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Job Opportunity, Management Sciences for Health: Senior Technical Advisor – Pharmaceutical Economics & Health Technology Assessment


Senior Technical Advisor – Pharmaceutical Economics and Health Technology Assessment

Location: US-VA-Arlington


The Senior Technical Advisor for MSH’s Global Health Systems Innovation (GHSI) group provides strategic guidance and support in the area of pharmaceutical economics and health technology assessment to improve resource allocation decision-making for equitable access to high-quality health services for persons in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). S/he provides technical expertise and training for MSH projects in the design and analysis of health policies and interventions. S/he collaborates with team members in advancing country progress toward universal health coverage (UHC). This will include, but not be limited to, conducting cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses, budget impact analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis, literature reviews, and supporting the development and implementation of medicine pricing policies.

The Senior Technical Advisor also assists in strengthening and expanding MSH’s portfolio of health financing and health systems strengthening activities by supporting MSH’s existing projects and through new business development. S/he supports MSH project activities and increases worldwide knowledge and understanding of MSH’s health financing work through the dissemination of evidence-based work; publications in journals; presentations to donors, stakeholders, and other development partners; and at conferences. S/he also identifies other project opportunities with pharmaceutical health economic and financing elements and participates in developing new business development proposals.

MSH’s GHSI Group seeks to develop MSH into a leading organization in applying a health systems thinking approach and embedding data and analytics in all activities to support low- and middle-income countries on their journeys towards universal health coverage and health system sustainability. We provide expertise in pharmaceutical health system strengthening, health care services and delivery systems, as well as public health content expertise and knowledge in HIV/AIDS and TB; Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health; Family Planning/Reproductive Health; and other communicable diseases.

Specific Responsibilities

Project Excellence – Support and Design (55%)

  • Provide technical leadership and assistance to MSH’s projects in pharmaceutical economics and health technology assessment and health systems strengthening.
  • Support the design and implementation of health financing policies and conduct health financing assessments using various tools and approaches including cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses, budget impact analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis, and health technology assessments.
  • Support MSH strategic planning in areas of health finance/economics and health systems strengthening.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, partners, and collaborators in the area of health economics and financing.

Thought Leadership (20%)

  • Keep abreast of the latest developments and trends in health finance and UHC in order to provide authoritative advice and guidance to MSH colleagues, government counterparts, and MSH projects.
  • Develop and publish peer-reviewed articles and external communications (e.g. blog posts, news stories, reports).
  • Represent MSH at domestic and international meetings in making presentations to donors, ministries of health, and other industry stakeholders.
  • Participate in any other activities assigned by MSH or his/her supervisor related to this position and other organizational polices, plans or procedures.

Business Development (25%)

  • Foster and identify new project opportunities and contribute to the development and/or technical review of technical proposals, ensuring that project designs and technical strategies are sound and that project implementation experience in health finance/economics is appropriately reflected.
  • Interact with and represent MSH programs to host country counterparts, partners, and donor agencies.

Qualifications and Experience

Required Education:

  • Advanced graduate degree (Masters level or above) with formal training in health economics, health technology assessment, public health, health services research, policy analysis, epidemiology, biostatistics, or related discipline preferred.

Required Experience: 

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of relevant work experience in health sector programming and financing in LMICs.
  • Significant and successful experience in providing technical assistance in the development, design, implementation, and evaluation of health finance policies, programs and activities at the country level.
  • Demonstrated success in leading, managing and coordinating analytical assessment and technical assistance teams including delivering presentations and technical reports to donors.
  • Demonstrated success in leading, managing and coordinating analytical assessment and technical assistance teams.
  • Demonstrated success in leading successful proposals to donors, especially USAID or the World Bank.
  • Extensive experience in providing capacity-building training in LMICs.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong analytical and quantitative analysis skills with experience using software such as TreeAge Pro, R, SAS, Stata, or SPSS for model development and data analysis.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a track record of publications in the field of pharmaceutical economics and health technology assessment in established peer-viewed journals and presentations at international conferences.
  • Good interpersonal and relationship-building competencies in both developed and developing country settings coupled with strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices related to the development, design, implementation, and evaluation of health economics and financing policies and programs within developing countries.
  • Demonstrated skills in communicating, working, and collaborating with donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and abilities; sound judgment, and high ethical standards; flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.


  • Energetic, forward thinking, independent, creative person with intellectual depth and high ethical standards.
  • Capacity to work in a variety of cultural settings and complex environment.
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships, work well as part of a team, and to incorporate views of other disciplines into his or her work.
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate analytical assessments and technical assistance teams.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to travel up to 25 percent domestically and internationally.
  • Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10lbs.

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.

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