Clinton Health Access Initiative Senior Associate Jobs in Ethiopia

Clinton Health Access Initiative Senior Associate Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 216658

Category: Health Care
Location: Addis Ababa
Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience) Employment Type: Part time

Job Description

Overview: Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other illnesses.

Based on the premise that a business-oriented strategy can facilitate solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to save lives, via improved organization of commodity markets and more effective local management.

CHAI does not operate stand-alone programs, nor does it build parallel health systems. Rather, CHAI works at the invitation and in support of governments. CHAI's teams are working side-by-side with more than 30 governments to tackle many of the largest barriers to effective health care.

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 150 staff, the Ethiopia office operates programs across maternal, newborn and child health; HIV/AIDS; vaccines; essential medicines; health workforce; woreda transformation, cancer 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.

Program Description:

The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) is scaling up community-based health insurance for the informal sector with a goal of reaching 80% of the eligible population in 80% of the woredas by 2020.

To successfully roll out this ambitious reform, the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency (EHIA) is working to overcome technical, operational and management challenges.

CHAI has been asked by senior leadership of the EHIA to provide comprehensive support in generating evidence to inform health insurance policy decisions and testing innovations across pilot community based health insurance schemes to ensure health insurance can be sustainably brought to scale.

This includes designing new mechanisms for pooling or re-distributing resources, developing and piloting new provider payment mechanisms to promote efficiency and quality, revising premium and subsidy levels to support long term financial sustainability, and putting in place more efficient and effective management structures and information systems.

In addition to increasing financial protection through pre-payment insurance mechanisms, the GoE is also engaged in other activities of resource generation and management for the health sector.

To support these efforts, CHAI works closely with the Partnership and Coordination Directorate at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) to track resources and ensure they are being spent efficiently and effectively to further FMOH objectives.

This includes supporting the budget development process, tracking donor funding to health sector priorities and expanding the health sectors engagement with the private sector.


  • CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong strategic and relationship building capabilities and relevant experience to play a key role in our support to the EHIA and FMoH in Ethiopia. The Senior Associate will be an integral part of a large CHAI team by helping inform policy changes in how financial resources for health are pooled, re-distributed and used to purchase services.
  • S/he will act as a liaison between the CHAI team and the FMOH and EHIA to ensure that CHAI is providing optimal support to the health financing efforts of these entities. This individual must have a strong grasp and experience in working with technical health financing policy questions in order to serve as an advisor to the government and
    to represent CHAI in various health financing policy-related forums.

  • This role offers the opportunity to be involved in the development of one of the largest national financing reforms on the continent, furthering expertise in health financing, and building experience in managing complex technical projects, working closely with the Government of Ethiopia. This role will report to the Technical Advisor on the CHAI Ethiopia Health Financing Team.

    Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work as a trusted advisor to the EHIA and FMOH in issues related to health financing policy development and implementation, liaising between the CHAI team and government stakeholders;
  • Engage with stakeholders working in health financing and insurance in Ethiopia, coordinating and participating in health financing working groups;
  • Work with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) Partnership and Cooperation Directorate to oversee programs in health financing areas ranging from economic evaluation, to resource tracking, to identifying and addressing inefficiencies, to mobilizing resources from all sources, increasingly from domestic sources;
  • Support the FMOH with identifying and implementing improvements to enhance efficiencies in the budgeting and annual planning process;
  • Work with the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency and CHAI staff in areas ranging from membership management, provider management, and pooling and finance;
  • Leverage external expertise, working with universities, partners and other public insurance schemes to respond to key strategic questions;
  • Respond to key strategic questions by designing and implementing research and analyses;
  • Build technical capacity within the Insurance Agency, working with various units at the headquarters and regional level;
  • Contribute to the design of CHAI's health insurance strategy in Ethiopia and across other countries;
  • Document Ethiopia's experience for donors, stakeholders and other governments;
  • Present studies and analyses to stakeholders, working with the EHIA and FMOH to use this information to develop evidence-based strategies, policies and procedures;
  • Support capacity building initiatives for a team of CHAI staff working across different directorates of the FMOH and EHIA, providing technical input, formal training and day to day support;
  • Work with international and local external experts; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by manager.

    Job Requirements


    CHAI works in a fast-paced, results-driven environment and this health financing and insurance reform is a top priority for the Government of Ethiopia.

    This individual would need to have strong grasp of the theoretical foundations of health financing, combined with excellent relationship and stakeholder management skills, and relevant experience.

    Professional experience in health insurance, in either a developed or developing country context, is a significant advantage. CHAI places great value on resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, flexibility, independence, energy, work ethic and humility.

    Qualifications and advantages include the following:

  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a related field such as health economics, public health, financial management, public policy is strongly preferred;
  • 7+ years of professional or experiential experience in demanding, results-oriented environments in either the public or private sector preferred
  • Experience working in health insurance and health financing in developed or developing countries preferred
  • Experience working with government agencies is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of the Ethiopian health system is an advantage;
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills, including attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated experience in navigating strategic discussions objectively and diplomatically;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing external stakeholder relationships (e.g., donor and implementing partner relationships, or similar background);
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly and absorb and synthesize a broad range of information;
  • Ability to navigate ambiguous and complex processes and be flexible;
  • Strong communication skills, including delivery of compelling presentations and documents;
  • Strong command of the English language; and
  • Willingness to travel within Ethiopia as needed.

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