Volunteer, Health Financing (under 6 months)

Overview:

Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other illnesses. Based on the premise that business oriented strategy can facilitate solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to save lives, via improved organization of commodity markets and more effective local management. By working in association with governments and other NGO partners, CHAI is focused on large scale impact and, to date, CHAI has secured lower pricing agreements for treatment options in more than 70 countries. In addition, CHAI’s teams are working side-by-side with over 30 governments to tackle many of the largest barriers to effective treatment and care.

 

In 2005, CHAI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Malawi (GoM) to strengthen health systems in the most challenged districts, provide national support to HIV/AIDS drug pricing and programmatic work, support the pilot and scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) initiatives, expand access to ART for children, strengthen Malawi’s lab system, and scale-up an integrated nutrition Program for children. CHAI’s support to Malawi has expanded to include Human Resources for Health (HRH), Vaccines (pneumococcal and rotavirus), and Health Financing.

 

CHAI’s health financing program is working with 10 governments to substantially and sustainably improve access to and utilization of essential health services for their populations.  These governments are committed to increasing access, but face financial barriers to doing so. Financing for health is often insufficient, inefficiently spent and overly reliant on donor funding, which is not sustainable. Healthcare providers face stock-outs, ration services among patients and charge informal or formal user fees, which can act as a deterrent for patients, and particularly the poor, to seek care when needed.

 

In Malawi, CHAI is working with the Ministry of Health to improve the management of funding towards the provision of the Essential Health Package. CHAI has partnered with the government to increase visibility over investment needs for effective service provision and advocate for additional funding using this evidence. This will include supporting the upcoming Global Fund application for HIV.

 

Position Overview:

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) seeks a Volunteer, Health Financing to help the Government of Malawi (GoM) improve the availability and efficient allocation of financing for the provision of health services. The Volunteer will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi and will report to the Program Manager, Health Financing within the Evidence for Impact Cluster.

The Volunteer will work closely with the Ministry of Health (MoH), particularly the Department of Planning and Policy Development (DPPD), in addition to liaising on a regular basis with development partners, donors, NGOs, and civil society. S/he will work in projects quantifying the financial gaps in the health sector, and helping the government mobilize and coordinate funding for the health sector through targeted use of collected data.

 

This position will have direct and immediate impact on the lives of thousands of patients. It presents an opportunity to work with a committed government and group of stakeholders toward sustainable and efficient financing for the health in Malawi.

Responsibilities:

This position will support on a range of of health financing and systems activities that enable GoM to mobilize more resources into the health sector and distribute them equitably, effectively and efficiently. This includes:

 

  • Provide technical assistance to develop a robust, evidence-based concept note application for the 2018-2020 Global Fund (GF) funding cycle:
    • Support an update on the status and costing of the HIV National Strategic Plan 2015-2020 to inform GF concept note development;
    • Support national stakeholders in the writing and compilation of the GF concept note and related materials;
  • Support the creation of investment plans and analytical tools to drive service delivery efficiencies:
    • Research health systems capacity and service readiness assessments and linkages to specific health services;
    • Identify and map out existing data and relevant data systems in Malawi;
    • Support the creation of analytical frameworks to guide investment planning on health systems investments for service delivery;
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Health Financing Program Manager.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelors’ degree from a well-recognised, high-calibre institution;
  • A minimum of 2 years’ professional experience;
  • Strong analytical skills and advanced technical proficiency with MS Excel and PowerPoint (analytical skills and proficiency levels will be tested during recruiting process);
  • Experience building and analysing complex, quantitative models to inform decision-making;
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in high-pressure and dynamic environments;
  • Ability to navigate political discussions objectively and diplomatically;
  • Excellent organisational and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written business communication skills.

 

Advantages:

  • Bachelors’ or Master’s degree in Economics, Business, Public Health, or other relevant area;
  • Experience and/or interest in the Global Fund process;
  • Experience and/or interest in sustainable financing for developing countries;