Senior Health Financing Advisor

Palladium International

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Palladium is a global leader in the design, development, and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Background

  • Palladium is recruiting a Senior Health Finance Advisor who will support the USAID/Nigeria Integrated Health Program (IHP) to support activities related to domestic resource mobilization for health.
  • These responsibilities will require a person with knowledge on national and state governments budgeting and health finance issues, costing, and economic analysis.

Purpose of Role

  • We are recruiting a Senior Health Financing Advisor to provide content knowledge, technical assistance, and support for the development and execution of health financing and economics studies, strategic purchasing analyses, benefits package cost and financing assessments for health financing schemes, budgetary and bottleneck analysis at the State and Federal level.
  • Methodologies that may be applied include a system of health accounts, resource needs and gap analysis, cost studies, systematic literature reviews, qualitative or quantitative surveys, governance/regulatory assessments, unit costing, and financial feasibility of proposals for expansion of health programs and risk-pooling schemes.
  • The health financing specialist will provide technical assistance to country policymakers, conduct studies, and write position papers, reports, and technical briefs to inform relevant audiences.
  • The candidate will be required to determine methods and procedures on new assignments and both implement and manage other staff or consultants in carrying them out.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participates in and prepares necessary technical and program-related reports, including presentations and white papers.
  • Guides and supports research, data collection, policy formulation, training, and capacity building efforts in support of project activities and deliverables.
  • Ensures quality of services and compliance per project/program requirements.
  • Provide functional guidance to outside vendors to ensure deliverables are met within timelines and budgets.
  • Organizes as needed project/program training, conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Interacts with internal and external resources and other experts to bring new and “cutting edge” ideas into approaches.
  • Prepares health financing analyses, recommendations, briefing notes, and assessments for internal and client use.
  • Represent IHP at health financing meetings/events and actively participate in the national health financing Technical Working Group and other relevant technical committees.
  • Document health financing success stories/lessons learned and produce publishable health financing materials including policy briefs and peer-reviewed articles.
  • Represents the projects, company, and programs in the health financing area in Nigerian and regional forums, as well as with others in the professional community and in countries of collaboration independent of technical supervision.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Provides health financing expertise/technical assistance to National and State activities of the project, working with other technical staff and host country government institutions as per project requirements.
  • Provides remote and on-the-ground technical, managerial, and operational oversight to specific projects and activities in States settings related to areas of core expertise.
  • Analyses of the economic and financing implications of enhanced access and improved quality of primary healthcare services.
  • Provides guidance to FMOH and state level MOHs regarding budgeting for service delivery activities and HRH planning.
  • Coordinates closely with the DCOP and other project technical leads to introduce new payment methods and manage health financing and economics related activities.
  • Provides analytical and evaluative techniques to identify, consider, and resolve health financing policy issues or problems.
  • Uses various quantitative and qualitative techniques to perform financing and policy analysis tasks.
  • Is responsible for the development of activity-specific work plans and budgets.

Requirements

  • The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:
  • Advanced degree (MA, MSc, PhD.) in Economics or Health Economics with an academic specialization in health financing or commensurate work experience in health finance
  • At least 5 years of health finance experience in Nigeria
  • Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations
  • Appropriate software skills necessary to conduct research, and to conduct an analysis of study data, such as STATA, SPSS, or equivalent
  • Strong written and oral communication skills for high-level policy audiences (writing examples may be required)
  • Fluency in English required, and local languages preferred
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Nigeria, including to states in the north
  • Sound knowledge in Nigeria’s governance and health finance landscape
  • Sound knowledge of methodologies used in health finance research, economic analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, quantitative analysis, and statistical/econometric analysis
  • Knowledge of relevant literature related to the topic area
  • Demonstrated problem solving, analytic, financial, and evaluative skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing for priorities often within a required timeframe
  • Professional and mature demeanor and conduct
  • Ability to respond and adapt quickly to changing requirements and competing demands

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Summary

Company

Palladium International

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Location

Abuja

Specialization

Healthcare / Pharmaceutical

Job Type

Full-Time

Minimum Qualification

MBA / MSc

Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years