• Deputy Director, Evidence, Learning, and Policy

    Job Locations US-DC
    Posted Date 1 month ago(4/20/2018 12:54 PM)
    # of Openings
    Health Financing
  • Overview

    ThinkWell is a health systems development organization that is in a major growth phase.  Our focus is on driving transformation in global health through navigating pathways that will lead to more effective use of public and private resources in the health sector and ultimately better health for all. We are looking for a policy engagement specialist to develop and manage a learning agenda that generates new evidence, facilitate cross countries engagement and informs policy and practice in the area of health financing for primary health care services.

    The candidate is expected to lead the development and implementation of the learning agenda of a 5 years, Gates funded project, and to contribute to similar activities across ThinkWell portfolio

    Strategic Purchasing for Family Planning (SP4FP): A five-year project that aims to support countries in developing health financing strategies that use strategic purchasing to support the achievement of universal health coverage. ThinkWell is working in collaboration with Marie Stopes International (MSI) to identify opportunities and co-design interventions with purchasers and policy makers in six countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Kenya, and 3 countries TBD) to more effectively purchase family planning.  The project is expected to expand into purchasing of other MNCH services. ThinkWell will assess effectiveness in terms of access, quality, and choice; test feasibility of scale and impact; and generate strong, relevant evidence. The policy engagement specialist role is focused on conceptualizing, designing, and supervising a broad range of evidence-generation and learning activities in the priority countries. 

    The successful candidate will have experience engaging in policy dialogue with senior health and finance officials and engaging country governments in health financing policy design and implementation. The ideal candidate will bring knowledge on how to create and facilitate communities of practice across countries.. The ideal candidate will ideally have experience working on primary and preventative health services, including immunization and family planning.

    The candidate will be prepared to work independently, and as part of a high level, distributed team. Open, frank, routine communication will be a priority, using calls as well as project team software to build a collaborative environment within the team.

    Job Location: Washington, DC

    Reports to: SP4FP Project Director


    To support the project, the incumbent will be expected to travel at least 30% of his/her time. 


    Strategic Purchasing for Family Planning (SP4FP)

    • Design the overarching ‘learning agenda’ to support the testing of evidence-informed approaches, facilitate knowledge diffusion, and drive policy advocacy to ensure country adoption, scale, and sustainability;
    • Manage the learning agenda, collaborating with in-country partners, quality assuring the process, and leading on analysis and feeding back learning to stakeholders; 
    • Collaborate with country actors and program management to design and implement evidence-informed approaches to answer the questions that are most relevant and pressing to local policy makers around purchasing family planning services;
    • With stakeholders, identify the most appropriate ways to generate strong evidence to answer their questions, and work with them to monitor progress, review evidence, and learn and adapt programming based on that evidence;
    • Design a project knowledge management structure and build an effective community of practice both within and across the countries to facilitate knowledge sharing and co-production, linking where complementary with other existing learning networks;
    • Promote collaboration and learning among local, national and regional-level intergovernmental bodies, donors, partners and other stakeholders;
    • Develop global and country level knowledge dissemination strategy, and facilitate knowledge diffusion and policy advocacy within and across the project countries and the global community;
    • Identify and engage with opportunities to share learning between our work and the broader health financing and family planning communities, in addition to other primary health care strategic purchasing developments, and specifically those related to preventative services.  


    • Graduate (Masters or higher) in Global Health, Health Policy, Health Economics, Health Financing, or Health Care Management;
    • Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in health financing policy design and implementation in low- and middle-income countries, with experience in policy reform and implementation, including significant stakeholders engagement experience;
    • Experience working with ministries of health and finance;
    • Experience of working in a low income or lower middle income country;
    • Knowledge of primary health care, with knowledge of immunization and family planning a bonus;
    • Native or complete fluency in written English;
    • Willingness to travel essential, including to low income countries. 

    Skills and Competencies

    • 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 and large funding organizations; 
    • Ability to manage client expectations and deliver on client needs; 
    • Ability to represent ThinkWell’s expertise convincingly and credibly; 
    • Exceptional ability to write compelling technical reports and synthesize information for different stakeholder audiences; 
    • Policy analysis related to health systems and/or health financing;
    • Strong facilitation, oral, and written communication skills;
    • Comfort in speaking to and engaging a range of different audiences on technical concepts; 
    • Ability to work in a lightly structured environment and effectively collaborate with remote team members; 
    • Drive to challenge conventional wisdom; 
    • A combination of humility and confidence. 


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