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Program Officer - Health Systems and Financing


R4D seeks a Program Officer – Health Systems and Financing to provide technical and program management support to our dynamic portfolio of projects focused on the sustainability, integration, and transition of donor-funded health programs, including for HIV, TB, immunization, family planning and neglected tropical diseases. For one or more selected projects, the Program Officer will contribute to strategy, project management, and analytic activities in support of efforts by low- and middle-income countries to more sustainably finance their health systems and accelerate improvements in the effective coverage, quality and equity of priority health services.
This position will be based in our Washington, DC office and likely require international travel. The Program Officer will report to the the Health Financing Lead. 

The Program Officer will play a leading role in growing and implementing R4D’s portfolio of sustainability and transitions projects.

Within assigned projects, their technical responsibilities will include:
  • Supporting and, in some cases, leading health economics and financing analysis in areas including, but not limited to, resource mapping, fiscal space, public financial management, costing, cost-effectiveness, equity and efficiency;
  • Contributing to developing and adapting relevant analytic tools and methods for project aims;
  • Implementing analytic and capacity building activities to influence both supply of and demand for high-quality health services in project countries;
  • Traveling, as needed, to advance project objectives and to share results and learning.

Additionally, they will have a range of project management responsibilities, including:
  • Overseeing selected project activities, including coordinating inputs from other team members in response to identified analytic, capacity building and other needs; 
  • Coaching junior team members;
  • Helping to develop project budgets and to monitor expenditures in accordance with R4D policies and funder requirements;
  • Contributing to the effective monitoring of key activities and documenting and disseminating results at national, regional and/or global levels; and
  • Maintaining strong, positive relationships with partners, funders, and country governments.

Consideration for this pivotal role will be given to professionals with 1) experience in health financing and/or health economics in low- and middle-income settings; and 2) demonstrated ability to manage multi-stakeholder relationships towards the realization of project objectives.

Successful candidates are likely to have the following qualifications:
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate-level training in Public Health, Economics, Business Administration, Management, Public Policy, Political Science, International Affairs, or other relevant discipline; 
  • At least five (5) years of relevant work experience in a research institution, government, bilateral or multilateral development agency, consulting firm, NGO, or think tank. We take into account experience accrued while enrolled in graduate school. 
  • Experience collaborating with partners to provide technical assistance and implement program activities;
  • Knowledge about health systems strengthening and health financing in low- and middle-income countries;
  • Ability to delivery high-quality outputs and results within tight timeframes;
  • Excellent analytical skills and comfort working with quantitative and quanlitative data; and
  • Full professional fluency in written and spoken English. 

Additionally, R4D prizes people who are:
  • Good and active listeners and facilitators;
  • Productive, energetic, creative and task oriented;
  • Adept at exchanging constructive feedback;
  • Multilingual; 
  • Skillful communicators before scientific, policy and lay audiences;
  • Equally comfortable and capable working independently and in teams;
  • Highly collaborative and approachable; and
  • Enthusiastic about joining a diverse and inclusive work environment.