Associate Economics Health Service Delivery

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Mbabane, Swaziland

Skill Required:, HR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th November, 2016


Job Description

Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health
Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to
strengthening integrated health systems around the world and expanding
access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other illnesses.
Based on the premise that business oriented strategy can facilitate
solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to
mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to
save lives, via improved organization of commodity markets and more
effective local management. By working in association with governments
and other NGO partners, CHAI is focused on large scale impact and, to
date, CHAI has secured lower pricing agreements for treatment options in
more than 70 countries. In addition, CHAI's teams are working
side-by-side with over 30 governments to tackle many of the largest
barriers to effective treatment and care.

In 2010 order to meet the health needs of the population, the
Ministry of Health (MoH) of Swaziland defined a benefits package of
health services to be provided at government-run health facilities
called the Essential Health Care Package (EHCP). CHAI has been
partnering with the MoH to scale of the delivery of these services
across all levels of care. Most recently CHAI and the MoH are carrying
out an assessment to determine the feasibility and cost of providing
EHCP services.

CHAI is seeking an Economics Associate, Health Service Delivery
to support the MoH in the completion of the EHCP assessment and the
translation of the results to inform service scale-up planning and
decision making. The Associate will work with the EHCP Office to create a
case study for fully scaling up EHCP services, specifically
illustrating overall feasibility based on cost, cost effectiveness,
prioritization and existing resource gaps. The Associate will also work
with the MoH to identify key barriers to service delivery and
strategically plan to overcome them.

The Associate must be a highly motivated, entrepreneurial individual
with outstanding problem-solving, analytical and communication skills.
The Associate must be able to function independently and provide thought
leadership as well as oversight to the team and the MoH. This position
is based in Mbabane, Swaziland, and reports to the Health Financing
Program Manager.

The Economics Associate will be responsible for providing analytical
support and thought leadership to the MOH by actively participating and
implementing evidence-based approaches to scaling up essential health
services and addressing health service delivery barriers. His/her
primary responsibilities will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Supervise the development of quantitative models to understand
    resource needs of health service delivery based on EHCP assessment
    outputs;
  • Cost resource gaps identified by the assessment to determine funding
    gap and inform budgeting, prioritization and investment discussions;
  • Support the development and implementation of qualitative data collection tools;
  • Identify trends in service delivery barriers at facilities based on
    assessment outputs and communicate national level implications to key
    MoH stakeholders;
  • Liaise with the EHCP Office and other relevant MoH stakeholders to employ evidence from the assessment in policy discussions;
  • Support the key stakeholders in implementing operational plans associated with policy changes; and
  • Other responsibilities as requested by supervisor.
  • Bachelor's degree and at least 3-5 years of professional
    experience in public sector policy/planning, public sector finance,
    management consulting, or other relevant private and public sector
    experience with leadership experience;
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and able to
    build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a
    challenging, multi-cultural environment;
  • Robust problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitative analytical capabilities;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including ability
    to communicate effectively while addressing a broad-ranged audience;
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Potential to take on increasing levels of responsibility and leadership on the team; and
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications, particularly Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

Advantages:

  • Master's degree in public health, health economics, health finance, health management or other relevant field;
  • Experience in cost analysis, economic evaluation, or economic evaluation;
  • Experience working in national health system benefits package design;
  • Experience in working in health care financing, particularly in relation to developing countries;
  • Experience working in public health and with international organisations;
  • Familiarity with a broad range of key global health issues, including health systems challenges in developing countries; and
  • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa.

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