Strategic Purchasing Program Lead
Palladium Group, Inc. – Jakarta
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Project Overview and Role
Palladium is appointed by USAID to manage USAID-funded Health Technical Assistance Project (BANTU), to support USAID Indonesia’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) by rapidly leveraging specialized short and long-term technical assistance to USAID, USAID-funded programs; the Government of Indonesia (GOI), and other organizations and agencies as required.
Indonesia’s Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN) is now one of the largest national health insurance programs in the world. The Government of Indonesia aims to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2019. However, the country is facing fiscal constraints as demand for and utilization of health care expand under JKN. Expenditures on JKN are increasing more rapidly than revenues, and financial sustainability has emerged as a concern. Improving the efficiency of JKN expenditures is necessary for making progress towards UHC, and there is an imperative to make better use of existing funds through strategic purchasing of JKN services.
For strategic health purchasing to be effective in Indonesia, a holistic approach is needed that addresses all financing sources and services, including priority health services such as tuberculosis (TB) and maternal and newborn health (MNH) programs. Whether and how MOH line-item budgets should be integrated into JKN, and which of the currently donor-supported programs should be funded through JKN, remain open questions. For all priority programs, there are many questions about the most effective ways to use provider payment incentives to encourage providers to focus on prevention, primary-level services, and efficient, high-quality service delivery.
As part of USAID’s ongoing health system strengthening work in Indonesia, the Health Finance and Governance project (HFG) is tasked with supporting strategic health purchasing within priority programs in Indonesia’s health sector. With support from HFG and the World Bank, Results for Development (R4D) is seeking a local Strategic Purchasing Program Lead to facilitate a process that will result in improved strategic purchasing for Indonesia’s TB and MNH programs.
The Program Lead will provide skilled facilitation of two high-level technical working groups on strategic health purchasing; expert technical guidance for research and analysis around TB and MNH financing; and day-to-day program direction in Indonesia.
The Strategic Purchasing Program Lead will be responsible for a variety of programmatic and organizational tasks that include, but aren’t limited to:
Provide expert facilitation of two high-level Strategic Health Purchasing Technical Working Groups (TWGs), convened respectively by the TB and MNH program units within the Ministry of Health (MOH) and consisting of representatives from the MOH, National Health Insurance Agency (BPJS), and other government bodies. The two TWGs will discuss issues related to payment for TB and MNH services; commission analyses as needed to better understand the consequences for TB and MNH programs of current purchasing and provider payment arrangements; oversee development of options for revised purchasing mechanisms that could achieve greater efficiency and quality improvements within TB and MNH programs; and identify key indicators for routine monitoring of the programs’ performance.
Design and oversee research and analysis to inform the deliberations of the TWGS. This could include analyses of funding sources, funding flows, and payment arrangements for MNH-related programming; research on patient care-seeking and referral pathways for MNH care and how these are affected by purchasing mechanisms; analyses of JKN-related service utilization, claims, referrals, and total spending for TB and MNH services; and/or review of billing systems to assess collection and use of quality of care data. The analytics will aim to identify where provider payment incentives are misaligned and where improved strategic purchasing for each program may be possible. The Program Lead will hire consultants, staff, or subcontractors as needed to conduct the analyses.
Liaise effectively with senior government counterparts, maintaining cordial and responsive relations while advancing program objectives; organize and attend frequent meetings at MOH and BPJS to keep the process on track.
Manage the preparation of technical inputs for review by the TWGs; and manage the production and dissemination of outputs developed by the TWGs.
Organize and participate in regular virtual meetings with the R4D technical team based in the USA and maintain frequent and clear electronic communications.
Maintain regular communication with Indonesia-based World Bank and USAID funders for the activity.
REQUIREMENT: Master’s degree or PhD in public health, health economics, public/social policy, public administration or similar, 10 or more years working experience that demonstrates expertise in health financing and quantitative data analysis, excellent group facilitation skills and ability to promote effective group problem-solving and build consensus, strong project and people manager, highly collaborative engagement style with senior government officials, strong writer and oral communicator, in-depth knowledge of the Indonesian health system, key health system actors, and JKN, and experience in working with external donors and the Ministry of Health and BPJS-K is highly desired. Fluency in oral and written English and Bahasa Indonesia is required.
POSITION INFORMATION: This position will be a 1-year full-time contract to be based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
HOW TO APPLY: To respond to this position, go to http://www.thepalladiumgroup.com/jobs, or please email your resume and cover letter (no more than 5 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of the position in the subject line of your email.
Only shortlisted candidate will be contacted.
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