Ethiopia: Senior Associate , Health Insurance - Ethiopia
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 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 is currently operating in Ethiopia 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 hospital management; maternal, newborn and child health; HIV/AIDS; nutrition; vaccines; 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.
The Government of Ethiopia has supported significant improvements in health over the past decade and now aims to accelerate progress to deliver quality essential health services to its growing population of close to 100 Million people. To achieve this goal, Ethiopia is rolling out health insurance schemes with the goal of reaching most of the population by 2020. If successful, Ethiopia will set an example for all other countries working towards the goal of universal health coverage on the continent.
To successfully roll out this ambitious reform, the newly-staffed Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency will need to overcome technical, operational and management challenges of insurance scale-up across a large and diverse country. This includes making evidence-based decisions in key areas such as the initial design of the benefits package and premium rates, as well as setting up processes to continuously revise these decisions. There will also be a need to strengthen core operations for successful enrollment, provider payment, and financial management. As experience from other countries has shown, the early stages of launch will determine the success of the reform.
CHAI has been supporting the Government of Ethiopia in health financing over the past few years and has been asked by senior leadership to provide more comprehensive support to all of these areas in order to ensure this reform has the intended outcomes in increasing access to quality care for all in need. Ethiopia will be a flagship program for CHAI’s health financing work; shaping our engagements in health insurance in other contexts.
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical capabilities to serve as Senior Associate, to support the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency as the Agency oversees the launch of social health insurance and the expansion of community based health insurance.
The Senior Associate will spend the majority of his or her time working from within the Insurance Agency at the headquarters and branch office level. He or she will provide direct support to key directorates of the Agency such as Providers Affairs, Membership, Finance, Research and Information Technology. The Senior Associate will be part of a small, but growing CHAI team.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Serve as an advisor to the Health Insurance Agency’s headquarters and branch offices, responding to strategic questions from leadership as they arise.
- Work on deliverables with Agency staff in the following areas: benefits design, member management, provider management, pooling and finance, management information systems, and information technology. This includes: Design and implementation of research and analyses to respond to key questions; Development of policies and strategies; Development of and training on standard operating procedures, processes and tools.
- Set up systems to facilitate monitoring and early identification of problem areas during the roll-out and implementation of the insurance scheme and work with management to address these problems as they arise.
- Build process management and technical capacity within the Insurance Agency at headquarters and branch offices. This includes conducting some formal training as well as day to day support.
- Serve as a liaison between directorates at headquarters and branch offices to ensure that insurance is rolled out in a standardized manner.
- Work with other stakeholders and external experts as needed.
- Other responsibilities as requested by supervisor.
CHAI works in a fast-paced, results-driven environment and this health insurance reform is a top priority for the government. We are seeking a highly motivated individual who is a fast learner and who is both detail oriented and has the ability to ask the key questions or see the “big picture.” CHAI places great value on resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, flexibility, independence, energy, work ethic and humility.
Qualifications include the following:
- Master’s degree preferred in a related field such as economics, public health, financial management, public policy
- 5-7 years of professional experience in demanding, results-oriented environments in the public sector and/or private sector (e.g., management consulting); Experience working in health or life insurance in developed or developing countries is an advantage;
- Strong organizational skills;
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment;
- Ability to learn on the job quickly through research and absorb and synthesize a broad range of information;
- Ability to navigate ambiguous and complex processes and be flexible;
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships;
- Strong communication skills, including delivery of compelling presentations (in Microsoft PowerPoint) and documents (in Microsoft Word);
- Excellent problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills, including attention to detail and fluency in Microsoft Excel;
- Strong command of the English language required, fluency in Amharic an advantage; and
- Willingness to travel within Ethiopia as needed.