Technical Specialist at Abt Associates

Job Title: Technical Specialist
Abt Associates seeks a professional with a strong background in developing public/private partnerships for health to serve as Private Sector Partnerships Lead for the Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS Plus) project in Tanzania. This project is helping increase the use of priority health services for family planning (FP), HIV, and malaria by strengthening and leveraging the capacity of the private health sector to provide these services. SHOPS Plus also contributes to building ownership of total market approaches (TMA) within Tanzanian institutions to help sustain continued public/private collaboration in priority health areas. The Private Sector Partnerships Lead will be tasked with directing the implementation of a new activity designed to increase the availability of FP products and services in the Tanzania private sector, with a focus on Long Acting and Reversible Methods.

Key Roles and Responsibilities
The PSP Lead will direct program implementation by engaging directly with local partners, which may include private distributors, social marketing organizations, social enterprises, private clinical facilities, and professional associations. He/she will work closely with the Reproductive and Child Health Services division of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC) in to ensure government support for the program. The PSP Lead will also manage consultants that may be contracted to carry out specific activity components and direct market research and monitoring efforts for the activity. He/she will report to the SHOPS Plus Chief of Party in Dar es Salaam and receive technical guidance and support from US-based Abt advisors as necessary.

Key activities included in the scope of this position may include the following:
Develop communication and training programs to support the introduction of new FP products and services in the Tanzanian private sector
In collaboration with relevant actors, support activities designed to reduce challenges to market entry or growth for new FP products
Direct market research to monitor the presence of FP products in the private sector
Foster close relationships with current importers and distributors or scaling up access to long acting and reversible methods in the private sector
Develop a quality assurance mechanism for privately delivered FP services
Ensure coordination across all planned activities, track progress, and provide troubleshooting support to overcome challenges and prevent delays

Preferred Skills / PrerequisitesAdvanced degree in Public Health, Development, business or related field
Familiarity with the private healthcare sector and the pharmaceutical market in Tanzania
Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of health programs
Demonstrated experience in collaborating with private Tanzanian organizations
Fluency in English
Strong writing, editing, and presentation skills
Dynamic, entrepreneurial personality with exceptional people skills
Knowledge of family planning and reproductive health
Training and experience in social marketing or commercial marketing
Experience in developing public/private partnerships in health or other development sectors

Minimum Qualifications(8+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

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