Management Sciences for Health

Senior Director, Universal Health Coverage

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WHO[i] defines Universal health coverage (UHC) as a means of ensuring that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.


This UHC definition embodies health system strengthening elements; equity in the access to health services, quality of the health services and protection from financial risk. The Senior Director for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) will spearhead MSH’s technical assistance on pathways to UHC in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Senior Director will build MSH’s practice in advising governments on the design, implementation and monitoring of large scale health financing sector reforms aimed at increasing population and service coverage, financial protection, quality and equity. He/she will be highly visible in the global UHC technical community, strengthening MSH’s position as a thought leader in this space, and provide overall direction to MSH’s HSS work in the light of UHC.


MSH has long advocated for UHC in LMICs, consistent with our identity as a health systems strengthening non-profit dedicated to improving health outcomes through stronger health systems. UHC as a technical assistance area is an MSH priority and a focus of communications and advocacy efforts.


In this newly created position, the Senior Director will lead HPG’s health care financing unit and will link with Pharmaceuticals Health Technology’s (PHT) medicines benefit’s work. He/she will draw upon MSH’s global reach and experience, interfacing with other MSH experts to coordinate technical assistance in health financing, service delivery, human resources for health, governance, medicines, innovation and other areas, in the context of UHC reforms. In managing the health financing team, he/she will work to identify UHC-related opportunities for MSH in partnership with governments, aid agencies, international organizations (World Bank, WHO), donors, the private sector, NGOs, academia and others.


[i] UHC is firmly based on the WHO constitution of 1948 declaring health a fundamental human right and on the Health for All agenda set by the Alma Ata declaration in 1978. UHC cuts across all of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and brings hope of better health and protection for the world’s poorest.

Specific Responsibilities

Technical Leadership and Innovation (30%)

  • Technical area strategy – develop MSH’s strategy and conceptual framework for UHC technical assistance in the context of recent HSS strategy development work, focusing on design, implementation and monitoring of large-scale health financing reforms and other approaches for increasing access to high quality, equitable health care, drawing upon MSH’s expertise in a range of practices, health areas and settings. Increase MSH presence at strategic meetings/global forums on UHC.
  • Thought leadership – lead MSH research on UHC to identify, evaluate and promote innovative approaches for achieving UHC, internally and externally; publish in peer-reviewed publications and other venues; represent MSH at conferences and other technical forums. Participate in UHC advocacy as needed. Develop a UHC technical exchange network of interested MSH staff and consultants who can organize around the vision and mission and support our efforts in UHC.
  • Partnering – Partner with MSH senior leadership and country projects to develop a strategic approach to building MSHMSH’s UHC portfolio, based on present work, our capabilities and the UHChealth system needs going forward. Interact with and support centers, projects, technical and country teams to pioneer and provide a UHC lens and input into all MSH activities.
  • Supervision – lead the health financing team and other elements of the HSS strategy that are key to achieving UHC. 


Technical Assistance and Expertise (20%)

  • Technical assistance – provide technical assistance to governments and other partners, consistent with the strategy and conceptual framework. Provide technical oversight to MSH/HPG’s UHC future projects and technical activities.
  • Expertise – serve as resource for technical information on UHC to other experts, offices and projects within MSH.  Document MSH’s portfolio of UHC activities, update it regularly with new experiences and disseminate results.


Business Development (45%)

  • Use network and connections to identify and build relationships with strategic partners and funders on UHC; conduct outreach to LMIC governments pursuing or considering UHC reforms.
  • Develop strategic plans for growing the business portfolio for MSH/HPG in UHC.
  • As a technical leader in UHC, lead new business development efforts within the Infectious Diseases Cluster HPG acting as the primary resource for technical program design, lead writer, and reviewer of UHC proposals.
  • Serve as a scheduled Technical Support Lead (TSL) on roughly three to five bids per year.
  • Work in close coordination with HPG’s Program Development and Strategy Unit, reviewing bid opportunities, determining the opportunities that MSH should pursue in UHC.
  • Provide strategic guidance and insight in pre-positioning for UHC bids.
  • Work in coordination with Global Partnerships, Marketing and CommunicationPHT to track private sector funding opportunities. Lead and/or participate in pitching ideas to donors and funders on UHC.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key players among US government and non-US government donors and partners.
  • Identify potential strategic partners and funders and strategically manage, keeping in mind the diversification of MSH’s UHC portfolio.
  • Partner with MSH’s Office of Strategicthe Program Development and CommunicationsStrategy unit and PHT’s private sector business development team in scanning both the market and potential competitors
  • Interact with and represent the MSH UHC program to the MOPHs/MOF and to other donor agencies.


