Aspen Global Health and Development

Aspen Management Partnership for Health


Program Overview:

An emerging consensus among global health leaders is that stronger health delivery systems are required to ensure preparedness against future epidemics like Ebola, to continue the fight against the top killers of children and mothers around the world, and to handle the growing burden of chronic, non-communicable diseases in low-and-middle-income countries. To strengthen health systems, governments need not only technical expertise, but also robust managerial and leadership skills, and a strategic understanding of the interplay between private and public sector roles.

Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health) is a program of The Aspen Institute that was formally launched in September 2015 at the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. A collaboration among multi-sectoral partners, including the private sector, NGOs, donors, and Ministries of Health (MoHs), AMP Health provides in-country managerial and strategic support and expertise to MoHs in an effort to strengthen community health systems and develop the next generation of health leaders in low-and-middle income countries.

The program features include (1) a two-year Management Partner (MP) placement within the MoH’s community health department, (2) leadership and management training for the MP and MoH counterparts, and (3) technical support from local and global mentorship networks comprised of healthcare and business leaders and experts from the public and private sectors. AMP Health includes a strong emphasis on collaboration and knowledge-sharing across countries and sectors in the form of bi-annual meetings, virtual trainings, and other activities.

To date, AMP Health’s growing partnership network includes The Aspen Institute, USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, the MDG Health Alliance, GSK, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, McCann Health, Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University and Partners in Health. Additional global and local partners will be added as the program grows.

Job Opportunity

Interested in global health and big systems change?  Up for an entrepreneurial challenge and making things happen from within Ministries of Health?  Believe that management and leadership are essential for lasting impact? Eager to apply your private sector experience to social problems? Join AMP Health for an exciting two years! 

Title: Management Partner

Number of vacancies: Minimum two total (for July 2016 start), additional placements will occur on a rolling basis thereafter

Locations: July locations likely to include Freetown, Sierra Leone and Kigali, Rwanda. Location for subsequent placements TBD.

Duration of placement: Two years, with potential to extend.

Background: An emerging consensus among global health leaders is that stronger health delivery systems are required to ensure preparedness against future epidemics like Ebola, to continue the fight against the top killers of children and mothers around the world, and to handle the growing burden of chronic, non-communicable diseases in low-and-middle-income countries. To strengthen health systems, governments need not only technical expertise, but also robust managerial and leadership skills, and a strategic understanding of the interplay between private and public sector roles.  

Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health) is a program of The Aspen Institute that was formally launched in September 2015 at the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. AMP Health offers managerial and strategic support to Ministries of Health (MoHs) in low-and-middle-income countries to facilitate community health system strengthening. The program features include (1) a two-year Management Partner (MP) placement within the MoH’s community health department, (2) leadership and management training for the MP and MoH counterparts, and (3) technical support from local and global advisor networks comprised of healthcare and business leaders and experts from the public and private sectors. AMP Health includes a strong emphasis on collaboration and knowledge-sharing across countries and sectors in the form of cross-country bi-annual leadership training labs, shared learning sessions and other activities.

To date, AMP Health’s growing partnership network includes USAID, the MDG Health Alliance, the Bill and Melinda gates Foundation, GSK, Merck for Mothers, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, McCann Health, the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University, Kenya’s Centre for Public Health Development and Rwanda’s University of Global Health Equity. Additional global and local partners will be added as the program grows. 

Management Partner Role: AMP Health seeks highly capable leaders to join MoHs as Management Partners.  Each MP will serve as a problem-solving partner to national and regional leaders on high priority initiatives related to strengthening a country’s community health system. Based within the MoH, the MP will work closely with the head of the community health department and will report to a senior official in the MoH as well as to the AMP Health team. The scope of work for MPs will be determined in collaboration with MoHs but could include, for example, industry analysis, program design, strategic planning, financial modeling/investment cases, operations, organizational development, marketing strategy, and/or stakeholder management.

AMP Health believes that systemic change requires strong leadership and management. Accordingly, the MPs and their MoH counterparts will benefit from best-in-class leadership development training that will help them grow as leaders and effective change-makers within MoHs. MPs and their MoH counterparts will also work closely with MPs from other countries and a network of local and global advisors from the public and private sectors. These events will serve as a collaborative platform to promote dialogue and best practices in leadership, management and community health systems strengthening. 

Qualifications: This role will require motivation, flexibility, and tolerance for ambiguity. The right candidates will balance their proven business skills and results-driven approach with creativity, humor, and humility. MPs should have an entrepreneurial spirit as well as a passionate interest in – and commitment to – the strengthening of health systems in low-and-middle-income countries. It is expected that the desired candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in business management (MBA) or other relevant field preferred;
  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading, and writing);
  • 5+ years of private sector experience, preferably with a top-tier management consulting firm;
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with an ability to use qualitative and quantitative data;
  • Ability to work under pressure, respond to deadlines, prioritize competing deliverables, and be productive while working both independently and as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships in a multi-stakeholder environment with varying levels of authority, experience in or with government and/or non-profit organizations would be an added advantage;
  • Advanced skills in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, with experience in standard statistical or costing packages a plus;
  • Willingness and ability to live and work in a low-or-middle-income country for two years, with national and international travel up to 25% of the time; and
  • African nationality and/or substantial experience working in Africa strongly preferred

To Apply: (1) Submit the short biographical questionnaire located at http://bit.ly/1GER2eF and (2) submit a cover letter and resume by email to recruitment@ampforhealth.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that the final round of interviews may take place in the host countries. 

For more information on AMP Health, including our current work in-country and initial cohort of Management Partners, please visit: www.ampforhealth.org