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Private Sector Specialist USAID UHSS Project Careers - Abt Associates

Job Title:        Private Sector Specialist
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 Private Sector Specialist will be responsible for leading private sector engagement activities for the project. S/He will design and lead implementation of public-private partnerships, policy interventions in support of the private sector. As delegated, s/he will represent private sector needs and capabilities on government technical working groups and actively involve private sector stakeholders.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
  • Conduct research on the health private sector in Uganda, including its level of partnership with the government and its financial contribution to health financing.
  • Document the governance structure for the private sector and analyze strengths, weaknesses, and gaps.  Make recommendations for improvement.
  • Lead/facilitate to the improvement of the existing institutional and regulatory framework to promote the development of private sector engagement and increase accountability for results.
  • Develop appropriate approaches to reinforce partnerships between the government and private sector health providers to better meet the needs of Ugandans.
  • Lead capacity development activities in public-private partnerships with both the government and the private sector.
  • Support the government and the private sector to create twinning partnerships between regional health facilities and private sector facilities.
  • Help the MOH develop (or review) and implement a system to contract out services to improve efficiency and quality, and to reach remote areas.
  • In collaboration with the Health Economist, support MOH in promoting private sector investment in the Ugandan health sector
  • Create or reinforce working groups designed to increase collaboration between the public agencies (health and non-health) and the private health sector.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant should for the USAID Project Private Sector Specialist career placement must be Ugandans who hold a Master’s degree in Public Health, Project Management, Health Economics, Health Policy or MBA
  • At least 10 years of work experience in private sector engagement or experience in developing and managing partnerships, including brokering public-private partnerships.  Proven experience in capacity building in leadership, planning and management.
  • Previous experience in managing projects funded by international donors, in particular USAID.
  • Proven ability to foster and develop relationships with various organizations and stakeholders in the private and government sectors.
  • Knowledge and understanding of health management and health systems.
  • Strong quantitative skills, including financial in order to measure increased investments in health due to public-private partnerships.
  • Ability to navigate in a complex and dynamic environment to work within established and emerging governance structures and understanding of policy environments.
  • Strong knowledge and relationships within the Ugandan private sector.
  • Good command of spoken and written English.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with proven experience in developing PowerPoint presentations and reports.

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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