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Technical Advisor to Senior Management (Secondee)@Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia,

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Seconded to the Director/Deputy Director’s Office at the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency
CHAI Overview
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. CHAI does not operate stand-alone programs, nor does it build parallel health systems. Rather, CHAI works at the invitation and in support of governments. CHAI's teams are working side-by-side with more than 30 governments to tackle many of the largest barriers to effective health care.

CHAI is currently operating in Ethiopia carrying out a wide range of programs to support the Ministry of Health in improving access to and increasing the quality of health services. As one of CHAI’s largest field offices with more than 170 staff, the Ethiopia office operates programs across hospital management; maternal, newborn and child health; HIV/AIDS; nutrition; vaccines; and health financing. The health financing program aims to transform how the health system is financed to substantially and sustainably increase access to services, beginning with essential services for those most in need.

The Government of Ethiopia has supported significant improvements in health over the past decade and now aims to accelerate progress to deliver quality essential health services to its growing population of close to 100 million people. To achieve this goal, Ethiopia is rolling out health insurance schemes with the goal of reaching most of the population by 2020. If successful, Ethiopia will set an example for all other countries working towards the goal of universal health coverage on the African continent.

To successfully roll out this ambitious reform, the newly-staffed Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency will need to overcome technical, operational and management challenges of insurance scale-up across a large and diverse country. This includes making evidence-based decisions in key areas such as the initial design of the benefits package and premium rates, as well as setting up processes to continuously revise these decisions. There will also be a need to strengthen core operations for successful enrollment, provider payment, and financial management. As experience from other countries has shown, the early stages of launch will determine the success of the reform.

CHAI has been supporting the Government of Ethiopia in health financing over the past few years and has been asked by senior leadership to provide more comprehensive support to all of these areas of health insurance reform, in order to ensure it has the intended outcomes in increasing access to quality care for all in need.

Note: Candidate information will be reviewed by external parties

CHAI and the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical capabilities to directly advise the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency’s Director, Deputy Director and other leadership overseeing the launch of social health insurance (SHI) and the expansion of community based health insurance (CBHI). The Technical Advisor will be seconded to the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency’s senior management team.

Key Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To, The Following
The technical advisor will provide direct support to the Director and Deputy Director of the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency and work closely with units in Providers Affairs, Membership, Finance, Research and Information Technology, as well as branch offices.
  • Provide high level technical assistance to the Director and Deputy Director Generals
  • Provide technical leadership and direction for the development and implementation of strategies and programs to improve domestic financing and refine and scale-up community based and social health insurance schemes
  • Facilitate development and implementation of strategic and operational plans for a sustainable insurance scheme
  • Work on areas as requested including benefits design, member management, provider management, pooling and finance, management information systems, and information technology
  • Set up systems to facilitate monitoring and early identification of problem areas during the roll-out and implementation of the insurance scheme and work with management to address these problems as they arise
  • Build management and technical capacity within the Insurance Agency through day to day support on deliverables and mentoring
  • Support the development of high level leadership communication and promotional strategies for health insurance
  • Develop, review and/or prepare necessary technical and health insurance related reports, including presentations, technical briefs and working/concept papers
  • Adhere to Government/Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency institutional standards and procedures in all responsibilities
  • Other responsibilities as requested by management of the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency
We work in a fast-paced, results-driven environment and this health insurance reform is a top priority for the Government of Ethiopia. We are seeking a highly motivated individual, ideally with relevant experience in insurance systems. This individual would be a fast learner who is both detail oriented and has the ability to ask the key questions or see the “big picture.” We place great value on resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, flexibility, independence, energy, work ethic and humility.

Qualifications Include The Following
  • Bachelor’s degree with substantial experience and an advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a related field such as health economics, public health, financial management, public policy;
  • At least 5-7 years of professional experience in demanding, results-oriented environments in the public sector, management consulting and/or international development;
  • Experience working in insurance systems (e.g., health or life insurance);
  • Experience designing, managing and implementing projects;
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills, including attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly and absorb and synthesize a broad range of information;
  • Ability to navigate ambiguous and complex processes and be flexible;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to achieve consensus;
  • Strong communication skills, including delivery of compelling presentations and documents;
  • Strong command of the English language and Amharic required;
  • Willingness to travel within Ethiopia as needed.