Health Financing Advisor USAID UHSS Project Jobs - Abt Associates

Job Title:        Health Financing Advisor
Organization: Abt Associates
Funding Source: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Project Name: Uganda Health Systems Strengthening (UHSS)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About Abt:
Abt Associates is an international development organization composed of dedicated professionals who provide technical assistance, research, analysis, and practical training services in more than 128 countries. The International Health Division is committed to the improvement of health and healthcare delivery around the world.  Serving both the public and private sectors, our efforts include health policy research and evaluation, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management.  Our impact is felt in policies that ensure healthcare access for women, children, and individuals with special needs, in strengthening health infrastructures, and HIV/AIDS solutions.

About USAID UHSS Project:
The purpose of the Uganda Health Systems Strengthening (UHSS) project is to strengthen the health system by improving leadership and accountability for achieving results across public and private health systems at national, regional, district, and local levels. The activity seeks to strengthen central-level stewardship and district-level management of the health system; support initiatives that increase domestic financing for health; identify and implement interventions that improve efficient use of key health resources; and strengthen state and non-state community systems for improved quality health services.

Job Summary: The Health Financing Advisor will lead the project’s technical support to the Government of Uganda (GoU) and its partners in designing and implementing health financing and financial management interventions that improve the sustainability of quality service delivery across the country.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
  • Effectively execute project management and supervise several staff members
  • Help MoH build capacity for developing and implementing plans to increase domestic resource mobilization (DRM) by supporting them through the process. DRM here includes both by generating new, additional sources of domestic revenue for health, and using existing (and new) resources more efficiently.
  • Work with the Senior Health Economist to support MoH to use political economy lens to craft research studies and other analytical assignments that will help build the case effectively to decision-makers and key stakeholders in the private sector, within and external to the health sector
  • Work with the Senior Health Economist to support MoH to strategically disseminate results to key decision makers through the Government of Uganda (GoU), including among Ministry of Finance, legislators, other line ministries to increase health spending as a percentage of the national budget
  • Work with the Senior Public Financial Management (PFM) Specialist to assess existing public financial management processes and the alignment of those processes with health systems strengthening interventions; design a PFM capacity building program for the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MoH); and help the MoH establish stronger platforms for dialogue with the Ministry of Finance for the government as a whole.
  • Work with the Health Workforce Advisor to ensure that economic incentives are considered as part of the efforts to improve health workforce productivity and retention
  • Support GOU to develop innovative models for health financing that fit local context; support local actors to design, implement and monitor from pilots in selected districts and facilities, and apply pilot learnings in scale up in other areas.
  • Work with the Private Health Sector Specialist to support MoH to identify opportunities for establishing and strengthening contractual relationships with private health care providers; and design and implement program to facilitate capacity building and negotiation.
  • Work collaboratively with other implementing partners and programs to leverage existing platforms and resources
  • Build capacity for technical expertise in PFM, health financing and transformational leadership in health system stewardship in the Uganda MOH.
  • Oversee efforts to support MoH in conducting and using results from Health Accounts and National AIDS Spending Assessment

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant should for the USAID Project Health Financing Advisor career placement should preferably hold an MBA (or a Master's degree in a relevant major), or PhD in Health Economics, Health Policy and Management
  • At least 10 years of experience in conducting research and implementing projects in the area of health financing
  • Strong manager with proven experience successfully managing multiple partners and work streams.
  • Highly collaborative engagement style with demonstrated experience building and managing relationships/partnerships.
  • Excellent networking and work relations with the government and health partners.
  • Ugandan national preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluency in English required, with other regional languages preferred.
  • Familiarity with USAID a plus.

NB: This position is contingent upon award.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join Abt Associates in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to apply online at the link below.

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