Health Economics and Financing Lead
Results for Development (R4D) is a global nonprofit organization working with partners around the world to find new ways to help people escape poverty and reach their full potential. We apply fresh thinking and rigor to emerging and stubborn development challenges—particularly within the fields of health, education and governance—and we pioneer and advance creative, high-impact solutions. We do this by conducting analysis that helps to inform and influence decision-makers; building platforms and networks that connect people and ideas; providing direct support to local change agents; and combining these approaches to deliver meaningful and lasting results.
We have a unique and vibrant culture at R4D and we want to keep it that way. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of our work environment and help advance our mission. Diversity—of ideas, identities, perspectives and backgrounds—is vital to who we are and what we do. We seek people who embrace these values and will help reinforce them. Our work culture is collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial. We operate based on trust and respect. Teams across the organization frequently collaborate on programmatic work and support each other in continuously building a better R4D.
R4D seeks a Health Economics and Financing (HEF) Lead for USAID’s Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | East Program (Act | East). The HEF Lead will bear primary responsibility for strategy and analytic activities in support of the program’s efforts to promote domestic resource mobilization and effective use of financing for health and NTDs.
Previous experience working on NTDs is not required.
Act | East is a global initiative led by RTI International to assist countries to expand and sustain efforts to control and eliminate these debilitating diseases. Program countries include Bangladesh, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Laos, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam.
This position is based in Washington, DC and housed primarily within RTI’s Act | East program office. The HEF Lead will report to the program’s Health System Strengthening Lead, based at RTI, with additional mentorship, coaching, and professional development from the R4D program director overseeing R4D’s participation in the project. The HEF Lead will spend the majority of their time in RTI’s program office. As an R4D staff member, they will also have access to all R4D technical and administrative resources.
The HEF Lead will serve as a key member of the Act | East health system strengthening team, specificially working to shape and implement the program’s overall strategy to promote domestic resource mobilization and effective use of resources for health and NTDs. This work is part of the program’s broader agenda to suppot the mainstreaming of NTDs into strengthened health and multi-sectoral planning and management processes at national and sub-national levels.
Technical responsibilities include:
Leading, supporting, and supervising analytical work and economic analysis in areas potentially including but not limited to resource mapping, fiscal space, costing, cost-effectiveness, equity and efficiency;
Developing and adapting relevant analytic tools and methods;
Designing analytic and capacity building activities to influence both supply of and demand for high-quality NTD-related health services;
Providing mentorship, training, and other capacity building on health economics and financing, including on the generation and use of evidence for advocacy and policy design;
Ensuring the technical rigor and contextual appropriateness of the program’s health financing–related activities, both standalone and as part of the program’s broader health system strengthening efforts; and
Traveling, as needed, to program countries and relevant regional and global meetings to advance the program’s health financing objectives and to share results and learning from analytic and capacity building activities.
Programmatic and managerial responsibilities include:
Overseeing R4D’s day-to-day participation in the program and coordinating inputs from other team members, including the deployment of short-term technical assistance (STTA) to respond to identified analytic, capacity building and other needs;
Supervising and coaching junior team members and ensuring the R4D Health Practice leadership’s appropriate awareness of and involvement in program activities;
Contributing to program efforts to effectively monitor key activities and to provide appropriate documentation and disemination of results at national, regional and/or global levels; and
Maintaining strong and positive working relationships with RTI, other program partners, USAID and country governments.
Consideration for this pivotal role will be given to professionals with 1) extensive experience in health financing and/or health economics in low- and middle-income settings; 2) a proven track-record of providing effective results-oriented project management and technical assistance on USAID- or other similar donor-funded initiatives; and 3) demonstrated ability to articulate critical issues and manage multi-stakeholder relationships and interests towards the realization of program objectives.
Successful candidates will have have the following qualifications:
Master’s or doctoral degree in Economics, Business Administration, Public Policy, Public Health or other relevant discipline;
At least ten (10) years of relevant work experience in health economics and financing in low- and middle-income settings; experience working on sustainability and transition of donor-funded health programs especially valuable;
Demonstrated track record of providing effective technical assistance to health and finance officials at the national and/or sub-national levels in areas such as strategic and operational planning, resource needs estimation, resource mobilization, public financial management, program implementation, and financial monitoring;
Extensive experience working in private, public, and/or civil society sectors and experience providing technical assistance to various countries in a variety of cross-cultural contexts and in collaboration with a range of partners and stakeholders;
Good and active listener and facilitator of policy dialogue;
Productive, energetic, task oriented, and adept at providing and receiving constructive feedback;
Proven leadership in conceptualizing, planning, and executing analytic and consultative projects;
Significant experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, as well as the ability to translate complex technical analysis for scientific, policy and lay audiences;
Full professional fluency in English, including excellent written and verbal communication skills; language abilities relevant to the program countries are also valuable;
Demonstrated ability to work independently and to effectively manage teams, including steering work planning, managing and mentoring junior colleagues, and overseeing compliant and cost-effective use of resources;
Highly collaborative and approachable working style amenable to an open-structure environment;
Enthusiastic about joining a diverse and inclusive work environment; and
Highly proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
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