Management Sciences for Health

  • Executive Director, Joint Learning Network (JLN) Network Manager

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    A582 - JLN
    Reports To
    Joint Learning Network (JLN) Steering Group
  • Overview

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH) seeks an Executive Director for an anticipated 3-year project to support the execution of the Joint Learning Network (JLN) strategic plan and core network operations to achieve the 2022 vision of the network.


    MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 40 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia, and Medford, Massachusetts, US headquarters, our staff from more than 70 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.


    The Executive Director for the Joint Learning Network (JLN) Network Manager (NM) supports the daily operations, programmatic management, and financial oversight of the JLN, a network of 30 member countries that brings together a global community of practitioners and policymakers to develop practical approaches and resources to achieve universal health coverage (UHC).  The JLN’s activities focus on expanding coverage, particularly to poor and vulnerable populations; expanding access to essential health services; improving quality and safety of health care; and increasing financial sustainability.  The NM Executive Director will work under the direction of the JLN Steering Committee comprised of representatives from member countries and development partners, which oversees strategic direction of the JLN and ensures its alignment with country priorities.  The JLN receives financial support from development partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), and the Rockefeller Foundation.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Lead the daily operations of the JLN Network Manager with responsibility for the smooth delivery of operational, financial and technical implementation of JLN priorities.
    • Execute the JLN strategy and specific directives of the Steering Group to ensure effective, high-quality implementation of the JLN strategy.
    • Oversee the effective execution of the Network Manager’s core functions - Network Coordination, Technical Initiatives, Monitoring & Evaluation, Membership Management, Knowledge Management & Communications, and Fund Raising - and supervise staff in each role.
    • Work closely with Country Core Groups (CCGs), the World Bank, and other partners to promote joint learning and to identify UHC champions in country.
    • Advocate for and contribute to the growth of the JLN, including increasing membership of member countries and CCGs.
    • Work actively with the NM Fundraising Manager in fundraising activities to ensure JLN meets its fundraising requirements;
    • Oversee centralized fund management for the JLN and lead the annual budgeting and work planning.
    • Prepare monthly and quarterly reports to the Steering Group on Network Manager activities, financial status, M&E and quality assurance.

    Qualifications and Experience

    Required Experience

    • Minimum 10-15 years’ experience in global health, international development or other related area.
    • Post-graduate degree in Public Health, Health Economics, Policy or related fields.
    • Experience in operations and management of diverse, multi-stakeholder partnerships like the JLN.
    • Minimum 10 years’ experience managing diverse, multifunctional teams.
    • 5 years of experience working or living in low and middle income countries (LMICs) is preferred.
    • Familiarity with World Bank processes and structures is preferred.
    • Written and spoken fluency in English required.


    Key Competencies

    • Previous experience managing a global network or secretariat is preferred.
    • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, with the ability to balance multiple priorities including technical and operational work streams.
    • Demonstrated ability to motivate staff and create a high-functioning team.
    • Commitment to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to advancing the global UHC agenda.
    • Knowledge of other global networks, partners and organizations working within the UHC space.
    • Strong organizational, planning and writing skills.
    • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
    • Proven record of working with and aligning diverse, multi-cultural teams with a common mission and vision.
    • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit. 
    • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, cooperative agencies, and donor organizations.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills evidenced by effective collaboration with professional colleagues in a broad range of nongovernmental, governmental, and international organizations, in varied socio-cultural contexts.

    Background Information

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    Reports To

    Joint Learning Network (JLN) Steering Group
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