Monday, 9 April 2018

Jobs at Abt Associates, Health Financing Specialist

Jobs at Abt Associates, Health Financing Specialist

Ilala, Buguruni Dar Es Salaam

Health Financing Specialist

Abt Associates, a major U.S.-based research, technical assistance, and international development company, seeks a highly qualified health financing specialist for the Global Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance – Tanzania (GHSC-TA-TZ) Project.

This program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), aims to strengthen Tanzanian supply systems for health commodities through technical assistance to the Government of Tanzania. Working in coordination with in-country and development partners, the project supports strategic planning, improved delivery of commodities to service sites, stakeholder engagement in supply systems; and the creation of an enabling environment for improved supply chain performance. Abt Associates is a subcontractor to the GHSC prime implementer - Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC) - and is responsible for strategic planning, governance, health financing, and private sector activities.

The Health Financing Specialist (HFS) will work under the supervision of the GHSC Deputy Chief of Party. The HFS will lead activities to strengthen costing and financing approaches in support of health commodities availability and health supply chain systems, and will work with other team members on the eventual transition of supply chain management from donor assistance to government ownership.

Position responsibilities and minimum qualifications are listed below. The HFS will be based in Dar es Salaam but will be expected to travel to other locations up to 30% of the time.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

Identify supply chain cost drivers and anticipated financial gaps, and financial resources required to fully support commodities supply chain operations

Perform internal and external fund tracking and trending

Provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) and other stakeholders in estimating the operation costs of planned strategic activities and making efficient use of resources

Support the implementation of the current supply chain results-based financing scheme.

Determine the potential impact of Direct Health Facility Financing (DHFF) on commodities management as roles and responsibilities of key players change

Coach relevant stakeholders within the MoHCDGEC, Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP), President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Authorities (PO-RALG) and Medical Stores Department (MSD) in estimating and tracking the cost of supply chain activities and provide technical assistance of cost-efficient strategies

Assist the GHSC Governance Advisor in establishing a communications strategy to advocate for investments in supply chain

Work with stakeholders on sustainability strategies, including identify new funding sources, such as Other Development Assistance (ODA), domestic resources mobilization, payment/reimbursement models (such as point-of-care payment and micro health insurance schemes), as well as the leveraging of private sector resources.

Serve as lead in coordinating with other USAID funded projects to ensure strategic alignment and avoid duplication of efforts related to similar activities

Along with GHSC team members, participate in annual reviews and project planning

Ensure accurate and timely submission of all required technical reporting and deliverables for the health policy and financing portfolio

Contribute to brainstorming and development of research agendas and special projects related to improving health policy and financing

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

Degree in Public Health, Public Affairs, Supply Chain or other relevant field, Masters or Doctorate Degree preferred.

At least 6 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in a government or donor-supported project environment

Background in health financing and resource mobilization

Experience in using/applying costing models/tools

Experience in developing and/or implementing result-based financing models

Ability to independently plan and execute complex tasks, and work in close collaboration with other steam members

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, initiative, and good judgment

Advanced written/oral skills in English and Kiswahili.

Computer literacy (MS Office)

Knowledge of commodities supply chain management is desirable

Minimum Qualifications

(6+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit each of the following:

Updated CV

Cover Letter describing how the candidate meets the minimum qualifications


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