Management Sciences for Health

Technical Director, Health Systems Strengthening

Job ID
# of Positions
GEN (General)
P000 - Proposal
Reports To
Chief of Party


Management Sciences for Health is seeking for a highly qualified Technical Director, Health Systems Strengthening for an anticipated five-year USAID funded HSS/Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability (UHSS) project. Working under the direction of the Chief of Party, the HSS Director will be responsible for leading project activities related to systems strengthening and building the capacity of Uganda’s Ministry of Health at the central and district levels in areas including but not limited of health systems, financing, and public financial management. The HSS Director will ensure systems and processes are in place to support, sustain and institutionalize health finance and health systems reforms as articulated by national government counterparts and the USAID Uganda Mission. He/she will ensure training and other capacity building to staff and counterparts as required and identify needs for short-term health financing and other health systems technical assistance. He/She will also support MOH strategies to increase domestic resource mobilization through increasing health systems efficiencies, increasing the Government of Uganda’s allocation for health in the national budget, and examining health insurance, PBF, RBF and other innovative financial options for increasing domestic resources. Finally, the HSS Director will also support strengthening district capacities for planning, budgeting and budget execution, and reporting, in collaboration with regional and district programs and colleagues, as needed, with officials of the Ministry of local government. The Advisor will work with the COP and other technical directors on the project to ensure coordination and achievement of all contractual requirements.


Availability of the position is contingent upon issuance of a USAID award, and selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience in Uganda.

Specific Responsibilities

The HSS Director will provide technical assistance on a wide range of HSS and health financing areas including:

  • expanding the equitable coverage and utilization of quality health services, particularly by the poor and near poor;
  • ensuring health systems and financial support are responsive to the legal, regulatory, policy and institutional frameworks that govern the health sector,
  • ensuring project activities are technically sound in areas related to health systems and health financing in particular, including revenue generation, pooling of resources and risks among different groups, resource allocation and purchasing of health services (passively or through strategic purchasing),
  • assessment of the performance of the Ugandan health and health financing systems,
  • coordinate with Oversight Committees, Technical Working Groups, County Health Teams and other stakeholders to ensure that necessary health finance and health systems interventions are reflected in project objectives and indicators.
  • Domestic resource mobilization: Analysis and use of data to advocate for increased allocations to the health sector and in collaboration with the COP, strengthen MOH strategies and approaches for negotiating budget allocations from MOF and through the legislature,
  • Innovative approaches including health insurance, PBF, RBF and others,
  • Negotiating with Ministry of Local Government for district allocations for health
  • Strengthening capacities at district level for financial planning, budgeting, budget execution and reporting.
  • In addition, the HSS Director should have some knowledge of and interest in supporting the potential introduction of national health insurance.

Qualifications and Experience

  • The proposed HSS Director must have a minimum of 15 years of experience of practical experience in health systems strengthening with an emphasis in health financing.  
  • Recent experience in health financing, health systems and/or in Uganda is preferable.
  • S/he must have at a minimum a Master’s Degree in health economics, public health, or a related advanced degree relevant to the field of public health or public administration.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, and experience in preparing presentations using software such as PowerPoint.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, maintain effective and cooperative relations with national authorities as well as donors, and handle sensitive issues with discretion in a multicultural environment.
  • Prior experience in capacity building of health systems and finance counterparts is required.
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English is required.


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

Chief of Party
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