Human Resources for Health Lead

  • Posted on 19 September 2019

Job Description

Human Resources for Health Lead

Start date: November 2019

End date: November 2022

Status: Full time or near-full time

Based in: Mexico City

Prosperity Fund Mexico – Better Health

As part of the wider Prosperity Fund, funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and in line with the commitment to SDG 3 on good health and well-being, the ‘Better Health’ Programme (BHP) aims to support partner countries in their health systems’ reforms with the goal of expanding Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and improve health and related economic growth outcomes. The BHP is a Global Programme currently working in eight countries. The main objectives of the programme are to support:

  • Strengthening local health system structures and workforce capacity to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs);
  • Strengthening local health system structures, processes, governance, regulation and capabilities to create systematic mechanisms to drive improvements in quality of care.

The Better Health Programme Mexico will focus on 3 main outcomes/outputs:

  • Strengthened national processes and systems to prevent, control, monitor and act on NCDs.
  • Reduction in Health Inequities, Changed Population Behaviours to NCD Prevention, Control and Management Through Evidence-Based Targeted Policies and Programmes, including strengthened primary healthcare policies, and national processes for monitoring and acting on national health inequities.
  • Stronger Health Leadership and Workforce that Enables Effective Policy Engagement, Design and Delivery.

The role

The Human Resources for Health (HRH), Clinical Training and Leadership Management Lead will provide leadership, direction and strategy to the Human Resources for Health component of the Better Health Programme (BHP) in Mexico.

Specific responsibilities include inter alia:

Drive strategic direction, programmatic design and offer outstanding technical advisory on Human Resources for Health issues throughout the Better Health Programme

  • Support the development of partnerships between Mexican HRH education and employment institutions and UK based institutions to enhance better HRH learning (particularly for leadership in the health system and women’s leadership) and sharing of resources. enhance capacity building at the clinical level and within the Mexican health workforce to improve how they respond to and treat NCDs
  • Provide guidance to the programmes and partners involved in the planning, training, management, skill building and performance enhancement of medical professionals. While at the same time ensuring equitable access to education and employment opportunities for women and men, and equal opportunities within the health system.
  • Provide technical support to workforce planning, development of recruitment and retention systems, performance appraisal systems, supervision systems, performance improvement gender and social inclusion analysis and integration within these processes and systems, and capacity development (continuing medical or professional education).
  • Lead on the development and facilitation of dialogue with Mexican government and key stakeholders in Mexico.
  • Guide curriculum development, participatory training methodologies, and quality improvement and quality assurance systems for the medical sector, particularly related to NCDs and ensuring that gender equality and social inclusion are prioritised as ways of ensuring overall inclusiveness of service delivery.
  • Support partnering opportunities that can enhance capacity building at the clinical level and within the Mexican health workforce to improve how they respond to and treat NCDs.
  • Keep abreast of the key issues and debates influencing clinical training and leadership management in Mexico and internationally, and engage with national and UK counterparts to understand national and global best practices, processes, policies and governance that lead to better health outcomes.
  • Liaise with the other Leads, to ensure a coordinated and efficient implementation, building synergies across Outcome areas.
  • In close collaboration with the Technical Director, the MREL Manager and the Outcome leads, monitor the effectiveness of the programme’s HRH component, and make recommendations for programme improvements and adaptations, and document and incorporate lessons learned
  • With the other team members, nurture and maintain team spirit and a collegial working environment that reflects DAI’s core principals of integrity, responsibility, excellence and global citizenship and the programme’s commitments to gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Comply with DAI ethics, safeguarding and security policies and procedures

Reporting and support

The post holder will report to and be supported by the Team Leader.

Person Specification

  • 10+ years’ experience in international health and development, providing or managing HRH related activities/programmes at a senior level
  • Advanced degree (e.g. MSc, MBA, PhD) in public health, human resources, international development, or related field
  • An in-depth knowledge of the Mexican health system and the levers and gaps within that system
  • Extensive knowledge of NCDs and good understanding of the burden they place on the Mexican health system
  • Experience in curriculum development, participatory training methodologies, and quality improvement and quality assurance systems for the medical sector, particularly related to NCDs
  • Experience of facility management, building capacity at the clinical level and within the Mexican health workforce to improve how they respond to and treat NCDs
  • Strong Mexican health network (connected to institutions such as universities, NGOs, and government departments leading social inclusion initiatives)
  • Ability to identify, build relationships with and foster partnerships amongst relevant government and private sector actors in Mexico
  • Excellent knowledge of the wider international health care systems, global standards (e.g. WHO)
  • Demonstrated leadership, integrity, and versatility
  • English and Spanish fluency (written and spoken)
  • Training of Trainers qualification (desirable)

Last date for submission of applications is 30th September 2019.

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