Project Reporting and Representation

  • Draft or revise sections of donor reports and coordinate team member input.
  • Prepare communications for policy and technical meetings or forums
  • Occasionally represent ThinkWell with external partners, donors or stakeholders at meetings and events.

Project Administration and Operations

  • Support a range of project administrative and operational responsibilities, including staff recruitment and training, communications, organizing meetings and workshops, coordinating travel, and drafting donor correspondence
  • Develop and maintain strong working relations with technical and management units in partner organizations
  • Arrange interviews, discussions, and meetings with various stakeholders related to FP and MNCH and others as required
  • Actively participate in virtual discussions with ThinkWell members from other projects and other countries

SP4PHC-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Support the Deputy Director of Learning in developing and pursuing learning products, especially exploring research questions and how to address them
  • Liaise with the Deputy Director of Learning and participate in global learning agenda forums
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge management systems
  • Maintain project database of all data, information, reports, technical papers, and publications
  • Conduct field monitoring of studies and liaise with an external third party to monitor and evaluate the data collected and research findings
  • Provide technical inputs and support the development of strategies to strengthen the health financing of District Health Offices
  • At the direction of the Country Director, contribute to ThinkWell’s various efforts to support the Government of Indonesia’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak

WE ARE:

ThinkWell core values are our fundamental organizational guiding principles. They define our corporate culture, influence our behavior at work and help us achieve our mission. Our values are:

Think big
Influence the conversation
Empower others
Be exceptional
Always question
Relate authentically
Evolve by learning

YOU ARE:

ThinkWell core competencies are foundational skills and behaviors that align with our values and are expected of all employees.

An entrepreneurial, results-oriented ‘do-er’ with a willingness to take risk, think big and challenge conventional wisdom.

A change maker who reaches independent judgement with an open mind, influences the conversation, and seeks innovation.

Able to help create an empowering environment in which everyone feels free to take initiative, be accountable and fail intelligently (learn from mistakes).

A collaborative colleague who engages constructively with people from different cultures, orientations, and perspectives and maintains positive relations in a virtual world.

Principally motivated by a growth mindset, meaning the pursuit of knowledge, experience, and self-improvement. You always question and continuously learn.

Authentic, honest, direct, self-aware and open to giving and receiving feedback.

Requirements
  • BA/BS and 8+ years’ experience or graduate degree and 6+ years’ experience;
  • Relevant work experience in a management consulting firm, bilateral or multilateral development agency, and/or international NGO, preferably with some experience managing projects in low- or middle-income countries;
  • Strong background in Indonesian health policy, especially in the Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN) scheme, public health, and decentralized settings;
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint required; proficiency in statistical analysis packages (e.g. STATA) preferred;
  • Demonstrated capacity to design, implement, and monitor qualitative studies that involve various levels of government stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience with health economics, especially in the areas of econometrics research and the Indonesian health system
  • Exceptional analytical, research and problem solving capabilities;
  • A thoughtful systems thinker with grounded, pragmatic understanding of the complexities of our work;
  • Tech savvy and skilled at visual display of data;
  • Demonstrated poise and professionalism in engaging with external partners, donors, and stakeholders;
  • Adept at communicating technical information to non-technical audiences;
  • Knowledge of strategic purchasing concepts, primary health care, and private sector engagement in JKN;
  • Demonstrated interest and ability in growing staff, mentoring and coaching junior professionals;
  • Full fluency in Bahasa Indonesian and English;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to relate respectfully with staff at all levels, ages, genders, nationalities and orientations as well as across work areas;
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25%.

About the Organization

Do you believe that everyone deserves access to affordable, quality healthcare? Are you driven by creativity, bold ideas, and disruptive innovation? Are you inspired by exceptionally talented, diverse, impact-oriented colleagues? Do you thrive in a dynamic, high-growth, fast-paced environment? Most importantly, are you fed-up, even disgusted, with the status quo of foreign assistance in the health sector? Then consider a job with ThinkWell.

ThinkWell is a growing, flexible health systems organization, with both global influence and local grounding. Our focus is on driving transformation in the global health space by always questioning and disrupting conventional wisdom about what works or what can or cannot be done.

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