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Results for Development (R4D) is a global nonprofit organization working with partners in more than 55 countries to find new ways to help people escape poverty and reach their full potential. We apply fresh thinking and rigor to emerging and stubborn development challenges—particularly within the fields of health, education and governance—and we pioneer and advance creative, high-impact solutions. We do this by conducting analysis that helps to inform and influence decision-makers; building platforms and networks that connect people and ideas; by providing direct support to local change agents; and combining these approaches to deliver meaningful and lasting results.
In 2014, the Government of Nigeria (GoN) committed to reforming health care financing and service delivery in a Presidential Summit on Universal Health Coverage and enacted the Nigeria National Health Act. The Act officially recognized Nigerians’ right to health and established a Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) to make financial resources available for primary health care (PHC) services. These reforms have the potential to greatly strengthen Nigeria’s PHC system and improve population health. Federal and state governments in Nigeria are currently working with local and international partners to implement systems for channeling these new health care funds for service delivery and financing, and setting up state-level health insurance mechanisms.
To support these reforms, the Results for Development Institute, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Agency for International Development, will work with public actors and a consortium of development partners in Nigeria to erect a federal level technical assistance program for health care financing policy development and implementation. Overall, the work will engage key national and state-level stakeholders in joint policy dialogue, generate evidence to inform health financing design options, and help to develop implementation “know how” to support the roll-out of health financing reform at the state level. Doing so will provide an enabling environment for creating health impact via financing and programmatic interventions by the public sector, BMGF, and other development partners in Nigeria.
R4D is seeking a Senior Program Officer (SPO), based in Abuja, Nigeria, to provide technical leadership and project management in R4D’s policy engagement on the ground, manage relationships with government and other partners in-country, and drive day-to-day activities to deliver on the aims of the project.
The Nigeria Health Care Financing Technical Assistance Project will involve deep engagement with the history, challenges, and opportunities of Nigeria’s health care financing, service delivery, and governance landscape. The project is also launched in the context of other ongoing initiatives between Nigeria’s government and several local and international actors in directly and broadly health system reform-related areas. Finally, it will be implemented with contributions from R4D’s Nigeria and DC-based teams, as well as local and global partners and consultants.
Given this background, the SPO will seek to proactively define and execute R4D’s strategy for effectively delivering against the project goals during the inception and implementation phases. S/he will also develop and nurture relationships with key Nigerian government agencies at the federal and state levels, and manage/incorporate contributions by local and international partners. Acting as a team leader for R4D locally, the SPO is expected to be a self-starter and thought-leader with a wide range of experience and talent, who can exercise good judgment, deliver results within tight timeframes, and manage work across team members.
Responsibilities will include:
Serving as a technical resource in R4D’s health financing engagement in Nigeria, in conjunction with R4D’s DC-based team
Generating ideas for, and leading the development of, analytic products (improvement tools, case studies, reports, project deliverables) and effectively managing the inputs of project team members and partners
Drawing new and insightful conclusions from analysis and translating these into products that gain internal and external recognition
Liaising with partners and actors active in the health financing space to enhance broader knowledge of ongoing work and discuss and develop tailored scopes of work for R4D
Managing local team and consultants, and providing guidance to team members on all aspects of project work including leading development, implementation, and monitoring of project work plans and related planning documents
Evaluating progress and redesigning or redirecting areas of work that aren’t moving forward as planned
Managing the production of high-quality qualitative and quantitative analytics
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