Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.
CHAI Ethiopia is currently carrying out a wide range of programs to support the Ministry of Health in improving access to and increasing the quality of health services. As one of CHAI’s largest field offices with more than 170 staff, the Ethiopia office operates programs across hospital management; maternal, newborn and child health; HIV/AIDS; nutrition; vaccines; and health financing. The health financing program aims to transform how the health system is financed to substantially and sustainably increase access to services, beginning with essential services for those most in need.
The Government of Ethiopia is rolling out health insurance with the goal of increasing access to and utilization of health services for its close to 100 million people by 2020 and moving towards aid independence. The government is scaling up community-based health insurance for the informal sector, rolling out social health insurance for the formal sector, and harmonizing these two schemes under a national insurance scheme. This is one of the most ambitious health financing reforms on the continent, with the potential to transform the health system and move the country closer to its goal of universal health coverage.
To successfully roll out this ambitious reform, the newly formed Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency will need to overcome technical, operational and management challenges. There is a need to develop management structures with clear roles and responsibilities. There is also a need to generate evidence and inform design decisions such as the benefits package, contribution rates, pooling strategy and provider payment mechanisms, and to develop robust end to end processes for successful enrollment, claims management and financial management.
CHAI has been asked by the Minister of Health and senior leadership of the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency to provide comprehensive support in all of these areas to support implementation of the national Health Care Financing Strategy and to ensure that the insurance reform has the intended outcomes increasing access to and utilization of essential health services. Ethiopia will be a flagship program for CHAI’s work in health insurance, shaping our engagement in other countries.
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical and managerial capabilities to play a leadership role in our engagement in health financing in Ethiopia. The Senior Program Manager will shape the strategy of, manage and provide technical input to a large and growing CHAI team. He or she will work with a range of partners and external experts. Working with CHAI’s global health financing team, the senior program manager will support development of a long term strategy for CHAI’s insurance work in Ethiopia and across other countries.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
CHAI works in a fast-paced, results-driven environment and this health insurance reform is a top priority for the government. This individual would need to manage a growing team and be able to shape CHAI’s engagement, and should therefore be technical as well as a strong strategic thinker. CHAI places great value on resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, flexibility, independence, energy, work ethic and humility.
Qualifications and advantages include the following: