Senior Health Financing Advisor

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 23 October 2020
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Ethiopia
  • Closing on 21 November 2020
  • Current
  • Annual gross 92977 - 120868 US Dollar

Job Description

Statement of Duties to be Performed:

Provide technical expertise to USAID/Ethiopia’s Health team, USAID supported programs and projects and the Government of Ethiopia in all areas of health care finance. Specific focus will be on the financial and economic aspects of the design of health policies and interventions and the analysis of related financial and economic impact. Direct, manage and/or support the healthcare financing-related projects under the overall leadership of the HSR Team Leader. The advisor will help develop and expand USAID’s health care financing activities within the health sector.


  • Review and contribute to the development of annual project work plans.
  • Serve as COR/AOR/Activity Manager for assigned health care financing specific projects.
  • Lead development of USAID Ethiopia strategies in health care financing and economics.
  • Work with project technical leads and project coordinators to identify opportunities to implement health economics (including costing and cost-effectiveness) analyses in Health portfolio of programs.
  • Collaborate with Health team members to develop and implement finance and economic components into existing and future health projects.
  • Lead the development of proposals specific to health care finance and provide technical assistance to proposals with health care finance elements.
  • Provide leadership to develop and conduct areas of operational research on health care finance and economic topics through USAID projects.
  • Work closely with USAID staff involved in health system strengthening and other health activities support those activities and ensure the integration of healthcare finance with the programs.
  • Lead the public health emergency management programs and engagement with other offices to coordinate the Mission’s resilience programs from the health side
  • Lead the Health Office’s increased private sector engagement programs, in supporting the private sector strategies and interventions in health in the areas of service delivery
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the Health Office with regards to ensuring integration of journey to self-reliance principles across the health office programs.


  • Provide health economics and finance technical assistance to USAID Health Team members and implementing partners in all areas of health care finance and health economics, including the design, implementation and evaluation of health insurance schemes and performancebased finance schemes.
  • Provide specific training and technical assistance in cost modeling and analysis of health economic data.
  • Lead USAID Technical Assistance in health care financing and economics to GOE through development leadership, and mentoring of GOE counterparts, including but not limited to, the newly graduated and assigned Health Economists at all RHBs.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, partners, and collaborators in the Ethiopia health care finance and public health arena.
  • Identify opportunities to apply health finance and costing tools, approaches, best practices, and lessons learned across USAID and GOE programs and projects. Participate in the design and development of new tools and approaches as needed.
  • Interact and network with donors, potential partners, and working groups to keep up on the latest developments in health economics trends and research.
  • Stays informed on current health care finance initiatives and experiences and provide related guidance to USAID Health team, partners and government counterparts.


  • Ensure timely completion of all relevant program deliverables and reporting requirements.
  • Maintain a regular schedule of activity site visits to document activities of USAID-supported implementing partners, establish routine communications and maintain up-to-date information and files on the status of partner activities, resources and work plans.
  • Assist the Health Office Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in evaluating selected health care financing activities, ensuring that performance monitoring systems are in place, and that periodic, reliable measures of impact indicators are established.
  • Ensure implementing partners are in compliance with all relevant USAID regulations and procedures. Communicate with partners regarding USAID rules and regulations, as well as their obligations to USAID. Apply specific and in-depth knowledge of applicable USG laws, legislative directives, and regulations, particularly regarding the allowable use of Health funds.
  • Work closely with implementing partners to ensure program achievements and lessons learned are disseminated to sector representatives. Maintain and share an up-to-date summary of program technical areas and geographic areas of implementation.
  • In collaboration with other team members, monitor activities undertaken by implementing partners implementing health care financing activities; track progress against program descriptions, implementation plans, and work plans; assess progress and barriers to achievement; recommend action for improvement or modifications to address problems; and document and highlight results.


  • Responsible for the financial management of assigned activities, which includes ensuring obligations, expenditures, and budget pipelines conform to action plans.
  • Ensure appropriate and timely incremental funding of activities.
  • Ensure program activities are in compliance with USAID financial regulations. Report financial discrepancies to the HSR Deputy Team Leader and Financial Analyst.
  • Update the Mission Controller and Financial Analyst on the liquidation of advances. Review and provide administrative approval for assigned activities as required.
  • Ensure compliance with Non-Federal Audits (NFAS) and closure of open recommendations. Maintain a monthly project financial management tracking system.


Applications will be initially screened by the Human Resources Office to determine whether applicants have met the advertised minimum qualifications. A list of qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring office for further consideration and screening.

EDUCATION: MA in a health systems-related discipline, such as Public Health Finance, Health Economics, Public Policy, Economics, Business, or equivalent is required. PhD is preferred but not required.

WORK EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 7 years of experience in providing technical assistance, implementing, managing, analyses and/or evaluation of health finance and economics programs in developing countries. Expertise and experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of health care finance and health economic policies and strategies. Experience and skills in financial and economic modelling and analysis of health programs. Experience in the design and analysis of insurance programs and performance-based financing programs. Experience with government allocation, budgeting and financial management systems. Experience in leading, managing and working with technical teams. Experience working with the Ethiopian Government, USG health agencies and/or USAID implementing partners is preferred but not required.

KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of health economics and health finance research, program implementation and analysis. Insurance practices in low income settings and performance-based financing program theory and operational knowledge. Familiarity with current mobile technologies that can be leveraged to further public health objectives. Understanding of health care financing research and analytical approaches. The incumbent is expected to have good knowledge and understanding of public health emergency management, resilience programming and private sector engagement strategies.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Excellent writing, editing and presentation skills. Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills. Excellent skills in oral and written communications. Demonstrated skills at writing clearly and succinctly. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel). Demonstrates analytic thinking on complex issues related to social, economic, or political systems. Ability to produce thorough, high quality work within a tight timeframe. Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work collaboratively within a data driven environment. Ability to build successful relationships with donors, partners, and stakeholders in Ethiopia and the global health systems community. Willingness and ability to travel domestically.

The position requires good organizational, management and supervision skills. The incumbent must have excellent judgment, maturity, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, analyze, develop and present work in English and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs; an open professional style, blending teamwork and participation with individual initiative as well as having a can-do orientation and service mindset; effective team building, strategic thinking, leadership, appreciative listening, and achieving results in cross-cultural and multi-level settings. The incumbent must have the ability to work collaboratively in cross cutting teams, direct the work of consultants, interact effectively with mid and senior level government officials and highlevel members of the business community.

The selected candidate must be capable of producing high quality work, often under time pressure and in complex situations with little direction. Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.

CLOSING DATE/TIME: November 21, 2020

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The United States has a long history of extending a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country. It is this caring that stands as a hallmark of the United States around the world -- and shows the world our true character as a nation. U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's foreign policy interests in expanding democracy and free markets while improving the lives of the citizens of the developing world. Spending less than one-half of 1 percent of the federal budget, USAID works around the world to achieve these goals. USAID's history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration's Point Four Program. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law and created by executive order USAID. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: * economic growth, agriculture and trade; * global health; and, * democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. USAID's Strategy in Senegal Senegal has progressed significantly in the past decade both politically and economically. This progress has led to the country achieving eligibility status for the Millennium Challenge Account, due primarily to its strong commitment to ruling justly, investing in people, and promoting economic freedom. A democratic, predominantly Muslim but secular country, Senegal is a moderating voice in the Islamic and African worlds. USAID assists Senegal to enhance the productivity of its people and, in so doing, create jobs for unemployed youth, improve access to education and health care and further institutionalize democracy.

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