Senior Program Associate, Health

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 13 July 2020

Job Description


R4D’s health portfolio leverages extensive networks and expertise to improve health and achieve equity in health outcomes for all people around the world. Whether it’s assessing policies that can support research and development on new drugs and vaccines, exploring innovations in healthcare and connecting innovators to each other or to investors, supporting the growing global movement for universal health coverage, or producing on-demand research and forecasting to help countries and global institutions plan their healthcare futures, R4D’s global health work unlocks new possibilities for global health actors worldwide.

R4D is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic Senior Program Associate (SPA) to join our Global Health Team and provide technical and program management support to a range of R4D’s health programs, such as the Health Systems Strengthening Accelerator, the Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceuticals Program (MTaPS), and the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative.

This position is based in Washington, DC and will report to the Senior Program Officer.


The Senior Program Associate will serve as a key member of project teams, contributing technical assistance to specific health system challenges and supporting implementation of project activities. Responsibilities of the SPA will encompass administrative, project management, research, and communication tasks. Potential responsibilities include:

  • Providing support on a range of project management and administrative tasks, including: developing contracts, budgeting and expenditure tracking, and funder progress reports; organizing meetings and workshops; coordinating travel arrangements; and developing proposals
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis on technical and policy issues related to health systems and financing
  • Producing highly polished presentations, concept notes, briefing materials, and other products such as blog posts, newsletters, meeting summaries, thought pieces, and e-communications on key topics of interest
  • Fostering collaborative relationships with country and technical partners
  • Performing other duties as necessary
  • Consideration for these roles will be given to health professionals with
  • A clear understanding of health system challenges in the developing world;
  • Experience and expertise in health economics, health financing, or service delivery innovation;
  • Experience working on pharmaceutical financing and pricing policies;
  • Experience working in Asia regional countries;
  • Experience working on USAID or other donor-funded initiatives; and
  • The ability to meet rigorous timelines, track results and effectively manage multi-stakeholder relationships.


Master’s degree in relevant field (economics, political science, public policy, international affairs, public health) and minimum 1 year of relevant work experience (a research institution, government, bilateral or multilateral development agency, consulting firm, NGO, or think tank) OR Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and minimum 3 years of work experience;

Projects will require a variety of skillsets, and successful candidates will demonstrate experience in one or more of the following categories:

  • Multi-country collaborative learning
  • Research and analysis
  • Capacity building/training and certification
  • Facilitation
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Adaptive learning
  • Public financial management
  • Ability to set priorities and handle multiple competing time and resource demands, highly organized
  • Detail-oriented with strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Experience living/working in a low or lower-middle income country is highly desired
  • Foreign language fluency, particularly in French, is highly desired

About the Organization

Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results. Then we share what we learn so others can achieve results for development, too.

We have a unique and vibrant culture at R4D. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of our work environment and help advance our mission. Diversity—of ideas, identities, perspectives and backgrounds—is vital to who we are and what we do. We seek people who embrace these values and will help reinforce them. Our work culture is collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial. We operate based on trust and respect. Teams across the organization frequently collaborate on programmatic work and support each other in continuously building a better R4D.

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