Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Job Opportunity at Abt Associates, Strategic Planning Advisor


Organization Overview

The International Health Division is committed to the improvement of health and healthcare delivery around the world. Serving both the public and private sectors, our efforts include health policy research and evaluation, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. Our impact is felt in policies that ensure healthcare access for women, children, and individuals with special needs, in strengthening health infrastructures, and HIV/AIDS solutions.


Abt Associates seeks a qualified Technical Specialist 10 / Strategic Planning Advisor to support the International Health Division in Tanzania. In June 2016, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Tanzania, initiated the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance – Tanzania (GHSC-TA-TZ) Program, with the objective of providing technical assistance to strengthen country supply systems. GHSC leadership is looking for a Strategic Planning Advisor to provide support for this program.

Under the technical guidance of the GHSC COP and DCIO, the Strategic Planning Advisor is responsible for assisting GHSC and programmatic stakeholders to develop and operationalize strategic plans.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

Develop catalogue of and consult on leading practices for implementing strategic plans (e.g. balanced scorecard) Review strategic planning documents, including NPAP, assess progress to-date, and identify areas to support via SC technical assistance
Map various strategic planning documents to NPAP, review "as-is" roles & responsibilities, and recommend initial prioritization
In partnership with MOHCDEC and MSD develop road maps for prioritized initiatives to achieve stated goals.
Work with the GHSC team to evaluate existing governance mechanisms and recommend strategies to approve accountability in strategic plan implementation, including aligning stakeholders, developing and implementing incentives to support change management, and support a data driven culture. Create mechanism for tracking progress to plans.
Provide direction, leadership, and on-going assessment of the project’s governance and supply chain policy technical assistance, including activities to support central level policymakers related to policy setting, strategic planning, resource allocation, and regulation, inter-sectoral and donor coordination, and monitoring and evaluation.
Advise PSU in preparation for Joint Annual Health Sector Review (achievement vs. HSSP IV)
Define universe of technical assistance activities across development partners; Identify opportunities for coordination, achieving efficiencies
Provide technical assistance to technical teams for outputs and activities related to governance and health policy, planning, policy reform, systems strengthening, human resource development plans, and strategic planning issues.
Responsible for the ensuring the achievement of expected outcomes and quality review/assurance in the areas of strategic planning at the central level.
As a member of the project management team, participate in annual reviews and project planning.
Ensure accurate and timely submission of all required technical reporting and deliverables for the governance and health policies component of the project.
Contribute to brainstorming and development of research agendas and special projects related to improving health policy and governance.

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

Degree in Public Health, Public Affairs, Supply Chain or other relevant field, Masters or Doctorate Degree preferred.
6 years of relevant professional experience.
Experience in project implementation and policy reform.
Excellent writing, computer, management and organizational skills.
Experience successfully managing staff.
Demonstrated leadership skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills, initiative, and good judgment.
Ability to anticipate and solve problems.
Ability to independently plan and execute complex tasks while addressing daily management details and remaining organized and focused on long-term deadlines and strategy.
Ability to independently plan and execute complex tasks while addressing daily management details and remaining organized and focused on long-term deadlines and strategy.
Advanced written/oral skills in English and Kiswahili.
Computer literacy (MS Office).

Minimum Qualifications

(6+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.


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