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United States of America: Senior Program Officer—Strategic Health Purchasing Officer

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Organization: Results for Development Institute
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 14 Aug 2017

Results for Development (R4D) is a global nonprofit organization working with partners in more than 55 countries to find new ways to help people escape poverty and reach their full potential. We apply fresh thinking and rigor to emerging and stubborn development challenges—particularly within the fields of health, education and governance—and we pioneer and advance creative, high-impact solutions. We do this by conducting analysis that helps to inform and influence decision-makers; building platforms and networks that connect people and ideas; by providing direct support to local change agents; and combining these approaches to deliver meaningful and lasting results.

Program Summary:

R4D’s Global Health Financing practice includes a program of work aimed at supporting low- and middle-income countries to better leverage available resources for universal health coverage (UHC) through strategic health purchasing arrangements. Countries that are most successful expanding access to services and improving health outcomes within limited funds use the power of the public purchaser to shape the health care market and service delivery system.

R4D facilitates the development of strategic health purchasing solutions by bringing together stakeholders from across low- and middle-income countries through the Joint Learning Network for UHC (JLN) and within countries across health and finance ministries, public purchasing agencies, and public and private provider institutions. Together they co-develop, adapt and apply tools to diagnose and find context-appropriate solutions to more strategically use funds to purchase health services in support of UHC. R4D focuses on strengthening strategic health purchasing through assistance comprising of: peer learning through facilitation of the JLN Provider Payment Initiative, country-specific advice and support to stakeholder processes, and global analytics and research.

R4D has served as the technical facilitator for the JLN Provider Payment Initiative since it was launched with a $1.2 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Initiative is currently in its third grant cycle with a recent award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The overall objective of the Initiative is to support partnership among JLN countries in order to articulate and meet specific joint learning needs related to the design, implementation and evaluation of strategic health purchasing mechanisms to achieve and sustain universal health coverage (UHC).


R4D is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic Senior Program Officer (SPO) – Strategic Health Purchasing Officer to play a central cross-cutting role supporting two key work streams – (1) the facilitation of the JLN Provider Payment Initiative and (2) direct country engagement on strategic health purchasing through the USAID Health Finance and Governance (HFG) Project. The SPO-Strategic Health Purchasing Officer’s scope of work may expand as other opportunities and projects emerge that focus on strategic health purchasing.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. and will report to the Senior Program Director.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

JLN Provider Payment Initiative:

The Strategic Health Purchasing Officer will be responsible for leading a new phase of the Initiative that began in 2017 focusing on the topic of strategic health purchasing and provider payment in support of integrated health service delivery. As such, they will:

  • Lead the technical facilitation team to develop the new phase of the JLN Provider Payment Initiative and manage all aspects of its implementation, including the development, implementation, and monitoring of JLN Provider Payment Initiative work plans and related planning documents.

· Manage the facilitation team, budget, funder relations, and reporting for all JLN Provider Payment Initiative activities:

o Coordinate budgeting, expenditure monitoring, and financial reporting.

o Produce periodic progress reports and other materials requested by JLN Steering Group and JLN funders.

  • Shape and lead virtual and in-person joint learning activities around the selected topics:

  • Engage with JLN country members to identify topics of high demand for joint learning within the area of strategic health purchasing.

  • Facilitate technical multi-country workshops and partner meetings, including development of agendas and background materials.

  • Present to and facilitate discussion with senior government officials and global health leaders.

  • Develop summary reports of the proceedings and agreed follow-up actions.

  • Work with participating JLN countries to define knowledge products to co-produce through joint learning engagements and manage to process of co-production to ensure a high-quality global knowledge product.

· Identify opportunities to support direct country work related to the Initiative topics, including adapting and implementing JLN tools produced through the Initiative. Seek complementary funding sources to implement Provider Payment Initiative-related activities at the country level, and build relationships with other country and global partners.

· Engage in fund-raising activities to ensure the sustainability of the JLN Provider Payment Initiative.

Direct Country engagement:

Through USAID HFG and other programs, the team has provided direct country support to improve strategic health purchasing in Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme, Indonesia’s National Health Insurance program Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN), and Vietnam’s National Health Insurance system.

The Strategic Health Purchasing Officer will contribute to ongoing engagements and seek opportunities to contribute to existing or to lead new direct country engagements. In addition, they will:

· Contribute to existing country engagement activities as needed and, together with or under the guidance of the Sr. Program Director, lead on new engagements.

· Engage in policy dialogue with senior health and finance officials to establish and support processes and apply tools to diagnose and find context-appropriate solutions to more strategically use funds to purchase health services in support of UHC.

· Manage and mentor local partners and consultant teams to build technical and institutional capacity on strategic health purchasing.

· Lead the development of high-quality policy and technical deliverables, including presentations, reports, evaluations, training materials, and policy notes.

Cross-Cutting Duties:

  • Manage, delegate, and mentor junior program staff and consultants, managing-up to more senior staff, and managing procurement and relations with outside consultants contracted to support elements of operations.

· Present work to internal and external audiences and identify ways to expand current work.

· Support strategic planning processes for overall Initiative and develop materials and facilitate discussions.

· Manage relationships with funders and key project stakeholders, including bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, country governments, and advocacy groups etc.

· Contribute to business development, new project identification and design, and partner relations.

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, possess a strong work-ethic and a ‘can-do’ attitude. The Strategic Health Purchasing Officer will be detail oriented and expected to successfully manage competing priorities and deadlines, work independently and as part of a team to produce high quality work products such as reports, presentations and other deliverables as required.


· MA (or recent Ph.D.) in international development, health economics, social sciences, public policy, public health, health financing, or related fields

· Minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in health financing policy design, implementation, and evaluation in low- and middle-income countries

· Demonstrated knowledge of health financing, in particular strategic health purchasing, in low and middle-income countries

· Excellent facilitation, verbal and oral communication skills with the ability to effectively set priorities, and handle competing time/resource demands

· Quantitative and qualitative policy analyses related to health financing

· Direct work experience in a government, bilateral or multilateral development agency, consulting firm, NGO, or think tank

· Willingness to travel internationally (20-25% of the time)

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