Researcher, Health Financing and Policy

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 August 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 5 September 2019
  • Current

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?

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. We believe in pragmatisms over ideology and develop solutions tailored to a client’s context and political realities without replicating global models and all-purpose solutions. We know that to drive change, we must focus on how the world could be, rather than making excuses for the status quo.

We are a health systems development organization with a focus on driving innovation and transformation in the global health space. Our organization is currently in a major growth phase and we are looking for a globally recognized Health Financing and Policy Researcher for ThinkWell’s growing private sector practice area. In our private sector portfolio of projects, we partner with pharmaceutical companies and trade associations as well as with range of other commercial and government agencies to leverage public and private resources for sustainable financing.

The successful candidate will have the expertise to conceptualize, design, and conduct rigorous research and develop engagement strategies based on deep understanding of complex health systems and health financing mechanisms across public and private sectors. S/He will also identify and develop innovative financing mechanisms and strategic public-private partnerships to unlock new resources and ensure efficient use of resources, thus fostering new ways of addressing old financing challenges within health.

Examples of research projects include:

  • Regional landscaping and country case studies to understand health financing structures and trends.
  • Review of Public-Private partnership initiatives to inform new approaches to engage with the private sector
  • Review of potential innovative financing mechanisms to support expansion of fiscal space for health (including Reinsurance, Development Impact Bonds, Trust funds)
  • Assessing the political economy of scaling up a national health insurance program
  • Design and evaluation of performance-based mechanisms


  • Graduate (Masters or higher) in Global Health, Health Policy, Health Economics, Health Financing, or Health Care Management
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant work experience in health financing and health economics, including design and implementation experience
  • Preferred experience working with ministries of health and finance, donors and implementing agencies, and strong communication skills to knowledgably and effectively interact with key actors
  • Proven experience in supervising a diverse research and analyst team
  • Ability to guide a range of research programs
  • Strong global network of contacts in the health systems and policy researcher community
  • Experience of working in a low income or lower middle-income country
  • Native or complete fluency in written English
  • Ability and willingness to travel to low-income countries 20-25% of the time.
Skills and Competencies
  • 1 Strong understanding of and connection with funding landscape for health policy and systems research
  • Willingness to supervise research of others and effectively management of multiple projects, tasks and deadlines
  • Use of independent judgment and to perform tasks on own initiative, many of which have no precedent
  • Ability to process complex research findings into pointed, meaningful policy-oriented narratives
  • Hungry to influence global agenda with meaningful evidence
  • Thrives on asking innovative questions and using innovative methods
  • Open to and empowered by critical feedback.

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