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
Burkina Faso has historically allocated a large part of their national budget to finance healthcare services and has been receiving aid from a large array of regional and global partners. The government has been working on improving coordination of those external funds to avoid duplication and ensure funding is sufficient and strategically allocated and set bold ambitions to improve efficiencies in resource management so available funding leads to increase health impact. With the on-going insecurity situation in the North of the country, it has become increasingly critical to improve the way resources are prioritized, coordinated, and managed so the health response is sustained throughout the country and so the government is able to fund key reforms, including their targeted free care program and the scale-up of a high performing health insurance system.
In light of these priorities, CHAI supports the government across various health financing efforts. Those include strengthening planning and budgeting systems for greater prioritization of needs and improving resource management for improved efficiencies, from central level down to Primary Healthcare (PHC) level facilities. The end goal is that appropriate resources arrive and are used efficiently at PHC facilities, leading to improved service availability and utilization, and better health for patients.
As part of this work, CHAI works together with the government of Burkina Faso, including at central and peripheral levels, and helps map key bottlenecks that lead to an inefficient use of domestic and external resources, designs strengthened health financing systems to address those bottlenecks, and supports the government in taking those systems to implementation. As part of its efforts, CHAI seeks to build institutional capability withing relevant government institutions and puts a strong focus on improved evidence use for decision making.
This work entails support to high-level government decision makers within various departments of the Ministry of Health and Finance, including at central, district and health facility levels, as well as strong engagement with the donor community.
CHAI is seeking a Program Manager with outstanding credentials, management experience, and analytical ability to provide integrated support to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Finance (MOF). The Manager will be based in Ouagadougou and will interact with key stakeholders from the Government and the donor and international community in Burkina Faso.
The Program Manager must therefore be fluent in French and have excellent relationship building and communication skills. They must be able to function independently with minimal oversight and have a strong commitment to excellence with a keen eye for detail. This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with a Government committed to universal access to health care through historical and innovative reforms.
The Program Manager will be the key contact to the MoH and manage a team of four Associates/Senior Associates. They will lead all health financing workstreams and ensure successful completion, as described above, and ensure completion of high-quality deliverables. As CHAI programs are relatively new in Burkina Faso, they will also play a key role in shaping future health financing projects and in pushing forward new initiatives. On top of managing the team and of designing and leading CHAI health financing workstreams in country, the manager will provide strategic advisory to key government counterparts in health financing and based on government requests and is expected to become a trusted advisor to a different set of government stakeholders together with his or her team.
It is expected that the challenges faced by the government will change over time and therefore the work will be fast paced and diverse and the position requires a strong ability to adapt and to think creatively.