Title: Summer Strategy Associate (Temporary)
Location: Seattle or Washington DC, United States
Program: Technology, Analytics and Market Innovation
Start Date: Summer 2020
End Date: Summer 2020 *start and end dates can be flexible
Estimated number of hours per week: 40
Will the program associate travel? (local or international): No
*Please include a cover letter with your resume describing your interest and how you meet the qualifications.
PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.
Lack of access to health products is often a result of market failures—that is, limited or inconsistent product availability, products of poor or unverified quality, or products that are inappropriately designed or unaffordable. The term market dynamics refers to a set of skills and approaches used to evaluate access to products and then achieve consistent, sustainable access to affordable, quality-assured products by catalyzing interventions that reduce long-term demand and supply imbalances. Our work entails identifying the root causes of market failures and developing strategies to overcome these issues, thereby strengthening markets and improving product access.
Description of the project the Program Associate will complete:
PATH’s Market Dynamics program is currently investigating a new business model to contribute to our mission of advancing health equity through innovation and partnerships. More specifically, we are pursuing short-term global health “consulting-like” projects to help with strategic planning for our donors. The work will involve leveraging our existing global health capabilities on market assessments, collaborative problem solving and market development. While we have been successful in engaging in this type of work recently, existing business model materials need to be refined to provide further evidence on growth opportunities. Private, non-profit, government and traditional global health donors are all business development opportunities for the new model.
The Strategy Associate will be responsible for reviewing existing business model materials and help supplement the materials to provide additional insights on growth opportunities. In addition, the Strategy Associate will coordinate efforts with the Living Labs project (see description below) to identify synergies between the two efforts. Findings from this work will be shared with a team of leaders in the Technology, Analytics and Market Innovation division at PATH.
Key activities for the assignment may include:
- Refine pitch materials and target donor lists
- Investigate competitors and highlight PATH’s unique capabilities
- Prepare company briefings on high priority clients
- Contribute to ideas on publications and speaking opportunities that could be interesting to help elevate our brand
- Coordinate with Living Labs to identify synergies across the two new efforts
- Refine revenue projections and provide rationale for different scenarios
- Support consulting projects to understand the unique elements of the work when appropriate
- Support the team on other secondary research needs
PATH’s Living Labs Initiative accelerates the pace of health innovation by co-creating with users to rapidly design, test and scale solutions to their long-standing challenges. The current anchor project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focused on rapid ideation, prototyping, and testing solutions that build on health workers’ desired goals to learn, improve, and gain more job satisfaction, and ultimately achieve increased uptake of immunization services in Kenya and Zambia. The primary outcome of this project is to strengthen motivation and engagement of frontline immunization health workers that will translate into improved on-the-job performance as measured by changes in the availability, responsiveness and overall quality of services delivered.
PATH aims to extend Living Labs beyond this initial focus on health worker motivation and immunization and build a platform that uses human centered design approach to learn directly from users and co-create solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs. The Living Labs team, in partnership with 2 external organizations, will develop a strategic plan during an April 2020 workshop. The primary scope of work for the summer associate will be to (1) expand and expound on this strategic plan, (2) prioritize the recommendations from the April 2020 workshop and establish the foundation for implementation, and (3) build examples and evidence for how Living Labs can directly engage external partners (in the private, public, and nongovernmental sectors) and embed the Living Labs across other PATH programs.
The Strategy Associate may expect to do the following in support of the 3 objectives above:
- Generate a landscape to inform expansion to other PATH countries
- Identify potential sources of revenue for Living Labs which may include prioritizing innovation testbed and pipeline of internal and/or external projects
- Assess potential Return on Investment for the Living Labs initiative
- Leverage learnings from the Market Dynamics Consulting model work to determine linkages and potential opportunities for the Living Labs team, especially from an operational, financial, and legal standpoint.
- Drive independent projects forward including prospective investments and support ad hoc research needs.
Brief description of required skills/experience:
Student that is currently enrolled in a graduate program with preference for an MBA, MPP, MPA or equivalent
- At least 3 years of relevant work experience
- Strong expertise in Microsoft Office products (PPT, Excel, etc.)
- Proven effectiveness working in a team-based environment, but capable also of working independently and taking initiative.
- Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
- Comfortable in ambiguous situations.
- Versatile and responsive working virtually and collaboratively with teams across the world.
- Passion for learning
- Demonstrated ability to multi-task
Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.
PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.
PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.