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Health Operations Advisor, Primary Health Care Project Iraq

Management Systems International (MSI)
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Last Date: September 25, 2011
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Health Operations Advisor, Primary Health Care Project Iraq,

Company Profile: Management Systems International (MSI) is a global international development firm based in Washington, D.C. providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. MSI is part of Coffey International Development, a global international development consulting firm. Together with Coffey ID, MSI now has more than 1,500 development professionals worldwide, a corporate presence in 11 countries and manages more than 200 projects worldwide. It currently manages more than 20 long-term projects in countries, including Iraq, Sudan, Colombia and Russia. Broadly, MSI implements a range of analytical and field projects in its core technical areas, including democracy and governance, strategic management and performance improvement, organizational capacity building, human development and natural resource management. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

Project/Proposal Summary:
The Iraqi Ministry of Health is currently engaged to move forward with stabilizing and reorganizing its health services. Ensuring access to routine, high quality and equitable healthcare has emerged as a critical need and the Government of Iraq is committed to improving the quality of primary healthcare (PHC) services. To assist with these efforts, USAID’s Primary Health Care Project Iraq (PHCPI) has been designed to support the Iraqi Ministry of Health (MoH) to achieve its strategic goal through putting in place key building blocks to support the delivery of quality PHC services at the community and facility levels. Within this framework, PHCPI includes three components: 1) Strengthening Supportive Management Systems and Processes, 2) Strengthening Quality Clinical Care, and 3) Building Community Partnerships for PHC. These components, separately and together, will assist the Government to implement quality care for its population and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of PHC services. The Community Partnership component focuses on: 1) patient rights; 2) establishing effective behavioral change strategies with clients that foster healthy life style practices; and 3) developing and working with civil societies and other community groups to effectively link with PHCs. The PHCPI will last for 4 years. The Health Operations Advisor position is local position. The assignment is for (1 year) with possibility of renewal. The selected candidate is supposed to start as soon as possible.

Position Summary:
The Health Operations Advisor will be involved in issues of project management applicable to international public health and primary health care concerns, including financial operations and project management, procurement, logistics, and other managerial functional areas and development of program reports, work plans, budgets, and conducting analysis and reporting on financing trends. The Advisor will provide programmatic leadership and supporting financial management functions of primary health care operations and formulate programmatic policies related to scale-up of functions and programs to primary health care clinics in Iraq.

** Please note that this is a local position. Only Iraqi citizens are eligible to apply.**

• Formulate programmatic strategies for strengthening the management of primary health care centers;
• In coordination with the project HR Management Advisor, assist MOH to develop and implement Handbook of Quality Standards and Operational Guidelines for Management of Primary Care Clinics;
• Assist MOH in the development of a Handbook of Quality Standards and Operational Guidelines for Management of Primary Care Clinics;
• Coordinate with regional directors and PHC coordinators to assist the clinic staff to assess, strengthen, monitor, and improve compliance with the standards and guidelines provided in the handbook of Quality Standards;
• Provide technical assistance to MOH and DOHs to implement the policies, guidelines, tools as provided in the Management Handbook;
• Assist MOH to establish a Primary Health Care Leadership and Management Training Program (including curriculum and related training materials and job aids);
• Actively monitor managerial constraints to implementation, and as needed identify solutions to improve the operations of PHCP activities.

• At least 10 years of relevant work experience in public health, specifically in Iraqi MOH facilities.
• Masters degree in nursing, allied health and/or public health, health administration, community medicine or relevant field is required.
• Past experience working in international settings.
• Good writing and interpersonal skills.
• Fluency in English and Arabic and possession of Iraqi citizenship is required.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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