This job posting expired and applications are no longer accepted.

Technical Advisor- Secondment to Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency

at Clinton Health Access Initiative
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 27, 2019
Category Health Care
Job Type Full-time


CHAI Overview: Founded in 2002 by President William J. Clinton and Ira Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in low and middle-income countries. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for delivering high-quality health services. CHAI does not operate stand-alone programs, nor does it build parallel health systems. Rather, CHAI works at the invitation and in support of governments.

CHAI is currently operating in Ethiopia carrying out a wide range of programs to support the Federal Ministry of Health, Agencies and Regional Health Bureaus in improving access to and quality of health services. As one of CHAI’s largest country offices with more than 170 staff, the Ethiopia office operates programs across; Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; HIV/AIDS; Cancer; Vaccines; Human Resource for Health (HRH) and Health Financing.

Program Description

The Health Financing program aims to transform how the health system is financed towards the government’s goal of achieving universal health coverage by 2030. The Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency (EHIA) is currently moving towards full-scale implementation of Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI) and has continued preparation for a smooth rollout and implementation of Social Health Insurance (SHI).

The EHIA is the prime actor to lead the overall strategic functions to ensure effective implementation of health insurance throughout the country. The EHIA currently plans to establish the agency’s delivery unit accountable to the Director General (DG) and appropriately equipped with highly skilled, experienced and competent staff to fulfill its challenging remit. To this end, the EHIA and CHAI are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical capabilities to provide technical assistance in design, implementation, and monitoring of health insurance reform.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The secondee will advise EHIA’s Director General, Deputy Director General and the senior management of the agency who oversees the implementation of both SHI and CBHI.  He/she will work closely with Directors of Providers Affairs, Membership, Finance, Research and Information Technology, as well as branch offices.

The secondee will be responsible for:

  • Providing technical support to the EHIA Director General and senior leadership in policy formulation and strategy design towards successful implementation of SHI and CBHI.
  • Develop and design evidence-based strategies, policies, and process for the agency in coordination with relevant directorates and branches.
  • Provide technical assistance in the formulation and design of legal frameworks for health insurance (including refinement and finalization of the draft CBHI Proclamation & Regulation, amendment of SHI Proclamation & Regulation, and other Directives & Manuals).
  • Support the design and development of members mobilization, enrollment, and communication strategies.
  • Lead and support setting up of systems to facilitate monitoring and early identification of problems during the roll-out and implementation of SHI and work with management to address these problems as they arise.
  • Conduct capacity building and technology need assessments at the EHIA and support designing of initiatives to meet these needs.
  • Engage with stakeholders, coordinating and participating in health insurance reform implementation.
  • Develop, review, and prepare necessary technical and program-related reports, including presentations, briefs, and working papers.
  • Guide and support research protocol design, data collection, training, and capacity building efforts in support of the Agency activities and goals.
  • Represent the agency and facilitate meetings with stakeholders
  • Work with different directorates and branches of the agency.
  • Adhere to the government or EHIA integrity and institutional standards and procedures.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor and senior leadership of the agency.

Job Requirements


EHIA and CHAI seek results-driven, highly motivated individuals who are fast learners, detail oriented and have the ability to adapt to the dynamic and demanding work environment. EHIA and CHAI place great value on resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, flexibility, independence, energy, work ethic, and humility.

Qualifications include the following;

  • Advanced degree in a related field such as health economics, public health, financial management, public policy preferred;
  • At least 7-10 years of relevant professional experience in demanding, results-oriented environments in the public sector and/or private sector.
  • Experience designing, managing and implementing health insurance programs in Ethiopia and/or regional levels.
  • Proven experience in health insurance policy advocacy.
  • Relevant experience in strategic communications and a detailed understanding of the rollout cycle of insurance schemes.
  • Proven experience in capacity building and skill transfers through training, mentoring, coaching and other effective approaches.
  • Demonstrated experience with navigating strategic discussions objectively and diplomatically.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing external stakeholder relationships (e.g., donor and implementing partner relationships, or similar background).
  • Strong management, organizational and coordination skills.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly and absorb and synthesize a broad range of information.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to achieve consensus amongst stakeholders.
  • Strong communication skills, including the delivery of compelling presentations and documents in Microsoft PowerPoint and Word;
  • Strong command of verbal and written English and Amharic languages.
  • Willingness to travel to other parts of the country as needed.

How to Apply

[email protected]