Monday, June 20, 2016

Performance Based Financing Expert


Do you believe that everyone deserves access to affordable, quality healthcare? Are you driven by creativity, bold ideas, and disruptive innovation? Are you inspired by exceptionally talented, diverse, impact-oriented colleagues? Do you thrive in a dynamic, high-growth, fast-paced environment? Then consider a job with ThinkWell.
We are an emerging health systems development organization that is currently in a major growth phase. We are looking for top talent, especially in the field of Results Based Financing, one of our core practices. In order to respond to various requests for support, we are looking for a team leader for Performance Based Financing (PBF) programs in selected countries of Africa.
Candidates should have hands-on design and implementation experience in PBF in multiple countries, as well as strong relationship skills in interfacing with Ministries of Health. The ideal candidate should be a ‘doer’-- enthusiastic to shape the growth of a cutting-edge enterprise.


The PBF expert will provide technical and strategic leadership for the development and implementation of PBF programs. This will include hands on program delivery, as well as supervision of staff working on PBF programs, ensuring quality and on time deliverables. The incumbent will liaise with donors, Ministry of Health representatives, and various steering committees..Specific tasks may include:
  1. Provide strategic support for the design and implementation of the PBF program
  2. Consult with main stakeholders in countries, including partners, donors, ministry counterparts, for successful development and implementation of PBF programs.
  3. Provide sound management of the PBF team, including developing clear objectives and monitoring plans, and providing technical leadership on deliverables.
  4. Oversee the implementation of innovative PBF verification mechanisms, including application of world class technologies.
  5. Supervise and contribute to the development of a rigorous monitoring and evaluation framework for the PBF program, a routine monitoring plan, and operational research for PBF.
  6. Ensure the PBF team’s follow through on action items resulting from the monitoring of the program, paying particular attention to process improvements, clearing bottlenecks and whether quantity, quality and management indicators are appropriately defined in practice to meet the desired objectives.
  7. Set up ThinkWell field offices, as needed, including recruiting and training staff, and implementing operational procedures.
  8. S/he will also be responsible for developing and implementing sound procedures to support office operations.
  9. In addition, the incumbent will support ThinkWell’s business development efforts, particularly proposal development.
  10. Other duties as needed, in a fast-paced, demanding environment with frequent ad hoc request from the client.


  1. Master’s degree or higher in health economics, a health financing-related Master’s in Public Health; additional experience may be substituted if degree is in an unrelated field; a Bachelor’s degree plus additional experience may be substituted;
  2. At least 10 years of experience working in health in developing country contexts;
  3. At least 5 years of work experience in health financing and RBF;
  4. Exposure to working with ministries of health and finance, and with donors and implementers;
  5. Successful track record in project implementation and independent execution of tasks;
  6. Practical experience in the design and implementation of capacity development interventions;
  7. At least 3 years of experience managing people;
  8. Fluent command of English; working proficiency in Portuguese, Spanish, or French preferred;
  9. Willingness to travel, including to low income countries and fragile states.

Skills and Competencies:

  1. Independent thinker who thrives working in a team;
  2. Exceptional problem solving and analytical capabilities;
  3. Strong willingness and thirst to learn;
  4. Strong and compelling writing skills;
  5. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with clients and partners in a multicultural environment;
  6. Ability to deliver effectively in high-pressure situations, with multiple sometimes competing deadlines;
  7. Drive to challenge conventional wisdom;
  8. Open to and empowered by critical feedback;
  9. A combination of humility and confidence.


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