ThinkWell

  • Health Financing Specialist

    Job Locations US-DC
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/30/2019 11:53 AM)
    ID
    2019-1151
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Health Financing
  • Overview

    ThinkWell is a creative health sector transformation platform. We have a deep understanding of the development arena, working as advisors to ministries of health and government health insurance agencies across the globe and with nearly all major development agencies. We also work with private equity and venture capital investors, pharmaceutical companies, and large commercial enterprises to leverage resources for shared public value. But we are not a traditional development organization; rather, we thrive on pushing boundaries and reconceiving possibilities. Our bottom line is social impact, our approach is entrepreneurship.

    We are looking for a Health Financing Specialist to provide support in the area of health financing to a portfolio of projects focused on improving how government purchase health services from public and private providers through analytics and advisory services. The Health Financing Specialist will work with our growing global team to develop tailored health financing approaches across public and private sectors to help countries achieve universal health coverage. This exciting role requires a combination of exceptional analytical skills, the ability to effectively synthesize and visualize findings, engage with and facilitate dialogue between country stakeholders, and translate messages for various audiences.

     

    The position is based in our Washington DC office, with travel to countries amounting to 20-25% time annually.

    Responsibilities

    The Health Financing Specialist will lead and support a mix of activities, some individually and others as member of a team. Potential assignments include:

    • Develop an approach for understanding the mix of purchasing schemes (e.g. supply-side financing, voucher programs, user fee exemptions, insurance etc.) operating in a country health system and exploring policy reforms for achieving greater alignment across them
    • Analyze resource flows for primary health care in public and private sectors as well as specific health areas like family planning and maternal health
    • Support country-based analytics and policy dialogue around how fragmented purchasing schemes – like voucher programs, performance-based financing (PBF) schemes, user fee exemption policies, etc. – can be harmonized in the context of country health financing strategies
    • Document the successes and failures of public management reforms in a range of country settings (e.g. devolution, new public management initiatives, etc.) to guide strategic purchasing reforms in the health sector in low- and medium- income countries (LMICs)
    • Identify how different Government purchasing mechanisms can be leveraged to purchase from private providers and in turn, help shape the evolution and growth of private health markets
    • Identify how different financing arrangements can be used to address access, quality and equity challenges due to fragmented private providers.
    • Contribute to activities of the Design Lab (our center for ideation and innovation), including desk research, technical input, and proposal development;
    • Produce high quality written reports and presentations, including technical documents, project status reports, policy briefs, and publications for conferences and journals;
    • Represent ThinkWell through networking with donors, program partners and other stakeholders at technical meetings and events, as required. 

    Qualifications

    THE RIGHT TYPE OF PERSON

    • Action-oriented problem solver with an ‘anything is possible’, ‘start-up’ ethos;
    • Burning penchant to fearlessly challenge conventional wisdom, and committed to catalyze transformation of the status quo of the development sector;
    • Systems thinker with grounded, pragmatic understanding of the complexities of achieving development outcomes;
    • Ability to flourish in a dynamic, often chaotic, organization that fundamentally values evolution through iteration over stability and predictability;
    • Strong willingness and thirst to learn;
    • Ability to externally represent and convey ThinkWell’s passion, conviction, impatience, anger, and desire to see change;
    • Independent thinker who thrives working in a team;
    • Open to and empowered by critical feedback;
    • Intuitive ability to relate and connect with people from different cultures, orientations, and operating lenses (political, technical, funder, business partner, etc.); with special acumen on maintaining positive relations in a virtual world;
    • A combination of humility and confidence. 

    THE QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

    • Master’s degree in health economics, economics, or public health with a health financing focus;
    • At least 8 years of relevant work experience in health financing and health economics;
    • Experience working with ministries of health and finance, donors and implementing agencies, and strong communication skills to knowledgably and effectively interact with key actors;
    • Established track record of carrying out analytical work and preparing high-quality technical reports, policy briefing materials, and presentations;
    • Strong quantitative skills and research capacity, proficiency in Stata or another statistics software is highly desirable, or may be substituted by exceptional command of Excel;
    • Strong and compelling writing skills;
    • Experience living and/or working in a low- or middle-income country is highly desirable;
    • Fluent command of English; working proficiency in French is desirable;
    • Ability and willingness to travel to low-income countries and fragile states 20-25% of the time. 

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