ThinkWell is a health systems development organization that is in a major growth phase. Our focus is on driving transformation in the global health space 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 deputy director to develop and manage a learning agenda that generates new evidence, informs policy, and drives practice in health financing for preventative services.
This position is designed to be a key part of a small team that provides thought leadership and management oversight to two major programs funded by the Gates Foundation:
Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN): A three-year project that aims to increase the visibility, availability, understanding, and use of evidence on the cost of delivering vaccines to work towards sustainable and predictable financing for vaccine delivery. ThinkWell is working in collaboration with John Snow Inc. (JSI) and country partners on costing studies in India, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Vietnam to address challenges at the top of their health and immunization financing agendas. The deputy director role will ensure that results of these studies are used for improved resource allocation, planning, budgeting, and performance improvement of the country immunization programs. The role will also focus on building country capacity around interpretation and use of cost evidence, and facilitating cross-country and global learning on immunization costing and financing.
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. ThinkWell will assess effectiveness in terms of access, quality, and choice; test feasibility of scale and impact; and generate strong, relevant evidence. The deputy director role is focused on conceptualizing, designing, and supervising a broad range of evidence-generation and learning activities in the priority countries.
In addition to excellent project management skills, the successful candidate will have experience engaging in policy dialogue with senior health and finance officials, engaging country governments in health financing policy design and implementation, supporting country-level planning and budgeting. The ideal candidate will bring knowledge of health financing policy and strategy, health sector planning and budgeting, and strategic purchasing. 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: We are looking for full-time candidates to be based either in our Washington, DC office or in one of the program countries, but location may be flexible depending on the candidate’s needs/preferences.
Reports to: ICAN and SP4FP Project Directors
To support the two projects, the incumbent will be expected to travel at least 30% of his/her time.
Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN):
Strategic Purchasing for Family Planning (SP4FP)
Applications must be submitted through our online job portal: https://jobs-thinkwell.icims.com/jobs