The Senior Technical Advisor, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) provides technical assistance and analytical guidance across a range of ThinkWell in-country projects. The Senior Advisor brings strong quantitative skills and research capacity (typically in health economics and financing) as well as a solid understanding of the design, implementation, and evaluation of health financing policy reform.
In Kenya, the Senior Advisor plays a key role implementing the Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care (SP4PHC) project, a five-year program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that is supporting countries to improve how funds are allocated to healthcare providers in order to achieve the goal of universal health coverage. ThinkWell is working with purchasers and policy makers in five countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Kenya, Burkina Faso, and Uganda) to design and test policy options to more effectively purchase primary health care services, with a focus on family planning (FP) and maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH).
The SP4PHC Kenya team works in four counties (Kilifi, Isiolo, Makueni and Kakamega) and at the national level with the Ministry of Health, NHIF and the Council of Governors. The Senior Advisor has experience in monitoring and evaluation of complex projects and the political skills necessary to manage a range of national- and county-level partnerships. The Senior Advisor reports to the Kenya Country Director.
- Provide direct technical assistance to ensure high quality program results and execution across projects in the area of specialization.
- Contribute to work planning, coordinate across external partners, and lead their engagement in collaborative projects.
- Develop monitoring, evaluation, research and learning tools, indicators, and plans.
- Communicate with other ThinkWell technical advisors globally to build, share, exchange and disseminate technical knowledge.
- Recruit, support, and mentor outstanding team members in the area of technical specialty; dotted line management responsibility for technical team members.
- Collaborate with the Well to design technical training and development activities that will support and build professional development.
- Contribute to national dialogue on health financing reforms, using learning from the SP4PHC project and other Thinkwell projects to advice on adoption of strategic purchasing and other health financing reforms for primary health services by MOH and counties.
Organizational Leadership and Development
- Represent ThinkWell in various meetings, actively engage key stakeholders, cultivate new business partnerships and concepts.
- Build project portfolio in technical specialty area in collaboration with Country director, Design Lab, program managers and other firm and country leaders.
- Collaborate with Design Lab to collect and pursue new business information and contacts.
- Write and Publish papers, articles, and blogs. Present at conferences/participate in technical working groups on ThinkWell project-related technical innovations, priorities, and results. Build ThinkWell reputation as a thought leader in the field.
- Consult and coordinate with key stakeholders within government, donors, and other entities to build ThinkWell program division and reputation.
- Play a firm-wide leadership role, participate in company initiatives and teams to build intellectual and human capital in technical area of specialization.
M&E for the SP4PHC Project and other Thinkwell projects
- Lead the development and Implementation of Thinkwell projects M&E plan, including collecting and cleaning relevant data, checking quality, and synthesizing reports.
- Provide technical leadership in carrying out baseline assessments, mid-point and end of project reviews.
- Work proactively with the Ministry of Health, key partners and stakeholders including but not limited to, Track 20, PMA to report progress, impact and best practices.
- Develop a mechanism to provide regular capacity building of Thinkwell County Program Officers.
- Produce high quality reporting content and documents as stipulated in the project’s document for Country Director and donors.
- Conduct quarterly and ad hoc field monitoring to each project County to verify data and program activities reported by partners.
- Develop and implement a data quality assurance plan and provide technical support to improve quality of data and reporting systems.
- Coordinate and facilitate all evidence gathering activities including program evaluations and research activities.
- Coordinate project reflection and learning sessions in conjunction with project partners.
M&E and Policy Support for the THS-UHC program
- Develop a workplan with the MOH THS team outlining Thinkwell’s support based on the needs of the THS program.
- Support creating, managing, and maintaining a data repository of the THS-UHC program-related Health Committee information and data from the Counties.
- Participate in planning and conducting quarterly PMT support supervision and bi-annual implementation missions.
- Coordinate development of minimum data sets and data requirements, including reporting tools and templates.
- Support the PMT Project Manager in program implementation and reporting.
- Shape THS-UHC guidelines to counties on using GFF funds strategically.
- Document lessons learnt from the THS program through policy briefs, blogs etc
- Disseminate best practices from counties in the context of the THS-UHC program.
- Share lessons on the project’s design and implementation strategies for future policy with Ministry of Health, national RMNCAH/FP stakeholders, and county governments
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The Senior Program Analyst provides technical assistance, analytical and operational support across a range of ThinkWell in-country public or private sector projects. The Senior Analyst brings strong quantitative skills and research capacity (typically in health economics and financing) as well as a solid understanding of the design, implementation, and evaluation of health financing policy reform. The Senior Program Analyst may supervise staff but typically serves as an individual contributor on a project team.
In Kenya, the Senior Program analyst plays a key role in implementing the Service Delivery Redesign (SDR) project in Kakamega County, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Service delivery redesign (SDR) for maternal and newborn services is a vision for transforming health systems to focus on providing high quality care by ensuring that all women deliver at health facilities that offer emergency services. ThinkWell in partnership with Jacaranda Health will support the County Government of Kakamega to strengthen the health financing function to support the SDR implementation.
The SDR project will collaborate and leverage on learnings from the flagship project, Strategic Purchasing for Primary health Care project (SP4PHC). The SP4PHC Kenya team works in four counties (Kilifi, Isiolo, Makueni and Kakamega). The Senior Program Analyst is based in Kakamega and works closely with the Kakamega County Department of Health, Jacaranda Health, ADP and other partners and the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), providing technical advisory services to the county and navigating county partnerships in support of the project objectives. The Sr. Analyst reports to the Technical Advisor, Health Care Financing.
Project Analysis and Implementation
- Lead an analysis of the health financing and purchasing landscape in Kakamega county to inform reforms needed to support SDR implementation.
- Support Kakamega County to optimize different funding streams, including Linda Mama, EduAfya and other schemes, to increase fiscal space to purchase MNCH services.
- Support the County Government in conducting NHIF performance evaluation at facility and county level- tracking NHIF claims submission and reimbursement.
- Provide technical support to the County department to apply strategic purchasing principles to incentivize providers to improve the quality of care, with a focus on RMNCH services and SDR.
- Support the County Department of Health to undertake the necessary health financing reforms to best support and sustain SDR implementation.
- Establish working relationships with the Kakamega NHIF local branch and facilitate close working relationship of the office with the County Department of health.
- Support the Kakamega CDoH to review or develop and implement PFM procedures and legislation to address PFM challenges that hinder facilities from generating and using funds to improve the quality of RMNCH services.
- Provide technical support to the CDoH to better leverage funds from the THS-UCP project and the UHC initiative to support SDR.
- Use the learnings and emerging evidence to co-create together with the Kakamega CDOH, Jacaranda Health and other stakeholders an investment case for SDR.
- Support the development of annual work plans, with a focus on MNCH and FP across different levels; facilities, sub-counties and county.
Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
- For the landscape analysis, develop data collection tools, lead data collection activities, and develop the landscaping report.
- Develop and disseminate learning products on health financing and strategic purchasing reforms for SDR to inform planning, policy and scale-up (e.g., policy and technical briefs, blogs, etc.)
- Produce and disseminate high quality reports and related documents as necessary.
- Represent ThinkWell in meetings with external partners, County Government and other stakeholders.
- Work with the County Government to support the process of planning and budgeting with a focus on MNCH and FP services during the annual work-planning cycle,
- Support the inclusion of output-based payments (including but not limited to those based on NHIF income) into county planning.