External Representation (5%)

  • Networking and partnering – partner and build strong relationships with thought leaders and engage new audiences in the area of UHC. 
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key players among US government and non-US government donors and partners.

Qualifications and Experience




  • A postgraduate education in a field of study closely related to the assigned responsibilities.  


  • PhD (or equivalent) in economics, or  health financing, policy or related area preferred; candidates with an advanced degree in public health or in a related field with compelling, relevant experience will be considered.




  • At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience contributing at a senior level to the design, implementation and monitoring of large-scale health sector reforms aimed at increasing population service coverage and financial protection, preferably in LMIC settings.
  • Recognized expertise and technical achievement within the UHC technical community, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and participation in high-level working groups.
  • Knowledge and experience of resource mobilization in the international development context, including government, multilateral, foundation, private sector, host country, and other funding sources.  Understands the importance of strategic planning and results frameworks for business development and project impact.
  • Established track record with both professional and popular publications, as well as social media, preferred.


Knowledge and Skills

  • Aligned with MSH mission and values.
  • Natural collaborator and networker inside and outside the organization. Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building abilities. Proven ability to work in matrix reporting relationships and in multicultural/multidisciplinary team environments.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.  Able to blend compelling story and convincing evidence.  Demonstrated proposal writing skills for UHC projects
  • Able to successfully mobilize resources for UHC programs, including significant proposal development experience with USAID in addition to other bilateral, multilateral, foundation, private sector, host country, and other funding sources for UHC.
  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative with intellectual flexibility and depth and strong ethical reasoning.
  • Proven leadership skills in working and collaborating with other donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about the importance of strategic planning and results frameworks for business development and project impact within UHC.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with USG regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.



  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated management experience.
  • High level capacity to work in a variety of cultural settings, complex environment and fragile states.
  • Demonstrated leadership level organizational, managerial and supervisory, skills and abilities; sound judgment, and high ethical standards; flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships, work well as part of a team, and to incorporate views of other disciplines into his or her work.
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision.


MSH Core Competencies

  • Navigating the Environment:
    • Country perspective and orientation, donor responsiveness, partner collaboration and collegiality, dealing with ambiguity, organizational agility, political and strategic agility
  • Ensuring Delivery of Results:
    • Functional/Technical skills, client (donor and country) focus, managing through procedures, measuring work in terms of effort and progress, negotiating positions in terms of beliefs and principles, information sharing within and across the project partnership, process and work management adheres to then prime contractor’s leadership, procedures and practice. Priority-setting supports activity requests and schedules, with necessary problem-solving and timely decision-making.
  • Leading with Credibility:
    • Based on extensive international public health experience within countries and international organizations.
  • Managing Others:
    • Building Effective Teams and Collegiality across partners and within country activities, Conflict management through collaborative pursuit of products and objectives, managing and supporting agreed visions and purpose, demonstrated integrity and trust through total transparency. Motivating others through example and productivity. Full approachability and development of direct rapport with others.
  • Core Personal Competencies:
    • Maintain highest ethics and values. Style of work is based on proven principles of public health and effective technical cooperation, integrity and trust, Ability to listen to partners and clients. High level of professional verbal and written communication.
  • Core MSH Competencies:
    • Adaptability to changing leadership and organization. Responsive communications within and across the organization and partnership. Problem-solving through collaboration and collegiality. Creativity and innovation in support of organization and project success. Generate highest quantity, quality and timeliness of work while maintaining close team relationships. Maximize effective human and financial resource utilization.


Physical Demands

  • Basic office functions: Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs.
  • Travel requirements: Domestic and international travel up to 25%.

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.

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