Technical Advisor, Health Financing
London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Options Consultancy Services Limited was established in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. We are a consultancy organisation providing technical and management expertise in the health and social sectors to governments and international development partners to transform the health of women and children. We provide information, expertise and influence to governments, health workers, NGOs and businesses to catalyse change so that health services can be accessed by the people who need them most.
Main Purpose of Job:
Options ensures high quality delivery of a considerable portfolio of health and nutrition programmes on behalf of a variety of clients, globally. We work with partners to strengthen all the health systems building blocks, often focussed on improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and nutrition. Evidence, accountability and social change are important elements of our work.
The role of Technical Advisor, Health Financing, is to provide technical support in health financing to Options’ portfolio of programmes in low and middle income countries (both Anglophone and Francophone). In particular, the post-holder will support the design and implementation of approaches to leverage domestic financing for health as well as promoting the effective and efficient use of these resources to ensure sustained uptake of quality RMNCAH services. This may include, for example:
• The development of country-specific evidence briefs to be used by the Ministry of Health to advocate for increased investment in RMNCAH
• Supporting the tracking of national and sub-national budgets and the use of this evidence to advocate for more and better spending on health
• Working with programme staff to build the capacity of government officials to effectively develop and execute their budget
• Provide technical assistance to governments as they design and implement health financing reforms, with particular focus on domestic resource mobilisation and purchasing arrangements
• Working with programme staff and consortium partners to build capacity of civil society to identify opportunities to engage in the budget process and to influence budget decisions.
The post-holder will contribute actively to the growth and development of the organisation and to the delivery of its mission by contributing to generation of new business opportunities.
The post is London based with regular overseas travel, as agreed with the line manager. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and must be willing and able to undertake this work in both French and English.