LHSS Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Toolkit Consultant job at Abt Associates

Abt Associates

LHSS Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Toolkit Consultant job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021 - 2022

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 03 November 2021

Hiring Organization: Abt Associates

Job Details:

Job title: LHSS Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Toolkit Consultant
The USAID Local Health System Sustainability Project (LHSS) project helps low- and middle-income countries transition to sustainable, self-financed health systems as a means to support universal health coverage. Led by Abt Associates, the five-year, $209 million project works with partner countries and local stakeholders to reduce financial barriers to care and treatment, ensure equitable access to essential health services for all people, and improve the quality of health services.
As part of this work, LHSS is supporting the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in its strategic efforts to expand country-level engagement with private sector actors in alignment with USAID’s Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Policy to drive towards country self-reliance. The goal of the activity is to strengthen in-country ability to maintain gains in malaria control and sustainably work towards malaria elimination. One of the products of this activity will be a PSE toolkit with resources tailored to build the capacity of PMI in-country teams and national malaria programs’ staff to identify PSE opportunities and effectively pursue partnership to mobilize private resources.
Aim of the Consultancy
LHSS is currently conducting a landscape analyses in four PMI countries – Côte d'Ivoire, DRC, Liberia, and Uganda – to provide a comprehensive understanding of the extent of current private sector activities and their potential business interests to invest in malaria control. LHSS is seeking an experienced consultant for the next phase of this work that will require building off these country findings and global best practices to develop a PSE toolkit that will enable country actors such as staff at Ministries of Health and USAID Missions and implementing partners to proactively identify opportunities to engage with the private sector and co-create activities. He/she will have demonstrated experience in developing strategic tools, frameworks, guidelines, and other practical resources for a variety of stakeholders including governments, corporations, and development partners. The consultant should also understand the dynamics and challenges of the public and private health sectors in limited resources settings.
The consultant will work closely with the LHSS technical team, USAID/PMI HQ, and USAID Missions involved in this activity to develop the PSE toolkit in the following phases:
Phase 1: Identify priority areas where private sector engagement can advance PMI goals: Review landscape analyses outputs from the four activity countries and support the LHSS technical team and USAID in identifying and agreeing on key areas for strategic partnerships with the private sector to advance malaria elimination goals such as information sharing, advancing learning and market commitment, and harnessing private sector innovation. Such partnerships will also aim to create new public-private linkages for improved coordination, planning, and collaboration.
Phase 2: Develop detailed steps for a PSE toolkit with emphasis on cross-sector partnership: Based on existing resources, and the technical guidance of the LHSS team, lead the development and validation of clear and actionable steps for engaging private sector actors in the identified areas/sectors. This could include developing templates and guidelines for scanning PSE opportunities, conducting a rapid stakeholder analysis, and co-creating action plans that aim to achieve win-win development and business outcomes.
Phase 3: Produce a final PSE toolkit: This could include editable document templates, workshop materials, and social media resources to support implementation of steps that will enable country stakeholders to proactively identify opportunities to engage with the private sector, co-create PSE activities, and monitor implementation of such activities. Exact components of the toolkit will be determined during Phases 1 and 2 to make sure the final product is responsive to the needs of USAID/PMI.
Phase 4: Contribute to the development of PSE models: Leverage toolkit development work to propose new and innovative models for growing PSE capacity at the country level and collaborate with LHSS and USAID/PMI Missions to further refine this based on country specific experiences and findings.
Location is flexible and the consultant will be working remotely.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in public health, international development or other relevant field with 8-10 years of experience. Experience with human-centered design and/or user experience is desirable
• Demonstrated expertise producing tools for strategic decision-making and program implementation and monitoring is required
• Previous experience engaging with diverse stakeholders and audiences to facilitate design and promotion of products, programs, and strategies is required
• Strong attention to detail, with demonstrated ability to independently produce high quality work, on-time and in a cost-effective manner
• Familiarity and understanding of USAID and USAID Missions
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• Collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
• English fluency required; French is desirable
• Proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Illustrative Tasks and Responsibilities include:
• Collect and review necessary resources required for the development of the toolkit, including conducting a rapid scan of existing PSE frameworks, models, and other resources (with a particular focus to the health sector)
• Serve as a technical expert and focal point for toolkit design, such as leading the process of determining key components and drafting outline using creative approaches
• Create user-friendly templates, frameworks, materials and all other key elements of the toolkit
• Organize validation meeting(s) in collaboration with the LHSS technical team
• Assist in dissemination of the final PSE toolkit (if requested)
• Meet regularly with the USAID HQ POC and other relevant stakeholders
• Communicate regularly by phone and email with LHSS technical team and follow-up on any requests
Level of effort and Period of Performance: The anticipated level of effort for this assignment is 40 days during a period of performance of July - September 2021.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top global research firms and one of the international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.
At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.

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Date Posted: 2021-10-24