Health Financing Program Officer

Results for Development, Jakarta, Indonesia

Job Description

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 and we want to keep it that way. 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.

R4D seeks a highly motivated and dynamic Health Financing Program Officer to play a key role in the Global Health Practice contributing health financing expertise to USAID’s Tuberculosis Private Sector Activity (TBPS) and/or to USAID’s Health Financing Activity (HFA) in Indonesia.

Please note, this position will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian nationals are encouraged to apply. This position includes a local benefits package and does not include international relocation or expatriate benefits.

Practice:

Practice:

R4D’s Global 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.

Background – USAID Tuberculosis Private Sector Activity (TBPS):

USAID’s Tuberculosis Private Sector Activity (TBPS) aims to contribute to Indonesia’s national goals to reduce tuberculosis (TB) prevalence and incidence by increasing the number of private provider clients who receive quality TB services. Specifically, the goal of TBPS is to increase the number of care-seeking clients in the private sector who are correctly diagnosed, notified, and have successfully completed TB treatment. The Activity will contribute to achievement of goals and targets of Indonesia’s National Tuberculosis Program’s (NTP) National Strategic Plan (2016-2020), the End TB 90-90-90 targets, and the Sustainable Development Goals and targets relating to TB. TBPS will use a phased approach to scale-up activity from four districts in year 1 to the full seven districts - North Jakarta (kota), Tulungagung (kabupaten), Medan (kota), Tangerang (kota), Tangerang (kabupaten), Surabaya (kota), and Makassar (kota) – by year 2.

In 2018 the MOH’s Health Financing Unit (PPJK) established a TB technical working group (TWG) to assess current challenges with purchasing for TB and to reach consensus on focused policy options for improving purchasing arrangements and provider payment systems for TB services. The TB TWG is comprised of high-level decision-makers and technical staff from the MOH, BPJS-K, and the Ministry of Finance, as well as the Ministry of Home Affairs and BAPPENAS.

R4D’s role is to support the TWG, via the TBPS Activity, to strengthen strategic purchasing for TB services in the private sector. The prime contractor for TBPS is FHI360. Results for Development is a subcontractor to FHI360. The project is expected to work very closely with other USAID-funded efforts on health financing, specifically with the recent USAID Health Financing Activity. TBPS project districts may be used as pilot sites for testing and improving provider payment systems for TB in collaboration with these USAID health financing activities, the MOH, and BPJS-K. R4D will provide technical leadership on strategic purchasing across all TBPS project objectives.

Background – USAID Health Financing Activity (HFA):

Following the Government of Indonesia’s (GoI) successful launch of national health insurance in 2014, the government faces a range of options on how to continue to increase coverage, efficiency, quality, and sustainable financing. USAID’s Health Financing Activity (HFA) is a 5-year technical assistance project aimed to strengthen local capacity in financial analysis, stakeholder engagement, learning and decision making. HFA will support the Ministry of Health’s leadership and vision to improve financial protection, equitable access to quality health services, and health outcomes.

By allocating pooled funds on behalf of the population to healthcare providers, the GoI acts as a healthcare “purchaser”. More strategic purchasing of health goods and services is one approach to getting better value for money. When effectively implemented, strategic health purchasing can increase value for money by creating deliberate incentives for efficient delivery of high-quality, cost-effective services. The recent expansion of national health insurance (JKN) in Indonesia brings increased opportunities to influence provider behaviors via financial levers, including more strategic purchasing of health services. R4D’s role is to support the HFA to improve capacity for strategic health purchasing under JKN.

Opportunity:

R4D seeks a Health Financing Program Officer to support health financing-related aspects of the Strategic Health Purchasing – Indonesia (SHP Indonesia) portfolio under the guidance of a Senior Program Officer. The Program Officer will provide direct health financing and strategic purchasing support to the SHP Indonesia portfolio, including analytical and consultative activities in support of improving capacity for strategic health purchasing under JKN.

This includes support for qualitative and quantitative analysis, interpretation and translation of results to inform the design of provider payment pilots for improved TB purchasing through JKN, technical support to the TB Strategic Health Purchasing TWG, and ongoing coaching and capacity-building on strategic purchasing for JKN stakeholders. As part of this work, the Health Financing Program Officer will help manage existing stakeholder relationships and cultivate new partnerships that aim to communicate our impact and meet objectives.

The Health Financing Program Officer will be expected to manage existing stakeholder relationships including leaders at BPJS-K and the Ministry of Health (MOH), as well as other development partners (USAID, World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), implementing partners (Palladium, DAI, ThinkWell), civil society and professional organizations, and HFA core staff, and cultivate new partnerships that aim to communicate our impact and meet objectives.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participate in health financing policy dialogue with GOI stakeholders including MOH, BPJS-K, Ministry of Finance, BAPPENAS, and local government representatives to continue to reinforce the role of strategic purchasing for TB within JKN.
  • Participate in analytical and consultative activities for the HFA project in support of improving sustainability of GoI financing for health and improving capacity for strategic purchasing.
  • Undertake analysis to inform design of provider payment pilots for improved purchasing through JKN, such as a funding flows analysis.
  • Liaise with partner organizations and project counterparts to coordinate, align, and build on analytical and technical inputs to GoI processes and health financing objectives.
  • Draft progress summaries, policy briefs, technical reports and other materials as necessary.
  • Communicate results orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of first degree in International Development, Public health, Economics, Health Economics, Public/Social/Health Policy, Health Systems, Health Planning or related qualification. Master’s degree in related fields will be an added advantage.
  • 3-5 years of direct work experience related to health financing and related fields.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and quantitative skills, with experience in analytical tools for health financing (costing, expenditure tracking, etc.).
  • Familiarity with the Indonesian health system, Ministry of Health, BPJS-K, DJSN, or other health sector. Experience working in/with public or private sector health financing organizations desirable.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team and deliver high-quality results within tight timeframes.
  • Experience creating partnerships and successfully managing external relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders in multicultural environments.
  • Stakeholder relationships and facilitating decision-making at national and district level to create positive change.
  • Strong experience facilitating technical workshops, including developing agendas and background materials, presenting to and facilitating discussion with health financing experts, developing summary reports of the proceedings and agreed follow-up actions.
  • Willingness for up to 25% international and domestic travel.
  • Perform any other duties as may be required to meet the exigencies of the organization.
  • Fluency in oral and written English and Bahasa Indonesia.

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