The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
CHAI is currently carrying out a wide range of programs to support the Ministry of Health and Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency (EHIA) in improving access to and the quality of health services. As one of CHAI’s largest field offices with more than 160 staff, the Ethiopia Office operates programs across: maternal, newborn and child health; Labs, HIV/AIDS; Cancer; Child Survival, vaccines; Human resource for health and health financing.
The Ethiopian healthcare system is increasingly facing a range of complex issues that need innovative solutions to expand access and deliver high-quality healthcare services, while controlling costs. These pressures will only increase as the country seeks to implement universal health coverage (UHC) and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 3: “to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages” by 2030. Hence, Ministry of Health is increasingly looking for innovative partnerships and contracting models to finance and deliver care.Following the recent expansion in engagement with the private sector by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFEC) as one way for government institutions to implement their programs, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has identified public private partnerships (PPPs) as a key mechanism to improve access, efficiency and quality of health services that are currently offered at public facilities.
CHAI’s health financing program aims to transform how the health system is financed to substantially and sustainably increase access to services, beginning with essential services for those most in need. To pilot the PPP approach and address key health system challenges, CHAI is providing technical support to FMOH to design and implement a PPP pilot program in public hospitals and health centers in Addis Ababa. When proven successful, the pilot initiative will be rolled out at scale throughout the country. The PPP initiative will be pilot tested in five clinical and non-clinical departments: laboratory and pathology, imaging, laundry, equipment sterilizations, and pre-hospital services.
By partnering with the private sector, FMoH aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Enable public health facilities to better manage their resources efficiently
- Enable public facilities to focus more on providing core clinical services by contracting out non-core clinical services
- Reduce cost of services resultant from economies of scale by centralizing delivery of some services
- Minimize service interruptions by creating parallel or backup systems
- Leverage private sector financing, thereby reducing dependency on government spending
- Reduce OOP spending due to referral to private facilities
- Leverage technical expertise of the private sector and bring in needed skills for quality care, and
- Contribute to goal of providing universal health coverage to its citizens
To support the FMOH in carrying this pilot through from design to implementation, CHAI is seeking a highly motivated Senior Associate with excellent technical skills and relevant experience to support the formulation, planning, design and implementation of PPPs in the health sector. The project will initially pilot models in Addis Ababa before, if successful, rolling out the model to other regions of Ethiopia.
The Senior Associate will be based in the CHAI office in Addis Ababa and report to the Senior Program Manager of the Health Financing team. S/He will work closely to support the FMOH (particularly the PPP unit), health facilities in Addis Ababa, as well as occasional travel to support regional health bureaus.
CHAI seeks results-driven, highly motivated individuals who are fast learners, detail oriented and have the ability to adapt to dynamic and demanding work environment. CHAI places great value on resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, flexibility, independence, energy, work ethic and humility.
- Represent the PPP project in fora and communicate project objectives and progress clearly to senior stakeholders. Liaise with senior government officials and advisors to ensure that the PPP project remains closely aligned to FMOH priorities and objectives.
- Set up systems to facilitate monitoring and early identification of problem areas during the roll-out and implementation of the PPP project and work with management to address these problems as they arise. Develop a strategy for the expansion of the pilot project, garner regional buy-in to the PPP approach and ensure expansion is based on lessons learned and evidence from the pilot project.
- Lead on training and capacity development for the newly established PPP unit. Assess government capacity and either directly provide training/support to the unit or organize activities such as facilitating external training or supporting the hire of new members of staff.
- Research and analyze prospective PPP models for the five service areas based on national and international evidence and make recommendations to tailor them to the Ethiopian context.
- Design monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks and tools for use in PPP contracts, for instance monitoring performance of private contractors, monitoring service utilization by patients. Train public and private facility staff in monitoring and usage of specific M&E tools.
- Lead on research exercises to ground-truth the assumptions of the PPP design in health facilities. Design appropriate research tools, train enumerators and colleagues to maintain high standards of research quality.
- Conduct research and knowledge-gathering exercises in public health facilities and private clinics, interviewing key clinical and non-clinical staff. Develop detailed requirements for PPP providers based on information from health workers, health facilities and priorities from FMOH.
- Lead on the development of contracts, terms of reference and tender documents for final PPP arrangements with private sector based on technical requirements and costings.
- Produce regular reports, presentations, briefing materials and updates on implementation progress to the PPP Governance Body, senior CHAI staff and FMOH partners as required.
- Other responsibilities as needed
- Master’s or PHD degree in a related field such as economics, public health, health economics, financial management, public policy;
- At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in demanding, results-oriented environments in the public sector and/or private sector;
- Essential to have experience working in/with Ethiopian healthcare; ideally with both public and private sector organizations;
- Experience working with PPP projects an advantage, particularly in the Ethiopian context;
- Experience working closely with and providing technical assistance and support to relevant Ethiopian government stakeholders such as FMOH, regional health bureaus and EHIA.
- Specific technical knowledge and understanding of at least some of the key service areas;
- Experience with Monitoring and Evaluation required, ideally with some experience of pilot projects being scaled up.
- Excellent in problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills, including attention to details and fluency in Microsoft Excel;
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to achieve consensus amongst stakeholders;
- Strong organizational skills with ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-oriented environment;
- Ability to learn the job quickly through research and absorb synthesis on broad range of interventions;
- Strong communication skills, including delivery of compelling presentations and documents in Microsoft PowerPoint and Word in both English and Amharic;
- Experience conducting research in Ethiopia, particularly qualitative research is an advantage. Experience conducting training is also an advantage;
- Strong command of the English and Amharic language is essential; additional Ethiopian languages are an advantage;
- Willingness to travel outside of Addis Ababa when deemed necessary.
- Address Addis Ababa
- Experience Level Senior
- Total Years Experience 5-10
- Qualification MBA/MSc/MA, PhD/Fellowship