Background Information - Job-specific
The Stop TB Partnership is a unique and innovative global health organization that brings together partners, expertise, funding, commodities, and people-centered services in our shared mission to end TB by 2030.
Founded in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership is a United Nations (UN) hosted organization that takes bold and smart risks to serve and amplify the voices of the people, communities, stakeholders, and partners from countries affected by TB.
The Stop TB Partnership is guided by three (3) strategic goals to:
- Advocate, catalyze, and facilitate sustained coordination and collaboration among partners;
- Support the development, replication, and scale-up of innovative approaches and tools; and
- Facilitate global, equitable access to TB diagnostics and medicines.
- The Stop TB Partnership’s comprehensive range of strategic and technical expertise and our willingness to push boundaries are crucial factors in reaching the targets agreed upon by Heads of States and the TB community-at-large to end TB by 2030.
- The Stop TB Partnership’s Strategic Initiatives & Innovative Financing (SIIF) Team leads the conceptualization, design, roll-out, and implementation of ground-breaking initiatives and projects within the Secretariat to bring the “Silicon Valley” mindset and innovations to high TB burden countries and leverage multi-sectoral collaboration, including the private sector, to address systematic barriers in the TB and global health space. Thus far, SIIF, along with our key partners, has conceptualized and designed two new initiatives – (1) Re-Imagining Care and (2) Accelerator for Impact (a4i), respectively.
- As a follow-up to the first ever TB Innovation Summit and UN High-Level Meeting on TB (UNHLM on TB) in September 2018, the Stop TB Partnership and our key partners are working to “re-imagine care” in high TB burden countries, now and in the future, by making it as convenient as possible for country programmes, service providers, and, most importantly, the people affected by TB to provide and access care that put people’s circumstances, preferences, and needs at the forefront of decision-making. This includes:
- Providing high TB burden countries with a packaged set of solutions in order for healthcare providers to leverage the most up to date products and technologies to more efficiently and effectively prevent, diagnose, treat, and cure people and
- Pivoting to a more digitalized, virtual, and on-demand care model to bring services to the people across disease areas (i.e., communicable and non-communicable) within the context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), to ensure all people, including the most marginalized, have access to affordable and quality care.
a4i is a public-sector venture capital fund, which aims to:
- pivot the care model to become more digitalized, virtual, and on-demand and
- catalyze the rapid roll-out of emerging technologies (i.e., artificial intelligence/machine learning, blockchain, tele-care/tele-machine, wearables, etc.), in high TB burden countries, by:
- Identifying and investing in emerging technologies, from high-income markets and high TB burden countries, to pivot the care model to become more digitalized, virtual, and on-demand;
- Supporting innovators to cross the second “valley of death” (i.e., from commercialization to roll-out);
- Financing critical activities to generate demand in early adopter countries;
- Creating a network of operating teams and key partners to drive efficient product launches; and
- Achieving a return on investment to ensure financial sustainability and unlock new capital from financial markets and market investors.
Under the guidance of the Stop TB Partnership’s Team Leader, SIIF, the incumbent will serve as a Strategic Initiatives Specialist to lead, coordinate, and implement cross-Secretariat initiatives, particularly related to Re-Imagining Care and a4i.
The specific responsibilities of the Strategic Initiatives Specialist will include, but not limited to:
- Developing a comprehensive strategic initiatives strategy to achieve the Secretariat’s strategic and operational goals.
Leading the roll-out and implementation of the Re-Imagining Care initiative, including, but not limited to:
- Leading the operationalization of Re-Imagining Care;
- Overseeing the integration of human centered design within the new, people-centered TB care models;
- Engaging and working with Ministries of Health, country programmes, and innovators to facilitate a packaged set of solutions;
- Conceptualizing and implementing demonstration studies to evaluate a packaged set of solutions and new, people-centered care models in early adopter countries;
- Supporting the raising of new funds for Re-Imagining Care;
- Coordinating various events and meetings related to Re-Imagining Care; and
- Working with internal teams and external partners to execute and support the operationalization and implementation of Re-Imagining Care.
- Leading the roll-out and implementation of the a4i initiative, including but not limited to:
- Coordinating the operationalization of a4i;
- Coordinating the development and implementation of a4i’s financial sustainability model;
- Supporting the raising of new capital for a4i; and
- Leading the coordination of various events and meetings related to a4i; and
- Working with internal teams and external partners to execute and support the operationalization and implementation of a4i.
- Representing SIIF at applicable external events and meetings as required.
- Supporting the Team Leader on other related responsibilities as required.
Impact of Results
- Increased development and accelerated roll-out of current, pipeline, and aspirational TB innovations from both high-income markets and high TB burden countries;
- Increased access to affordable and quality care by all people, including the most marginalized, in high TB burden countries; and
- Improved and/or sustained prevention and treatment outcomes for all people, including the most marginalized, in high TB burden countries.
- Advanced university (Master’s) degree in business administration, computer science, economics, engineering, finance, law, medicine, or a similar subject in addition to 5 years of relevant professional experience.
- University (Bachelor’s) degree in one of the above-listed subjects in addition to 7 years of relevant professional experience.
- Minimum of 5 years relevant professional experience in strategy development, ideally working with start-ups and understanding the emerging technologies landscape.
- Experience working at an asset management company; consulting firm; financial institution; investment bank; international organization; law firm; private equity firm; start-up; venture capital firm; etc. in the areas of: entrepreneurship; and/or innovation; and/or private sector engagement.
- Experience interacting with and presenting to senior leadership of traditional donor governments, private sector investors, or other key partner organizations is desirable.
Excellent knowledge of English with proven ability to communicate in English (spoken and written) in a clear and concise manner. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.