Principal Technical Advisor, Health Financing Practice

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 April 2021

Job Description

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Senior Technical Advisor for Health Financing within its Global Health Systems Innovation Department. As a Senior Technical Advisor for Health Financing, s/he will provide thought leadership to MSH and its clients in the areas of revenue mobilization, pooling, purchasing, and benefit entitlement as well as in the areas of costing, health technology assessment and public financial management. The successful candidate will primarily support the USAID Health Systems for Tuberculosis (HS4TB) which is aimed at helping countries increase domestic financing, use key TB resources more efficiently, build in-country technical and managerial competence and leadership, and support policy formation and dissemination. S/he will also support other MSH-led health financing projects and be responsible for increasing worldwide knowledge and understanding of MSH’s health financing work publications in journals; presentations to donors, stakeholders, and other development partners; and at conferences. The incumbent will also be expected to identify other project opportunities with health financing elements and participate in developing new business development proposals.

Technical Assistance and Expertise (70%)

  • Provide technical assistance to governments and other partners, consistent with the strategy, conceptual framework and work plan of HS4TB
  • Provide technical oversight on current and future projects and technical activities related to Health Financing for HS4TB.
  • Serve as a resource for critical technical information on Health Financing topics to other experts, offices and projects within HS4TB.
  • Document HS4TB portfolio of Health Financing activities, update it regularly with new experiences and disseminate results.
  • Support and cross cooperate with the broader Health Financing team within MSH.

External Representation (10%)

  • Ensure strong representation of HS4TB Health Financing activities to local, regional and global partners – including USAID, governments, and other donors. Strengthen collaboration with these partners to advance HS4TB mandate and 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 HS4TB/MSH at industry conferences and workshops as appropriate and as funding permits.

Business Development (20%)

  • Use network and connections to identify and build relationships with strategic partners and funders on practice priorities.
  • Support the development of strategic plans for growing the business portfolio for MSH in Health Financing.
  • As a technical leader, participate in new business development efforts and act as a reviewer of proposals.
  • Work in close coordination when needed 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.


Required: Master’s in Public Health or Health Economics, or other related field.

Preferred: Advanced graduate degree (Masters level or above); formal training in health economics, health technology assessment, public health, health services research, policy analysis, epidemiology, biostatistics, or related discipline preferred.



  • Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant work experience in leading health sector projects and activities in low-resource settings with an emphasis on managing and coordinating economic evaluations and analytical assessments.
  • Significant and successful experience in providing technical assistance in the development, design, implementation, and evaluation of health finance policies and programs at the country level.
  • Demonstrated success in leading successful proposals to donors, especially USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, or the World Bank.
  • Extensive experience in providing capacity-building training in LMICs.


  • Preferred experience working with Ministries of Health and National Tuberculosis Programs

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong analytical and quantitative analysis skills and a track record of leading technical activities in the field of Health Financing..
  • 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.
  • Good interpersonal and relationship-building competencies in both developed and developing country settings coupled with strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in English required, working professional knowledge of French, Spanish, or Portuguese language preferred.
  • Proven skills in working and collaborating with donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, other donor and country level policy and strategy orientations in relation to the practice area.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills demonstrated management experience.
  • Fully aligned with MSH mission and values.


  • Energetic, forward thinking, independent, creative person with intellectual depth and high ethical standards.
  • 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.

Up to 25% domestic or international may be required

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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