Program Officer, Market Dynamics – SOURCE Project
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PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.
The Product and Market Advancement (PMA) team uses data to co-generate policies that increase the availability of health products and services. PATH is currently implementing a project in Tanzania that involves close collaboration with high level government stakeholders, donors, firms, and partners at the direction of the Tanzania project lead and the global team. The work is extremely fast paced and requires a dedicated self-starter who will hit the ground running. PATH seeks to identify and work with an experienced individual with a robust understanding of health systems (especially respiratory care and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) medical devices), public policy, and economics, who will be able to engage stakeholders, facilitate collaborations and build networks with aligned actors in the health space.
PATH’s PMA program is currently recruiting for a full time Program Officer that is keen to support PATH’s efforts to increase access to medical devices. The Program Officer will support the Access to Medical Device Portfolio within the PMA Program in implementing the Strengthening Oxygen Utilization and Respiratory Care Ecosystems (SOURCE) project in Tanzania. The officer will work with PATH Tanzania and global teams to plan, implement interventions, advise on the best approaches, conduct analyses, and apply findings to address market failures that restrict access to life-saving products and interventions. They will lead collaborative efforts in health and respiratory care initiatives in the country and advise on effective decision making, under the direction of the Tanzania SOURCE country lead.
The program officer will play a supportive role in implementing key activities according to the program plans. They will support collaborative engagements with the Ministry of Health, health stakeholders and other aligned actors in the oxygen, respiratory care, and MNCH ecosystem. They will support in reporting advise on oxygen related market research, medical devices, and other global health products, e.g., MNCH and respiratory care equipment and related consumables. They will be expected to provide evidence-based guidance to PATH teams for program decision making in country. The officer will be expected to execute these specific tasks;
- Provide support to the project team in development and execution of work plans and associated project activities in Tanzania.
- Work with the PATH team in Tanzania to facilitate effective work relationships with MoH and other key health partners (oxygen, respiratory care, MNCH, medical devices) in implementing the project workplan.
- Identify key actors in the health space in Tanzania to advocate oxygen scale-up and mobilize resources for oxygen.
- With the support of the Tanzania SOURCE lead, conduct research activities to evaluate market structure and key barriers to access for priority MNCH medical devices in the context of the Tanzanian health system.
- With support of the Tanzania SOURCE lead, support the government in implementing an equipment management system to organize inventory, maintenance, and consumables supply activities.
- Represent PATH in key meetings, workshops, and provide local context and background to the PATH project team and advise in-country team on best medical device and oxygen strategies and approaches.
- As needed, identify, engage, and serve as the support contact for key stakeholders in other PATH Tanzania project activities.
- Support MOH biomedical engineers in maintaining and repairing biomedical machines and equipment, when needed.
- Provide technical assistance to clinicians and other personnel to use biomedical machines and equipment, safely and effectively.
- Writing reports and documents detailing protocols, policies, standards of use, maintenance, and repairs of biomedical equipment, machines, and software.
- Required Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, biomedical science, or relevant related field. Masters degree in public health, health economics or equivalent advanced degree will be added advantage.
- At least four years of related work experience.
- Knowledge on research, project management and mentorship skills.
- Proven experience working with MOH and other stakeholders (both public and private) within the field of biomedical engineering.
- Experience working with health systems as an implementer, researcher, policy professional or businessperson with strong bias in medical devices, medical supply chains and medical procurement protocol.
- Knowledge of health systems, medical devices, and/or diagnostics, especially in developing countries or emerging markets.
- Technical knowledge of the MNCH medical device and oxygen ecosystem challenges, their impacts, and the general health environment in Tanzania.
- Experience in project planning/management and balancing multiple projects and priorities.
- Resourceful and analytical with capacity in implementing and analyzing program assessments and studies with familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Ability to identify key trends from complex and ambiguous datasets and make decisions.
- Strong understanding of the WHO and country-led procurement of health products and key country (MoH) strategies, roadmaps, guidelines, and protocols in the respiratory care ecosystem.
- Proven effectiveness working in a team-based environment, but capable also of working independently.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Must have legal authorization to work in Tanzania.
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