Senior Specialist, Philippines
Thinkwell
Ilocos Norte, Philippines
15h ago
source : FIndojobs

Overview 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? Are you fed-up with the status quo of foreign assistance in the health sector? Then consider a job with ThinkWell.

ThinkWell is a health systems development organization focused on helping countries achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Using an approach that is rooted in analytics, ThinkWell has supported health financing and governance reforms in over 30 countries world-

wide. ThinkWell thrives on reconceiving possibilities to help countries reach UHC. We are a grounded, field-driven organization, with staff based out of six countries.

Our team is composed of experts in health economics, policy, and research, who are all working with countries to support their efforts to move towards UHC.

In the Philippines, ThinkWell has begun the implementation of Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care (SP4PHC) as one of six countries where this project is being implemented.

Within the overarching project goal of SP4PHC, ThinkWell is committed to supporting countries to deliver on their own agendas, helping them to address priorities they have identified.

The Philippine UHC policy environment presents a positive and encouraging opportunity for ThinkWell to be a major player in helping to implement the UHC bill which has been enacted this year.

The Implementing Rules and Regulation are currently being finalized and is expected to be signed before September 2019. Concurrent to the work on crafting the IRR, work on policies and programs that will be rolled out in Advanced Implementation Sites (AIS) have started in the Department of Health (DOH) as well as PhilHealth to support the implementation of the UHC Law.

Advanced Implementation Sites are province- or city-wide health systems that will be supported and contracted by DOH and PhilHealth to demonstrate various approaches and mechanisms to achieve technical, managerial, and financial integration as mandated by the UHC Law.

The lessons and experience generated from these sites will serve as basis for the development of national policies on the integration of local health systems in particular and for Universal Health Care in general.

Technical, management and financial integration are defined by the DOH as follow : TECHNICAL INTEGRATION Encompasses the clinical and public health functions to deliver seamless, coordinated, comprehensive primary health care with intersectoral participation MANAGERIAL INTEGRATION Consolidated administration and management of public resources at the province-

wide / city-wide level : Human resources for health, Health facilities and equipment, Health information system, Health technologies and medicines FINANCIAL INTEGRATION Consolidating all financial resources within a province-

wide / city-wide health system in a Special Health Fund, exclusively and strategically used for health and health-related needs.

Thirty-three provinces and cities have already been identified as the initial batch of UI Sites (formerly AIS). They will be launched September of this year, but implementation is expected to start January 2020.

The DOH will provide overall support and investment for these sites but are also enjoining development partners to provide horizontal (sponsoring an intervention across all sites) and vertical support (adopt-

  • a site). Some minimum support identified by DOH for vertical support for these sites to assist them towards technical, managerial and financial integration includes 1) Enable and assist the UI Sites (AIS) to raise, maximize, and manage resources to deliver the intended outputs;
  • 2) Provide comprehensive and institutional capacity building and technical assistance; 3) Be part of the Province / Highly Urbanized City (HUC) / Independent Component City (ICC)-

    Level UI Sites (AIS) Project Management Team; 4) Abide to standards and outcomes set by DOH-PhilHealth for comprehensive support from development partners in AI Sites.

    As part of the strategies of the SP4PHC project, the ThinkWell Philippine Country Office plans to provide vertical support to 2 of the 33 initial UI Sites (AIS).

    As part of this support, we are seeking to hire a Senior Service Delivery Network (SDN) Specialist to oversee the TA to be given these two sites.

    Responsibilities The Senior SDN Specialist, along with the rest of the SP4PHC Philippine Country team, will help to ensure that through strategic purchasing within the context of the UHC Law, the desired improvement in health outcomes for Filipino citizens will come closer to fruition in the next 5 years.

    In particular, it is hoped that key health outcomes in Family Planning (FP), Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) within the ambit of Primary Health Care (PHC) will significantly improve.

    This subnational role is to primarily work with key stakeholders at the regional and provincial level of the UI Sites (AIS) as well as the Department of Health (DOH), PhilHealth and other members of the SP4PHC Team in the Philippines to help the AIS in achieving technical, management and financial integration.

    that will guide and ensure rational, sustainable implementation of the various facets of the Philippine UHC Act. Emphasis will be placed on the delivery of appropriate, responsive Primary Health Care services especially geared towards an increase in utilization of Family Planning Services and MNCH services that are paid for by the national single purchaser of the social health insurance scheme.

  • Scope of work The SDN Specialist, in collaboration with ThinkWell Senior Policy Adviser and SP4PHC Philippine Country Lead and ThinkWell SP4PHC Overall Coordinating Team, will undertake the following responsibilities : Lead in coordinating and work closely with key offices of the AIS on all management and technical products, with the Province / City level AIS Project management Team as lead;
  • Assist in crafting network-wide policies and programs related to implementation of the UHC Act; Identify data sources, obtain data, conduct analysis, and present findings to facilitate discussion and policy development;
  • Suggest and facilitate crafting of other health policies, as appropriate, towards the furtherance of achieving technical, financial and management integration at the network level;
  • With the approval of the Provincial team, lead in organizing and conducting consultations with various stakeholders related to the improvement of UHC at the network;
  • Lead in documenting all processes, learning and observations related to AIS and UHC Law implementation and disseminating to all concerned stakeholders particularly during the pilot phase;
  • Participate in SP4PHC PH and Overall Team Meetings and contribute pertinent information, ideas and suggestions related to SP4PHC project commitments;
  • Provide regular progress updates related to the technical assistance support provided to AIS Qualifications Higher level degree in public health, health system management or another related field;
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in health system management and community organizing, preferable also with previous work experience in MNCH and / or family planning programs;
  • Demonstrated understanding of health system management; Demonstrated experience of monitoring, evaluation and analytical work in health systems.

    Demonstrated ability to be a respected team player for political engagement and citizen participation in complex local government-

  • based health planning and participatory budgeting for health Experienced working with local government units, organized groups and communities Knowledge and experience in various technologies of participation, facilitation and the conduct and organization of workshops, focus discussion groups, round table discussions, and the like;
  • Fluent command of English and Filipino written and spoken; Willingness to travel within the Philippines, should this be needed

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