Senior Advisor, Health Financing

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 1 August 2019

Job Description


Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Senior Technical Advisor, Health Financing for a potential 5 year, $45 million USAID-funded, Health Systems Strengthening, Governance and Financing (HSS) Activity in Mali. The objective of the HSS activity is to expand access to high-quality health services and increase the Malian population’s ability to plan, finance and manage their health system at the community, district, regional levels within the regions of Sikasso, Segou, and Mopti, and at the national level.

This position is subject to project award and funding.

Specific Responsibilities

The Senior Technical Advisor, Health Financing provides strategic guidance and support for the development and implementation of health financing and health strengthening activities to improve equitable access to high-quality health services for communities and households. S/he provides technical expertise in the design and analysis of health finance policies and interventions, local savings and financing mechanisms to reduce financial barriers to health services and improve financial management and budget execution at the national, regional, district, and local levels.

The Senior Technical Advisor also assists in strengthening local leadership, governance, accountability, and management capacities for health managers, elected officials, healthcare providers, and community actors and groups to enable them to plan, implement, and manage quality services and systems at the district, sub-district and community levels of the healthcare system.

The Senior Technical Advisor, Health Financing, is accountable for project deliverables, results, implementation and ongoing monitoring of the project activities related to health financing, including fulfillment of technical strategy and vision, project and people management, documentation and reporting, client and stakeholder relationships related to health financing activities.

Qualifications and Experience
  1. Advanced graduate degree (Masters level or above) with formal training in health economics, public health, policy analysis, or related discipline;
  2. Minimum of eight (8) years of relevant work experience in health sector programming and financing in low- and middle-income countries;
  3. Significant and successful experience in providing technical assistance in the development, design, implementation, and evaluation of health finance policies, programs and activities in the country level;
  4. Demonstrated success in leading and coordinating analytical assessment and technical assistance teams in the areas of public financial management, domestic resource mobilization, and policy analyses for scaling up community-based and social/universal health insurance programs;
  5. Strong knowledge of methodologies and analytical techniques, including computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SAS, STATA, SPSS, etc.) to conduct health finance and policy research;
  6. Demonstrated skills in communicating, working, and collaborating with donors, host country institutions, and international organizations;
  7. Demonstrated organizational skills and abilities to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks within a required timeframe;
  8. Good interpersonal and relationship-building competencies in cross-cultural and team environment settings coupled with excellent written and oral communication skills in French, and strong communication skills in English;
  9. Sound knowledge of West Africa’s governance and health systems, specific knowledge of Mali’s landscape is preferred;
  10. Willingness to live and travel within Mali.

Both local and international candidates are encouraged to apply.

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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