Senior Technical Advisor, Appropriations (Nationals only)
MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB
The Senior Technical Advisor (STA) provides technical assistance for legislative and regulatory activities that affect public sector appropriations and budget allocations for procurement of vaccines and other medical products.
The STA will serve as Liaison responsible for monitoring and directing a liaison program between the National Vaccine Modernization Committee (NVPMC) and the legislative arms of government regarding vaccine procurement modernization actions. Will also advise the committee on legislative and regulatory activities that may affect public health appropriations, budget instructions and proposals and allocations for vaccine procurement.
The STA provides support to the Country Program Director (CPD) and provides direct technical assistance to Ministry of Health and other country partners and stakeholders. As required, the STA also provides technical assistance to other MTaPS country activities and works with MTaPS Technical Strategy Lead and other MSH technical staff on opportunities, new and existing tools, and country implementation programs related to strengthening pharmaceutical management systems.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Technical Support 40%
Engages in liaison activities with the legislative arms of government, assuring that key actors are completely informed on proposed legislation and regulations impacting health appropriations, budget instructions and proposals and allocation for procurement of vaccines.
Serves as Senior Advisor on appropriations issues impacting vaccines and medical products in general, to include analysis of new/proposed appropriations and budget legislation/regulations, budget instructions and relevant proposals and allocations.
Studies/analyses proposed legislation and instructions that impacts health appropriations and budget instructions; prepares comments, reports, statistical backup and other information that provides solid and logical justification to vaccine procurement modernization actions and objectives.
Provides expert analysis of MOH budget proposals and provides impact statements affecting annual vaccine allocations; prepares written comments in response to budget instructions and proposals impacting vaccines, anticipates questions and prepares written responses.
Lead the process to conduct a legal review and analysis of existing vaccine procurement and regulatory laws, policies, and processes to determine potential change areas for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the vaccines procurement process
Work with Vaccines procurement modernization committee, other team members in the country and HO based technical team, and provide technical assistance to improve procurement practices
As needed provide technical support to other MTaPS pharmaceutical systems strengthening and health elements activities in the country
Coordination and communication 25% * Coordinate with other MTaPS country project technical activities ensuring harmonized approach in line with MSH quality standards
Coordinate assigned technical areas and activities with other USAID-funded and international projects in the country
Work closely with the Head Office based Technical Lead and other technical team members for appropriate and timely technical guidance and support
Maintain close liaison with USAID mission focal point and the focal point in the MOH and JFDA on progress, challenges and way forward and provide regular update.
Capacity Building 20% * Work with country and HO based team to develop costed project capacity strengthening strategies, roll-out plans, training and follow-up timelines
In conjunction with the country team, country counterparts and HO based team, develop/revise required training packages and materials
Design, develop training packages, and conduct ToT exercises as needed
As required, participate in the planning and delivery of broader capacity building programs aimed at national pharmaceutical system strengthening.
Monitoring & Evaluation 10% * In coordination with other team members in the country and head office, contribute to the development of country project M&E plan, and support the collection and validation of relevant data to report project indicators.
- Contribute to the adequate documentation and dissemination of program results and lessons learned, including the development and submission of abstracts and articles to scientific journals and conferences.
Performance Management 5% * If needed, supervise assigned Technical Advisor(s) ensuring the adequacy of their performance and their continuous professional development.
Required: * University degree in Healthcare Public Finance or health financing, regulation and financial management-related fields with specialized training and/or experience related to health financing, policy and management.
Preferred: * Health Economist, Financial Analyst, Financial Planner, health finance qualification preferred.
Required: * At least 5 years’ experience with public appropriations, procedures, processes and legislation and the budget proposal process and the use of analytical/evaluative methods/techniques to assess complex legislation.
- Experience serving as a liaison working with internal and external stakeholders supporting organization-wide finance-related programs and activities.
Preferred: * Experience with appropriations and budget allocations in developing country context preferred.
Knowledge and Skills * Exceptional oral and written communication skills to deal with senior government officials and various internal and external individuals.
Excellent writing and presentation skills in English are essential.
Languages of other USAID-supported countries is an asset.
Strong computer skills; Excel, MS Word, MS Project, PowerPoint.
Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
Competencies * Ability to work independently and in team.
Good judgment for decision-making.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability in consensus building and constructively leading a team.
Physical demands : Ability to travel internationally and domestically up to 30% of time as required to support the progress of program activities
MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.