Corruption in the Health Sector, Adviser(s)/Senior Adviser(s)

In light of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, U4 has received a grant from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) to deepen our work on corruption in the health sector.

In particular, U4 will work with the Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability (ACTA) in Health Systems Alliance (ACTA Alliance), comprising the World Health Organisation, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to undertake the important task of strengthening ACTA in health systems at both international and national level.

We seek one or more adviser(s)/senior adviser(s) to join the U4 team and contribute to the further development of our work on corruption in the health sector.

Objectives and Purpose of the Job

As Corruption in the Health Sector Adviser/Senior Adviser, you will be part of a dynamic, international team. You will have the opportunity and creative space to influence development policy and practice in the health sector.

You will work with the U4 partners (9 development agencies) and international organisations such as the WHO, UNDP and the Global Fund, governments and civil society, sharing accessible knowledge on addressing corruption in the health sector.

Your work will involve research, publishing, and training various stakeholders on health sector corruption and ways to address it. You will develop your theme content in consultation with colleagues, the U4 partner agencies, international health organisations and other stakeholders. Under the supervision of the U4 Director, you will work closely with the U4 Senior Adviser for Anti-Corruption in Public Services and other members of the U4 Team.

You can combine your own applied research with commissioned work to develop and deliver publications, online resources, training materials, webinars and workshops for practitioners and policymakers.

Together with colleagues, you will travel to partner agency headquarters, international health organisations and country offices where we facilitate training and dialogue among development and health sector practitioners and join policy discussions at local and international events.

As a CMI employee, you will primarily work for the U4 programme which has sustained core funding, with an opportunity to seek additional funding for activities that are thematically relevant for your expertise. You will take an active part in the institutional life at CMI and identify with our vision: addressing global development challenges to inform and inspire policy and practice.

Experience and Qualifications

We expect you to have:

  • A degree in Medicine, Public Health, or other health policy-related field; or in international development, social sciences or law.
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field is required, a PhD is an advantage.
  • Several years of professional experience in health systems management, policy and planning, and/or development policy and practice with a focus on the health sector.
  • Experience relevant to promoting Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability (ACTA) in Health Systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in operationally relevant research, published work relevant to health systems policy and planning and/or anti-corruption and corruption risk management in a development setting at national or international level.
  • Experience in teaching, training, and facilitation.
  • Experience in budget oversight and management is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills. Proficiency in French, Arabic or Spanish is an advantage.
  • Capability and willingness to travel to developing countries.

We also expect you to have substantive theoretical and/or practical insights into one or a combination of the following areas:

  • Corruption in various health sub-sectors, including, but not limited to corruption in health service delivery; in the health workforce; information and data management; medical products, drugs, vaccines and technologies; health financing; health leadership and governance.
  • Corruption risk management.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of health-related development programmes.

We expect you to be:

  • A self-starter, with the ability to complete tasks on your own.
  • Creative and flexible.
  • User and solution-oriented.
  • A good communicator with good collaboration and cooperation skills.
  • A team-worker that feels comfortable in a busy environment.

Working at CMI and U4

We can offer:

  • An exciting opportunity to combine knowledge generation with policy influence, and a strong and inspiring working relationship with nine bilateral donors as well as international health organisations committed to improving their impact on corruption.
  • The opportunity to be a part of one of Scandinavia’s leading multidisciplinary development research institutes and work directly with development actors globally.
  • A great working environment with dynamic colleagues, a positive work-life balance and great outdoors opportunities around Bergen.

To apply

We welcome applications to, job ID 189883.

Please submit the following:

  • A cover letter of maximum 2 pages, explaining how your experience matches the listed expectations for the position. In the cover letter you may argue why you can compensate for limited competence in one or more areas by a stronger record in other areas.
  • CV and publications list.
  • Copies of 2 recent publications.
  • Names and contact details of three references.
  • Dates when you are available to start.

Application deadline is 15 August 2020.

Interviews will take place in late August/early September, and the position is available to start as soon as possible.

Questions can be directed to Senior Programme Adviser