Management Sciences for Health

  • Performance Based Financing Principal Technical Advisor

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    GEN (General)
    A516 - Malawi ONSE
    Reports To
    Chief of Party
  • Overview

    Reporting to the Chief of Party, the PBF Principal Technical Advisor will provide overall technical leadership for the performance-based Financing component of the project. S/he will be responsible for the conception, design and implementation of the PBF program in selected districts and health facilities.  S/he will lead the capacity building effort of stakeholders involved in PBF implementation under the current project; with a focus on skills transfer. Finally, S/he will manage relations with PBF stakeholders (MOH and other partners) and seek opportunities for collaborations and harmonization of PBF approaches.

    Specific Responsibilities

    Technical Strategy  50%

    Lead the technical design and/or revision as required of the innovative PBF program.
    Lead the development of tools for standardized PBF implementation; including develop PBF indicators, set targets, PBF manual, and establish a system for performance monitoring and verification, and payment of PBF incentives.
    Ensure that quality improvement measures and quality indicators are consistently incorporated into the PBF schemes.
    Establish procedures for the effective management of PBF contract management cycle.
    Lead PBF annual strategic planning and work plan development
    Contribute to the project strategic planning and work planning
    Provide supervision and performance management to assigned PBF staff.


    Capacity Development  35%

    Lead the development of training materials for stakeholders at all levels and design training strategy.
    Lead capacity building activities to strengthen PBF technical capacity for contracted DHMT, health facilities and the performance verifiers.


    Stakeholder Engagement 15%

    Support central MOH effort to harmonize and institutionalize and PBF approaches.
    Ensure effective and positive stakeholder relationship with central MOH/department of planning coordinating PBF efforts and with the decentralized levels/districts.

    Qualifications and Experience


    Advanced degree (Masters, PhD, or MD) in Public Health, Health Economics, Health Management Sciences or related field required.



    At least 7 years related professional experience working in public health programs.

    At least five years experience in technical leadership positions managing and/or implementing PBF programs in the developing world.
    Demonstrated experience collaborating with a range of counterparts, including the Ministry of Health, and the decentralized levels of the health systems. 



    Experience with public health and PBF programs supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID and international agencies such as WHO and World Bank, preferred.
    Demonstrated managerial and organizational skills in a developing country setting with flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
    Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, clients, and consultants.

    Experience managing and supervising technical staff.

    Experience in health system strengthening with strong analytical skills.
    Hands-on experience in technical aspects of developing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and building capacity in an RBF program, including but not limited to development of health facility business plans; contract negotiation and contract management; strategic purchasing; verification; managing database; community client satisfaction surveys; and quality verification.
    Experienced in capacity building of local staff and/or partners
    Familiar with monitoring and evaluation systems in developing countries.
    Possess excellent writing and presentation skills in fluent English.

    Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.



    Demonstrated competence in assessing priorities and in managing a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment, and in meeting deadlines with attention to detail and quality.

    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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