Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International is an independent organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition. With a worldwide staff of more than 4,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and a full spectrum of multidisciplinary services.
The Health and Education Policy Plus (HEP+) project is a USAID-funded project that strengthens and advances health policy priorities in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal health across global, country, and subnational levels.
RTI International’s International Development Group (IDG) is seeking applicants for a Health Decentralization Advisor to support the HEP+ Guatemala Field Program. The full-time position will be based in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance – MSPAS –has determined that health sector reform is needed. Reform is urgent because the institutional and financial crisis, aggravated by the suspension of Coverage Extension Program (PEC), decreases the responsiveness of the current public health system. Guatemala’s health system is fragmented and faces considerable challenges to fulfill its constitutional mandate and provide universal coverage and high quality services to the entire population.
HEP + is responsible for providing technical assistance to MSPAS in this reform process, including development and implementation of a new health sector decentralization framework. Health sector decentralization is a cross-cutting issue of the reform process and will contribute significantly to solving the persisting challenges related to health services, as greater municipal responsibilities over resources and increased community participation and accountability improve health services.
Provide technical assistance and support to the MSPAS, Congress, municipal governments, national and local associations of municipalities (Mancomunidades), and other government and community stakeholders as necessary in the design and implementation of policy and legal reforms, including financing mechanisms and allocation of the pilot decentralization process to be established as a result of the health sector reform.
The services, job functions, and responsibilities that the Advisor will perform shall include but are not limited to:
- Provide policy and advocacy advice on legislation, oversight, and accountability frameworks for health, and the development of new policies.
- Engage with top-level representatives of the Legislative and Executive Branches of government to maintain policy dialogue and advice on policy and legal reforms.
- Provide support to the Health Sector Reform team in consultation, communication, and advocacy strategies.
- Organize and participate in awareness, sensitization, and dissemination events for central and local government officers and authorities.
- Design and develop communications materials to promote awareness and support of policy and legal reforms on decentralization and regionalization, as well as allocation of funding to local governments.
- Support all aspects of the decentralization pilot program for municipal governments.
- Oversee the decentralization pilot program and ensure that municipal governments make progress towards achieving performance goals.
- Assist evaluation efforts of the decentralization pilot program.
- Work with relevant committees and their partners to coordinate plans for health sector decentralization.
- Provide technical assistance to selected municipal-level structures to plan and implement decentralized governance and management functions.
- Actively participate in the development of annual work planning, design, implementation, and reporting related to project technical activities.
- The Advisor will undertake his/her main responsibilities in coordination with and under the supervision of the Senior Public-Policy Advisor.
- Submit a monthly activity plan to the Senior Public-Policy Advisor for its discussion and approval.
- Document activities, deliverables, and results every month, along with the relevant evidence, submitting activity and result reports to his/her supervisor.
- Attend meetings related to the project, as required by his/her supervisor and/or the Program Director
- Observe all administrative and financial policies and procedures established by Palladium, RTI, HEP+, and USAID.
- Master’s Degree or higher in economics, public health, public policy, or law, communications, decentralization, and local government development training preferred
- Minimum of ten years of experience in health and/or municipal government strengthening efforts
- Demonstrated strength and experience facilitating linkages or consultations between the central and local governments and different sectors
- Experience working in rural areas with municipal and or territorial issues, including work with indigenous communities
- Proven ability to work collaboratively and build consensus across diverse sets of stakeholders.
- References from key actors in the executive and legislative branches or political and social organizations, will be a plus
- Experience in client relationship management, reporting, program work planning, program budgeting and financial management, and program implementation, as related to international project implementation is preferred.
- Experience with MS Office
- Written and oral fluency in Spanish is required.
- Prior experience working with USAID-funded programs is preferred.
- Guatemalan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.