Senior Advisor, Leadership and Governance

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

Job Description


Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Senior Advisor, Leadership and Governance 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 Advisor, Leadership and Governance will be part of the project technical team and will have overall responsibilities to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate health governance and leadership development programs and initiatives. This will include using a mix of approaches and strategies to apply leadership, governance and organizational development improvement methodologies to the health sector to achieve the project’s purpose and objectives. The Senior Advisor, Leadership and Governance will be expected to work collaboratively as part of the core and extended project teams to ensure synergies between the project objectives.

The Senior Advisor, Leadership and Governance will be responsible for providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (i) strengthen the MoH governance, leadership, and management capacity for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of national health plans and strategies, (ii) to improve the MoH’ s ability to monitor and align GOH and donor initiatives and financing, and (iii) to promote civil society engagement to influence GOH accountability to meet the health needs of the population. S/he will provide targeted technical assistance to the MoH to achieve these results in a decentralized context. S/he will be either embedded into specific Units or Directorates of the MoH or will be available to respond to the short-term needs of the MoH Units or Directorates, including the Regional Health Directorates of Mopti, Segou and Sikasso as coordinated by the team lead.

Qualifications and Experience

• Advanced degree (Master’s) in Public Health, Health Management Sciences, or a related field and at least seven years of related experience.
• Demonstrated experience in health systems strengthening, particularly in the areas of policy and management systems development, grants and governance. including experience with both government and civil society actors. Preferably implementing governance and systems strengthening programs both at national level and decentralized levels of the health system with proven expertise in local governance strengthening.
• Expert facilitation and capacity development skills, including experience in aligning stakeholders, joint planning, and coaching, and strengthening the institutional capacity and sustainability of local organizations (planning, budgeting, resource mobilization, financial management, etc.).
• Well-developed planning, implementation, and project management skills, with experience working in a developing country setting, preferably in fragile settings with flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
• Experience with public health and leadership, management and governance projects supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID and other international agencies, preferred.
• Experience building and maintaining partnerships, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with varied groups and organizations, especially Ministries of Health- preferably in Mali
• Strong interpersonal skills coupled with excellent communication skills: verbal, written, listening, presentation, and facilitation.
• Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
• Fluency in French required; additional fluency in English preferred.
• Relevant global experience and previous experience in public health work in Mali is beneficial.
• Willingness and ability to travel within Mali as needed.

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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