Senior Human Resources for Health Management Advisor

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 September 2019

Job Description


MSH is seeking a Senior Human Resources for Health (HRH) Management Advisor for an anticipated health project funded by USAID, entitled the Health Workforce Improvement Program (HWIP). The purpose of this activity is to strengthen the healthcare system, largely focusing on the public sector, at the national and local government authority level. Specifically, efforts will focus on improving pre-service education for clinical cadres; capacity building on leadership, management and governance (LMG) and; human resource planning, development and management.

This position is contingent upon project award and funding


The Senior Human Resources for Health Management Advisor will be responsible for providing technical depth, vision and guidance to support Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) initiatives, contributing expertise in HR planning, forecasting, management and capacity development to enhance the knowledge and skills of Ethiopian Human Resource Managers and the healthcare workforce. S/he will provide technical guidance and support to the FMOH and prioritized public institutions on the implementation of human resources for health (HRH) strategic plan and other policies. S/he leads and directs the conceptualization, standardization, development and implementation of HRH strategies and interventions to strengthen results, organizational impact, and ultimately improve health outcomes.


Under the guidance of the Chief of Party, and working in close collaboration with other project staff, the Senior HRH Management Advisor will provide technical leadership and coordination of human resources strengthening activities in the following areas:

  1. Lead development of locally-adapted approaches for and build capacity on health workforce planning and long term forecasting of HR needs
  2. Establish use of National Health Workforce Accounts (NHWA) to support optimization of staffing needs and HRH decision making at the national level; develop FMOH capacity for using NHWA and its results for budget and policy advocacy
  3. Plan and implement the institutionalization of the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) Tool at facility level for workforce planning
  4. Develop and implement innovative deployment, motivation, and retention schemes that address workforce shortages and high turnover rates, including gender-related challenges in the system
  5. Design, review, and implement performance based evaluation for healthcare workers in collaboration with key stakeholders
  6. Strengthen collaboration and coordination among HRH stakeholders, both public and private
  7. Assist the FMOH in the development of an implementation strategy for workforce deployment during national emergencies and humanitarian crises.
  8. Provide technical assistance to FMOH on institutionalization of Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) activities at all levels
  9. Lead LMG training and related activities, including gender-transformative leadership and management skills
  10. Develop pre-service and in-service LMG learning opportunities, develop curricula, and liaise with higher education institutes to integrate LMG courses into their healthcare programs; facilitate collaboration between pre-service and in-service training institutions for coordinated LMG capacity building
  11. Liaise with existing implementing partners and coordinating bodies on the ground to support HRH and LGM activities
  12. Participate in the HRH technical working group/forum and other information sharing
  13. Supervise technical advisors and regional staff working on HR management strengthening at central and regional levels
  14. Perform other duties appropriate to the position as assigned by the Chief of Party or his/her designate


  1. Master’s degree in public health, human resource development/ management, training, public administration or closely related field.
  2. Minimum of 12 years of demonstrated experience on human resource management, managing operational, project management or administrative duties for U.S. Government-funded projects or other internationally funded projects
  3. At least 8 years of experience providing technical assistance to government agencies in developing and strengthening Human Resources for Health in Ethiopia. Experience with elaboration and implementation of HR policies and guiding documents.
  4. Experience developing and/or implementing forecasting, planning, monitoring and evaluation systems to support HRH programs
  5. Experience designing and/or implementing HRH and LMG institutionalization and capacity building programs
  6. Understanding of HRIS, NWHA, and WISN tools as part of a comprehensive HRH system.
  7. Knowledge of the Ethiopian health systems and structures for the provision of health services required.
  8. Experience with U.S. Government-funded or other donor-funded projects required.
  9. Experience developing or implementing pre-service education, in-service training, continuing professional development curricula and programs, for healthcare workers is an highly desired
  10. At least 5 years of experience supervising staff and managing expectations and performance.
  11. Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communications, teamwork and partnering abilities.
  12. Demonstrated computer skills in MS Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, and Access.
  13. Fluency in oral and written English is required.

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

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