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Health Financing Advisor (Liberia Health Equity Fund)

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    Closing date:
    20 Dec 2019

    Do you believe that everyone deserves access to affordable, qualityhealthcare? Are you driven by creativity, bold ideas, and disruptive innovation? Are you inspired by exceptionally talented, diverse, impact-oriented colleagues? Do you thrive in a dynamic, high-growth, fast-paced environment? Most importantly, are you fed-up, even disgusted, with the status quo of foreign assistance in the health sector? Then consider a job with ThinkWell.

    ThinkWell is a growing, flexible health systems organization, with both global influence and local grounding. Our focus is on driving transformation in the global health space by always questioning and disrupting conventional wisdom about what works or what can or cannot be done. We develop solutions tailored to a client’s context and political realities and do not replicate global models and all-purpose solutions and believe in pragmatisms over ideology. We know that to drive change, we must focus on how the world could be, rather than making excuses for the status quo.

    ThinkWell is seeking a Health Financing Advisor for the four-year USAID Liberia Strategic Technical Assistance for Improved Health System Performance and Health Outcomes (STAIP) project. The STAIP Activity aims to improve health system performance and strengthen the delivery of primary health care services. A major focus of this program includes support to meaningful reforms in the area of health financing including delivery of selected priorities in alignment with the MOH’s Liberia Health Equity Fund (LHEF) to ensure quality and equitable access to health services without undue financial burden to patients.

    The Health Financing advisor will lead the technical assistance support to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and will report the Chief of Party, while also receiving line management support from ThinkWell’s HF Program Lead based in Washington DC.

    Please note: Liberian and international candidates are encouraged to apply. This position includes limited international benefits but is unaccompanied (no family relocation).


    The HF Advisor will work within the MOH’s Healthcare Financing Unit to support efforts to increase financial risk protection and improve health sector financing in line with LHEF priorities, including development and testing of health financing reforms. Areas of responsibility will include:

    • Provide leadership for STAIP health financing objectives at the national level including, design and piloting of the Liberia health equity fund (LHEF), public financial management, and performance-based financing for selected counites
    • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders to contribute to all health sector related policy and regulatory reforms that will drive and accelerate implementation of the LHEF; this may include developments related to the national health financing strategy and plan
    • Design and roll out a monitoring framework, evidence generation plan and related tools to measure the progress and impact of the LHEF over time the life of the program
    • Work closely with the PBF advisor (embedded in the Ministry of Health PBF Unit) to ensure harmonization of the LHEF and incentivization of health providers at the county level
    • Design a sustainable capacity building model to ensure the Ministry of Health counterparts are directly engaged and evolve their health financing competencies and applied knowledge
    • Collaboratively frame and write high-quality technical reports and policy briefing materials

    Graduate degree in health economics or related degree with demonstrated expertise in health financing

    • Minimum 15 years of experience leading and managing health financing projects, providing direct expert policy advice and technical assistance to governments and donor agencies in low- and middle-income countries
    • Demonstrated experience of managing engagements with ministries of health and finance and proven track record to knowledgably and effectively interact with both key actors
    • Strong quantitative skills and exceptional command of Excel
    • Experience working in a low- or middle-income country is essential
    • Established track record of preparing high-quality technical reports, policy position papers, journal articles, policy briefing materials and presentations
    • Fluent command of English

    Skills and Competencies

    • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, high-growth, fast-paced environment;
    • Creative technical approach that pushes boundaries;
    • Understanding of how to navigate relationships and advocate for bold ideas within complex environments such as ministries of health, ministries of finance, and large funding organizations and technical agencies;
    • Strong skills in managing client expectations and delivering to meet client needs;
    • Ability to represent ThinkWell convincingly and credibly;
    • Independent thinker who thrives working in a team;
    • Ability to mentor and coach junior colleagues;
    • Exceptional ability to write compelling technical reports, position papers, and proposals;
    • Comfort in speaking to and engaging a range of different audiences on technical concepts.

    Please submit a cover letter, CV, and one – two writing samples. Samples should only include pieces where the applicant was the main author.

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