VillageReach Solution Costing Associate Jobs in South Africa
VillageReach Solution Costing Associate Jobs in South Africa
VillageReach transforms health care delivery to reach everyone. Our vision is a world where every person has the health care needed to thrive. Our programs focus building people-centered health systems that make sure health products and services are available when and where they are needed, with a focus on developing scalable, high-impact solutions.
We are driven by a passion for collaboration and partnership, as we believe strongly that collective action is the only way to achieve sustainable change. Our work improves the lives of more than 100 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.DescriptionSummary
The Global Health Systems Technical team takes a systems and cross-technical approach to ensure delivery of equitable primary health care. VillageReach is seeking a Solution Costing Associate to support our programs to understand their implementation and operational costs to ensure their sustainability.
VillageReach’s solutions cover digital health information systems, supply chain and data analytics. The ideal candidate will be able provide expert advice to VillageReach program staff, to governments and to private sector partners on decisions needed for developing and managing affordable health solutions and build their capacity to understand and use cost data.Description
The Solution Costing Associate position is full-time based preferably out of one of the VillageReach’s offices, but remote candidate with work permits in one of the countries listed above are also eligible to apply. One of VillageReach’s pillars is driving sustained impact through transitioning our solutions to governments or partners.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities are included in the list below. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time. The approximate breakdown of time on yearly basis is provided for each major activity.Costing frameworks (15%): For each solution - identify standard cost elements (capital expenditure and on-going annual operating expenses) and associated cost structures for VillageReach solutions; - define cost allocation rules; - develop associated cost analysis tools that can be used by solution owners and program managers
Cost estimating (20%): For each solution, develop solution cost estimates for solution design, scale-up, replication and transition based on key volume and coverage assumptions provided by solution owners, program managers and government; define and agree target key cost ratios
Cost management tools and processes (20%): - For each solution, develop cost management processes and reporting tools that can be used by VillageReach program teams and government employees to visualize costs - Provide training on processes and tools to internal and external stakeholders - Support solution owners and program managers to track cost evolution and variance to targets.
Cost improvement (20%): For each solution, work with solution owners and program managers to identify the key cost drivers, model the cost impact of implementing changes to the solution or to the enabling environment, and support development of a cost improvement plan for execution by VillageReach and government teams.
Ad hoc costing studies (10%): Analyze and synthesize complementary and competing factors to determine trade- offs (e.g., resources, capital, technology, government existing capabilities) and drive decision-making on alternative design options based on key assumptions provided the program team.
Government budgeting support (10%): Work with VillageReach’s Health Economist to support governments in budgeting for VillageReach solutions that are transitioning. This includes translating program cost categories into government budget categories.
External dissemination (5%): Write articles, case studies, presentations etc. to share VillageReach’s experience and learnings on the role of solution costing to lead to sustainability
The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might
demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.
Personal Motivation and Drive: Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and
supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach
Commitment to Excellence: Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach
Solution Orientation & Innovation: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education & Experience:
BA/BS or equivalent degree with at least five (5) years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience is required.
Minimum 5 years’ work experience advising organizations on how to improve the costs of goods or services or audit firm experience with service industry clients
Management accounting qualification or work experience in Management Consulting
Certification from a professional association (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants or Institute of Management Accountants) is an advantage
Proven experience in identifying opportunities to improve costs of goods and services without reducing performance or quality
Project management experience working across time zones and multiple offices preferred
Candidates eligible to work in DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, or South Africa are eligible to apply, with preference for those based in countries with a VillageReach office (Mozambique, DRC, Malawi)
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, Teams), more specifically Excel (pivot tables, power query, etc.) and comfortable in a fast-paced technical environment.
Strong analytical thinking, excellent math skills and ability to communicate and present analysis is essential
Experience in developing and managing a cost database
Experience in applying cost analysis skills to public health is a plus
Proven experience in influencing and strengthening the capacity of non-experts on the managerial use of costing
Skillful written and verbal communication with ability to synthesize and deliver information to diverse audiences in a clear and concise way.
Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural, and linguistically diverse groups.
Demonstrated understanding of challenges with working under-served, and low-income context; experience living in and/or working in a low- and middle- income country (LMIC) a plus.
Experience or ability working with diverse stakeholders and collate information from multiple sources
Ability to leverage other technical teams to support the work, such as data analytics and research, evidence and learning teams
Self-motivated; independent worker able to set and meet deadlines.
Proactive about reaching out to colleagues to complete responsibilities or asking for direction when needed
Previous experience working with LMIC governments preferred
Full professional proficiency in written and spoken English.
Fluency in French or Portuguese is a bonus
How to Apply
For more information and job application details, see; VillageReach Solution Costing Associate Jobs in South Africa
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