Deputy Director - Health Financing

Job Locations ID-Jakarta
Posted Date 3 months ago(11/16/2017 10:13 AM)
# of Openings
Health Financing


Do you believe that everyone deserves access to affordable, quality healthcare? Are you driven by creativity, bold ideas, and disruptive innovation? Are you inspired by exceptionally talented, diverse, impact-oriented colleagues? Do you thrive in a dynamic, high-growth, fast-paced environment? Then consider a job with ThinkWell. 

We are an emerging health systems development organization that is currently in a major growth phase. We are looking for top talent to contribute to a new five-year project that will design domestic health financing arrangements that expand access to and uptake of family planning in low- and middle-income countries. 

Many countries are developing health financing strategies that use Strategic Purchasing (SP) to support the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). Family planning (FP) is one of the best buys in international development, creating more stable and more prosperous societies around the world. It is vital, therefore, to effectively integrate FP services within these developing SP schemes.

ThinkWell’s program of work in the SP4FP project aims to catalyze SP for FP in six key countries. We will engage purchasers and policy makers to identify opportunities to more effectively purchase family planning. Together, we will design interventions that will allow us to assess effectiveness in terms of access, quality, and choice, test feasibility of scale and impact, and generate strong, relevant, evidence. In each country, we will pay attention to the provider-client interaction and SP’s potential to positively influence provider behavior.

The deputy director will work as part of a small leadership team, reporting to the program director, and providing technical expertise in health financing.

The successful candidate for the deputy director role will have hands-on design and implementation experience in health financing policy and strategy in multiple countries. They will have specific expertise in areas such as: health purchasing mechanisms, health insurance, and health markets.

The role will focus on a subset of program countries where strategic purchasing through national health insurance is relatively mature, and previous experience living and/or working in selected countries, such as Indonesia or the Philippines, would be an advantage. Active engagement with and support to the program team working in other settings, particularly in sub Saharan Africa will also be expected, but should occupy 10 to 20% level of effort.

The ideal candidate will also have familiarity with and an understanding of family planning.

The candidate will be prepared to work independently, and as part of a small, 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. The successful candidate will be expected to show excellent judgement in which decisions can be taken unilaterally, and which should be discussed with the team and approved by the program director.

The deputy director will be expected to manage in-country partners and senior family planning experts, as well as engage directly with the funder and with key stakeholders. The candidate should be a ‘builder’, enthusiastic to shape the growth of a cutting-edge enterprise, and will be expected to drive the development of ThinkWell in their countries of focus.

Job Location: Manila or Jakarta

Reports to: Program Director



  1. Provide technical leadership for a five-year, multi-country strategic purchasing/family planning program by working with senior in-country stakeholders, partner organizations, and ThinkWell staff;
  2. As part of the ThinkWell team, engage with senior policy makers and national health insurance agencies to capture the current status of purchasing for family planning services and to discuss and agree potential pathways for strengthening FP purchasing in future;
  3. Support the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of in-country experimental projects in 2-3 countries. Work to ensure that these interventions test real challenges identified by policy makers, that the results are closely followed and quickly translated into policy and practice; 
  4. Ensure that implementation design is appropriate in context, considers environmental factors, and follows current best practice. Our goal for this program includes national uptake of improved approaches, and so design must consider issues of scale, sustainability, and cost effectiveness;
  5. Engage with family planning experts to ensure that current learning on family planning is brought to bear on insurance design, paying particular attention to the potential of strategic purchasing to positively influence provider behavior and to encourage effective counselling and genuine method choice. Identify and engage with opportunities to share learning between our work and other primary health care strategic purchasing developments, and specifically those related to preventative services;
  6. Work with ThinkWell’s learning, evidence and research deputy director to ensure that management information systems are appropriately considered in design, to support the generation of evidence through the project, and to allow course corrections as needed;
  7. Provide ‘hands on’ technical leadership across the ThinkWell team, supporting the program director with technical input in the following areas: blended financing (supply and demand side) for family planning, health insurance, strategic purchasing, benefits package design, provider empanelment, and costing of family planning services. Provide direct support to ensure that ThinkWell programs in less sophisticated health systems benefit from the experience of large national health insurance programs; 
  8. Support the research director by providing inputs into global learning and knowledge dissemination, including key channels, timing, formats, and stakeholder groups;
  9. Support relationships with the funding organization and with other key funding entities; 
  10. Maintain good relations with government and partners and contribute to advocacy and network building;
  11. Take a lead in this engagement in your home country, acting as ThinkWell’s representative in county and working to establish ThinkWell’s reputation and future role. Identify, develop and share potential opportunities for additional work for ThinkWell in country.


  1. Master’s degree or higher in Global Health, Health Economics, Health Financing, or Health Care Management;
  2. Minimum of 10 years of relevant senior experience in health financing, health economics, or a blend of health financing/family planning, with at least 5 years of relevant field experience in one or more of the countries indicated in the overview; 
  3. Experience with high-profile health system and health financing engagements; 
  4. Experience working with ministries of health, finance, and/or social welfare;
  5. Experience of working in low-income or lower-middle-income countries;
  6. Good understanding of the donor landscape e.g.; USAID, GIZ, DfID, BMFG, AFD, WB; 
  7. Native or complete fluency in written English; working proficiency in one other language preferable; 
  8. Willingness to travel essential, including to low-income countries. The incumbent will be expected to travel at least 25% of his/her time.

Skills and Competencies

  1. Creative technical approach that pushes boundaries; 
  2. Understanding of how to navigate relationships and advocate for bold ideas within complex environments such as ministries of health and large funding organizations; 
  3. Ability to manage client expectations and deliver on client needs; 
  4. Ability to represent ThinkWell’s expertise convincingly and credibly; 
  5. Ability to advocate for ThinkWell’s role and value during business development negotiations; 
  6. Exceptional ability to write compelling technical reports and synthesize information for different stakeholder audiences; 
  7. Comfort in speaking to and engaging a range of different audiences on technical concepts; 
  8. Ability to work in a lightly structured environment and effectively collaborate with remote team members; 
  9. Drive to challenge conventional wisdom. 

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