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
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
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
Key Duties and
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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