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 strengthen and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
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CHAI’s health financing program is working with countries across Sub-Saharan Africa to support Ministries of Health, Finance and government insurers to substantially and sustainably improve access to essential health services for their populations, towards the goal of universal health coverage. Health financing is often insufficient and overly reliant on donors and individuals paying out of pocket at facilities. Low-income countries in Africa and South East Asia see over half of the global disease burden, are home to 40% of the global population and account for only 3% of health spending. Donor contributions for health have plateaued, and in many countries are likely to decline in the coming years. Domestic resources for health are increasing, but the rate of growth in government spending dedicated to health fluctuates and is often insufficient to meet population needs. Resources that are made available may not be spent efficiently. Healthcare providers face stock-outs, ration services among patients and charge informal or formal user fees; a deterrent for patients, and particularly the poor, to seek care. Even when patients can afford these fees and funds are available, primary health care systems are often fragmented and weak. This situation has been exacerbated with the onset of COVID-19 and ensuing economic crisis which is putting pressure on resources at a time when more health spending is needed.
CHAI’s health financing strategy supports governments to address these challenges by supporting priority setting and benefits package design, investment in upgrading health systems to deliver an optimized package of services and strengthening or improving domestic financing through public financial management and strategic purchasing. At the request of governments, our strategy for health financing is expanding to include work in health systems and management, with a focus on building primary health care systems towards the goal of UHC. This work builds on CHAI’s experience in SRMNCH, health financing and workforce.
At CHAI, staff members work closely with government partners, often with permanent desks in government offices at national and sub-national levels, to support evidence-based decision making and design systems to ensure those resources go as far as possible so that providers can deliver quality care that patients can afford and access. The global health financing team works closely with health financing advisors based in Sub-Saharan Africa.
CHAI seeks a Senior Associate, Health Financing with strong analytical and communication skills and relevant experience in health financing and primary health care systems, to support country teams and governments on their health financing efforts. The Senior Associate will work across a portfolio of countries with a focus on Francophone West Africa, including Burkina Faso and Benin.
This is a challenging, fast paced and rewarding position. This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with governments who are leading change in the region to achieve universal health coverage. The Senior Associate will provide health financing technical assistance to country teams and governments, help shape CHAI emerging primary health care and health financing strategy and play a key role as part of a growing global health financing team responsible for building out new areas of work for CHAI across sub-Saharan Africa.
The Senior Associate will report to a senior program manager in the global health financing team and work closely with the rest of the team, health financing country teams and governments, and various global teams including Maternal, Newborn & Reproductive Health, Human Resources for Health, Global Markets and others. This position has flexibility to be based in Ouagadougou or Cotonou, pending CHAI country leadership approval.
This role requires up to 50% travel within the Sub-Saharan Africa region with a focus on Francophone West Africa and amount of travel will vary based on needs and in accordance with travel restrictions.