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Analyst, Sustainable Health Financing and Health Workforce
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
CHAI Zimbabwe has been a key partner in supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) since 2006. CHAI has been consistently involved in transformational change in the country, focusing on programs ranging from the accelerated introduction and penetration of new drugs and diagnostic devices for HIV and TB to creating technical and operational efficiencies in malaria elimination. Since 2014, with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), CHAI has supported the MOHCC to implement short- and long-term health financing reforms. This includes the development of the Health Financing Policy and Strategy and implementation of an annual resource mapping exercise to support donor coordination and resource allocation decisions.
In its current phase, CHAI seeks to expand its support to the MOHCC to improve equity, efficiency and accountability in the allocation and management of financial and human resources for health, towards the goal of increasing access to and utilization of essential health services. CHAI is seeking an Analyst to provide analytical and technical support in the implementation of high-profile projects, including support to the Government of Zimbabwe to develop, operationalize and implement a community based health strategy and community essential health package, strengthening human resource management, engaging line ministries and donors on coordinating resources towards UHC reforms and health systems strengthening, and assessing innovative financing mechanisms and efficiencies in current allocation for their impact on the health system.
CHAI Health Workforce:
A skilled health workforce is the backbone of every health system and therefore an essential precondition for progress toward universal health coverage (UHC). CHAI’s Health Workforce programs assist governments to design, mobilize resources for and implement health workforce strategies that move beyond marginal improvements toward transformational changes in the quantity and composition of their workforce. Specifically, in many contexts, CHAI supports governments to develop health workforce strengthening programs that emphasize the following areas: 1) strengthening the capacity (faculty, infrastructure, management) of national training institutions, and 2) improving governments’ capacity to optimally deploy, finance and manage their health workers. CHAI currently has active health workforce programs in Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Zambia.
CHAI Health Financing:
To move toward the goal of UHC, CHAI is committed to helping governments sustainably finance health systems and address financial barriers that prevent patients from accessing the care they need. CHAI’s Health Financing program is working in Ethiopia, Eswatini, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to establish financing systems that improve equity and efficiency in how funds are collected, distributed, and spent. In donor dependent settings, CHAI works with governments to ensure limited resources are used efficiently, mobilize additional resources, and build national budgeting systems that can manage a greater proportion of funds over time. In countries moving toward aid independence, CHAI supports governments to comprehensively reform national financing systems, including through national health insurance reform.
Summary of Position:
The Clinton Health Access Initiative is looking for an Analyst to assist the Ministry of Health and Child Care in addressing significant funding shortfalls in its health-related programming, and to provide assistance in optimizing use of financial resources available in the health sector by identifying program inefficiencies and improving allocation of resources in the health sector.
The Analyst will provide critical support in the quantification and mapping of funding needs and available resources, understanding current costs of health interventions, helping the governments to identify funding gaps and access additional resources, and assessing the feasibility of a menu of financing options to expand the fiscal space within the health sector. The Analyst will also provide support around the finalization and implementation of a Community Health Strategy. The Analyst will be a part of a team that works very closely with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, interacting on a regular basis with donors, NGOs and civil society.
This is a challenging but very rewarding position which will have direct and near-term impact on thousands of patients in need of life-saving treatment. It is an opportunity to work closely with a government that is committed to universal health coverage and building critical skills, tools and capacity that will enable access to and better management of funds in the health sector.
Provide robust data management and analytical support to the in-country team, and actively participate in structuring the analytical approach and problem solving in the following areas:
- Review specific funding channels to understand funding flows and potential areas of inefficiencies
- Actively lead support for the resource mapping exercise to track funding flows from both the government and health sector stakeholders
- Build and use tools to assess potential for improved efficiency and effectiveness of health sector interventions
- Actively support CHAI’s engagement in community health workforce, specifically by supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Care to finance, operationalize and implement a streamlined community health strategy
- Generate evidence to inform efforts to mobilize additional revenues for health and human resources, engage private sector, and strengthen workforce management
- Support management of processes to develop policy recommendations, conduct analyses, and seek stakeholder input in areas of Health Financing and Human Resources for Health
- Collaborate with other CHAI teams and provide strategic and analytical support on cross-cutting projects
- Develop and maintain cordial and productive work relationships with government and partner officials
- Effectively represent CHAI in various Technical Working Groups, and partner fora
- Maintain a current understanding of the program environment including goals and partner landscape
- Support program budgeting and reporting
- Any other duties as assigned by management
- Bachelor’s or master’s degree in an area related to finance and economics, health economics or related degree in public health with a minimum of two years of professional experience.
- Very strong quantitative skills, including significant experience working in excel on budgeting, costing and modeling
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders
- Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills
- Excellent organizational, entrepreneurial and problem solving skills
- Strong communication skills, including the ability to prepare compelling presentations
- Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity, and problem solve in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
- Ability to multi-task and take on ad-hoc requests while managing existing workload
- Ability to work independently on complex projects and deliver results under high-pressure situations
- Applicants with experience in management consulting or other relevant private and public sector organizations are strongly encouraged to apply
- Technical experience in health insurance, resource tracking, public financing and excel macros
- Knowledge of/experience with the Global Fund proposal development process as well as knowledge of other donor funding mechanisms and processes in Zimbabwe
- Experience with working in developing countries, particularly in Human Resources For Health, Community Health and systems strengthening
- Experience working with governments and international partners in country
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