Public Sector Lead

  • Posted on 8 January 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 9 March 2019

Job Description


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.

We are currently recruiting two Public Sector Leads to provide leadership, guidance, and mentorship to our public sector portfolio. This is an exciting opportunity for a holistic health systems thinker, enthusiastic to shape the growth of our enterprise and who is keen to provide technical leadership to a cutting-edge portfolio.

With an advocacy mindset, the Public Sector Lead(s) will provide thought leadership and technical expertise for advancing program quality, learning and development with country and global project teams. Working closely with newly created internal initiatives, the Public Sector Lead will contribute actively to The Well which is our learning and development nexus and to Design lab which is our center for ideation and innovation.

This dynamic role requires a combination of strong facilitation, and management acumen and a creative and dynamic mindset to drive ideation, innovation and growth. We are seeking individual(s) who will enable and empower teams, contribute to our organizational values, learning and high performance while driving external engagement with regional and global actors.

Initially the Public Sector Lead will report to the CEO. This may change as ThinkWell’s organizational arrangements evolve. The lead will be based in a location to be agreed.



Technical Leadership & Program Management

1. Serve as an unabashed advocate for creatively disrupting the status quo of health sector development in favor of a pragmatic, country-centered approach;

2. Deliver strategic guidance, technical leadership/backstopping, and mentorship to program managers or Country Directors of ThinkWell’s portfolio bi-lateral donor projects globally (eg, Mozambique, Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar). Exact portfolio will be determined based on geographic location, acumen, and interest;

3. Facilitate linkages across projects and with the learning and development agenda across the organization;

4. Facilitate the performance reviews for all line management staff to include; staff development plans, formative feedback regarding goals, performance and advise on professional development opportunities;

5. Oversee and nurture external relationships with clients, partners, funders, host countries, and other key stakeholders;

6. Initiate and lead new country program start-up as needed, including staff recruitment and hiring of key positions, technical orientation, partner orientation and management;

7. Provide project management guidance and mentorship for line management staff in planning strategic direction of portfolio/s and design and ownership of budgets.

Design Lab

1. Contribute to the design lab strategy which includes driving expansion in new technical areas and securing new funding sources – examples are as follows;

• Technical areas include: commercial sector engagement, relief/disaster, early-stage ideas across public and private portfolio for potential impact investment, adoption of innovative technology across public and private portfolio
• Fundraising includes: innovative funding arms within traditional donor agencies, private individuals, private foundations, investors (including DFIs, impact investors, and traditional VC/PEs), and European aid agencies.

2. Support the strategic expansion of country offices (eg, Philippines, Indonesia and Mozambique). This includes supporting country representatives to identify and build relationships with both traditional and non-traditional funders;

3. Serve as key ideation expert within ThinkWell through support to the design of innovations for bid and proposal processes, both traditional and non-traditional and leveraging opportunities within existing traditional projects to ideate innovations for non-traditional funders;

4. Represent ThinkWell through networking with donors, program partners and other stakeholders at technical meetings and events.

“The Well”- ThinkWell’s cultural and knowledge hub

1. Participate on ThinkWell’s technical advisory platforms across the firm; this includes active contributions as a member of ‘The Well’ learning and development initiatives, strategy clinics and technical advisory roles on global projects;

2. Provide mentorship and training to project teams across the firm on technical areas including Health Financing, private sector, governance, Human Resources for Health;

3. Facilitate the collaboration of internal experts to support portfolio needs;

4. Serve as a cultural ambassador for the firm internally and externally;

5. Support the Well and the “Talent Accelerator” unit to recruit, retain and support the enculturation of staff into ThinkWell’s way of being.


• Inspiring leader who models the principles of conscious leadership and embraces facilitation and mentorship as the primary tools for leadership;
• Ability to rally staff around ThinkWell’s advocacy-oriented and transformative vision
• Possesses a distaste for the status quo of the development sector with a burning desire to catalyze its transformation;
• Has a ‘can-do’, ‘anything is possible, ‘start-up’ ethos combined with a strong sense of urgency and action orientation;
• Strong belief that traditional, top-down management is a relic of the past and used as a last-resort management tool. Instead, you possess a strong desire to lead with a facilitative and mentoring approach;
• Thoughtful systems thinker with grounded, pragmatic understanding of the complexities of achieving development outcomes;
• Burning penchant to fearlessly challenge conventional wisdom;
• Committed to modeling a work culture that strongly espouses individual authenticity, radical feedback, intelligent failure, and collective impact;
• Ability to flourish in a dynamic, often chaotic, organization that fundamentally values iteration and evolution over stability and predictability;
• Ability to externally represent and convey ThinkWell’s passion, conviction, impatience, anger, and desire to see change;
• Intuitive ability to relate and connect with people from different cultures, orientations, and operating lenses (political, technical, funder, business partner, etc); with special acumen on maintaining positive relations in a virtual world.


1. Graduate degree preferred with at least 15 years of relevant work experience in the health sector, preferably with at least 5 of those in a particular region with demonstrated ability to manage and grow programs;

2. Extensive experience working with ministries of health and finance, traditional bi lateral donors, foundations and philanthropy groups;

3. Strong network in the health systems and health policy community preferred;

4. Demonstrated skills in strategy development and implementation, leadership, capacity building, mentoring, fundraising and problem solving;

5. Excellent spoken, analytical, and writing skills in English and preferably in another language (eg, French);

6. Ability and willingness to travel up to 25%.

About the Organization

ThinkWell is a health systems development organization that is in a major growth phase. Our focus is on driving transformation in the global health space through navigating pathways that will lead to more effective use of public and private resources in the health sector and ultimately better health for all.

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