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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 by navigating pathways that will lead to more effective use of public and private resources in the health sector and ultimately better health for all.
The Kenya Country Manager position, based in Nairobi, will play a critical leadership and management role in the Strategic Purchasing for Family Planning (SP4FP) program – a five-year program that aims to support countries in developing health financing strategies that use strategic purchasing to contribute to the achievement of universal health coverage. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 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 Kenya Country Manager will play an important part in shaping the design of the SP4FP program in Kenya. Our initial discussions suggest that one area of focus, within the wider strategic purchasing remit, will be on provider payment. National stakeholders have expressed particular interest in the ways in which NHIF manages payment for different FP services, both within the national scheme, and under managed schemes like Linda Mama. There is also interest in how Counties purchase services, whether through NHIF, through their own insurance schemes, or using other approaches like contracting or PBF.
Kenya is a dynamic, complex and exciting environment, and it is expected that the Country Manager will be able to adapt and respond to emerging opportunities both within the SP4FP program, and outside it. A successful Country Manager will look for opportunities to grow the ThinkWell portfolio in
The successful candidate will have experience in health financing and management of complex projects, and will need sophisticated political skills to navigate the complex environment in Kenya. 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 with the wider SP4FP team.
Job Location: This is a full-time position based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Reports to: SP4FP Deputy Director
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