Opportunity:
R4D seeks a Health Economist to serve as the senior health financing lead on the USAID-funded ‘Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | East’ program, a global initiative led by RTI International to assist countries to expand and sustain efforts to control and eliminate these debilitating diseases. Previous experience working on NTDs is a plus but not required.

Program priorities include:

  • Support countries to complete WHO treatment requirements for all communities endemic for lymphatic filariasis and trachoma, and assist select countries to meet WHO requirements for verifying the elimination of transmission of onchocerciasis;
  • Support countries to achieve sustainable service delivery approaches through leveraging domestic resources (funding, policy, existing service delivery platforms) and other means, and to technically and operationally manage their own NTD control programs; and
  • Maximize efficiencies and program effectiveness to reach greater numbers with NTD interventions through leveraging and complementing related sectors and their platforms, including Basic Education, Malaria, WASH, Maternal and Child Health, and Nutrition.

Program countries include Bangladesh, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Laos, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam.

This position is based in Washington, DC and housed primarily within RTI’s Act to End NTDs | East program office. The Health Economist will report to the Health System Strengthening Lead, based at RTI, with additional mentorship, coaching, and professional development from the R4D program director overseeing R4D’s participation in the project. The Health Economist will spend the majority of their time in RTI’s program office, and as an R4D staff member, they will have access to all R4D technical and administrative resources.

Responsibilities:

The Health Economist will serve as a key member of the Act | East health system strengthening team, specificially working to shape the program’s overall strategy to promote domestic resource mobilization for NTDs and the mainstreaming of NTDs into strengthened health and multi-sectoral planning and management processes at country level.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with the program’s global HSS team, country teams, USAID, government officials, and other stakeholders to
  • Develop and implement tools for assessing and promoting the sustainability of countries’ responses to their NTD burdens;
  • Lead, support or supervise analytical work and economic analysis in areas potentially including but are not limited to resource mapping, fiscal space analysis, costing, and efficiency analysis;
  • Provide technical leadership and support, capacity building and technical assistance on the design and implementation of national and sub-national advocacy and investment strategies to promote sustained political commitment to the NTDs response;
  • Strengthen the capacity of government and non-state actors to undertake needed assessments and related health system strengthening activities;
  • Lead or participate in program responses to specific USAID interests in health financing, including overseeing the deployment of short-term technical assistance (STTA) from R4D and partners to respond to identified needs;
  • Mentoring and training decision-makers at the national and sub-national levels, including health, finance, and NTD program officials, to fill gaps in strategic information needed for evidence-informed decision-making about health and NTD financing;
  • Traveling as needed to program countries and relevant regional and global meetings to advance the program’s objectives;
  • Collaborating with program leadership and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) specialists as needed to ensure effective monitoring of key activities and to provide appropriate documentation and disemination of results at national, regional and/or global levels; and
  • Maintaining strong and positive working relationships as R4D’s primary liaison to Act | East partner organizations, USAID/Washington, program country governments, and members of the ‘Act to End NTDs | West’ consortium (a similar initiative led by FHI360 focused on 12 countries in West Africa).

Consideration for this pivotal role will be given to professionals with 1) extensive experience in health financing and/or health economics in low- and middle-income settings; 2) a proven track-record of providing effective results-oriented project management and technical assistance on USAID- or other similar donor-funded initiatives; and 3) demonstrated ability to articulate critical issues and manage multi-stakeholder relationships and interests towards the realization of program objectives.

Qualifications:

Successful candidates will have have the following qualifications:

  • Master’s or doctoral degree in Economics, Business Administration, Public Policy, Public Health or other relevant discipline;
  • At least ten (10) years of relevant work experience with financing of public health sector programs in low- and middle-income settings; experience working on sustainability and transition of donor-funded health programs especially valuable;
  • Demonstrated track record of providing effective technical assistance to health and finance officials at the national and/or sub-national levels in areas such as strategic and operational planning, resource needs estimation, resource mobilization, public financial management, program implementation, and financial monitoring;
  • Extensive experience working in private, public, and/or civil society sectors and experience providing technical assistance to various countries in a variety of cross-cultural contexts and in collaboration with a range of partners and stakeholders;
  • Good and active listener and facilitator of policy dialogue;
  • Productive, energetic, task oriented, and adept at providing and receiving constructive feedback;
  • Proven leadership in conceptualizing, planning, and executing analytic and consultative projects;
  • Significant experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, as well as the ability to translate complex technical analysis for scientific, policy and lay audiences;
  • Full professional fluency in English, including excellent written and verbal communication skills; language abilities relevant to the program countries are also valuable;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to effectively manage teams, including steering work planning, managing and mentoring junior colleagues, and overseeing compliant and cost-effective use of resources;
  • Highly collaborative and approachable working style, and enthusiasm about working in an open-structure environment with multicultural peers and staff members;
  • Enthusiastic about joining a diverse and inclusive work environment; and
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

Organization Summary

Results for Development (R4D) is a global nonprofit organization working with partners around the world to find new ways to help people escape poverty and reach their full potential. We apply fresh thinking and rigor to emerging and stubborn development challenges—particularly within the fields of health, education and governance—and we pioneer and advance creative, high-impact solutions. We do this by conducting analysis that helps to inform and influence decision-makers; building platforms and networks that connect people and ideas; by providing direct support to local change agents; and combining these approaches to deliver meaningful and lasting results.

We have a unique and vibrant culture at R4D and we want to keep it that way. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of our work environment and help advance our mission. Diversity—of ideas, identities, perspectives and backgrounds—is vital to who we are and what we do. We seek people who embrace these values and will help reinforce them. Our work culture is collaborative, creative, and entrepreneurial. We operate based on trust and respect. Teams across the organization frequently collaborate on programmatic work and support each other in continuously building a better R4D.