VillageReach is seeking a Health Economist Manager.
VillageReach transforms health care delivery to reach everyone, so that each person has the health care needed to thrive. We develop solutions that improve equity and access to primary health care. This includes making sure products are available when and where they are needed and primary health care services are delivered to the most under-reached. Radical collaboration with governments, the private sector and other partners strengthen our ability to scale and sustain these solutions. Our work increases access to quality health care for more than 46 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. VillageReach in incorporated in Washington State and has offices in Seattle (USA), Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and Mozambique.
The Health Systems team takes a systems and cross-technical approach to ensure delivery of equitable primary health care. The Health Economist Manager will support the development and execution of health financing and economics activities across VillageReach solutions. Ideal candidates will have experience in conducting health financing, costing and economic evaluations in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Candidates eligible to work in Malawi, Mozambique or DRC are eligible to apply. This position does not qualify for relocation or work permit sponsorship.
The Health Economist position is full-time based out of one of the VillageReach’s offices in Malawi, Mozambique or DRC. One of VillageReach’s pillars is transitioning our solutions to governments or partners. To enable successful transition, we are hiring a Health Economist to lead and support programs and solution owners to (1) evaluate financial sustainability of solutions, (2) facilitate sustainable financing and incorporation of solutions in government budgets, and (3) generate evidence through economic evaluations. This position is under the Global Technical Team and will report to the Health System Team Lead, with accountability to the relevant Country Director. The Health Economist will work closely with VillageReach’s Solution Cost Analyst. The Solution Cost Analyst is responsible for determining actual and forecasted direct costs; key information needed for the Health Economist’ work. They will provide technical assistance and capacity building support related to health economics, health financing and sustainable financing as a member of the Global Technical Team, including strategy development, technical analysis, stakeholder consultation and advocacy and contributing to technical reports and briefs. Scopes of work for the first 12 months will include cost and economic evaluations for the Drones for Health (D4H) solution and community–identified solutions developed from the Bate Papo Vacina! program; building internal capacity and materials to integrate sustainable financing into Transitioning Well processes. The specific contributions and scope of work for solutions will be determined by the supervisor working with the program and solutions leads based on time availability, experience and program need.
Duties and Responsibilities
Economic Evaluations (75%):
- Scope, design and execute costing and economic evaluations for the D4H solution to explore the financial viability of medical drone delivery in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Immediately lead a planned country wide economic evaluation in Malawi (Q1 2022). Advise on a planned evaluation in Mozambique (Q1 2022) and on an ongoing cost and cost-effectiveness evaluation in DRC;
- Work in collaboration with the University of Western Cape to scope, design and execute costing and economic evaluations for community identified solutions to address barriers to completing full childhood vaccination in Mozambique (Q1 2022) and Malawi (late 2022 or 2023);
- Develop and communicate guidance regarding choice and application of relevant economic evaluation methods, including cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, cost-benefit, and budgetary impact analyses, to specific program objectives;
- Develop strategies for identifying and accessing existing government data sources and execute primary and secondary data collection as required. Hiring and managing external consultants and enumerators when necessary;
- Lead data analysis, interpretation, synthesis and communication of evaluation outputs to diverse policy audiences;
- Disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and peer-reviewed journals. Create graphics and visualizations of quantitative and qualitative data;
- Utilize results to develop country specific sustainability plans, identify pathways and develop advocacy strategies for integration of solutions into Ministry of Health financing plans and budgets.
Sustainable Financing for Transitions (25%):
- Provide technical expertise and develop guidelines and tools for programs and solution owners to address financing gaps to successfully transition VillageReach solutions to governments;
- Provide technical assistance to Ministries of Health and Ministries of Finance to identify pathways to and advocate for financial transition of solutions;
- Work directly with Ministries of Health to identify health financing bottlenecks and develop strategies and plans to resolve bottlenecks;
- Produce high quality written reports and presentations, including technical documents, project status reports, policy briefs, and publications for conferences and journals on sustainable financing for transitions;
- Conduct desk research including literature reviews, data mining and analysis on relevant technical and policy issues and effectively summarize findings.
- Build the capacity of VillageReach staff through on the job training and mentoring, so that they can build sustainable financing into program design, identify and manage health financing challenges and activities;
- Stays abreast of key developments in health finance, sustainable financing, economic evaluation, and resource allocation methodologies for health to inform technical support activities;
- Undertake and build capacity of program staff for improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential health service delivery; and
- Represent VillageReach in regional and global platforms;
- Contribute to business development, including desk research, technical input, and proposal and concept note writing pertaining to sustainable financing for solutions, health financing and economic evaluations.
The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.
- Personal Motivation and Drive: Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization;
- Collaboration & Effective Communication: Establishes and maintains effective relations with coworkers, partners & stakeholders and external parties; works collaboratively with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives; works actively to resolve conflicts; expresses ideas and thoughts effectively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods and maintains meaningful communication with virtual coworkers and other parties to keep them informed;
- Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach;
- Commitment to Excellence: Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach;
- Solution Orientation & Innovation: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making
- To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position does not currently supervise employees but may in the future as the health financing and economics work grows. This position will be responsible for managing external data collection consultants.
Education & Experience:
- BA/BS and 8+ years of overall work experience or graduate degree in public health, health economics, health financing or related fields;
- 5+ years’ experience in public health, health economics, health financing or related fields;
- Demonstrated experience with health financing, especially in the areas of strategic purchasing, public financial management, decentralization, health financing reforms, policy leadership, and government engagement;
- Demonstrated experience working with and understanding interactions between ministries of finance and ministries of health in low and middle income countries.
- In-depth knowledge and experience in quantitative methods applicable to costing, health economics and health financing.
- Experience conducting costing, economic and financial analyses and performing evaluations of public health interventions and programs. A publication record in health economics or health financing will be of advantage.
- Experience working with and communicating evaluation results in a clear easy-to-understand format to government officials, donors and other partners is required.
- Strong analytical and quantitative analysis skills and a track record of leading technical activities in the field of Health Financing.
- Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups;
- Demonstrated understanding of challenges with working in rural, underserved and low-income context;
- Skillful written and verbal communication with ability to synthesize and deliver information to diverse audiences in a clear and concise way;
- Experience or ability working with diverse stakeholders and collate information from multiple sources;
- Self-motivated; independent worker able to set and meet deadlines. Proactive about reaching out to colleagues to complete responsibilities or asking for direction when needed;
- Experience living in and/or working in a low-income country a plus
- Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, with advanced proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint required; proficiency in statistical analysis packages (e.g. STATA/R) preferred;
- Fluency in English required; fluency in French or Portuguese is a bonus.
Environment and Physical Demands
VillageReach has no private offices, employees work in a shared, open environment with task and conference rooms accessible to employees for privacy and meetings. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Due to the time zone differences between our Seattle office and our Country Offices and location of other global staff, US based staff are expected to be available for early morning meetings starting at 6am. In addition, our global HQ and Country office staff are expected to be available for late afternoon/evening meetings up to 6pm.
Approximately 90% of the workday is spent sitting. Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
How to Apply
This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 31th. To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter and a technical writing sample to our online portal: http://www.villagereach.org/join-us/
VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. We believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align our values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.
VillageReach has an established compensation structure that is based on the relevant market and internally transparent. We hire people into the established range based on one’s experience and education and considering internal equity. We do not inquire about salary history